Pain and discomfort in the pelvic area
Pain on ejaculation
Pain in the penis
Problems passing urine
Difficulty sitting down
These symptoms can vary from mild to severely debilitating. Prostatitis is commonly caused by an infection or inflammation of the prostate gland; this can be chronic or acute. If it is a bacterial infection it can be treated by a course of antibiotics. However if you have non-bacterial prostatitis (inflammation), this can be harder to treat.
If you believe that you have prostatitis, it is important that you book a consultation so that you can be assessed and given a treatment to improve your symptoms. Commonly used treatments are antibiotics, painkillers, prostate relaxants or a combination of different medication.
In cases where no bacteria is found and standard treatments are not helping, shock wave therapy can be offered, which can help to subside symptoms of prostatitis. Research has shown that the benefit of shock wave therapy can last for 12 months or more when performed on a patient suffering with prostatitis.
This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.