05 Jun Signs and Symptoms of Prostatitis
Prostatitis is an unfortunately common condition that is characterized by swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland. This condition can impact men of all ages, but is most common in men 50 or younger and there are a number of different potential causes. While some cases of prostatitis are caused by bacterial infections (and therefore can be treated with antibiotics) there are many cases of this condition where the underlying cause is unknown.
Risk Factors for Prostatitis
While prostatitis is most common in young or middle-aged men and is less common in men over the age of 50, there are other risk factors involved with prostatitis as well. Men who have had prostatitis in the past are more likely to get it again in the future. Other risk factors include:
- Having HIV or AIDS
- Having had a prostate biopsy in the past
- Past issues with bladder infections
- Having had a tube in the urethra before
- Past pelvic trauma or injuries
- Having had a urinary catheter in the past
No matter what the source is of this issue, it is essential that men of all ages know the signs and symptoms of prostatitis, so that they can quickly get this condition checked out and get the help that they need.
Common Symptoms of Prostatitis
One of the most common ways that men realize they have an issue with their prostate is when they have difficulty, pain or burning while urinating. However, there are other issues to look for as well that may be signs of developing prostatitis—many of them related to the act of urinating. Here are other signs that men should be looking for.
- Difficulty urinating, or difficulty producing sufficient amounts of urine
- Frequent urination, or the frequent need to urinate, particularly at night
- Sudden and urgent need to urinate
- Bloody or cloudy looking urine
- Unexplained pain or dull aching sensation in the groin, low back or abdomen
- Pain in the perineum area
- Painful ejaculation
- Pain or discomfort in the testicles or penis
Depending on the individual situation, prostatitis can develop gradually, or it may come on suddenly. There are many cases of prostatitis that improve quickly on their own. For men who have developed prostatitis as a result of a bacterial infection, they may also start to experience some flu-like symptoms as well.
While many men allow symptoms to subside on their own, there are some treatments available for prostatitis as well, depending on the type of prostatitis and the cause of this condition, that can help remedy the issue even faster. While most cases of prostatitis will resolve rather quickly, there are some situations where the symptoms of this condition last for months and may even keep recurring, which is known as chronic prostatitis.
Here at LT Men’s Clinic, we can help you diagnose a number of common conditions such as prostatitis and help you learn more about viable treatment options that can have you back to feeling like yourself. Give us a call today at (817) 369-3605 for more information on our services and how we may be able to help you with your common health issues such as prostatitis.