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If you have been diagnosed with prostatitis, please tell us your story: age, duration of symptoms, treatments, results, and the like.
Thank you for your message. I am writing out of sheer desperation and fear. My husband (53 y.o.) has been having some strange symptoms for about 7 weeks. His symptoms are: Lower abdominal pain, lower back pain, pain in his penis, rectum, scrotum, testicles and the entire groin area, in general. He reports that it hurts (the bones in his groin area just to sit down). He also has some pain upon urination and ejaculation. His doctor suspected Diverticulitis and put him on a course of antibiotics (Doxycycline and Metronidazole), which he just finished, after 10 days, to no avail. His urologist did see some blood in his urine, which may be attributed to a kidney stone that they saw on u/s (has history of stones). He reports, however, that this is unlike the intense pain he has had from stones. The urologist did a bladder scan and said bladder is emptying fine. She did a prostate exam, as well. She said she was "stumped". His GP ordered a ct scan this week, which showed only a "resolving Colitis". He has not noticed any blood in his bowel movements, however, and from what I read, that is the most prevalent symptom. We are both experiencing terrible anxiety and fear. I am worried that he has advanced bladder cancer because I read that it can cause these symptoms. I believe an abdominal ct scan (which is what he had) would not look at the bladder, correct? When reading about the symptoms of Prostatis, I thought it would be worth learning more. Any thoughts that you may have would be GREATLY appreciated.

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At 10:22am on May 12, 2011, Arnon Krongrad, MD said…

Hi Lisa,


Welcome. Can you tell us about your interest in prostatitis? Do you know someone who has it? Do you work with prostatitis patients?


Thank you.

At 10:55am on May 12, 2011, Arnon Krongrad, MD said…

Hi Lisa,


Thanks for clarifying. You may want to update your profile with some of that content in case others read it and want to comment. You can do that through the Settings tab in the upper right.


The symptoms you're describing are very nonspecific. Lots of things can cause them and I would put bladder cancer low on that list. Yes, they could be caused by prostatitis. Has your husband seen a urologist?

At 11:36am on May 12, 2011, Arnon Krongrad, MD said…

It still sounds like acute prostatitis. Any cultures, urine cytology, and/or cystoscopy?


Any input from a gastroenterologist? Any history of irritable bowel, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, appendicitis?

At 3:41pm on May 12, 2011, Arnon Krongrad, MD said…
Since I am not your husband's doctor and have not examined him, I am in absolutely no position to give him advice. However, your questions are all on target and you can certainly suggest to your husband that he ask his doctors.
At 9:12pm on May 13, 2011, Arnon Krongrad, MD said…
You're welcome. I hope he gets better soon.

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