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I have been reading this forum, on and off, for quite a while now since I was diagnosed with BPH about three years ago and I should like to say a big 'Thank you' to all who have taken the time and trouble to detail and share their battle with this very annoying condition.
This is my first post.
I started taking Tamsulosin about two years ago after quite a while of experiencing difficulty/frequency urinating which culminated in getting up one night and not being able to urinate at all for a few hours.
I found an almost immediate improvement and for a while got some relief.
That was okay until about 8 months ago when my symptoms started to 're-appear' So back to the doctor's 6 months ago where he did another PSA test and DRE the results of which were much as before. He prescribed me Finasteride to take alongside the Tamsulosin.
Things seemed to calm down a little with sometimes a perceived sense of an almost 'normal' flow.
What I would like to ask of any of you who may be on the same combination of drugs is do you find your symptoms 'come and go' from day to day or couple of days? By this I mean can you be almost, dare I say it, 'normal' on some days with the condition not bothering you at all and then, for no apparent reason the next day, feel the need to go all the time and poor stream?
I have tried to equate these differences, perhaps, to what I have eaten or drank the previous day/s and have come to the conclusion that certain items really do affect how I feel in this respect.
For example I avoid Tea/Coffee completely as the last cup of coffee I had, quite a while ago now, had me wanting to pee every hour for days afterwards!
Other things which I 'think' have similar effects are:
Greek style honey yogurt
Chocolate flavoured almond milk
An odd combination, but has anyone else experienced similar with these or other items?
As well as the food and drink thing do any of you find your symptoms appear worse if you get even just slightly constipated?
Currently I feel okay on some days whilst on others I feel the constant need to urinate and cannot get any relief when I go.
I will be 62 next month but sometimes feel about 80 as this really does get me down as it seems to be on my mind all the time.
All the discomfort associated with this has robbed me of any sexual interest and the Finasteride capped it off by giving me dry orgasms when I do try!
Putting off going back to the Doctor's as don't want surgical intervention for various reasons let alone all the side effects of such things which I have read about.
I have come to the conclusion that the Prostate is very badly placed in the body and must have been designed by someone who doesn't have to live with one!
Thanks for reading this.
Best wishes to all.
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