I'm confused, does the prostate tend to grow and grow or does it reach the size and stop growing?

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I've had progressive BPH symptoms for the last year and a half. I seem to have a bit more retention. Though I am not taking any medication for it. I am trying to every holistic method I can find.

I am confused, Would my condition progressively get worse. In other words would the prostate grow and grow until it grows into the bladder or completely cuts off the urethra?

 

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    Good morning.  The prostate will grow for the rest of your life even if you have a procedure.  But some men have a slow grow and others have fast.  That is why some men have to have more procedures over the years.  Read up on it there are some good information on the internet.  Have a grate day  ken 
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    I just had an appointment  with uro, and during conversation the same subject came up. He said that prostate mostly grows between age 50 to 70 and then it does not change much after that. I was asking a question  because I am almost 70, can manage symptoms with medication at the moment (0.2mg Tamsulosin) but if the prostate will grow, then I would rather have procedure now then when I am much older. His thoughts were that I should not worry about growth any more and unless there is any other reason (PC) not to have any surgery.
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      Not in my case. I had GL when I was 69 when my prostate was 75grms and again when I was 78 and it had regrown to 135grms.
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      This is a good post with good info.

      the notion that it took 69years to grow to 75 g, it should take another 69 years for the prostate to grow anohter 75g is incorrect.  At old age, the hormone production seems to increase and as a result the prostate grow rate increases.

      from wedmd:

      5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors

      These stop your body from creating one of the hormones that makes your prostate larger. They prevent growth and in some cases even shrink it. This can improve your urine flow and ease other BPH symptoms as well. They seem to be most helpful to men with very large prostates.

      just wondering,,after GL treatment, did u take e drug to counter or slow down the grow?

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      I didn't take anything after the first procedure but had taken Saw Palmetto for most of the ten years before. After the second procedure the Uro suggested taking Avodart to prevent regrowth. I said at my age will it have enough time to need a third procedure. He glanced at my age on his screen and said 'Perhaps not' 

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      Nick  You have a very wise doctor.  He shows that he care.  If the Tamsulosin is working.  Don't stress about it.  Have a great day  Ken

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      Derek  Does give a lot of good information.  He has been through a lot with his prostate.  I think 3 procedure.  I read up on the prostate.  They have been trying to figure out why it grows faster in some men then others.  It has something to do with one of the hormones.  They said it has something to do like when we start puberty and the prostate grows and then stops but it starts up again at 40.  They will be working on that for the rest of our lives.  Only time will till.  I wish they could figure it out.  It would help a lot of men and stop some from having repeat procedure.  Take care all  Ken  
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      I asked for meds from the uro today, and she refused, saying Prosca(sp?)  "takes months" to work.

      What we need is a thread of all the information on how to shrink the Prostate, without surgery, and without the slow-acting meds. Is there such a thread already?

       

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      Proscar, or it's generic Finasteride, generally takes months to work to it's full potential. Some people felt it's effectiveness after just a few weeks. However, it comes with potentially some serious sexual side effects. Hank

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      Bob  Before you take any of the meds that a doctor will give you. ( And I would get a new urologist. )  Instead of saying to you why don't we try something natural first to see if that will help you.  That was wrong for her to do that.  There are many things out there that you can try From Zinc, Saw Palmetto, Lycopene and a few others.  But there are no fax that it will make the prostate shrink but it will help with the symptoms.  Saw Palmetto is very popular in Europe.  Like you said to Johnny  It does depend on what you eat and drink.  I have been following a diet from my doctor for you.  It is 8 pages.  It tells you what you should stay away from what you can have and what you can try.  There are a lot of things that we eat and drink that irritates the bladder.  There are a lot of good information on the internet you just have to look through all the junk.  Have a good day  Ken     

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      If no side effect, 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors is the logical treatment to slow down the growth.  I suggest u may want to do TRUS every six months to monitor the prostate size and plot the size cs time.
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      In the last two weeks I've had a lot more retention problems. As where a month or two ago I had intermittent retention. I have a bottle of Tamsulosin, though I don't want to start taking it due to the Side effects I don't want to tolerate. I'm in a bit of a dilemma. Whether to take Tamsulosin once in a while or keep looking for a holistic or a dietary solution.

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      There is nothing to prevent u from doing another HoLEP at year 5 instead of year 10, when age is till on your side.
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      There is nothing to prevent u from doing another HoLEP at year 5 instead of at year 10, when age is till on your side.
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      I know you may not want to take the Tamsulosin but try it every 3 days or so just to help you.  Have you ever tried Myrbetriq   It would help relax your bladder.  Does not have the side effects of the other pill.  Good luck Ken 
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      I found studies from one or more doctors' (on the 'Net) stating that surgery didn't result in any longer life, except for those with very aggressive cancer that has spread out.  Then, there's the other big stat about PSA-based surgeries, but that's another ..

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      Once in a while Tamsulosin is unlikely to help and there is no holistic or a dietary solution to reduce your prostate.The longer you leave it the more difficult the surgery. Have you tried self catheterisation ? 

       

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      Thanks Derek, I still haven't tried Tamsulosin yet. I don't have total retention. Sometimes the flow is okay and especially at night very slow flow to the point of just dripping out. 

      I suspect that my prostate has grown in the past two months. So that's why I'm reaching out to you guys. I don't want to try the Catheter yet. I might try the medication route as long as I don't get those strange side effects.

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      Have you measured your retention level yet ? Try to get it done. If it's mild, you can get by with meds for a while. If it's high, you need to consider self catheterization or surgeries, soon. Some people chose self catheterization to buy time while looking for a procedure. Hank

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