Patient Comments: Prostatitis - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: poorme, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 30

I have been battling prostatitis for almost a year. I have been on Cipro, Keflex, Z-Pac, Avelox and nitrofurantoin without any relief. The pain in the left testicle was so intense that the testicle and epididymis on the left side were removed and then the pain started in the right scrotum and I suffered with that for several months. All tests for bacteria have been negative in both urine and blood. I had the scope inserted so the doctor could actually look inside and he said I had restriction around the prostate area and the prostate is enlarged. I was placed on tamsulosin and that has also failed to provide relief. I have a strange symptom and that is, when I ejaculate there is no fluid and I can only think the swelling is so severe that the tubes are swollen shut. I had a CT scan performed and that also confirmed enlarged prostate. I am scheduled for a TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate) procedure on the 10th of June and hopefully they will either find something or this will resolve the problem.

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Comment from: MarkfromWi, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 03


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Comment from: ken, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 29

I have been suffering with chronic prostatitis for around 8 years. I have been treated with Cipro and tamsulosin. The symptoms recede after treatment and return more aggressively. Now they are worse and at night I have the urge to empty my bladder up to 4 times. The pain on the tip of the penis and near the anus area is more intense; during the day the flow gets better but the pain is still there, towards the evening things start going downhill. Maybe surgery is the only option.

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Comment from: mike, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

I have been battling urinary dysfunction for thirty years. Right after sex, I would have the feeling of constant urination. I would take Azo Standard (no longer available) which helped. Now, I'm 61 and on some nights have to urinate 5 or 6 times in 8 hours. If I drink a lot of water during the day, I will urinate every 30 minutes. A few nights ago, I decided, on a whim, to use a urinary tract infection test we had in a drawer and it tested positive. The doctor on call prescribed levofloxacin (500mg) thinking I have prostatitis and after three days, there really is not much improvement in my frequency, or flow rate. Thankfully, I have no pain or fever or other symptoms. So, I'm not sure what is going on. I hope it improves sooner than later, because I'm afraid that the next step is going to be a cystotomy.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 16

I am 56. I originally thought I was suffering from flu symptoms. But when the symptoms got worse, I dragged myself into the doctor's office. By then I had recurrent fever, chills, headaches, body aches, lower back and neck pain, nausea and vomiting, general weakness, dizziness, and finally the 2 symptoms that really worried me, weakening urine stream and increasing odor. After taking my hemoglobin, vitals, blood and urine I was advised that the diagnosis was acute bacterial prostatitis. Anyway the doctor immediately placed me on antibiotics for six weeks and waiting for lab results to confirm correct choice of antibiotics. She also advised me that she normally would hospitalize a patient in my condition for IV antibiotic therapy, but she would allow me 2 days on the oral antibiotics to see how I respond. After day 1, I still had fever during night and the next morning. My urine stream is a little stronger and most of the burn is gone. Today is day 2, still a little nauseous and hoping I don't have to go to the hospital. Looking forward to recovering hopefully as soon as possible, this is miserable.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

I am 55. I have had an enlarged prostate beginning at the age of 46. Did 33 biopsies over a 5 year period and all negative. Use 2 Flomax per day since I was 46. I woke up 2 weeks ago and had a difficult time urinating, which isn't unusual sometimes. As the day wore on I was unable to urinate at all. I was out of town and scheduled to return later in the afternoon. Got on the plane and the 2 hour flight was pure hell. Got into town, made it to my car and had an incredible contraction that dropped me to my knees and took my breath away while I screamed in pain for about 2 minutes. Had 4 more of these in the next 30 minutes. Never urinated. Incredible pressure and pain. After about 8 more episodes of this and 2 hours later went to a local ER. They immediately put in a catheter. First time for that. I evacuated 850cc which is twice my normal bladder capacity. The catheter stayed in for 10 days. My urologist took it out a week ago and I felt great! I could pee again. But, this lasted for 1 day. That night I had the chills and a fever of 103. Started the cramping again put could get a small amount of urine out. This went on for 4 days and I went back to the urologist. They put me on Levaquin 2 days ago. I am still cramping intensely and still getting small amounts of urine out. I am scheduled to go back tomorrow for results of urine test. Symptoms include pain between my testicles and anus. Burning in penis. High fever, chills, intense cramping that takes your breath away, generally uncomfortable to sit. I find that standing and moving around sometimes help the uncomfortable feeling. I tried to reduce my liquid intake to stop having to pee. Didn't get dehydrated, just took in as much as I thought I was expelling in urination and sweat.

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