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Possible Prostatitis - hard to diagnose - PAIN!

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  • Posted By: davejonson
  • October 18, 2008
  • 02:33 AM

Hi maybe someone or a doctor can give me some answers on what has been bothering me for the last 5 months chronically. I have been to 3 family doctors and 2 Urologists and have still not got to the bottom of what is ailing me.


Let me just start by saying I am a 33 year old married male with no history of health problems.

Today the date is October 17/2008.
At the end of May I started having pain in my left testicle.

Over the next 2 months I was seen by 3 more doctors with similar issues and diagnosed with epididymitis and prescribed various doses of Cipro(10 days), Apo-Cephalexin (3 weeks) and Apo-oflox(1 week).
Then the pain spread to my left testicle and eventually I started feeling a lot of pressure on my prostate. I had an ultrasound of the testicles that showed apparently no problems.

I saw two Urologists, the first thought it could be a varicocele then changed his mind and thought it was prostatitis. My prostate was 'boggy' and very sore when digitally examined. There were no other side effects other than the pain, pressure and sore testicles in the spermatic cord/epididymis area.
I was prescribed 6 weeks of vibra-tabs(doxycycline hyclate)
At the end of 6 weeks the symptoms had not changed. One urologist has scheduled me for a cystascope to see if there is a narrow urethra causing it and the other urologist has scheduled me for a bladder ultrasound, transrectal and prostate at the same time. They both seem to be approaching it differently but believe it is prostatitis.
Unfortunately our medical system is so busy that it may be several weeks to two months for these tests. I am desperately trying to get the moved up.

I feel like I need to urinate badly sometimes, it is very uncomfortable to sit, the prostate feels sore and I get pain sensations down my legs. My testicles also feel sore up to the base of my penis. After ejaculation/sex sometimes the spermatic cord can feel sore for a day.

I have tried all sorts of things such as Saw Palemetto, pumpkin seed oil, flax seed oil and a few pollen type pills that say they help non bacterial prostatitis.

Does anyone have any insight that may help me as I am at a total loss and the pain is putting such a stress on my life and marriage.

Thank you so much

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  • I do have a blackberry I keep in my pocket sometimes but I have been carrying a phone for a while and I am a little skeptical that this could be actually causing the problem. I am sure its not good for anything but hey its the first suggestion I got, so thanks.
    davejonson 2 Replies
    • October 18, 2008
    • 02:03 PM
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  • It could be a atypical varicocele. Does it get better if you lay down and rest? Is it better in the morning? If it's varicocele, the pain should be at least a little correlated to your body position. Good luck!
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • October 18, 2008
    • 02:52 PM
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  • It seems to be better in the morning, however laying down at night often is when it is at its worse. I can not lay on my side because my testicles are sore and on my back my prostate is irritated, so its a lose/lose situation at sleep time. I am in my car about 2 hours a day and sit at a desk and I often wonder if that is what causes my prostate to become sore. I had my ultrasound this morning and the technician said she saw no stones or problems but It would be up to my doctor for the more professional view on it. Been getting a lot of tender tingling from my prostate lately while sitting. And all this moving around is making other areas hurt and pinching nerves. Both my urologists said they doubted in the end that it was a varicocele. Thanks
    davejonson 2 Replies
    • October 18, 2008
    • 04:38 PM
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