Do I have BPH?

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I am 50 years old.

For about a year or so I have been waking-up to go to the bathroom at least twice a night.  I think the worst was a 5-timer.  I also suffer from erectile disfunction.  I have no pain or reduction in flow when passing urine.

I am obese ( the weight has gradually increased over about 2 years).

I was diagnosed with depression and OCD in October 2014 which I partially blame on my poor sleeping pattern.

In November 2014 my prostate was observed to be enlarged during an ultra-sound scan of my urinary system.  My GP did a PS test which came back with a negative result.

I have reduced my consumption of caffeine, sugar and chocolate and started taking cernilton tablets and pumpkin seeds.  My weight has reduced a little. The frequency at night-time seems to have reduced in the last few days.

My GP has not mentioned BPH, but I think that I do have it.  Is there anyone who would agree?

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    Hi John,

    Welcome; though sorry you've had to come to this site.

    I recommend a consultation with a urologist. It seems you're probably OK re prostate cancer.

    The drug tamsulosin (Flomax) can help with flow and empting the bladder. Some of us find it has bad side-effects - I didn't (tho' I'm off it now, having had my prostate bored out my laser).

    I believe (with lots of evidence) that weight is determined by nutrition, not exercise. Cutting down on carbs (fast foods, pasta, potatoes, pizzas, etc) is the way to go.

    Having said that exercise is not much/any use for weight control, it is very good for health (boosting your immune system, improving your cardio-vascular system). Just simple walking will do it - building up so that you walk an hour+/day; build it into your normal routine (I do it just after breakfast, using it to do shopping). Some target 10,000+ steps/day (using a free pedometer ap on my smart-phone) = about 5 miles. People who walk longer live longer - as simple as that.

    Others here will no doubt pile in with better advice on the prostate.

    Good luck.

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    Hello John.Sorry your havinga problem.  Yes I would go ad talk with a urologist.  You don't say if you have sugar or high blood pressure.  What kind of ED do you have. Yes and sleep does have apart in it also.  If you done have any any trouple peeing do not take any thing to help you pee. Some of the side effect and worst then the problem. As you get older nothing works like it use to.  Just go talk to a doctor that would be the first thing  Take care  Ken 

     

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      Hi Kenneth

      Yes I do have high blood pressure so I take 5mg of Amlodipine daily.

      The ED: I would be unable to be aroused then sometimes it would happen but not be sustainable.  It has improved significantly since I made some changes to my diet and lifestyle.

      I have no problem with sugar but I have reduced my consumption in order to lose weight.

      Thank you for your support.

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      Thanks for the reply.  I started like that about 5 years ago.  Don't get as aroused as I use to but with HB and weight it does stop it.  I still enjoy sex and watching videos and can have fun If you know what I mean.My erologist put me on viagra and testosterone. It was low.  A C Ring helps but I have a lady friend that we have fun in other ways.  See the doctor and have some fun Don't worry  Ken  
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    Yes, you should see a urologist for a diagnosis.  (An ultrasound showed you have an "enlarged" prostate, and you have nocturia for the past year.)  

    Kenneth's question was good:  What is the cause of the ED?  Your physician can get a complete hormone profile, which might reveal clues.

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      Hi lunarrainbow,

      Thank you for your post.

      I think the ED comes with stress, exhaustion, lack of fitness and being overweight.  The doctor did a complete blood screen including for hormones which came back normal.

      I will post again in a week or so to update on progress of my condition.

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    Hi John as a recoverer from "mild" bph  and aggressive UTI symtoms, 12 months ago, operated on in March, this year!! i would go with advice already out there, go see your dr and a urologist, asap!! As with Ian, exercise will help, check out pelvic floor ecercises also, Drugs are last resort, there will be side effects!! as for a op, i had standard TURP..... and although completely successful and fully  recovered i would not recommend the procedeure!! there are other methods to research!!.Most TURP do not effect sexual performance...but mostly does  stop any ejaculation, does not worry me, but at 50 it should be considered?My urologist was not overly concerned about diet,but had recommendations....reduce tea and real coffee!!  spirits out , spicey foods out!! reduce big intake, spread food out over the day,  i was not overweight, but lost 5kg`s to 72kg`s over 3 month`s, as a cyclist that was very handy, he said exercise..walking every day 1 hr at least, which i have always done with dogs!  i don`t eat fast foods but if you do, try and reduce, others here will have better idea`s on that!, all the best  Syd
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    You probably have CPPS. Doctors don't know much about it.

    PS If you want to lose weight and be healthy eat like your ancestors did for 2 million years = Paleo diet.

     

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