Prostatitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the prostate and sometimes the area around it. There are several types of prostatitis, each with a range of symptoms. Some men with the disease will experience severe pain and others will not be bothered; and the rest fall in between the two. However, the symptoms of the disease do have a significant impact on a man’s quality of life so it is important to meet with a doctor about this condition.
Because there are 4 different types of prostatitis, different symptoms can be associated with each one. The following symptoms are divided by type:
Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS)
Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis
Acute (Sudden) Bacterial Prostatitis
Asymptotic Inflammatory Prostatitis
Multiple tests can be performed to help confirm a diagnosis of Prostatitis including:
In most cases, anti-inflammatory medicines will be prescribed to help treat Prostatitis and sometimes antibiotics are necessary. Depending on the type, the duration of antibiotics will vary. Many doctors will have other suggestions that may help in easing the pain or might suggest alterations to daily activities or diet.