Prostatic Calcification and Prostatitis
Prostatic calcification, or prostate stones, are one cause of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. The stones are pretty common in men. Approximately 75% of middle-aged men have prostatic calcification. The stones themselves do not usually cause symptoms and may be related to an enlarged prostate from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and are commonly found in men with prostate cancer. They can aggravate lower urinary tract symptoms in some men. Other men do not even know they have them until they are getting screened for something else. Between men with urinary symptoms and men without symptoms, there does not seem to be a difference in the stones’ numbers, sizes, or locations in the prostate.
The stones become problematic and can lead to prostatitis if they serve as a source of recurring infection. Even if the patient takes antibiotics that kill the bacteria associated with the stones, the obstructive stones still remain, so the inflammatory process continues. The chronic inflammation can lead to prostatitis symptoms. Inflammation is one of the body’s immune system defense mechanisms. While inflammation kills germs, it can also harm other tissues. Inflammation can cause problems with the nervous system, causing pain in the case of prostatitis. Sometimes bacteria continue to live in the stones but it does not show up when cultured because it is sealed off by the stone or a scar.
It is not for certain why the stones form. Some experts say they are from prostatic secretions. Others say the stones tend to be made from ingredients found in urine and not prostate secretions. This kind would form from urine making its way into the prostatic ducts. Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that taking magnesium and zinc helps to break up these stones and you may see “gravel” in your semen or urine if this occurs. Other doctors say that there is no dietary change or supplement that will help with stones caused by prostatic secretions. So that issue is controversial. If you have prostatic calcification talk to you doctor to see what he or she thinks.
Natural prostatitis treatments for treating inflammation associated with prostatic calcification include supplements, diet, and foods to avoid like simple sugars, saturated fats from red meat, and dairy products. Eat foods that reduce inflammation like heart-healthy fats, fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and foods high in lycopene (tomatoes and watermelon). Dr. Geo’s CPPS Treatment Program is a good way to lower inflammation in the body. Natural supplements for inflammation due to prostatitis include stinging nettle, green tea, and curcumin.
Anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce inflammation, but be aware that there are side effects from taking them long-term. A treatment approach that combines therapies is most effective. The alternative therapies for reducing prostatitis symptoms may include acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, prostatic massage, reflexology, and exercise.