I want to now take some time to give some background information on the various types of prostate disorders. I will provide some links later but will just explain them here in detail at this current time. There are many types of prostate issues so I will cover them in detail here for a pretty lengthy writing.
The first disorder I want to cover is BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia). This is basically what is referred to as an “enlarged prostate”. This disorder is classified in 3 different categories as slightly enlarged, moderately enlarged, & severely enlarged. This disorder can affect men of all ages & race. A man’s prostate grows with age.
When a man reaches 30 it starts to grow more rapidly. It’s suggested that all men by the age of 40 to have a prostate exam. This exam is called a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE). This exam will allow a doctor to manually examine the prostate by inserting his finger into the rectum.
The doctor is feeling for any abnormalities of the prostate which is the central location for a male’s reproductive area. The exam will only last a few seconds & the doctor will feel for any tumors or other problems. This isn’t a comfortable exam especially if the prostate is enlarged.
However, it is a good exam to check for prostate issues. If a diagnosis of an enlargement is determined then the usual treatment route is to prescribe alpha-blockers such as Prostate Protocol doxazosin, terazosin, alfuzosin, and tamsulosin. Another popular drug for treatment is Proscar.
Symptoms of BPH are urinary frequency, urgency (compelling need to void that cannot be deferred), urgency incontinence, and voiding at night (nocturia). Voiding symptoms include weak urinary stream, hesitancy (needing to wait for the stream to begin), intermittency (when the stream starts and stops intermittently), straining to void, dysuria (burning sensation in the urethra), and dribbling.
While prescription meds are used to treat BPH I will be chatting in the future about alternative treatments for this disorder. I’m in no way suggesting to not try prescription drugs. I’ve just come up with a plan without prescription meds to treat BPH & other prostate problems. I will outline these in the future.
The next prostate disorder I want to cover is Prostatitis.This very troubling disease is divided into 4 separate categories. It affects men of various ages but is more common for men in the age range 0f 30-40. Prostatitis diagnosis is now considered to 1 out of 4 men (25%). The four categories of prostatitis are:
1. Acute bacterial prostatitis
2. Chronic bacterial prostatitis
3. Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain (my diagnosis)
4. Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis
Common symptoms of these are generally the same but more severe in certain types. Some of the symptoms include:
– pain or burning during urination (symptom of mine)
– difficulty urinating such as dribbling (mild symptom of mine)
– frequent urination especially at night (major symptom of mine)
– the urgent need to urinate (moderate symptom of mine)
– pain in the back & lower abdomen (mild symptom of mine)
– pain in the penis (urethra) & testicles (major symptom of mine)
– painful ejaculation (off & on symptom of mine)
– pain in the perineum (area between penis & rectum) (mild symptom)
– golf ball feeling under the testicles (major symptom of mine, maybe the worst)
Now, I will cover these 4 types in detail. My diagnosis was “chronic prostatitis” & this is the more common diagnosis for most men. The other types fall into a smaller area of men. The word “chronic” is defined as long term & recurring. I was determined to not let the word “chronic” derail me from finding ways to deal with this illness. I was told by doctors that I’d have to “live with it the rest of my life”. Anyhow, now onto the different types of prostatitis in detail.