You did not tell us how is your symptoms now and what is the latest regime you use ?
Thank you sparky
Sparky, I believe your theory pertains to my case.
My experience with this started in the beginning of September 2012. I woke up one morning with a really bad fever. By the next day I had all the classic symptoms of a bad UTI.
1. Burning during urination
2. Urinary Urgencey
3. Blood in the last few drops of urine
The three days when my symptoms were at there worst I was overwhelmed with stress, pain, and anxiety. The pain in my penis and bladder was the worst pain I have ever felt. I thought I had prostatitis (thinking UTI's in men are rare). I went to my General practitioner who assured me it was a UTI, and prescribed me 14 days of cipro. Within a day I was 85% better. Within a week my symptoms were gone. Towards the end of the cipro prescription I started noticing a little burning at the tip of my penis. Not much at all. In fact when I was younger even in my teens I remember feeling this occasionally. It lasted about a day. After this "infection" I was so scared it would happen again. To the point that I would obsess over it at times. Not to side track, but let me give you a little 2012 background info.
I was 33 and my wife got pregnant with our first child in January. I was so happy and scared. In April she got a really bad respiratory infection that lasted the whole pregnancy. This caused me soooo much stress. I always worried that she would have a miscarriage or die during childbirth. Another stress-er for me was that we were having a home birth. My wife and I are very "natural" in our views and ways of living. Eating very little processed foods, making sure to eat enough fruits and vegetables, supplementing when necessary, exercising, etc. Even so, I was still freaked out that something would go wrong. Our son was born healthy with no complications on September 30 at home. But I let myself worry way too much that year. Whether I realized it or not I have always been like that. When I was twelve I started having panic attacks that carried on for a few years. Then I started partying and dating and all the anxiety disappeared. As soon as my mind was distracted from the anxiety I was a new person.
Another factor in 2012 was the heavy weightlifting and bulking diet I was on. Although I ate healthy, I was eating close to 4000 calories a day, and obsessively weight lifting 5 days a week. In January 2012 I weighed 150lbs, but by November that same year I weighed 200lbs. I gained a lot of muscle mass but also a lot fat. Another possible trigger is the way that my wife and I have sex. For years I have held ejaculation back while having sex to let her orgasm first. I believe this might have been the most important cause.
So to summarize I believe I may have had a UTI in Sept. 2012 or an acute prostate infection. Probably brought on by emotional and physical stress I experienced that year. Whatever it was it was cured from the cipro.
Almost three months later on November 23rd 2012 I woke up with pressure in my rectum. Almost like I had to pass gas or defecate but I couldn't. My whole body was sore as well. I immediately thought I was getting another UTI or prostate infection. I freaked out. I started researching online to the point where my wife was getting pissed off at me. I waited about two weeks to go see the same doctor I had seen previously for my September issue. She said it sounded like an antibiotic resistant UTI or prostate infection. They sent my urine off to be cultured (which seven days later came back negative for bacteria). So she prescribed me 14 days of bactrim. I remember asking if she thought that was enough and she said she would extend the script if my symptoms were not better by then. Two weeks later I had not improved. My symptoms were a little worse. I started noticing additional symptoms as well:
1. Urinating more frequently
2. My penis tip was cold
3. My scrotum would tighten up a lot more than what I thought was normal.
I called the doctors office and spoke with a different physician who extended the bactrim an extra two weeks and wanted me to call her with my progress in a week. A week later my symptoms were the same so made an appointment with the new doctor. She gave me a DRE and said my prostate felt boggy. She also tested for STD's which came back negative. She diagnosed me with prostatitis and prescribed me cipro for a month. I finished the whole script and while on the cipro my previous symptoms felt a little better, but I unfortunately started experiencing additional symptoms:
4. Burning or stinging pain in my bladder, urethra, and penis.
5. Testicular pain
After a few days off the cipro all my symptoms came back. I decided then that I would not take anymore antibiotics. I started thinking like a lot of other people do that a I had a stubborn infection in my prostate. My life at this point was miserable. I was flaring most the time. I had stopped working out. I didn't enjoy having sex. I remember reading online that most cases clear or get better by about three months. At three months I still felt the same. Some days my symptoms were very diminished. But for the most part I was not making a marked improvement.
In March of this year I had about two weeks where I felt pretty good. I thought I was finally getting over this. But my symptoms again returned. It felt like as soon as I would make progress I would then digress. At this time I tried doing the broccoli protocol. The first few days I felt a noticeable improvement in urinary urgency and frequency. I would have finished the protocol but it gave me such bad diarrhea that lasted a whole week. Sometime in April I decided to try an elimination diet thinking that foods I was eating were exacerbating the problem. I was starting to feel better the first few days of eating only turkey rice and applesauce. But after three or four days I was starting to flare up again and would stay that way through the whole diet which lasted about a month. I decided to just continue eating a balanced healthy diet avoiding caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and other common triggers.
