So my husband has been having trouble since September with this problem. We've had three different diagnoses and 4 different medications and still he suffers from the symptoms.
The symptoms started with extremely frequent urinations. He wasn't emptying his bladder fully so he needed to go quite often, over 10 times or so a day. He would wake up at night 3 to 4 times to use the bathroom. then he started having a lot of pressure in his lower abdomen, around the prstate/bladder area. It was so painful he couldn't sleep, and it felt like he has to urinate but nothing would come out. He also had mild lower back and abdominal pain, and a sense of ugrency when having to urinate.
We ended up going to patient first, they did x-rays and a urinalysis, the urine showed small amount of red blood cells and bacteria. X-rays showed nothing, and the prostate exam was fine. He was put on doxycycline and diagnosed with cystitis and a uti.
Within 3 days the symptoms were worse, so we went back to the dr, and he was put on avalox as well with the doxy. The medication seemed to help for the 2 week period. It seemed to help during the medication, but then only a couple days after the symptoms returned. Again went to patient first, another x-ray and urinalysis was done, and everything was normal, so they refused to give him any more medication.
Then we made an appointment with a urologist. The urologist diagnosed him with prostatitis. Prostate exam was normal, and the doctor told us that sometimes bacteria can harbor in the prostate and return. He was put on cypro for one month. The cypro seemed to work towards the end of the 30 day period, but didn't help that much.
We went back to the urologist after the cypro, and he was put on macrobid and another urine sample was taken, which was perfectly normal. The macrobid had no noticeable improvements. We contacted the urologist again, and he gave him Flomax, a medication for enlarged process. Unfortunately my husband had a lot of the side effects so he stopped taking that medication.
The symptoms seem to come and go, but they are making hm very uncomfortable, and we don't know where else to turn. If anyone could offer some advice, or some things we should bring up the next time we go to the urologist, please let me know. We both would greatly appreciate it.