Prostatitis

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Prostatitis

Postby robing » 10 Oct 2016, 12:27am

Further to my earlier post, I was diagnosed with prostatitis. This was following a cycle across France. I developed pain when micturating and when I got home I felt ill and feverish. I had a course of doxycyline and felt better but now am worse again now the course is finished.

My gp did want to treat me with ciprofloxacin but I was worried about the side effects. Has anyone else had this condition as a result of cycling?

I never have before and I've done several long distance cycles. The only difference with this one is I was covering larger distances without rest days and wearing the same kit day after day without washing.

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby Vorpal » 10 Oct 2016, 1:41pm

I would recommend doing as your GP suggests, prostatitis can be very serious. It can also lead to longer term difficulties, and it may take several weeks, or even months of antibiotics to treat it. An elderly male relative of mine nearly died when his prostatitis was repeatedly misdiagnosed as urinary tract infections, then as interstitial cystitis.

However, it can be difficult to diagnose, and Iæve never heard of cycling causing it. Maybe get a second opinion? Or ask to see a specialist?
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Re: Prostatitis

Postby robing » 10 Oct 2016, 7:54pm

Thanks. If it doesn't clear up with these antibiotics then maybe I will ask for a second opinion or referral. All my gp did was a urine test (dipstick showed some protein and white blood cells, culture negative ). Hasn't even examined me.

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby Smudgerii » 10 Oct 2016, 9:07pm

Suffered this several years ago, with no known cause. Had the urologists handshake and scan to confirm it.

Unable to take nsaids for this so the consultant put me on Saw Palmetto tincture, I was sceptical to say the least but hell it worked....

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby velotrev » 26 Oct 2016, 3:02pm

I was diagnosed with prostatitis two years ago. I think it started with a urinary tract infection that went wrong.I also declined Ciproflaxin at first as I had side effects to this antibiotic before. After the first month though I had to relent, and finally went on ciproflaxin which thankfully did clear it up. Ended up about 2 very grim and uncomfortable months. Thankfully I fully recovered and have not had a repeat. I am not sure it was brought on by cycling though, all I can say is that sitting on a saddle was the last thing I wanted to do until it was fully cleared up!

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby Jezrant » 1 Nov 2016, 4:15pm

robing wrote:Thanks. If it doesn't clear up with these antibiotics then maybe I will ask for a second opinion or referral. All my gp did was a urine test (dipstick showed some protein and white blood cells, culture negative ). Hasn't even examined me.


See another GP or ask to be referred to a urologist.

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby robing » 2 Nov 2016, 6:57pm

Thankfully I'm fully recovered now. I did take the ciprofloxacin in the end. I went to the ooh gp service in the end as was having a lot of abdominal pain and bloating. They were fantastic as a/ examined my prostate which was not painful and felt normal and b/ said my symptoms were side effects of the antibiotics and told me to take buscopan which really helped. Once off the antibiotics I was fine. Been back to the gym, running and did a 50 mile bike ride on Monday all without any problems.

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby nomm » 22 Dec 2016, 6:17pm

After 3-4 months of agony (including 2 trips to A&E) and then a diagnosis of chronic prostatitis, then a diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain (finally better post pain clinic referral), I have seen many specialists (including one who is a nationally recognised expert) and done a lot of research via university databases on the matter.

In conclusion, it is surprisingly common, with no known cause, there is not sufficient evidence that a bacterial presence is the cause or that use of antibiotic meds actually solve the problem, but may help via anti inflammatory effect. Cycling levels play no correlation with rates of the illness.

One thing is for certain though. It really is a awful affliction.

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby Elmobagins » 1 Jan 2017, 1:32pm

Hi I am not a cyclist however I suffer from prostatitis I have found that rubbing a pea size amount of Voltarol Emulgel gel between my scrotum and my anus settles symptoms down quickly and gives me much relief . I have told my GP what I do and he his quite happy for me to continue . Hope this helps someone it can be a miserable condition to put up with .

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby Kentlad » 31 Aug 2018, 9:41pm

Hi chaps, I’m new to this form stuff, so don’t know if this will be seen. I’ve been suffering with non bacterial prostititis for around 5 years now, had different antibiotics, cystoscopy, kidney scan, bladder scan, flow tests, mri scan etc,.I get pain after passing water, when driving, sitting down, after intercorse. Tried everything. Also been extremely low at times. Ill get straight to the point. I watched a film online called “hope- the project “ which focuses on our western diet etc, which has made me become a vegan. I also take one Bioglan Curcumin tablet a day, and one holland and Barrett pumpkin seed oil gel capsule a day, it’s been 3 weeks now and my symptoms have almost gone. Oh yes. And cut yeast out of your diet, no bread or beer. I find gin, and vodka is ok with slimline tonic. Hope this helps someone.

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby robing » 8 Sep 2018, 10:08am

Kentlad wrote:Hi chaps, I’m new to this form stuff, so don’t know if this will be seen. I’ve been suffering with non bacterial prostititis for around 5 years now, had different antibiotics, cystoscopy, kidney scan, bladder scan, flow tests, mri scan etc,.I get pain after passing water, when driving, sitting down, after intercorse. Tried everything. Also been extremely low at times. Ill get straight to the point. I watched a film online called “hope- the project “ which focuses on our western diet etc, which has made me become a vegan. I also take one Bioglan Curcumin tablet a day, and one holland and Barrett pumpkin seed oil gel capsule a day, it’s been 3 weeks now and my symptoms have almost gone. Oh yes. And cut yeast out of your diet, no bread or beer. I find gin, and vodka is ok with slimline tonic. Hope this helps someone.

