Damn you, prostate!

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 7:51 AM GMT
    About a month ago I was diagnosed with prostatitis. I had been suffering from dull pain in my lower back, groin, and pubic area for about two weeks before I went to get checked out. Initially I thought I had injured myself somehow from working out, so I was a little surprised to find out it was a prostate infection (after getting felt up every which way!).

    I was put on 10-days worth of Cipro, which definitely made me feel better almost immediately. However, after the treatment ended, my pubic pain never went away completely. I returned to the doctor and now I'm on a month's worth of Cipro. I guess the first treatment was too short!

    I'm really baffled as to how I got this infection. It certainly wasn't from sex because I haven't done diddly squat with any guy in an awful long time (they ruled out STDs anyway). Plus I'm pretty good at washing my hands and cleaning my laptop, phone, iPod, and door handles frequently.

    Then I was shocked to find out it can take 4 to 12 weeks to treat this shit! Well damn.

    Fortunately my manly bits are feeling pretty good now that I'm back on the Cipro. Let's hope this round kills it for good!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 11:20 AM GMT
    I had it in my early 20's. Turns out I was drinking a little too much to. As soon as I cut back drastically on the booze everything cleared up with Cipro. Be well mate.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 12:44 PM GMT
    Google "garlic prostrate" I've also read that keeping yourself cleaned out at least 3 times a week helps keep the prostrate in prime form.

    Cipro is used to treat bacterial infections. I'm wondering if you had a yeast infection from a high sugar diet or you need to have a lactobacillus culture reintroduced to your gut. After you're done the anti biotic you should eat a lot of high probotic yogurt. Check this stuff out because you don't want to get this again.
  • starboard5

    Posts: 969

    Apr 19, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    Prostatitis is one of the leading causes for men in a certain age range to see a doctor. And often general practitioners don't know the proper course of treatment. The prostate is a dense gland and adequate tissue concentrations of antibiotic can be hard to reach. This is why a longer course of antibiotic is required. It's best to see a urologist for this.

    I'd want you to know about the black box warning the FDA puts on all antibiotics in the family of Cipro (the fluroquinalones.) Their use has been linked to tendonitis and spontaneous tendon rupture, particularly of the Achilles tendon. It's rare, the risk increases with age, and also is increased with concomitant use of corticosteroids. Just be aware. When I had prostatitis, I took vibromycin for 2 months.

    Also, Flomax, a drug used to treat enlarged prostate, is approved as a maintenance treatment in cases of chronic prostatitis.

    Hope you're feeling better soon. When I had it, it felt like someone had punched me in the bladder. No fun for sure.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    I'm glad my the back pain went away from the first treatment. That was more annoying than the groin pain because my back pain lasted all day long regardless if I was sitting, standing, or lying down.

    My groin and pubic pain is fairly minimal now. It's a very dull, light discomfort in that region. No sharp pain or cramps. No problems with pissing either. For a while I was feeling most of the discomfort after masturbating. I was beginning to wonder if maybe I'd been jerking off too often and wore out my prostate? Haha. I don't know.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    I also had it in my mid-20s, with no clue as to how I got it. It was not fun but it did eventually go away. Feel better.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 5:02 PM GMT
    showme saidI also had it in my mid-20s, with no clue as to how I got it. It was not fun but it did eventually go away. Feel better.


    Thanks! I'm already feeling quite a bit better now that I'm back on Cipro. I'm hoping this round of treatment takes.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 5:04 PM GMT
    I was not going to say anything since you are plugged into western medicine but when I learned Reiki I found that lower back problems that so many guys experience was a result of low energy in that area. Chinese medicine links it low kidney chi and as you have guessed exhausted sexual energy. When I would ask about sex typically guys would not be having sex but instead jerking off 3 times a day. Sex and masturbation have different energy flows. So the fix is diet, herbs and chi capturing exercise. Yoga has tons of exercise for 1st and 2nd chakras and so does Chi Gong. Saw palmetto is hugely effective. And cut out all refined sugar.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidI was not going to say anything since you are plugged into western medicine but when I learned Reiki I found that lower back problems that so many guys experience was a result of low energy in that area. Chinese medicine links it low kidney chi and as you have guessed exhausted sexual energy. When I would ask about sex typically guys would not be having sex but instead jerking off 3 times a day. Sex and masturbation have different energy flows. So the fix is diet, herbs and chi capturing exercise. Yoga has tons of exercise for 1st and 2nd chakras and so does Chi Gong. Saw palmetto is hugely effective. And cut out all refined sugar.


    Well, my back has not bothered me since I first started antibiotics. It's not an issue anymore. It's the groin pain that's taking a while to subside.

    Unfortunately I have no choice but to use my hand for now because I'm not in any position to have sex with anyone anytime soon. But I've already cut down on masturbating so often. It's been nice to give my junk a bit of a break icon_redface.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 5:12 PM GMT
    I hope you get better icon_smile.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    A funny moment at the clinic, when the PA went to do the prostate check with her finger, she was really surprised how easily I handled it without reacting. I said back to her: "Oh, that was nothing!" She paused for a moment, thought about it, and finally got what I meant icon_redface.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 6:23 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidA funny moment at the clinic, when the PA went to do the prostate check with her finger, she was really surprised how easily I handled it without reacting. I said back to her: "Oh, that was nothing!" She paused for a moment, thought about it, and finally got what I meant icon_redface.gif


    Lol
  • buymeasoda

    Posts: 93

    Apr 19, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    get well dude
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    Get well soon! Eat prostate good foods and drink plenty of water.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 6:58 PM GMT
    Yehoshua_B5917 saidGet well soon! Eat prostate good foods and drink plenty of water.


