Ask The Expert
August 17, 2012
Your symptoms do suggest chronic prostatitis. This is a persistent inflammation of the prostate gland. It can be caused by an infection. But doctors often find no specific reason for the inflammation.
Like you, most men are initially treated with antibiotics. Often for several weeks at a time. This is likely to help men with bacteria and white blood cells in their urine. It may also help those who have normal urine but a swollen, tender prostate gland. Most experts think that antibiotics are unlikely to help men with a normal prostate exam and no evidence of infection in their urine.
If a long course (or several courses) of antibiotics fail, there are a wide variety of other drugs and treatments available:
As you can see from this long list of possible treatments, many men experience symptoms that are not relieved by antibiotics, and persistent discomfort.
Chronic prostatitis is never life threatening. But it can be a very frustrating condition. It often requires several trials of different treatments to find one that helps. If you have symptoms of chronic prostatitis — and have not sought medical advice – speak with your doctor about other options.