Sounds impressive. I've been ok since but I do have to get up to pee 2 to 3 times a night. I've always had a bit of a weak bladder but it's worse than it used to be. Also I wear two pairs of shorts now on the bike which really helps.

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby Chris Ince » 12 Oct 2018, 10:07pm

Rubbish on TV so thought I would check out the forums. I had what a locus GP diagnosed as a UTI in May 2015. Anti iOS and it went away. Following year same thing ( I had been doing my usual cycling- Sportive and some distance stuff in between regular weekly rides). Another GP,who said it was a UTI. Did the Caledonia Etape ( only because my daughter has signed up and did not want to let her down) stopped every twenty minutes and excruciating pee on side of road. Foruntuatelt was able to see my own GP several weeks afterwards. He told me he thought it was prostatitis. BUT he also said I should consider a PSA blood test. The rectal examination showed prostate enlarged but not much. So PSA was elevated but as you lol may know, a single test is not indicative of anything. Another test in Sept 2016, still elevated. Referred to urology in local hospital, another PSA in Dec 2016 and still elevated but only 12.5. At this stage they suggested a biopsy, I said I wanted an MRI scan first and sod the cost to the NHS. The scan showed a shadow, I then had the biopsy (this is now May 2017, two years since the first UTI but really was prostatitis all along. Two weeks later in early June I was told that I had aggressive Prostate Cancer. You can imagine how I felt, in real shock as were my family. Had to wait until,September 2017 and I was given two choices radiotherapy or radical prostatectomy BUT was encouraged to have the surgery by both the urologist and oncologist as they thought given my age (60) I would have a bette or chance of survival. Biggest mistake of my life. The surgery showed that the tumour has spread out of the prostate capsule and so I had to have radiotherapy anyway. Ok, seem to be cancer free at the moment but the surgery has left me permanently incontinent and has decimated my retirement plans and in particular long distance cycling tours, mountaineering and working for charities in Africa. I now face the prospect of an internal catheter being fitted out through my penis and with a bag looped around my thigh. So my advice. If you are over 50 and have been diagnosed with a UTI, get a second opinion. If you have been diagnosed with prostatitis, consider a PSA test. If I had been properly diagnosed in 2015 I would not be in this state now. The whole of the UK should have mandatory prostate cancer testing every five years form aged fifty, just has women have cervical screening. One in seven (one in four if you are Afro Caribbean) of you will get prostate cancer; early diagnosis will lead to better intervention than what I had

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby Oldreg » 31 Oct 2018, 11:50am

Hi,Chris

I have a catheter fitted, albeit not for the same reasons. I elected to have a catheter fitted with a tap rather than a bag. Easier to strap onto my thigh, get rid of stuff in the toilet, or behind a hedge, as we cyclists tend to do- just thought you might think it worthy of consideration.

Reg.

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Re: Prostatitis

Postby Vorpal » 2 Nov 2018, 12:54pm

Chris Ince wrote:Two weeks later in early June I was told that I had aggressive Prostate Cancer. You can imagine how I felt, in real shock as were my family. Had to wait until,September 2017 and I was given two choices radiotherapy or radical prostatectomy BUT was encouraged to have the surgery by both the urologist and oncologist as they thought given my age (60) I would have a bette or chance of survival. Biggest mistake of my life. The surgery showed that the tumour has spread out of the prostate capsule and so I had to have radiotherapy anyway. Ok, seem to be cancer free at the moment but the surgery has left me permanently incontinent and has decimated my retirement plans and in particular long distance cycling tours, mountaineering and working for charities in Africa.


I am sincerely sorry to hear this. I hope that you find something that works for you, and can make some new plans for retirement that satisfy you, even if they aren't quite what you expected.

I have a friend in a similar situation who has recently had a second and third surgery in hope of resolving his incontinence. He doesn't yet know if it is successful. Is that something they offered as an alternative to you?
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Re: Prostatitis

Postby TrevA » 6 Nov 2018, 3:31pm

Oldreg wrote:Hi,Chris

I have a catheter fitted, albeit not for the same reasons. I elected to have a catheter fitted with a tap rather than a bag. Easier to strap onto my thigh, get rid of stuff in the toilet, or behind a hedge, as we cyclists tend to do- just thought you might think it worthy of consideration.

Reg.


I had a catheter for around 5 months last year, due to an enlarged prostate and whilst I was waiting for an operation. I found it difficult to cycle with, as I could feel the catheter inside, even with a cutout saddle and also because riding put tension on the catheter which made it uncomfortable. I also had a tap and agree that it's much better than a bag, but I think there might be a slightly higher risk of UTIs as there's less length of tube for any bacteria to travel up. I had a couple of UTIs before I had my op, whilst using the catheter. I also had a couple of issues with the tap becoming detached from the tube.

I think a recumbent would be a good option for a catheter user.