willular saidAre there any particular foods/drinks/vitamins/etc that are geared towards your prostate?
on a somewhat related topic, does bottoming have any "long-term" affects on the prostate?
I was diagnosed with chronic prostatitis (infection) in my mid-30s. I was given a Septra DS (similar to Bactrim) oral antibiotic treatment about once a year, to deal with recurrences. My prostate was almost always tender, made bottoming very difficult when I came out in my 40s.
By 62 I had developed prostate cancer. Successfully treated (so far) with radiation.
My urologists all told me to try the home remedy of drinking cranberry juice, and it really does seem to help, lets me pee better. In fact, no fooling, I've got a cup of it in front of me right this minute. I drink it daily. But get the Ocean Spray brand Original, not the cocktails & blends mixed with apple juice and other stuff. Check the label for the ingredients, you want only pure cranberry juice, usually sweetened with some corn syrup or something.
Given your history, have your PSA (prostate specific antigen) checked at least annually in blood work. A spike can mean an infection. Or worse. If the PSA doesn't come down after antibiotics, you need to have a biopsy. A top-line urologist, like I used, has procedures that aren't very unpleasant today.
It used to be Hell, but not so bad now. They stick a device up your butt, you feel a few pinches, it's nothing.
If they find malignancy the doctors will give you options, based on their evaluation of the cancer. Sometimes if it's early they'll say you can watch & wait, do nothing. In my case the cancer was advanced and aggressive, little option but to intervene. My only choice was by what method, radiation or surgical removal.
Once you have a history of prostate problems you need to monitor its condition. Some urologists say chronic infection is not a precursor of later cancer. I'm not so sure. But whatever, keep checking your PSA. Which is not an indicator of cancer, but rather of any kind of distress to the prostate, including infection. And also, overuse! Which is why you'll usually be told to abstain from sex 48-36 hours before a blood draw for best PSA results.