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Recently visited my GP here in the UK because I was becoming increasingly anxious about my peeing frequency. Over the past couple of years I had been getting up maybe twice in the night but I could live with that.
More recently I have been suffering with frequency during the day to the extent that on most days I could not go more the 2 hrs without needing to pee. This became more problematic and embarrassing on a recent cruise holiday where I had to duck out of a shore excursion because it was going to last around 4hrs and there was no guarantee that I would be able to find toilet facilities.
My GP did a DRE and announced that my prostate was only slightly enlarged - smaller than he would have expected for someone of my age (74). He thought there could be other things going on (eg bladder wall irritation) and ordered some bloods and a PSA test. He suggested trying Tamsulosin for a few weeks to see how things progressed and I am now in my third week of treatment (0.4mg/day)
Initial findings have been positive. I'm still getting up in the night but occasionally it has been just once rather than twice. During the day however I'm finding the frequency has dropped so that I can now go between 3 and 4 hours between visits. So all-in-all I'm fairly positive about the results.
However in the last week or so I have been getting quite painful knee joints. I generally keep fit and do a lot of cycling but this knee pain has come on recently and I can't explain it. Joint pain does not appear on the list of known side effects for Tamsulosin but I thought I'd reach out to see if any others on this forum have had the same experience.
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