Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis Symptoms
Affecting less than 5% of prostatitis cases, chronic bacterial prostatitis symptoms are similar those experienced by men who have acute bacterial prostatitis. However, one additional symptom that may set chronic bacterial prostatitis symptoms apart is frequent recurring urinary tract infections. In fact, men who are ultimately diagnosed with chronic bacterial prostatitis nearly always currently have or have had a history of urinary tract infections. These urinary tract infections always involve the same bacteria.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis symptoms may include:
- Recurring urinary tract infections caused by the same bacteria
- Strong urge to urinate immediately
- Painful urination
- Burning during urination
- Blood in the urine
- An urgent need to urinate frequently
- Low-back pain
- Pain in the perineum (area between the anus and scrotum)
- Painful ejaculation
- Flu-like symptoms, such as chills and fever
- Pain in the testicles or penis or other part of the genital/pelvic area
- Difficulty starting urination
- Weak urinary stream once it starts
- Frequent need to urinate during the night
Episodes of chronic bacterial prostatitis tend to come and go in many men, and range from mild to severe. In between flare-ups you may be symptom free or may experience minor symptoms. When the infection returns and flares up, however, symptoms may be severe. Long-term complications from chronic bacterial prostatitis include infertility, semen abnormalities, and reduced quality of life. It can be frustrating to have symptoms keep coming back.
An examination by your doctor will include a microscope examination of your urine, which will reveal the presence of bacteria and white blood cells if you have chronic bacterial prostatitis. Repeat antibiotic therapy generally helps to clear it up. However, studies show that prostatitis treatment for chronic bacterial prostatitis is more successful when patients combine treatment with antibiotics with other therapies such as natural prostatitis treatments (like pollen and quercetin supplements), dietary changes, and alternative therapies. You may want to look toward diet and lifestyle changes to help alleviate symptoms or possible causes. If you seek pain relief you may use over-the-counter pain medications. Sitz baths are a drug-free way to help improve prostatitis symptoms. A sitz bath is a bath in really hot water for the lower half of your body.