Chronic prostatitis is a condition that affects men’s prostate glands, leading to long-term pain and urinary symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with prostatitis, you may or may not understand the process of symptoms to treatments, but you should.
Prostatitis is defined as inflammation or infection of the prostate and can be divided into two separate diagnoses: bacterial and nonbacterial. While non-bacterial prostatitis is generally recognized as chronic, bacterial prostatitis may be either acute or chronic in terms of symptoms. Your healthcare provider will diagnose prostatitis and should review your personal and family (medical) history, conduct a physical exam and/or other medical tests in order to rule out other conditions that cause similar signs and symptoms before diagnosing prostatitis.
So, let’s talk about chronic prostatitis – chronic means that it does not go away and therefore this condition is difficult to treat* and even more difficult to cure*. Chronic Prostatitis symptoms may cause pain or other discomfort, not to mention urinary issues such as blood in the urine or semen, pain or burning with urination or bowel movements and maybe even ejaculation. If you have experienced these symptoms along with and/or pain in the low back, above the pubic bone, between the genitals and anus, the tips of the penis and the urethra, a difficulty or straining to urinate or frequent urination, and you haven’t spoken with your doctor, it may be time to make the call.
Always remember that chronic prostatitis is a condition that is serious and it should be treated as such. As soon as you have noticed chronic prostatitis symptoms, you should contact your physician and discuss potential treatment solutions. Nonbacterial prostatitis symptoms can offer a lot of valuable information about such problems, guiding the treatment approach as well.
Medical tests included in diagnosing prostatitis will be as follows:
- Urine test – Your doctor will ask you to produce urine (into a secure medical cup) so that he/she may have the lab analyze the results for bacterial presence in your system.
- Semen Culture – One study produced results for the value of semen cultures in the diagnosis of chronic bacterial prostatitis as a ‘simplified method’. The conclusion of the study stated that a “semen sample has higher sensitivity than an EPS (expressed prostatic secretions) for the diagnosis of bacterial chronic prostatitis.”
- Prostate culture – Also known as EPS – your doctor will simply massage the prostate via your rectum to produce secretions for analysis.
- Blood Tests – can rule out prostate cancer and other prostate problems.
- STI (sexually transmitted infections) testing – To rule out this option.
As mentioned, treating this condition is difficult. Most treatment methods focus on pain management and other symptoms:
- Other medications to relax the prostate muscles
- NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) – to reduce* swelling.
- Stool softeners to prevent constipation.
You could also try alternative homeopathic remedies for symptoms ranging from pain to urinary discomfort:
- take a warm bath to relax your body overall, this will also relax the prostate muscles
- acupuncture has been recommended for such ailments
- relaxation exercises – try meditating and yoga for a strong core and focus in your energy levels.
- cranberry juice or extracts to help keep the urinary tract healthy.
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Another thing to consider here, ladies and gentlemen… that’s right, ladies too. While females do not have a fully developed prostate gland, they do have some glandular tissue surrounding the urethra which comes from the same embryonic tissue as the male prostate gland. So, ladies, listen up –
Females can suffer from two separate syndromes that have symptoms very similar to prostatitis in men:
- Urethral Syndrome
- Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
Even while we are not here to talk about women and prostatitis, it is good to know as symptoms can be aggravating and painful. Doctors may not generally think to test for this type of bacterial infection in women.
You might already know you’re in for prostatitis in your future if you are a heavy lifter. Nonbacterial prostatitis symptoms can also be managed using various medications. Lifting heavy objects on a full bladder can cause urine to back up into the prostate.
Some vocations may subject your prostate to powerful vibrations, such as driving a truck or operating heavy machinery, which can be a causative factor in the future of your prostatitis.
Watch your physical activity as jogging and cycling can irritate your prostate gland. You might consider walking or swimming instead.
Be careful to coordinate your urination with the sphincter muscle relaxed in order that you don’t cause yourself high blood pressure in the prostate, which can cause pelvic muscle spasms and furthermore, prostatitis.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and/or treatments, it may be a good idea to keep a daily journal of your urinary processes. This can help you to assess with your doctor what type of medications and other therapy will work best for you.
What matters is that you acknowledge the existence of chronic prostatitis and seek out treatment as soon as it is possible. Based on the chronic prostatitis symptoms, your physician will recommend a suitable course of treatment. Nonbacterial prostatitis symptoms have to be monitored on a regular basis, in order to make adjustments to the existent treatments (if necessary).
Maintaining prostate health can be quite challenging since it is prone to various conditions that tends to undermine it. Chronic prostatitis affects man’s prostate gland and the surrounding tissues leading to long-term pain and urinary symptoms as well.
Whenever you detect any of the discussed symptoms, seek for medical assistance. Don’t wait until it reaches advanced stage.