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And The Beat Goes On For Me!

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  • Posted By: tonybologna
  • May 14, 2008
  • 04:08 AM

Hey guys & gals! First time posting on these forums. I've been talking about my problems on another health forum as well. To begin with, I'm a 37 year old married male that has been pretty healthy for the most part. Back in February I started experiencing a combination of symptoms pertaining to the prostate/urinary/testicle system.

The first signs were burning after urination, some discomfort in the testicles, pain radiating into the lower abdomen,& some mild groin tenderness. Those symptoms had been going on for a couple days so I went strictly with water as my choice of drink for several days. The symptoms did gradually leave. I went back to regular eating & drinking again.

After a few days, the symptoms came back & this time worse with additional problems. I had nausea along with fatigue & chills. I again went back to drinking water for a few days. My symptoms again left after a few days. I resumed normal activities again.

A few days later I was pretty much miserable with all the symptoms combined into what I felt was my life going right before my eyes. This time my wife & I agreed that I need to get checked out by a doctor. I has put this off because of being scared. I went to the doctor for an examination. Of course, the first thing was the DRE(Digital Rectal Exam). My prostate was very enlarged & warm to the touch & very tender.


This is a sign of a prostate infection. I was given initially Bactrim DS along with Pyridium for pain. I went home & began taking the meds. After a couple days things got worse. I had to go to the ER at night because I felt I was dying. I was given 2 IV bags because I was partially dehydrated. I then gave a urine sample & blood was taken to check to see if the infection had gotten into my bloodstream.

The blood test came back negative for the bloodstream so the doctor changed my antibiotic to Doxycycline(3 week treatment) & gave me more Pyridium along with Phenergran for nausea. I went through the 3-week treatment with antibiotics & started feeling much better after about 2 weeks. I finished the antibiotics & seemed to feel pretty well.

However, after a few more days began to feel bad again. I got paranoid & started taking several herbs & supplements to try & help. I began Saw Palmetto, Zinc, Quercetin, Echinacea-Goldenseal, along with other vitamins. I started feeling better after a few days again. A couple weeks past & I had to go back to the doctor & as expected the doctor(this time a NP) wasn't pleased with what I had done. I was just tired of being sick & feeling like the antibiotics wasn't working.

She said since I was going the herb/supplement route then I would have to call back once I get the prostate shrunk to get a PSA screen done. I continued to take the Saw Palmetto, Zinc, Echinacea-Goldenseal,etc. for a couple weeks. I felt the best I'd felt in weeks. I made the call to the doctor to get the PSA screen. This time I wasn't examined with the DRE but just given the blood( PSA) screen.

This was a few days ago but now my symptoms have came back again & the pain/discomfort after urination is the worse it's been in a long time along with feeling tired & bad again. The nausea is there as well but comes & goes throughout the day. I should be hearing something about my test by weeks end hopefully. This has been about the hardest thing I've ever experienced. It's totally taken over my life & affecting all things involved around it. I'm certainly worried about cancer but not panicking yet.

Prostatitis can be very overwhelming indeed. I have already ordered some Pau D' Arco tea & plan on using this tea soon as a helpful remedy to whatever problem is going on with me. I'm just near a state of depression & that's something that I've never even had a hint of in my life. I'll check back later in the week once I hear from my PSA test. Thanks for the time! :eek:

