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Old 05-04-2007, 06:33 AM   #1
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Symptoms typical of prostatitis?

Some background... I'm late 30s, generally in perfect health, ideal BMI, good diet, non-smoker, only "substances" are moderate caffeine and decent beer, gym three times a week and no undue stresses in every day life.

About 6 weeks ago I had a urinary tract infection. Standard stuff (I had one about 9 years ago, easily cured with antibiotics)... constantly needing to pee, burning sensation at the end of the flow, darker urine, general feeling of malaise and "bleahhh". My GP gave me 5 days of Trimethoprim, which took care of things nicely.

After a week of feeling perfectly normal, I had a day of wanting to pee every hour or so. The burning sensation reappeared slightly and there was a slight whitish discharge, so I panicked and went straight back to the GP, who gave me 7 days of Cephalexin. This cured the obvious signs of infection, but it never really completely killed the slight feeling of "sensitivity".

This "sensitivity" has come and gone ever since, and I'm pretty sure it's based around my prostate. There's no obvious sign of infection... just an awareness that my prostate is there and sometimes a feeling that I haven't quite emptied my bladder properly (or a feeling that I need to go again right away). To be honest, I think I've had more days with absolutely no symptoms whatsoever, and even when there are symptoms, they're pretty mild, but it's still annoying!

I usually drink a lot of water (easily 5 or 6 pints per day) but I've eased off on that recently... I had a couple of days where I felt a lot of pressure on my bladder and wondered whether my prostate was restricting the flow somewhat. I'm wondering now whether I should try increasing my water consumption a lot, but trying to keep it gradual throughout the day.

Any feedback or advice gratefully received. Does this sound like prostatitis?

(I've booked an appointment with a urologist, but the UK health service moves in mysterious ways, so it's not until mid-June )

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Old 05-04-2007, 09:11 PM   #2
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Re: Symptoms typical of prostatitis?

I have similar problems,my doctors can not find a problem other than an enlarged prostate. Some days are better than others but I am always better in the morning, gets worse later in the pm.

Old 05-09-2007, 08:31 AM   #3
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Re: Symptoms typical of prostatitis?

After being told by one doctor that I probably just had an irritable bladder (and to experiment with adjusting my diet) I've now seen someone with a much more rigorous and inquisitive approach, who took the time to listen to every little detail I could think of. He reckons prostatitis is the most likely cause, and has prescribed some different antibiotics, along with a trip to the hospital for a kidney x-ray.

Sometimes the NHS is frustrating; sometimes I'm just so happy to pay my taxes...

Old 06-09-2007, 04:52 PM   #4
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Re: Symptoms typical of prostatitis?

I have to say that I am having similar problems and trying to get help on the nhs has been a nightmare. I have been off work for 6 weeks now because of the pain and although I am showing typical signs of prostatitis, my kidneys, back and lungs have becomie involved.

After my fourth visit to A+E in a month, the doctor said he would refer me to a urologist as an 'urgent' case and been seen withing 2 weeks. That was 5 weeks ago and my appointment is on july 10th!! In the end I went private, it may cost £250 for a half hour consultation but if you are really worried and they find something wrong with you then they can get you in on the nhs a lot faster. You hear so often how it is important to catch certain problems early, but so often people have been waiting months before they have even been evaluated.

It Does sound like Prostatitis from what you have mentioned. I hope it does not cause you too much pain

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Old 06-10-2007, 10:37 AM   #5
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Re: Symptoms typical of prostatitis?

Cheers for the thoughts, Demonocracy, and hope things start improving for you soon. Once again, someone's story reminds me how lucky I am with my relatively mild symptoms (almost certainly prostatitis according to my GP, although I've got the full-on urologist appointment on Tuesday).

If you don't mind me asking, who did you go to for the private consultation? I've been only partly satisfied with the NHS response so far... I had to work through several doctors at the local surgery before I heard an alternative to "standard UTI" and, as you say, you have to wait weeks for the urology appointments. If I don't learn anything conclusive on Tuesday, I'll be swallowing my left-wing pride and whipping out the credit card in the name of good health!

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