With an ever increasing life expectancy, many more people are living well into their 70s, 80s and 90s. Due to people are living longer, the chances they will experience an issue with their prostate increase.
Prostatitis is one of those conditions. It is the term used to describe an inflamed prostate gland. The prostate is a small gland which is located above the bladder, near the urethra and is responsible for sexual functioning and controlling urination for men.
When the prostate is inflamed it can make urination extremely painful and the urge to urinate more frequently.
The symptoms of prostatitis can include: lower back pain, pain during ejactulation, foul smelling urine, pain in the testicles, pain with bowel movements, blood in the semen and abdominal pain.
Because it is such a painful condition, most men visit the doctor pretty quickly after symptoms begin. The doctor will examine the lymph nodes in the groin, check the scrotum and check the size of the prostate to determine is prostatitis is the source of the pain.
Types of Prostatitis
There are a number of possibilities for the source of prostatitis:
- acute bacterial prostatitis,
- chronic bacterial prostatitis,
- chronic prostatitis without infection, and
- asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis.
Acute bacterial prostatitis
This particular version of prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection of the prostate which is the same kind of bacteria that causes bladder infections like Proteus and E. Coli.
If you have acute bacterial prostatitis you will have trouble urinating, fever, and shaking. You will feel like urinating frequently but doing so will be quite painful. A simple urine test can inform the doctor if you have this kind of infection, and it should be addressed quickly as it can worsen.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis
Similar to acute bacterial prostatitis in terms of symptoms, but in this case the symptoms only occur intermittently. Again, a urine test will confirm if you have an infection.
Chronic prostatitis without infection
This is slightly less common than the bacterial variations of prostatitis. With this variety there is chronic recurrent pelvic and rectal pain. Researchers aren’t even sure at this stage what the causes are. ut with this variety you will also experience pain with urination, but no bacteria will present in the urine.
Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis
Painful urination is the only symptom associated with this condition.
The key is to seek immediate medical advice if pain begins, because it only worsen, and if it is bacterial in nature you need to get onto a course of antibiotics as soon as possible.