Tamsulosin side effects

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I was prescribed this 6 weeks ago. It worked OK. BUT last week I started getting lower back ache which also affected both upper thighs. I also got little chest pains in the sternum area which when I breathed in I could feel as well. The other strange effect was a tingling sensation upper right shoulder travelling across to the neck and lower Jaw. These are also signs of Heart Attack but I think they are caused by the Drug. I am also susceptible to statins and Amlodopine all of which I have had to give up and it took ages to recover from the muscle pain. I found that Paracetamol clears the pain but obviously it is not a cure and could mask any damage being done. So I have stopped the Tam. until I can check back to the Dr. hoping that my stream does not start to dry up. The experience of that was that it started to get dry up and painful JUST after the Cystoscopy!

if anyone has related experience or advice it would be most welcome.

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    I have not heard of Tamsulosin causing low back pain before, but allergy may be possible.  A Cystoscopy can cause bleeding, pain, and infection in the prostate which can cause the stream to slow.  An infection of the prostate, prostatitis, can cause lower back pain.  You should ask the doctor to check for a prostate infection,  usually in a urine sample.  If you do have an infection he may prescribe an antibiotic, and keep you on Tamsulosin to make sure you can still empty.  If you still have a problem emptying you could either have them put in a Foley catheter, or learn to self catheterize.

    Good Luck 

    Thomas

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      HH,

      Another possible reason you could get low back pain is too much retention in your bladder putting back pressure on your kidneys.  This can happen if your retaining too much urine due to enlarged prostate.  In any case you need to get a good Urologist to do some tests and diagnose your symptoms before they get worse.

      Thomas

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    During annual visit, GP sent me to Urologist due to high PSA reading.  UR decided Cystoscopy was in order.  From that, I got bladder infection with total stoppage and  and prescribed  Tamsulosin and use of catheter for several weeks.  Took about 9 months to get off Tamsulosin and been on Finasteride which has fewer side effects ever since.
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    I was on tamulosin to restrict the frequency of peeing.  It helped and I had no back problems.  The tamulosin did however restrict/prevent ejaculation.  Urologist acknowledged that was a known side effect. So I took myself off it and now have a medicine chest of 5 unopened boxes!   I have had a PAE 6 weeks ago.  Seems to be working (in curbing prostate's enthusiasm to press on my bladder!).  Awaiting in 10 days a diagnostic review to be based on a new MRI

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