November 1st, 2013
The term “prostatitis” refers to an inflammation of the prostate gland and sometimes the area around it. While acute bacterial prostatitis is usually caused by a sudden bacterial infection and easy to diagnose because of the typical symptoms and signs, chronic prostatitis (chronic pelvic pain syndrome/non-bacterial prostatitis /prostatodynia) is the most common type of prostatitis. The exact cause of this non-bacterial prostatitis condition is unknown but is thought to come from persistent infection, inflammation and/or pelvic muscle spasms. Symptoms of chronic nonbacterial prostatitis include; pain in the genitals and pelvic area, difficulty or pain when urinating, and sometimes pain during or after ejaculation. Inflammatory prostatitis can be asymptomatic without symptoms, despite an inflammation of the prostate. Diagnosis is mostly made when the patient is being evaluated for symptoms unrelated to chronic nonbacterial prostatitis.
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome may show symptoms such as difficult and sometimes painful urination, discomfort or pain in the perineum (the region between the scrotum and the rectum), bladder, testicles and penis as well as difficult and painful ejaculation.
If you are diagnosed with chronic nonbacterial prostatitis, your doctor may include one of these treatment options for your recovery:
Prostatic massages may also be beneficial by helping to release the fluid that is causing pressure in the prostate.
Besides medications, other steps such as hot sitz baths or other various heat therapies (including local heat therapy with hot water bottle or heating pad) can help to relieve the discomfort associated with chronic nonbacterial prostatitis.
Diet is another very important part of the therapy of chronic nonbacterial prostatitis. Some foods (e.g. spicy) and drinks (e.g. caffeinated, acidic) are shown to have a negative effect on chronic nonbacterial prostatitis.
A recently published article from US researchers investigated the association between certain foods and chronic prostatitis. The study included 95 men who responded to a questionnaire assessing food sensitivities relating to their chronic nonbacterial prostatitis symptoms.
The results of the 176 individual food types the patients assessed yielded that spicy foods were the most aggravating, followed by coffee, alcoholic drinks, and chili. Docusate, pysllium, water, and polycarbophil on the other hand were associated with symptom improvement in patients suffering from chronic nonbacterial prostatitis.
If suffering from chronic nonbacterial prostatitis, diet changes should be one of the first steps to take in order to alleviate symptoms associated with chronic nonbacterial prostatitis; it is the most economical way to prevent symptoms associated with chronic nonbacterial prostatitis.
Schedule your private consultation with Dr. Elist
Through experience, empathy, and patient empowerment, Dr. Elist offers a comprehensive and detail-oriented treatment plan for every patient. Schedule your consultation to discuss treatments for men in Los Angeles with premier surgeon Dr. James Elist, and begin your journey confident that your best results are just ahead of you.