For almost two years, I experienced pains I did not tell friends about. Burning and stinging in your genital area don't make for good dinner-party conversation.
But I'm now writing about it precisely because, as I found out, many men like me needlessly suffer in silence.
Prostatitis gets little press, but it’s an all-too-common genitourinary condition in men. It accounts for about 1.8 million visits to the doctor’s office in the United States each year. Depending on how you define the term, 9% to 16% of men experience prostatitis. It’s also an “equal opportunity” disorder. Unlike benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer, which predominantly affect older men, prostatitis affects men of all ages.
To enable us to understand the possible mechanisms leading to "chronic prostatitis" we have to know some basic facts about the anatomy and physiology of the prostate.
This condition is common, very bothersome and enigmatic. Symptoms are usually prolonged and, generally speaking, treatment results are unsatisfactory. During the last decade, research has focused on the distress caused by the condition, but although our knowledge has certainly increased there have been no real breakthroughs...
The term prostatitis is applied to a series of disorders, ranging from acute bacterial infection to chronic pain syndromes, in which the prostate gland is inflamed.
Prostatitis is a prevalent condition that encompasses a large array of clinical symptoms with significant impacts on men's life. The diagnosis and treatment of this disorder presents numerous challenges for urologists, most notably, a lack of specific and effective diagnostic methods.
Although chronic prostatitis is extremely frequent, the study and the therapy of this invalidating disease is not always managed with necessary attention and care.
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The Prostatitis Network started in 2000 to assist men with chronic prostatitis/CPPS, and to combat the many prevailing misconceptions about the condition on the ‘net. Men were at high risk of being conned and misled by scammers in the US, China and the Philippines. This website dealt a fatal blow to those schemes, an achievement of which we’re justifiably proud! Run on an almost non-profit basis on a shoestring budget, the website will continue as long as YOU support it.
The National Center for Pelvic Pain Research (NCPPR) is a center devoted to research and treatment of pelvic pain syndromes in men and women using the Wise-Anderson Protocol. Pelvic pain syndromes treated at NCPPR include prostatitis, pelvic floor dysfunction, levator ani syndrome, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, interstitial cystitis, urethral syndrome, and pelvic floor myalgia, among other diagnoses.
BP is most commonly caused by infection from members of the Enterobacteriaceae family, but organisms from other families can be responsible and are more likely in certain high-risk populations. Escherichia coli is the most common isolate from urine cultures and is the causative agent in the majority (approximately 50% to 90%) of cases.