Prostatitis Symptoms and Causes
By textbook definition Prostatitis is defined as the infection of the prostate. Other times, it is also defined as an inflammation with nary a sign of infection. This is the kind of infection that can affect men of all ages: from young ones to middle aged males. One might get Prostatitis if fits into the followings categories:
has an enlarged prostate gland
has had an infection of the bladder recently
has an unconventional urinary tract
has engaged in anal sex
is often engaged in heavy lifting
bicycle on a regular basis
If you may have done or experienced one of these, you run the risk of getting Prostatitis.
What are Prostatitis symptoms?
Knowing and recognizing the symptoms of any affliction is the first step, and many doctors would say one of the most important steps is early detection and treatment. This can make all the difference in preventing the affliction from growing and worsening, which can happen often quicker than you ever imagine.
When it comes to Prostatitis symptoms, these can vary in severity and based on the type of Prostatitis that is present. Because some of the symptoms can commonly be mistaken for other maladies, diagnosing Prostatitis often comes down to a case of eliminating more common afflictions first.
Let’s start with the three main variations of Prostatitis, which are Acute Bacterial Prostatitis (ABP), Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis (CBP), and Non-bacterial Prostatitis (NBP). All of these variations of Prostatitis have the same general afflictions, listed below:
An inability to empty the bladder
Lower back pain
Pain in the pelvic area during urination
Pain when ejaculating
As you can see from the list, many Prostatitis symptoms are common in other medical issues as well. The presence of any of the symptoms related to urination or ejaculation would be the clearest signs that the issue is prostate-related, and could be Prostatitis.
These Prostatitis symptoms are shared between the three variations of Prostatitis described above, though of the three, ABP features far more severe symptoms than the other two, and may even require hospitalization in the worse cases, along with more focused treatment. Unlike ABP and CPB, which are caused by bacteria, NBP is not caused by bacteria, and the causes currently aren’t fully understood, though the symptoms are the same as Bacterial Prostatitis and in particular, the severe CBP.
Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis
CBP or more commonly known as pelvic pain, also comes with many different names. This condition comes with two different classifications -the inflammatory and the non-inflammatory. The main sign and symptom for the CBP are the recurrent pelvic pain without the diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infection persisting for more than 90 days. Painful urination, unexplained fatigue, abdominal pain, constant burning pain in the penis, arthralgia and frequent urination The symptoms may vary, just as the pain intensity, depending on the person and it can also be misinterpreted as a symptom for a different condition. Sometimes the pain can also reach the back and rectum – in this case sitting becomes agonizing. Another key symptom is the unpleasant sensation on post ejaculation which differentiates the men with CBP.
Furthermore the cause of Chronic Prostatitis is due to interpolate between psychological factors and immune, endocrine and neurological system complications. Anxious or nervous psychological characteristic of a person can lead to pelvic tensing, which in turn becomes inflammation – a process mediated by substances released by nerve cells. Sometimes inflammation can spread to other areas such as the bladder, urethra and testicles. Often climate can complicate this condition, specifically the cold, or as some believe, even be the ultimate cause, however there is no evidence to support such claims.
Acute Bacterial Prostatitis (ABP)
Similar to CBP as far as symptoms and causes go, ABP is characterized by much stronger and more intense symptoms than CBP. The symptoms will often progress so quickly, and be so severe that a trip to the hospital will be in order.
Non-Bacterial Prostatitis (NBP)
NBP has the same symptoms as CBP, though medical professionals are still unsure of what causes it.
Pelvic Floor Myalgia (PFM)
PFM, also known as Prostatodynia, is the easiest prostate affliction to diagnose, as its symptoms are few and quite specific to PFM. The main symptom is pain in the prostate, and this pain is often severe enough for the recipient to seek out immediate medical attention. Pain may not be located solely in the prostate though, and could also be present in the scrotum, lower back, and pelvic region.
Another common symptom of PFM is difficulty urinating. This can manifest in the form of a weak urine stream, and often leads to pain while urinating as well. Pain may also be present while ejaculating, and while passing stool. Like NPB, the causes behind the formation of PFM are not known, however this condition is often found in those who have poor fitness levels, specifically poor posture and deconditioned abdominal muscles.
Now that you know the symptoms, you should be better prepared to recognize and fight back against Prostitutes in its various forms at the first sign of trouble. Better yet take all the preventative measures to unsure trouble never comes!
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