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A Doctor Discusses Pelvic Pain in Men: Causes & Management

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By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD • www.ProHealth.com • December 19, 2012


Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a much published fatigue and pain specialist who has been refining strategies for meeting common nutritional & preventive health support needs for more than 20 years. This introduction to management of common disorders causing pelvic pain is reproduced with kind permission from Dr. Teitelbaum’s educational site Vitality101.com.*

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Pelvic Pain in Men

Pelvic pain is common in the public in general, but especially common in those with CFS & fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, many patients are embarrassed to bring these up at their doctor visits and even when they do, physicians are often unfamiliar with these problems.

In this article, we'll focus on on prostatitis and prostadynia. For a broader general discussion of pelvic pain sources and diagnosis in men, see this recent Q&A.

Prostatitis and Prostadynia

Even in the absence of a full blown attack of prostatitis [inflammation of the prostate gland generally involving bacterial infection, painful urination & pain in the groin, pelvic area or genitals] - which is usually not subtle and is easily diagnosed and treated - prostate pain is fairly common in men.

When no infection is found, it is called prostadynia. It is also known as chronic nonbacterial prostatitis, or chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS).

Unfortunately, when doctors do not know what is causing a problem, we often presume it must be psychological (i.e., "I don't know what's wrong with you, so you must be crazy!"). This is what has occurred with prostadynia.

I suspect that prostadynia often occurs because of subtle infections that don't show on standard tests for infection. These commonly include fungal infections and/or other slow growing antibiotic sensitive infections.

In the latter case, the prostate is mildly boggy (indents like a ripe fruit) instead of firm and is tender on examination; to the patient without prostate problems [when the prostate is pressed] it normally feels like one has to pee, but the prostate is not tender or painful.

Unfortunately, most doctors consider such an exam normal despite your having prostate symptoms.

These symptoms include urinary urgency without there necessarily being much urine present, and a burning sensation when you urinate. The discomfort is often felt on the tip of the penis. Because the infection is not overt, most doctors offer no treatment.

My suspicion is that this is indeed an infectious problem in many cases.

This suspicion is bolstered by a recent study showing that Mepartricin®, an antibiotic with antifungal and anti-parasitic properties, given 40 mg a day for two months decreased symptoms in patients by 60%. The study does not totally support infection as the cause, however, because the medication also lowers estrogen levels in the prostate and can work in that way as well.

In the study, the authors theorized that lowering estrogen caused the improvement. My experience, however, shows that patients also improve with antibiotics and antifungals that do not lower estrogen.

Treatment needs to be given for many months, since anti-infectious agents have difficulty getting into the prostate.

Medications that help urine flow in prostate enlargement (called alpha blockers; e.g., Flomax), also help prostadynia when combined with the antibiotics.

The bioflavonoid vitamin Quercetin 500 mg twice a day also supports decreased prostate symptoms in both prostadynia and prostatitis. In one study, 30 men with severe prostadynia lasting an average of 11 years were supplemented with either Quercetin 500 mg twice a day or a placebo for one month. There was an average 37% decrease in symptoms with over two thirds of patients feeling they gained a meaningful benefit.

Add a trial of the herbal supplement Curamin [a combination of curcumin and Boswellia which promotes the body’s anti-inflammatory defense mechanisms], 1 tablet 3x day for 6 weeks, and then as needed.

Though sometimes frustrating, prostadynia can be treated.

- Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

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See also: Dr. Teitelbaum's discussion of "Pelvic Pain in Women: Causes and Management".

* This information is reproduced with kind permission of Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, from his educational website, Vitality101.com. ©2012 From Fatigued To Fantastic LLC. All rights reserved. Some information on this site is from the book From Fatigued to Fantastic! 3rd Edition© 2007 Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. Used by permission of Avery Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is based on the research and observations of Dr. Teitelbaum unless otherwise specified. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any illness, condition or disease. It is very important that you make no change in your healthcare plan or health support regimen without researching and discussing it in collaboration with your professional healthcare team.



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