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Acute and chronic prostatitis discussion. Arnon Krongrad, MD, moderator.

I am new to this site. I hope this is the right group to post my story in.  

My husband has been seeing a urologist for almost a year for his CP but I had never heard of the Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index before. He took the test here on this site and he scored 35.  Urination issues being the lowest of his scores. Do other urologists go by this system?  I take it 35 is pretty high? From what I'm reading by some people on here, it's pretty typical for a uro to want to pass the buck when a patient like my husband is showing no progress, other than getting progressively worse. 

He is on another round of antibiotic treatments and alpha-blockers and the uro wants him to just go to a pain clinic. But we want a cure. How does one become a candidate for lapro? How much more of the antibiotics, massages, pain meds etc does he have to go through before he can be considered for lapro? We're only into this thing for a year and a half and it's devastating. He is totally debilitated. I can't imagine going through this for as long as others have. It's terrifying to think about. Sorry for the dramatics, I'm just curious if there's a certain amount of time and trials he has to go through before he can be consulted for surgery.

I also realize it's difficult for him to get in to see specialists because of his lack of insurance. He does have medically needy with a share of cost of around $700.  (Meaning he is basically on medicaid for treatments costing more than $700).  If he were a candidate for surgery, would he even be accepted under these financial circumstances? Thank you in advance for any help.

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I wrote this fairly late at night yesterday. I guess what I'm asking is, is it too soon for him to be considered for the laporo (sp?) surgery? If his urologist is giving up on him does he have to start back at square one with another uro? The symptom index test he took clearly indicates he has a severe case, but his uro says things to him "this is common, you just have to learn to live with it". If that uro utilized the symptom index wouldn't he be a little more concerned? What are your first thoughts when you hear that he has a 35 on the CPSI?



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