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    tonybologna 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey Tony B! I have had BPH, i.e., Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and like many men before me, developed Prostate Cancer...you'll have to see a Urologist asap...do another DRE and you'll know for sure. All doctors don't have the same experience in doing a DRE...believe me. If it is not BPH and just Prostititis, you'll be given antibiotics for a couple of weeks and then perhaps a biopsy of the prostate gland...it's better to be safe than sorry. From my experience and since my surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview, I would say about 50% of all men with an enlarged prostate have developed PCa...of course, if you have men in your family who have had PCa; you are at risk!So, find out who may have had PCa in your family and go see a Urologist; he/she will probably put you on what is known as a 5-alpha-reductase or the popular name ' Avodart ' to suppress the DHT that your testosterone produces and to shrink the prostate gland so that it makes for a better DRE and perhaps a biopsy. You'll probably have to have periodic PSAs while on medication. Let us know how you do, Best regards,JohnPCa-SurvivorJohns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
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  • Hey Tony B! I have had BPH, i.e., Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and like many men before me, developed Prostate Cancer...you'll have to see a Urologist asap...do another DRE and you'll know for sure. All doctors don't have the same experience in doing a DRE...believe me. If it is not BPH and just Prostititis, you'll be given antibiotics for a couple of weeks and then perhaps a biopsy of the prostate gland...it's better to be safe than sorry. From my experience and since my surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview, I would say about 50% of all men with an enlarged prostate have developed PCa...of course, if you have men in your family who have had PCa; you are at risk!So, find out who may have had PCa in your family and go see a Urologist; he/she will probably put you on what is known as a 5-alpha-reductase or the popular name ' Avodart ' to suppress the DHT that your testosterone produces and to shrink the prostate gland so that it makes for a better DRE and perhaps a biopsy. You'll probably have to have periodic PSAs while on medication. Let us know how you do, Best regards,JohnPCa-SurvivorJohns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center This is very good advice, above. Also, consider trying acupuncture to help you with this, espeically if your PSA levels are slightly high and as a preventative to further problems. My first patient at TCM school had high PSA levels and after six weeks of acupuncture treatments his PSA levels went down to normal. It can really help. What, other than water, do you drink on a daily basis? Do you drink sodas, or so called "energy drinks"? Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Tony B Yeah, now we are getting some feedback...Acupuncture is good, very good...but remember, always follow the biology of your body; your body chemistry tells everything that is going on with you... I would not be a heavy coffee drinker nor would I go into more than one soft drink on a daily basis...first off, coffee will make you go to the bathroom more than you would care to; secondly, soft drinks, particularly carbonated soda drinks have plenty of sugar; on the somewhat long-shot there may be cancer brewing, sugar is one thing that cancer can feed-on...easy on the sugar and go lightly on the coffee...but by all means drink lots of water. If you find going pretty rough for you, talk to your Internist about putting you on an antidepressant!...I do Effexor XR...this of course is only info for you to take to your healthcare team to discuss...I am in no way medically qualified to advise; I'm merely giving you info in order to be better educated so that you can talk more intelligently to your doctors about potential up-coming treatment...keep in touch! Take things slowly to educate yourself...get as much knowledge as you can about your condition and you'll feel your more in control; stay positive...a positive attitude will help you go forward in a better mind-set! Best regards,JohnPCa-Survivor-Dx: 03-05-Surgery-05-05Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
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  • Thanks for the replies guys! Well, I got a call yesterday that my PSA screen came back "normal". I can't remember if I even said that I had this done over a week ago. That was some good news indeed but what's causing my sickness then? I did have a grandfather that died of prostate cancer but he was over 70 years old. My father is now 66 & has some minor prostate problems but nothing our of the ordinary for his age really. I am currently on my 2nd course of antibiotics & will be finished on Sunday. I do feel better but I'm scared another relapse will occur when they're stopped. This happened previously.I do feel that I just have a regular enlarged prostate that's leading to the bigger problems. I had only experienced minor urinary problems in the past few years but nothing that popped up so suddenly like these symptoms over the past 3+ months. It's been so frustrating to my life.I need to mention that the nurse that called yesterday said while my PSA was normal I did have some abnormalities in my CBC(Complete Blood Count). This could be a bunch of things including due to the herbs I had been taking. I know the CBC can show an infection as well. I'm not getting all out of whack about this because this can mean nothing.I have read much about how prostatitis works on people. Mine is fitting(if that is what's really wrong) for the chronic prostatitis which comes on pretty sudden & has relapses after treatment. The problem is that I've never been told whether I had bacteria in my urine samples.Maybe the CBC has helped with the white blood cell readings to determine the infection. I have asked but get no real answers. This makes me even more frustrated with the doctor thing. I've seen too many men keep suffering by antibiotic treatment over & over again. It does no good for the infections that aren't bacteria related yet I'm on my 2nd course of antibiotics. Anyhow, thanks for the concerns guys & I go back to the DR on June 2nd I believe. If there was a suspicion of a major concern then the nurse that called would've had me in much quicker. They actually called me when I wasn't expecting a call unless my PSA was abnormal so that was a surprise. Any more feedback & thoughts is welcomed here. Thanks again guys! :) I place a smile because I have smiled for the first time in a long while now!
