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Old 12-17-2007, 02:09 PM   #1
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What kind of physician

My husband is having a bit of a problem. In early spring of this year he was diagnosed with prostatis. He had to have several rounds of antibiotics to treat it. For the past few months, he has been having ED problems, I have noticed that he has not been nearly as hard as he normally is and, when he does have an erection, he usually loses it mid-way through. Also, his sex drive has become somewhat non-existent. He finally went to his primary doctor a month or so ago and explained to him the problems he was having. His doctor did some blood work which indicated that his testosterone was a little low. He gave him a shot of T and suggested that he take a shot once a month for 3 months. He's had 2 shots and that does not seem to have helped any. My husband thinks his ED problems may be because of the prostatis??? I just have no idea what to do, believe me, I've tried EVERYTHING.

Let me say that I have a wonderful husband and we have a wonderful marriage as we have been married 21 years. He has never had problems like this before and I know that the psychological aspect of this is affecting his ability to perform as well. He is totally humiliated, no matter how much I try to comfort him and reassure him but, I completely understand his feeling. All I want to do is for him to get better. He is willing to see a doctor about this. I suppose my question is what sort of specialist should he see? An endrocrinologist, a urologist? Could this problem be related to his prostate? What sort of questions should he ask when he sees a specialist?

I appreciate any help you can offer.

 
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Old 12-17-2007, 03:20 PM   #2
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Re: What kind of physician

he needs to get a refereal from his doctor to see a uroligist then then the uroligist would refrer him to a specialist in this field.
ASAP.

 
Old 12-20-2007, 12:44 PM   #3
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Thank you for your response. My husband went back to his primary physician today and explained to him the symptoms he was experiencing. His doctor thinks that my husband still has a prostate infection. He's been treated for prostatis with several rounds of antibiotics previously. His doctor thinks the infection may not have completely cleared up. My husband lifts a lot on his job and the doctor thinks this is aggravating it. He wants my husband to take the antibiotics for a month and if he has not improved, he said he will refer him to a specialist, but he said he feels this will take care of the problems he is having.

 
Old 12-20-2007, 05:43 PM   #4
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Yes Mam,
his primary Doc maybe right as to take the antibiotics,
with that said my advise is..> if you guys can afford a second opinion thats what I would do, prostate problems is nothing to take lightly.
and he needs to stop all that heavy lifting maybe ask for another type of job that don't require lifting, at least until things clear up!

 
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karel,
It is true that the prostate gland is next to impossible to reach with antibiotics so it takes longer than the usual 10 day AB treatment given for other things.

However, injecting T can lead to an enlarged prostate so I would think that would aggravate it. I also think that he should be treated for just 1 thing at a time. Treat the prostate issue and then treat the ED/Testosterone issue.

Did the doctor give him a digital rectal exam? The reason I am asking is because I was treated for chronic prostate infection as well but it was really enlarged prostate. I have been taking Saw Palmetto (currently in a product called 5lx) that keeps it mostly at bay but it is extremely slow acting. However, I also have borderline high estrogen levels that I did not discover until consulting a Testosterone expert. Most medical scientists now believe that the estrogen causes more problems than does DHT creating BPH.

Although I usually recommend 2nd opinions, I only do so when doctors recommend surgery of any kind. I would stay with this guy and if he refers to a specialist, go see him. Keep us posted.

 
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Just an update. Well, things are not much better. I am so worried about my husband I do not know what to do. We tried to have sex this weekend. He can get an erection, although not quite what it used to be and then he either loses it midway through or if he is able to maintain it, he cannot ejaculate. Also, in the past, it was not very hard for him to get an erection, but now, I have to really stimulate him in order for him to attain one. He is so frustrated and I know that this only aggravates the situation. Please, no harsh comments, he is not masturbating, watching porn or having an affair. I have the most wonderful husband and he is having a physical and perhaps psycological problem. Could this all still be related to an enlarged prostate or a prostate infection? One more note, this is the 3rd round of antibiotics he has been on for the infection (not consecutively), within the past 6 months. This last antibiotic was very strong (I cannot recall the name of it), but, he had an adverse reaction to it and had to be changed back to the sulphur antibiotic (can't remember the name of it either). I am just really, really worried about him and I do not know what to do. Should he continue this course of antibiotics to see if it improves or should he talk to his doctor again? He told me on Saturday that he never dreamed he would be having all these problems, bless his heart.

 
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I think you should have had him go to a urologist long ago. It's a urologist who is specially trained to handle and resolve these kinds of problems. Your next step needs to be to get him to a urologist as soon as possible. If his primary doctor, who is totally unqualified to handle these types of problems, won't write a referral, then go elsewhere for a referral (assuming you need one, what kind of insurance do you have?).

Prostate problems are very common for men, and the only doctor who can adequately treat those problems is a urologist. A primary care doctor just doesn't have the qualifications nor the ability to handle such a wide ranging problem.

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Old 01-03-2008, 11:11 PM   #8
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Just an update. Well, things are not much better. I am so worried about my husband I do not know what to do. We tried to have sex this weekend. He can get an erection, although not quite what it used to be and then he either loses it midway through or if he is able to maintain it, he cannot ejaculate. Also, in the past, it was not very hard for him to get an erection, but now, I have to really stimulate him in order for him to attain one. He is so frustrated and I know that this only aggravates the situation. Please, no harsh comments, he is not masturbating, watching porn or having an affair. I have the most wonderful husband and he is having a physical and perhaps psycological problem. Could this all still be related to an enlarged prostate or a prostate infection? One more note, this is the 3rd round of antibiotics he has been on for the infection (not consecutively), within the past 6 months. This last antibiotic was very strong (I cannot recall the name of it), but, he had an adverse reaction to it and had to be changed back to the sulphur antibiotic (can't remember the name of it either). I am just really, really worried about him and I do not know what to do. Should he continue this course of antibiotics to see if it improves or should he talk to his doctor again? He told me on Saturday that he never dreamed he would be having all these problems, bless his heart.
Mam,
what is your hubbys age?
sometimes taking antibiotis will cause this, HE SHOULD SEE HIS DOCTOR BEFORE GOING OFF THE MEDS HIMSELF, UNLESS HE HAS STUDIED INTERTNAL MEDICINE?
Has he been taken them for 6 months?
seek another medical opinion ASAP
Get him to a quilfied uroligist soon.

 
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