Prostate pain, pelvic pain, penile pain

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hi, a little advice is needed

I have been having pain in my lower abdomen, pelvis, anus and Penis. I have visited my doctor on a few occasions. about 3 week ago I told my doctor I suspect it may be a prostate issue. I had a rectal examination and indeed I had an enlarged prostate. I was given 2 weeks of antibiotics (ciprofloxacin) and told to return last week, over the 2 weeks I did notice some slight improvement and I started feeling a bit more positive that we were on the way to recovery. I returned to see the doctor and was given a further fortnight prescription of the antibiotics. however as this week has progressed I have slipped back into constant pain, the tip of my penis seems to be feeling it the worst this time, it really is quite painful at times.

does anyone have any insight into my problems and or any advice. I am back at the doctor on Thursday but not sure I can go that long if this pain doesn't ease off

thank you

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    Your symptoms sound a lot like prostatitis, however, I am not a doctor. I have read that this infection is difficult because of the small amount of blood flow to that area. If it is that, take a warm bath, use a heating pad, avoid alcohol and caffeine and avoid biking, etc. that might irritate the area.

    Good luck,

    Jeff

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      thanks Jeff

      I have abstained from alcohol for 4 weeks, I barely consume caffeine (1 x instant type coffee of a morning) I drink lots of water (which I need to as I also feel constantly dehydrated with this). baths are 1 of the few times I get mild relief from this to be honest so I am doing that, the heating pad idea I would suggest is a no no for me, I have heated seats in my motor and when they are on it makes things worse in the penile area. I certainly don't cycle lol...... thanks for your input mate, I appreciate any adviceπŸ™πŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

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      also the blood flow thing you mentioned would tie in with the penile issues. it is sometimes like blood is struggling to get around the penis and sometimes when sitting in a certain way it goes cold and numb almost πŸ€”

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    hi there!

    I been suffering from similar issues since end of October 2019. Did they find any bacteria in your prostate? If you can you might request semen culture to make sure your combatting the right bacteria if you have bacteria in the prostate. If not it could be non bacterial prostatitis. Which in that case there are many meds out there like Indomethacin which is a pain reliever to help comfort you. Changing your diet if need is crucial such and sugar and caffiene I would eliminate. Let us know how your appt goes. Are you going to primary care or uralogist ?

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      I had full blood/urine tests, everything came back fine (slight issue with blood platelets originally but that was put down to a viral infection I had leading up to this... 2nd test was fine).

      the prostate issue was detected by rectal examination, was extremely painful to touch and doc said it was quite enlarged but felt smooth to touch (so nothing sinister). I'm attempting to improve my diet, eating more greens, chicken and fish. I barely consume caffeine (1 coffee on a morning) I don't generally drink fizzy drinks either 95% of liquid I consume is water. I'm currently abstaining from alcohol( 4 weeks now) which has been hard as I like a drink, and getting drunk was 1 of the only times I got some respite from this, although I felt shocking the next day or 2. I will look into indomethacin as ibuprofen and paracetamol has zero effect. I currently am just seeing my family doctor but will suggest maybe getting referred to a Urologist on Thursday. I will keep updating as my journey progresses (or not as might be the case)

      thank you for responding D

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      d36675,

      A big clue is that your Digital Rectal Exam felt extremely painful to touch. That means you prostate is infected and inflamed, prostatitus. You should ask for a semen culture, it may not show up in your urine. You should definitely see a urologist, and might have to shop around for a good one.

      I had prostatitus when I was 22. The urologist did a DRE on me and collected discharge on a glass microsope slide. I assume he looked at it with a microscope to determine what type of bacteria it was. He may have also cultured it and sent it off to a lab. From that he selected an antibiotic which cured it in about two weeks. I went in weekly for DRE, which was painful, It was more like a prostate massage, the idea may have been to get the antibiotic to penetrate the prostate. He collected the discharge sample on glass slide each week. The symptoms went away in two weeks but I kept going to his office for four weeks, for the prostate massages.

      In retrospect, I think at that time my sex activity had change because I had just moved away to a new city, and shared an apartment with other people. I think my sex activity had dropped off alot. Prostatitus might also be caused by overdoing sex activity. Moderation is the key. The urologist also told me to back off drinking too much beer and coffee, as I was drinking alot of both at that time. Try also cutting down on sugar.

      You might also want to try a biofilm disruptor along with the antibiotics. A biofolm disruptor is a mix of enzymes that dissolve a biofolm, look it up on Google and Amazon. Bacterial colonies can cover themselves with a biofilm which antibiotics and your body's defenses can't penetrate. Anti inflammatory drugs like NSAIDS may also help.

      There is also a non bacterial prostatitus which I don't know much about. If none of the other antibacterial remedies work you might look up info on that.

      Regards,

      Thomas

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      so did the DRE cause the discharge to come out of the penis?

      if my prostate is as it was last time I got checked I don't think I could handle it being massaged, I almost passed out when I had my check done as it was that painful

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    Tell your doctor that latest advice is not to prescribe Cipro or Fluoroquinolones for prostate infections due to side effects.

    Cipro and Quinolones are dangerous drugs that can cause

    immediate or very delayed side effects. They should not be prescribed for

    UTI's, prostatitis and general infections only for life threatening ones.

    In 2018 the EMA (European Medicines Agency) held a public inquiry into them

    at Germanys request. In America the makers Bayer wrote to all doctors on

    this a couple of years ago but the message does not get taken to heart as like

    Amiodarone for AF it is an effective drug.

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/fluoroquinolone-toxicity-syndrome-427305

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      Cipro should be subscribed as a last resort but it is very good if you have chronic prostatitis. It penetrates the prostate very well which much of the others do not. If you have a bacteria infection and nothing else works and your infection is susceptible to it then might be something to try. I have done it and on it currently for mine since I have tried everything else and I don't have any symptoms that everyone talks about. However I am young (30) do not have underlying issues with joints, heart issues such as qt prolongation etc. However prostate infections are not a walk in the park so if you find out nothing else works and your last option it could be something that works. Drs that prescribe cipro as a first hand drug before making sure that it is chronic bacteria prostatitis is not good. If someone just has non bacteria they just really need pain relievers until the flare ups go away through exercise stretches and good diet

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      There are other antibiotics they can use but it is a tough one to cure. I had prostatitis off and on for years until having prostate laser surgery for BPH..

      I had tendonitis after being prescribed the drugs. First time intravenously when in hospital to have a heart valve replacement and later in tablet form and each time stopped it after two days when tendon pain started. Four years later it really caught up with me actually overnight when worsening neuropathy started in my lower left leg. I now use a rollator or an electric wheelchair to get around. There is no actual diagnosis for it nor any treatment. Some neurologists even suggested that I have CMT but genetic testing ruled that out.

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      we are a minority but here is no knowing who will be affected much evidently depends on your DNA makeup.

      Some get problems after just one tablet others get away with taking them for years before being hit.

      Good luck

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      I'm just over 3 weeks in.... no noticeable side effects as of yet. I think I'm gonna complete the 4 weeks then ask to see a urologist... also might try go the alternative route, probiotics/cbd/meditation

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      In the lower legs. In tends to affect one leg only and you are possibly more prone if you have had tendonitis in the past.

      I also had pain in my right hip that I put down to 5 1/2 hours on the operating table having my aortic valve replaced but may have had the same cause. It did not clear up with physio and I had a cortisone injection that cured it. I now know that if affected by Cipro/fluoroquinolones that corstisone should be avoided.

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      I found that it often went away on its own but returned.

      I've not had again since 2013 since I had laser surgery on my 135 grm prostate, And my PSA went down from around 8 to 0.74.

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