DRE Digital Rectal Exam

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I have had an aching in my testicals / prostate for 3 weeks now since I had to self cath on Feb 9, 2019. I have an appointment with my urologist on Tuesday this week. Should I refuse DRE? Does this cause symptoms to worsen? It has been 1 year since last he did the DRE.

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    I'd take your urologists advice on whatever he thinks is required.

    ive had countless DrE's no problem but last time my prostatitis flared up the doctor did a DRE and it hurt like hell for a couple of days .

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    My last DRE stimulated my Vagus nerve and put me back into AF.

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      I first went into AF following a heart valve replacement in 2012.

      I had two cardioversions and the second put me back into AF. That was OK for about 15 months until I had a colonoscopy that also stimulated my vagus nerve and put me back into AF. Another cardioversion put me back into AF until I had the DRE.

      Since then I have been in permanent AF. Because of the size of the right atrium chamber of my heart I'm told that another cardioversion would not work unless I first have an ablation that if successful might reduce the atrium size and allow for a cardioversion that works !

      The AF is not as bad as it was the first twice and I can live with it as it is not disruptive.

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