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Prostatitis - Symptoms and Description

We hear a lot about prostate cancer and enlarged prostate, and rightfully so, but did you know that prostatitis is one of the most neglected male diseases in the United States? More men are affected by prostatitis than either BPH or prostate cancer. Also, even though enlarged prostate can be painful, protastitis can actually cause more pain and suffering. Those who develop chronic prostatitis may have a hard time healing from it. So much so that some men may suffer for years and spend thousands of dollars seeking help. Some men have even had their prostate removed just to be free of of the pain of prostatitis.

There are four different types of prostatitis. If you suspect you might have prostatitis, it's important to determine, with your chosen healthcare professional, what type you have.

    1. Acute Bacterial Prostatitis - This type is more rare than the other three. It is also easier to diagnose Acute Bacterial Prostatitis than the other types. Symptoms may include those commonly associated with flu such as body aches and fever but also commonly include lower back pain and/or pain in the genital area, frequent painful and/or burning urination. Typically, bacteria and white blood cells are present in the urine, indicating infection . Prostatitis is treated, by the medical profession, with antibiotics.

    2. Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis - Chronic bacterial prostatitis is acute prostatitis indicates a defect in the prostate gland allowing bacterial persistence in the urinary tract. Usually, a doctor will try to identify and remove the defect and then treat with antibiotics but antibiotics are not always successful in treatming chronic prostatitis. This type can also be difficult to diagnose because often there will no evidence of a known infecting organism in the prostate fluids when tested.

    3. Prostate Enlargement (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy) - The signs of an enlarged prostate are often the same as the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer; however, BPH is much more common. Prostatism (prostate enlargement) can be caused by prostate cancer; therefore, it is important to get a professional medical opinion to ensure a proper diagnosis. The physician may also need to rule out prostate infection and other possible causes of the patient's symptoms. Symptoms of enlarged prostate can include nocturia, incontingence, full bladder feeling even after eliminating, weak urine stream and frequent urinary tract infections.

    4. Asymptomatic Inflammatory Prostatitis - A person with this type of prostatitis may have no symptoms, pain or discomfort and so, may not even know they have prostatitis. A doctor may find it when investigating infertility causes or testing for prostate cancer.

    Prostate Massage: Bacterial infection causes a build up of fluids and semen in the prostate gland and this is one source of pain in prostatitis. Having the prostate massaged is one way to help relieve the pressure. A doctor is trained in the proper way to massage the prostate, to force the excess products from the prostate. However, since the process to massage the prostate is simple, your doctor could also instruct a non-physician in how to do it. Prostatic massage can be painful but relieving the pressure can bring relief from prostatitis pain. Frequent sexual intercourse (2-3 times a week) with ejaculation is also sometimes advised, as a way to relieve prostatic pressure.

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