Inflammation of the prostate is called prostatitis. Most often, the disease is caused by microorganisms that normally live in the body and are not dangerous. But if the immune system malfunctions, the bacteria begin to multiply actively.
Stagnation of blood and semen inactivity also causes bacteria to multiply. Symptoms may vary depending on the specific cause of the prostatitis. It is difficult not to notice acute prostatitis when the prostate gland is severely inflamed. But with a slow process, it is more difficult to diagnose the problem.
Symptoms of prostatitis in men
Usually, more than one symptom occurs and without treatment, the process gradually increases. The more swelling and inflammation in the prostate gland, the brighter the symptoms of prostatitis in men. It is extremely rare for prostatitis to be asymptomatic - that is, it does not feel at all.
About half of patients with prostate inflammation experience pain. This is one of the most important symptoms. The pain is felt individually: it can be pain or sharp, it appears during urination and ejaculation. In acute prostatitis with abscesses, the pain can be unbearable.
The pain points are also different for everyone: in the penis, in the testicles and even in the lower back and in the sacrum. Due to its unusual location, the disease is often overlooked, confused, for example, with osteochondrosis. Therefore, it is important to see a urologist in any case, even if only your back hurts.
It is especially annoying at night, a man can wake up constantly, even if he did not drink practically before going to bed. After emptying the bladder, a man often does not want to go to the toilet again. Sometimes mucus can be seen in the urine.
Usually such night trips indicate an early stage of prostatitis. It is important to take this seriously - at this stage, it is easier to prevent the disease from developing.
Due to swelling and inflammation, various unpleasant sensations can affect organs located next to the prostate. The rectum is not far from the prostate, so when defecating in the anus, pain and stinging may occur. There is a burning sensation and heaviness in the perineum.
Any infection affects the whole body, therefore, with prostatitis, fatigue, feelings of depression, sleep disorders and poor appetite.
The multiplication of bacteria causes a violent reaction of the immune system, which tries to suppress the growth of microorganisms. Therefore, the temperature may rise. Symptoms that usually accompany a fever appear: chills, sweating, "pains" in the joints, headache.
The prostate gland is extremely important for a normal sex life. If something goes wrong with the organ, it directly affects libido.
With prostatitis, erection problems begin - it is irregular, unstable or completely absent. As prostatitis worsens, the sperm becomes cloudy and watery.
Can I diagnose prostatitis on my own?
When an acute situation arises, people try to find their own way out. At present, men, when symptoms of prostatitis are detected, start looking for answers to their questions in urological forums. In self-diagnosis, patients are assisted by questionnaires of the scale of chronic prostatitis symptoms, which are found in medical sources. Of course, assuming such a diagnosis, it is definitely not worth prescribing treatment yourself.
Are there any pains with prostatitis?
Prostate diseases are often painful and prostatitis is no exception. The pain is most often found in the lower abdomen, supraorbital region, perineum and penis. The pain can spread to the sanctuary and the lumbar region, to the testicles. The nature of the pain syndrome varies from persistent pain to shooting pain. Sometimes there is practically no pain, but it is rather an exception if the disease is very "slow". This prostatitis is called asymptomatic.
What often causes pain in prostatitis?
Most often, hypothermia, a general decrease in immunity, stress, alcohol abuse, especially beer and an excess of spicy and meaty foods lead to worsening of prostatitis with pain. Constipation, prolonged absence of sexual intercourse or their excess can also cause pain. All of these cause swelling or cause an infection to develop.