Prostate and Weight lifting

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I am convind that heavy weight training can cause the prostate to grow. I was at the gym for 2 months,really going wild. Doing the sled with alot of weight on it and pulling and pushing it. Pulling a rope with 1 howhile seating on a pulley system where you can change resistance, I was cranked up to top level for 1 hours. Than on to chin ups and curls and overhead press, and Kettle bells. Well this is what happened. All of a sudden I can not go to the bathroom, not urinate, that I was doing maybe 6-7 times daily. but bowel movement. And so my doctor is telling me to take Milk of Magnesia which do not work, but eventually caused diarrhea. than I noticed I did not have strength to walk around outside.  So after 2 weeks they took a blood test and my kidneys were shutting down. I had urinary retention before but even with the weight training I was urinating constanty. So told to go to ER and they put catheter in the bladder and 4 liters came out , immediately, kept me in hospital til my blood levels of Creatine and Bun and Potassium came down, but still catherized. I still can not believe the chain the events. My weight when nothing appeared to wrong was 182, and now one month later it is 165. It is so strange, They still have catheter in. My PSA was taken all the time and there was no alarm. but not they have to go in. I take no supplements, eat clean diet, but weight lift to excess, I mean really. This had to be responsible for this, but my urologist says no.

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    It's easy to think that when one event follows another the second event was caused by the first. Sometimes that's true, but a lot of the time there's no link at all! Hope all's better for you soon.


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    ITs hard to imagine that if such was the case that they wouldn't have documented it by now. Weightlifting can cause your muscles to tighten and doing excercises to loosen them might help - as would biofeedback.

    But weightlifting didn't cause your kidneys to shut down. I would also get set up to self cath - you can live a normal life that way, including going back to weightlifting if you want to.

    I recommend geting evaluated by a good urologist to see what caused the retention, while you self cath in the interim. Some people see their retention get better just by self cathing - but either way there are threads discussing non invasive procedure for the prostate (stay away from TURP and Greelight laser), specifically PAE, REzum and Urolift that could solve your problem.

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    I think your intensity workouts may have led to prostate swelling acutely, leading to all your other problems. I have had bph for years and symptoms always worsened after intense running or biking. When I back off of intense exercise for whatever reason symptoms of bph subside. This pattern has persisted following UroLift, albeit attenuated greatly post UroLift procedure. I consider UroLift as highly effective for me, but post intense workouts I do have brief return of mild bph symptoms. Go figure!
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      I also noted the same thing after PAE. Every time I do jogging or weight lifting, urination becomes difficult and the stream slower. I also get little blood in my urine; only with heavy exercise


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