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59 years old, otherwise healthy. I have had increasing nocturia, reduced flow, for the last couple of years, but nothing very life-impacting. I had a DRE last year and my doctor said my prostate was "supple", or something like that and nothing further needed to be evaluated. No mention of its size but I am sure if it was large he would have commented.
9 days ago (Saturday) I developed what looks to have been a severe UTI; pain on urinating, frequency, restricted flow, cloudy urine, fever, malaise, etc.. I received a prescription for Cipro Monday and because of a screw up in emailing the requisition for labs, I did not provide a sample until Wed morning - after 2 days of Cipro treatment. Results came back showing no bacteria or blood - I was already feeling much better - but some abnormal white blood cell counts. Urinary flow and frequency is all back to my pre-episode level, so it looks like it was a UTI, now better. It would not have been a sexually transmitted case of prostatitis.
I also developed constipation right alongside the UTI symptoms and the frequency urge seemed as bad as the one to void which I had not experienced with the relatively few other incidents of constipation in my life. The constipation is still with me, although the urge is less, seemingly because the need to void is less.
What it really feels like is that I have a regular, even "soft" stool that I just can't get out. This is not a hard stool. I have used laxatives and it is still taking effort to get out soft broken stools.
However, my PSA was 30. I have a phone consultation with a urologist tomorrow - Coronavirus is getting in the way of diagnosing and that worries me.
My concern is that my prostate is pressing on my rectum affecting my bowels and the fact that that has not resolved, post-UTI, as my urinary flow has. That makes me think my prostate is still very enlarged and that is worrisome.
So, the ongoing constipation, whether that means I have a suddenly enlarged prostate, and what that means in light of a PSA of 30 are my concerns.
I would appreciate any shared experience or insight - the anxiety level keeps creeping higher, especially around concerns for getting diagnosed and treated, surgically, if needed.
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