prostatitis verses enlarged prostate!
- Over 50% of men in their 60’s and as many as 90% in their 70s or older have symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland (BPH)
- Out of the 203,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer, around 30,000 will die of it (each year)
- prostatitis affects around 35% of men in the 50’s and older
OK lets put this into plain English!
The prostate gland
The prostate gland about the size of a walnut, which surrounds part of the urethra. (the urethra – that long tube that takes urine from the bladder out of the body via the penis, girls you have a shorter one and that’s part of the reason women get bladder infections more than men.). The urethra is also responsible for transporting semen during ejaculation.
There are lots of changes in growth of the prostate gland during puberty. Many men around the age of 40 may notice a ‘regrowth’ of the prostate gland. Most will not notice the change in growth until they start getting problems with voiding. This is the first tell-tale sign that it has grown more than it should have, is problems voiding (peeing). If you are around 40 years old and have noticed a change in voiding urine, please see your physician.
There are 3 typical prostate diseases (none of which should be ignored or delayed seeking medical attention. You may find you have one of the diseases or a combination of them).
- Enlarged prostate (BPH)
- Prostate cancer
Enlarged prostate (BPH)
BPH stands for benign prostatic hypoplasia or enlarged prostate to you and I. This is when the prostate gland grows to an over large state. This is the most common of prostate complaints. The word ‘benign’ will indicate that it is non cancerous, but that doesn’t mean it is to be ignored!
Around 50% of men between the ages of 50 and 60 will develop symptoms of an enlarged prostate. (and less than half will seek immediate attention! Come on guys, this is serious! you can’t let this fester!!
Typical symptoms (but some men won’t have symptoms) will be frequent urination, nocturia (getting up 2 or 3 times in the night to pee) the bladder doesn’t empty completely, slow start to urinate or a weak urine force when you do start.
Remember the prostate surrounds part of the urethra so as the prostate gland gets bigger it strangles the urethra causing the urethra to malfunction.
Left untreated…..think about it….urine gets left in the bladder, leading to possible urine infections, build up of toxins and debris leading to stones in the bladder. All this leads to damage of vital organs. (all could be prevented or at least treated if the signs of problem voiding are addressed early!
Prostatitis is an inflammation and /or infection of the prostate gland.
Did you know 50% of men under the age of 50 will be affected with prostatitis?
There are four major types of prostatitis: And lets start with the one which affects the younger ager group of men.
Interestingly, one of my friends asked her partner and his mates if they had heard of prostatitis, NONE OF THEM HAD. They are all in their prime! a group of 20-year-old plus men who will one day be trying for a family. Lads here is something to bear in mind!
Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis is one of the ‘hidden’ culprits of infertility. When a young man trying for a family thinks he is infertile, the doctor will examine him and test for prostatitis. It often goes undiagnosed as the patient does not complain of pain or discomfort but has an infection and the infection-fighting cells are found in the prostate and semen, making the situation difficult for the man to inseminate healthy sperm.
Acute bacterial prostatitis This one is a nasty pasty! The bad ass one of them! you know the type… you had the symptoms but ignored them thinking ‘its an age thing’ or ‘I’ll go see the doc when I have less important things to do’…
Wake up guys this type is not as common but is nevertheless a potential killer!
Lucky of you this bad boy is the easiest to diagnose and can be treated effectively IF CAUGHT SOON ENOUGH!
So all you men out there, look out for the following symptoms and get to your doc without delay: Chills and fever (rigors) pain in the lower back and genital area; urinary frequency and urgency, nocturia; burning or painful urination can even have a show of blood; body aches (flu like symptoms;)
When examined medical evidence will show a rise in white blood cells and bacteria in the urine.
Men who have regular urinary tract infections may want to get their prostate checked out!
There is a treatment for it, but it needs to be treated immediately.
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome is the most common but of course is complicated by the fact the medics are baffled by it. Out of all the conditions it is the least understood form. They type of prostatitis affects any age; young, middle-aged, old it doesn’t care, if there is a prostate glad there it will attack!
What’s really annoying about this is that it comes and goes. Teases you. One minute you have inflammation and by the time you see the doctor it has disappeared! And to add to the mystery, there is no infection to be found when the prostate is not inflamed. My advise to you on this one, is don’t give up, tell your doctor your symptoms when it happens. Make a diary!
Chronic bacterial prostatitis, This occurs when bacteria find a nice comfy spot to breed on the prostate gland. A result of this may be a urinary tract infections that comes and goes. One of the tell take signs is it is always the same bacteria. So gentlemen, get your doctor to send the samples off to the lab every time you have a urinary tract infection, don’t just settle for a course of antibiotics!
If it is causing prostatitis then you are in for a long-term treatment of antimicrobial. But the bad news is antimicrobial do not always cure this condition.