Of all the disorders that might cause pelvic pain, prostatitis can be one of the most difficult to deal with. One of the primary reasons for this is that it can often be misdiagnosed as an infection and many of the symptoms actually mimic similar disorders. Fortunately, when you know what you are up against you can seek out proper treatment and get on your way. But, what exactly is prostatitis and how does it affect you?

The Common Appearance of Prostatitis

One of the difficulties with this condition is that many medical professionals will actually misdiagnose prostatitis as another type of illness. Even if they do properly identify it, they may improperly treat it by assuming that it is caused due to an infection. In most cases (90%), the condition is actually chronic instead, which is why it is often misdiagnosed as interstitial cystitis. Fortunately, if you know you have this problem, there are some more effective ways to treat it than with antibiotics. But first, you need to go about checking your symptoms.

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A Long List of Symptoms

Though symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, there are actually a great many different ways to tell that you have prostatitis. If you start noticing more than a couple of these conditions, you may want to check with a doctor and proceed to get the treatment you need. Some of these symptoms include:

  • The need to urinate frequently and urgently, often unable to wait when the sensation comes on.
  • Pain or burning during urination.
  • More frequent urination at night, which might interfere with sleep.
  • Reduced stream during urination and hesitancy to urinate.
  • Pain or discomfort during or after ejaculation, which can last for hours afterwards.
  • Perineal pain, which occurs in the area between the scrotum and anus in men.
  • Sitting pain, which is aggravated whenever you are in a seated position.
  • Groin or genital pain, which can include a wide range of areas along those regions of the body.
  • Reduced libido, and lack of interest in sexual activity.
  • Heat may temporarily help pain but stress increases it.

What Causes Prostatitis?

Despite more understanding of how to treat it, the root cause of prostatitis is still somewhat of a mystery. When it was first discovered, many believed that it was actually an STD, but with more understanding they realized that it is not linked directly to any sexual activity. One thing that is known is that it is caused when the prostate is inflamed and can persist for some time. Additionally, there are certain situations that can put you at higher risk for this illness. These include:

  • Recently having used a medical device such as a catheter during a medical procedure,
  • Have recently engaged in rectal intercourse,
  • Display signs of an abnormal urinary tract,
  • Have had a recent bladder infection,
  • Have an enlarged prostate.

Regardless of how you got prostatitis, it is important that you have it treated properly. So, don’t mess around with shots in the dark, and make sure to get the attention you need for a proper cure.