Come May I started walking a lot and noticed that I felt better afterwards. Not much but some improvement. I also tried having sex no more then twice a week which also seemed to help. But two weeks ago I was having sex with my wife and before I came I remember tensing up my groin muscles (as to hold back ejaculation). I hadn't done this since my battle with this started. This caused me to have my first painful ejaculation. Before this I would feel an hour or two of relief from ejaculating. But after this I hurt pretty bad for a week. Which leads us to this week. My wife and I stayed at my parents for a few days. While there I read your post Sparky. It cemented in my head and made me recount my whole experience with this. I believe my case is muscular and maybe post inflammation from a previous infection. I am so hypersensitive to my body. I think I have serious trouble relaxing. I like you would wake up and feel so much improvement in my symptoms. Sure enough as the day progressed so did my pain. I read that you felt better after baths so I decided to try it while at my parents. I have never been a bath person, but I took one yesterday and today and my urine flow and pain is way better. Better than it has felt in months. In the bath I had no pain whatsoever. I can't believe I did not try this previously. In the past through researching and prowling the forums I didn't discount that this could be muscular, but I didn't pursue it. I think the doom and gloom inside of me just excepted that it was an infection that I would have to learn to live with. So I will be taking hot baths everyday, changing my attitude about my condition, and trying to eliminate stress. Also, I forgot to add that coincidentally I started massaging my perineum area a few times a day the past couple weeks. After doing this I feel a lot better for an hour or so. I believe this is another indication that it could be muscular. Thank you so much for posting Sparky.
Thanks for all the info and encouragement. Just to let you know this week has been really awesome. I have kept myself busy all week working on home projects, taking 20 minute hot baths at night, and relaxing. It has worked wonders. I urinate on average about 5 times a day now (as opposed to 15-20). I still have some discomfort in the bladder - penis area occasionally (usually when I am just laying or sitting around). But I definitely feel this is the road to recovery. I have a couple questions for you.
1. I have refrained from ejaculation. You mentioned this being helpful. How long should I wait?
2. What specific stretches helped you?
3. Do you, or did you avoid the classic trigger foods like chocolate, citrus, spicy foods, ect?
This week has been pretty good. I still have minor symptoms throughout the day here and there, but they are way less severe. Usually after urinating. The baths and massage help so much! I have been eating whatever healthy food I want. So I do not believe it is IC. I had a wet dream the other night. I guess from not ejaculation in about two weeks. Sucks, because I would have rather used that with my wife. Anyways, I was going to wait to update at about two weeks because that would have been the longest I have gone without having a major flare. I definitely feel like it is a muscular thing with me. I have noticed my symptoms are worse day or night lying in bed. Probably because I am not distracted from thoughts (causing me to tense up). When the pain starts I begin massaging the perineum area and feel better almost immediately. I feel like I am getting better though.
Had sex the other night and have felt ok since. No major flares just mild discomfort here and there. Sparky I had a question for you. I wanted to start working out to gain back some muscle I lost. I was going to stick to a clean bulk (just enough calories to gain muscle with little fat gain). Also I was going to stick to home workouts with dumbbells. Do you think this will hurt my recovery? I figure the daily workouts will take about half hour to forty five minutes. And what about ab workouts? Good or bad for this condition? Thanks in advance.
Yes! I felt exactly the same way, believe me. It was tolerable, but I realized that I had not suffered any severe injury or cause any severe damage to my body, so with the proper steps, the idea of a full recovery was not so farfetched. The key is definitely breaking the mental pattern and allowing time to pass and your body to heal. Once you realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel and this won't be forever, the recovery really becomes much easier. Keep up the baths for a while though. Use those 15 minutes to really relax and take some time away from every day stresses in your life. Believe me, this helps a lot, and this is coming from someone who is not at all into meditation or anything of the sort. Although I do not take hot baths anymore, I regularly find myself standing in a hot shower for longer than normal just relaxing and enjoying the hot water as if I was in a jacuzzi. Heat is an awesome thing!I really am feeling better physically and mentally. I really believe a lot has to do with the mind frame change. I felt so hopeless a month ago. Now I am full of realistic hope. I could live a pretty normal life with the discomfort as it is now. But for me that is not good enough. I really want to be close to 100% pain free. I feel like as soon as I got this my life changed completely. I went from being active to laying in bed on life support. I know what will heal me is time spent changing this pattern.
Totally. I haven't missed a hot bath since I started a few weeks ago. Also trying to consciously relax that area has seemed to help. I have also been stretching my hamstrings and glutes. I think my biggest and only problem is tensing in that area when urinating. I have been doing better. I sit down to pee and read something, making sure I am engaged in the writings before I start to urinate. Sounds silly but it has helped.
Yes my stream sometimes is weak. I feel like that makes my symptoms worse. I feel like in the past I have had such anxiety with peeing that I tense up down there during. I can tell because when I am tensing (not on purpose) my stream is weak and I feel a discomfort afterwards. I am definitely getting better in that regard.