    Ugh, that's been another tough thing! I've had to cut back on coffee considerably. Not only does caffeine irritate the urinary system and prostate, but I also have to avoid it because of the Cipro. It's not been easy on a caffeine junkie like me.

    I haven't quit coffee cold turkey. I've just been drinking a small cortado (café con leche) every other day. That already is a significant reduction for me, haha.
  • camfer

    Posts: 891

    Apr 19, 2012 7:04 PM GMT
    pocketnico said

    Unfortunately I have no choice but to use my hand for now because I'm not in any position to have sex with anyone anytime soon. But I've already cut down on masturbating so often. It's been nice to give my junk a bit of a break icon_redface.gif


    I would think with prostatitis that you would want to empty your prostate more often. Every squirt is pushing out the irritating bacteria. Have you tried prostate massage?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 19, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    camfer said
    pocketnico said

    Unfortunately I have no choice but to use my hand for now because I'm not in any position to have sex with anyone anytime soon. But I've already cut down on masturbating so often. It's been nice to give my junk a bit of a break icon_redface.gif


    I would think with prostatitis that you would want to empty your prostate more often. Every squirt is pushing out the irritating bacteria. Have you tried prostate massage?


    That's what I thought, too. Well, I no longer have any discomfort even when I masturbate now. But I did before I went on the antibiotics.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 20, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    You need to bottom more or play with toys. I think it's good for the prostate icon_razz.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 20, 2012 12:40 AM GMT
    The good news is that not even the worst of my symptoms were bad enough to prevent me from doing anything. I can go about my daily business with any problem. Although I did lay off exercise for about a week because of the back pain. But I resumed light exercise once the pain disappeared. I'm just walking, jogging, and doing resistance strength training for now.

    More than anything I'm completely clueless about how I got it in the first place! Total mystery to me.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 20, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidA funny moment at the clinic, when the PA went to do the prostate check with her finger, she was really surprised how easily I handled it without reacting. I said back to her: "Oh, that was nothing!" She paused for a moment, thought about it, and finally got what I meant icon_redface.gif


    HAHA that's awesome!

    I hate to be the barer of bad news but of the four types of prostatitis, 90-95% of cases are chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS). Hopefully that won't be you! Antibiotic courses generally take 4-8 weeks so your Cipro might still get you out of the woods. If your symptoms persist, you can talk to your healthcare provider about adding an alpha-blocker like Flomax which will help with the inflammation and to relieve the associated discomfort/pain, urinary and/or ejaculatory symptoms, and are used to treat chronic prostatitis. Best of luck!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 20, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    vballboy12 said
    pocketnico saidA funny moment at the clinic, when the PA went to do the prostate check with her finger, she was really surprised how easily I handled it without reacting. I said back to her: "Oh, that was nothing!" She paused for a moment, thought about it, and finally got what I meant icon_redface.gif


    HAHA that's awesome!

    I hate to be the barer of bad news but of the four types of prostatitis, 90-95% of cases are chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS). Hopefully that won't be you! Antibiotic courses generally take 4-8 weeks so your Cipro might still get you out of the woods. If your symptoms persist, you can talk to your healthcare provider about adding an alpha-blocker like Flomax which will help with the inflammation and to relieve the associated discomfort/pain, urinary and/or ejaculatory symptoms, and are used to treat chronic prostatitis. Best of luck!


    Yes, she gave me a nice little info sheet about my condition and the different types of it. She recommended that I see a urologist if my symptoms worsen or don't improve by the time I finish my antibiotics. Fortunately the urologist she recommended has his office in the building right behind my apartment complex! Yay for walking distance!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 20, 2012 12:55 PM GMT
    I likely developed my own prostatitis from a urinary tract infection I got while living in dirty outdoor field conditions in the Army. Lower back pain is a common symptom during flareups. Taking antibiotics for long periods of time is typical, because the prostate is difficult to treat, so take all the pills and don't skip any doses. Be sure to drink lots of water, as the pill bottle may indicate, and check whether you'll need to avoid exposure to direct sunlight. That's the reason I got the wide-brimmed hat in my main RJ pic, although now I just like to wear it.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 21, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    I haven't experienced any side effects from Cipro even from the first treatment. I'm glad about that.

    I'm allergic to quite a few common antibiotics, so treatment can be a bit of an experiment for me, ha.
  • xtx4u

    Posts: 5

    Apr 21, 2012 12:58 AM GMT
    I've been suffering recurring bouts of prostatitis for about 4 years. A 3 or 4 month course of antibiotics seems to fix it and then it comes back again about 3 months later. It is only painful when I sit down. I don't have any other symptoms. My urologist says that they still don't really know what causes it. I've tried all sorts of herbal 'cures' but none of them have made any difference.icon_sad.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Apr 21, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    xtx4u saidI've been suffering recurring bouts of prostatitis for about 4 years. A 3 or 4 month course of antibiotics seems to fix it and then it comes back again about 3 months later. It is only painful when I sit down. I don't have any other symptoms. My urologist says that they still don't really know what causes it. I've tried all sorts of herbal 'cures' but none of them have made any difference.icon_sad.gif

    That's very much the same boat I have been in, and you may have "graduated" to chronic prostatitis. The worst symptom I have is blockage and difficulty starting urination, because the swollen prostate constricts the urethra, which passes through it. Have you had a flow test?