    tonybologna 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • I made a post back & the boards said I had a duplicate but it's not here in the thread. What's up with that? I'm not typing it again because it was lengthy. Geez! :eek: I will say that I had the PSA screen that came back normal. This was from a call from the dr's nurse yeaterday. I'm not typing back all the other stuff. Thanks! What, other than water, do you drink on a daily basis? Do you drink sodas, or so called "energy drinks"?NOTHING BUT WATER! I didn't drink water in the past 8+ years. Even though I play sports I mostly drank sports drinks when playing ball. I drank absolutely no soft drinks(except an occasional Sprite drink) & was only drinking one cup of coffee each morning up until this stared on me. I have quit drinking coffee period. The drink while playing sports was either Gatorade or Powerade. Now, I can't even do the things I want due to the sickness. I am now drinking the filtered(PUR) water only everyday. I drink at least 8-10 cups daily since my symptoms started. I have removed all chocolate from my diet as well as spices, caffeine, limited sugar, & all dairy products.I have also started the "Broccoli Treatment" for the suspected prostatitis back last Saturday. This could be helping more than the prescribed antibiotics themselves. If you've never heard of this then you can "Google" this type treatment. Many men have benefited from this treatment for prostatitis of all kinds. It woks like a stronger antibiotic treatment & you can continue taking other meds while doing it. Thanks guys! ;)
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  • Back again! Well, I started my 3-day off period for the "Broccoli Treatment" on Friday. You're supposed to be able to limit(moderation) fats,spices,dairy products,etc. but after having a barbecue yesterday I am suffering again. I'm back to having discomfort urinating & burning/stinging long afterwards. I don't really feel bad like I have in the past few months but the discomfort/pain is certainly not good. I had started to have only little/mild discomfort but after eating these other foods. I''m right back to square one. This is really frustrating. Oh well, I go back to the doc next Monday & hopefully we can get this thing going in the right direction. In the meantime, I'm gonna stick with the Broccoli Treatment because today is my last day of antibiotics. At least I can use that as a natural antibiotic until I get back to the doctor. I'm gonna avoid any & all foods that you're supposed to allow in moderation while on the off days because this made me have a setback to where I thought things might be getting better. Thanks guy & stick with me on this please! :eek:
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  • Hello Tony,I feel your pain. I have had what 30 years ago was Dx has viral urethritis..I am presently suffering a 3 month and counting attack!...I have been taking cipro for it and after 3 weeks no improvement!!!..My shaft is sore...Sometimes it sting after I take a leak...Fun and games my friend, fun and games...I'll be taking to you..Good luck..Rod
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  • Back again! Well, I started my 3-day off period for the "Broccoli Treatment" on Friday. You're supposed to be able to limit(moderation) fats,spices,dairy products,etc. but after having a barbecue yesterday I am suffering again. I'm back to having discomfort urinating & burning/stinging long afterwards. I don't really feel bad like I have in the past few months but the discomfort/pain is certainly not good. I had started to have only little/mild discomfort but after eating these other foods. I''m right back to square one. This is really frustrating. Oh well, I go back to the doc next Monday & hopefully we can get this thing going in the right direction. In the meantime, I'm gonna stick with the Broccoli Treatment because today is my last day of antibiotics. At least I can use that as a natural antibiotic until I get back to the doctor. I'm gonna avoid any & all foods that you're supposed to allow in moderation while on the off days because this made me have a setback to where I thought things might be getting better. Thanks guy & stick with me on this please! :eek: The broccoli treatment sounds good, but I would also get yourself a good quality PROBIOTIC to help balance out the bad effects of the antibiotics. Antibiotics strip away the good with the bad, and a Probiotic reintroduces the good bacteria back in your gut. This is extremely important for your gastrointestinal and genitorurinary health...get one with several strains of beneficial flora - you can find a probiotic at any good healthfood store or online at www.vitacost.com Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • The broccoli treatment sounds good, but I would also get yourself a good quality PROBIOTIC to help balance out the bad effects of the antibiotics. Antibiotics strip away the good with the bad, and a Probiotic reintroduces the good bacteria back in your gut. This is extremely important for your gastrointestinal and genitorurinary health...get one with several strains of beneficial flora - you can find a probiotic at any good healthfood store or online at www.vitacost.com Best wishesDOMI've been taking Culterelle(Pro-biotic) with the antibiotics so that's a plus. I'm now back to the broccoli treatment regime today. I'm hoping this will get me back on the right path again. The 3 day off thing hit me heard after that barbecue. It looks like until I get this cleared up that I'll have to be on those strict foods all the way through. Thanks guys! :eek:
    tonybologna 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey guys! It's been a while posting for me. I actually think I'm now cured of my prostatitis. It hasn't been easy that's for sure. I just changed my lifestyle & diet. I also have switched to all natural/organic supplement regime along with an organic./all-natural diet. There's far too many patients that keep taking antibiotics. This just doesn't work for about 95% of prostatitis cases. I stopped after 2 courses. I took matters into my own hands. I feel if I'd went with the docs advice then I'd still be in the same boat. Good to have my health & life back. :)
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  • Hey guys! It's been a while posting for me. I actually think I'm now cured of my prostatitis. It hasn't been easy that's for sure. I just changed my lifestyle & diet. I also have switched to all natural/organic supplement regime along with an organic./all-natural diet. There's far too many patients that keep taking antibiotics. This just doesn't work for about 95% of prostatitis cases. I stopped after 2 courses. I took matters into my own hands. I feel if I'd went with the docs advice then I'd still be in the same boat. Good to have my health & life back. :) That is such GREAT NEWS! Glad to hear you are feeling well again!:D You are spot on concerning antibiotics...they are so overused and cause a host of immune problems. Best wishesDOM
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  • Hey guys! It's been a good while since I've update this thread. My prostatitis is under control now but I've ran into a new problem. I've submitted a new thread for evaluation. How long does it take for threads to get approved on here now? I submitted a new thread yesterday but it's still not listed. Thanks!
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