Prostatitis the culprit?

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I was recently treated for bacterial prostatitis, but after 10 days of ciprofloxacin the symptoms remain. Frequent urination, pain/discomfort in and around pelvic and groin, etc.

Dr. is s now sending me for a abdominal and pelvic ultrasound to see what might be causing the pain. I've read a lot about non-bacterial prostatitis and that it's very common in men under 50.

I didn't mention this to him prior to the ordering of the ultrasound, but it seems a likely culprit. Also, I would have expected my Dr. to perform a rectal exam of my prostate or ordered blood work before the ultrasound.

I had bacterial prostatitis back around six years ago, so I think he may have treated me based on my history. I don't mind going for the ultrasound, but I'd like to mention non-bacterial prostatitis as a possibility if the ultrasound results prove uneventful.

Curious if others have had similar experience?

Thanks.

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    Under my testicles; I have a nagging pain in the prostate; it has been going on for weeks. My PSA was 5 and it has been 5 for a long time. I am on antibiotics they do not work. I am active; I exercise vigorously and lift weights for mass constantly. Atter weightlifting the pain is worse. My doctor says my prostate is slightly swollen. I have had this problem for 2 years. It started like suddenly and never got better. They did 2 biopsies ; they were ok. But constant inflammation in a prostate is not a good thing. My penis feels numb and I never get erection; may be once a month that is it. It happened suddenly. I go to a urologist; I do not know what to do. My antibiotic is azithromycin. They say if you take 1 tablespoonful of Pumpkin oil it helps, I do that . I buy it a Whole Foods it is refrigerated. It appears to help a bit. Help me.
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    I'm going through the exact same thing ! I'm currently taking cipro for bacterial prostatitis but I honestly don't feel it getting better at all , I've already taken doxycycline for a whole month with no change.. They looked at my prostate and said its enlarged and infected so they prescribed more cipro , but nothing is working .. I get more relaxation out of a hot bath than medicine. I wish I could tell you the best method but I have no clue and neither does any specialist I have seen
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    If the swollen prostate is caused by malfunction the veins ;the theory of Gat Goren; than the urologists are not  treating it properly. It means their treatment is worthless. Constanl inflammation is theorized to eventually cause  cancer. Is it best just to have the prostate removed.I do not know your age. Please tell us.  But going back and forth to the urologist does nothing for us really. or for anyone for that matter.
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    Had prostate biopsy at local hospital last year, no cancer but some abnormal tissue found ( inflamed) have had sporadic prostatitis since. latest episode the worst. Pain in pubic area, scrotum and penis. Some back pain in lumbar area that got slowly worse .Pain  Ok at the moment seems to flare up and last for 1/2 weeks.Lasting problem with urination and ED though. Dr says that it is likely caused by the biopsy and will most likely stay with me for good. Hot baths and ibuprofen ease the pain but not the other problems.No bacterial infection has been found. Hope you guys do better. Have six monthly DRE and blood work to ensure cancer not starting off.
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    I'd read headache in the pelvis if you have prostate problems, it can be related to tension in the pelvic floor. There is a type of massage called myofascial release that can help the muscles let go and relax. Recovering using antibiotics from chronic prostatitis is more rare and it seems the non bacterial form is more common. Some people get relief from Chinese medicine and dietary changes. I have had it for 1 year now and it does die down if I keep to an anti inflammatory diet, what you need to eat differs for everyone although alcohol, chillis, and caffeine are usually big problems.
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    I used traditional chinese medicine a few years ago after a back injury, herbs and accupuncture gave me relief at the time.unfortunatley the practitioner i visited had retired from work. Chinese herbs are the most awfull thing I have ever tasted. Dont even think of them if you have a weak stomach. I am a caffiene adict but am cutting down on it. 
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    I had those types of problems for a few years. They were getting worse, so I finally went to the urologist who did the stomach ultrasound, then the rectal ultrasound which revealed a growth of the prostrate up into my bladder. I then went it for the cyto to go up in the bladder to take a closer look. He recommended the turp to remove the growth. I did that about a month ago and the symtoms have been much better. I am not fully recovered yet, but so far the burning and pain while urinating from the pressure has been alleviated.

    I would recommend more tests systematically until you can rule everything out. If the cipro is not working that is odd so it may be something else.

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    Hope your recovery continues at the same pace, what big problems emanate from a small ( to start with ) gland.
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