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Symptoms of Prostatitis

symptoms of prostatitis

Symptoms of prostatitis can be very frustrating to deal with. Many of the same symptoms can indicate different prostatitis causes or types of prostatitis. Prostatitis symptoms can be consistently present or come and go, making it hard for you to know if you have gotten better or are just waiting for the next round prostatitis symptoms to come back when you least expect them.

The symptoms of prostatitis for three of the four different types of prostatitis have some things in common with some minor variations among them. The fourth type of prostatitis, asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis, does not have symptoms typical of the disease.

Here are some generalizations about the symptoms of prostatitis. For more in-depth information, you should read about the symptoms for each of the individual types of prostatitis (below).

  • Acute bacterial prostatitis symptoms tend to affect the entire body. That’s because it is a bacterial infection, which runs through the circulatory system. Therefore, in addition to symptoms associated with the urinary tract, men with acute bacterial prostatitis can expect to experience fever, chills, and other symptoms not typical of nonbacterial forms of prostatitis. Acute bacterial prostatitis symptoms also develop quickly rather than over a prolonged period of time.
  • Chronic bacterial prostatitis symptoms are similar to those associated with acute bacterial prostatitis. Unlike acute bacterial prostatitis symptoms, however, those associated with chronic bacterial prostatitis develop over time and last for three months or longer.
  • Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) symptoms tend to both involve the urinary tract as well as your sexual function. Pain also is a key part of CPPS symptoms. Because it is a chronic condition, chronic pelvic pain syndrome symptoms tend to last for months or even years.
  • Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis does not display symptoms. Doctors typically discover this form of prostatitis when they are examining men for other conditions.

Each man has an individual experience with his symptoms, some of which can be debilitating or minor. Some men experience just urinary symptoms that include pain with urination, difficulty emptying the bladder completely or needing to urinate more often than usual. The greater frequency can mean waking up several times during the night to urinate, and that interferes with getting a good night’s sleep; which in turn affects your overall health and well-being. Other men have prostatitis symptoms that include pain in the penis, testicles, rectum, or other pelvic areas. They may experience sexual pain such as pain during or after ejaculation or a burning feeling during urination. Men may also experience fever, chills, fatigue, and other flulike symptoms. No matter what degree of symptoms you suffer, they can greatly affect your quality of life and psychological state over time.

Because symptoms of prostatitis are similar to symptoms for other diseases and can indicate vastly different levels of seriousness in terms of prostatitis, it is important to seek help when you experience any prostatitis symptoms. Your doctor can run tests to rule out bacterial causes, and you can begin prostatitis treatment, which may consist of a combination of different conventional treatments as well as natural and alternative treatments, and lifestyle changes. 

See also: What is the Prostate?