Prostatitis and Bowel Obstruction?

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For 40 years I've had intermittent bouts of prostatitis at the same time as flareups of grevious constipation. When my prostate flares up, I know I'll also be constipated. A week ago for the first time ever I could not pass stool at all. Five days later after different kinds of laxatives, a dose of Milk of Magnesia finally cleared the blockage. All the time I feel the old enemy in my perineum...the very uncomfortable sensation of "sitting on a golf ball." Does anyone else have the experience of their prostatitis working against proper bowel function?

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    Years ago before I had Prostatitis I had a blocked bowel which ended up with a Laparotomy and no major problem found. I like you get constipation with bad flare ups and put it down to pain killers and different antibiotics. Always then use Fibrogel and others, and in emergency always have a Phosphate Enema to hand as recommended by the surgeon years ago.
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    Hey ed,

    I had the exact same thing starting about a year ago.  They initially diagnosed me with prostatitis and had me on anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and flomax as I was having problems urinating, i.e. up several times a night and I wasn't releasing that much urine.  During this time, I had to deal with constipation which I did through Myralax and stool softeners.  It kept things moving but not like they did prior to the prostatitis.  I totally understand the sensation of sitting on a hot golf ball.

    Eventually, things got worse and I had a TURP in August.  The constipation issues still have to be managed even though they removed about 70% of my 100g prostate.  I thought the surgery would help the constipation issue but it has continued.  The problem is that my bladder became stretched out retaining so much urine for such a long time.  I believe that my bladder is pressing against the rectum/intestines and it causes a bloated feeling.  The Myralax and stool softeners are effective and allow me to have bowel movements every day but they still aren't as, how shall I say, as satisfying as before.  :-)  But functionally it has worked.

    I think what you are experiencing is normal but I would recommend you go in to a urologist and get a urodynamics test to see if you are retaining urine in your bladder.  If you are, it would be like a big balloon pressing against everything in a fairly confined space.  Best to find out if there is anything going on there.


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