Did that headline make you wince? If you’ve been suffering from prostate pain then you’re probably used to wincing! The lack of awareness of prostate health means that many men put up with prostate problems without realising that there is a solution.
If you’ve been having pain in your penis, pelvis, lower back or bottom then it will do you good to read on and see if you’re actually experiencing symptoms of prostatitis.
What are the symptoms of prostatitis?
Your prostate is located between your bladder, rectum and the inner parts of your penis. This means that when it becomes inflamed this whole area can become affected. Pretty bad news considering these are all your most sensitive parts! Here are the main symptoms of prostatitis:
- Pain in your penis, pelvis, buttocks or lower back
- Need to pee more than usual
- Painful urination
- Trouble peeing, whether it’s getting started or having to stop and start mid-flow
- Painful ejaculation
- Fatigue, aching joints and muscles or a fever
You might have only just noticed these signs as they can build up gradually over time. Having trouble with your genitals is a bit of a nightmare and you might feel embarrassed about going to your GP. However, prostate problems are really common and your doctor will be used to treating them. Chronic prostatitis won’t go away by itself and acute prostatitis requires antibiotics - if your prostatitis symptoms are severe and have come on suddenly you need to see a doctor right away.
What if I have chronic prostatitis?
Unfortunately, prostatitis can be a long-term condition, lasting months or even years. This is true for around 80% of cases; it's also referred to as chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS). You can take pain killers for CPPS and make lifestyle changes like making sure you drink enough and avoiding activities like cycling. Kegels are not a good idea if you have prostatitis as they will make your pelvic floor even tighter and more painful.
A natural solution that many men find helpful is prostate massage. You can have this done by a doctor or physiotherapist. It drains the prostate of built up pus and dead cells, which will shrink it and relieve your pain. This is done by the doctor placing a gloved finger into your anus; we understand if this is not an inviting prospect! Prostate massage can also be done at home by yourself. Pelvic Pain Therapist Karl Monahan describes how to locate your trigger points in this video:
This can be done with your finger but it is much easier with a trigger point massage tool like the Therawand. The Therawand makes it easier to reach your prostate due to its angled design and is also a good option if you are a bit squeamish about the idea of putting a finger in your bum. It’s available now at our sister site StressNoMore, along with other prostate massagers like the Prostate Cradle that’s used externally. Make sure you’re informed about good prostate health this Movember!