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CNN on Prostatitis

News From Medicine
Aired June 1, 1997 - 10:46 p.m. ET
LINDEN SOLES, CNN ANCHOR: Chronic prostatitis, it is a disease that can make men miserable and too often men and their doctors know very little about the condition. CNN Medical Correspondent, Al Hinman looks at some of the reasons why, in our News for Medicine.
AL HINMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's a secret. Probably because men are embarrassed to talk about it.
PATIENT: It effected me greatly. I sort of cut off relationships for about a year after I first got sick.
HINMAN (voice-over): It is chronic prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate gland, causing extreme pain, sexual dysfunction, urgency to urinate and
DR. DANIEL SHOSKES, UROLOGIST: It can lead to severe psychological problems, depression and suicide.
HINMAN (voice-over): Psychological problems are fueled in part by a lack of knowledge.
SHOSKES: No one really knows the exact cause. And there probably isn't just one cause.
HINMAN (voice-over): And no one really knows how best to treat it, but they know the symptoms.
JOHN GARST, PATIENT: It varies from barely noticeable to I got to commit suicide to get out of this type pain.
PATIENT #2: I get a burning sensation.
HINMAN (voice-over): Constant pain may send men shopping from doctor to doctor, looking for someone, anyone who can bring relief.
JOHN GARST, PATIENT: We don't have very satisfactory treatment.
HINMAN (voice-over): John Garst has been seeking relief for more than 30 years. He's tried everything from surgery to herbs without success.
GARST: Well, since you don't get cured, you always hope somebody else has a new trick.
HINMAN (voice-over): Sometimes it's difficult just finding a doctor who's willing to listen.
PATIENT #3: Yes, once I went to see a urologist and he told me I was a waste of his time and to get out of his office.
DR. JOHN KREIGER, PROSTATITIS RESEARCHER: Many people who see these patients, the idea is to get them out of the office as quickly as possible and just to write them a prescription. And so many patients end up on what we call the merry-go-round.
HINMAN (voice-over): Garst's experience hasn't helped him find an effective treatment but there is something he has found, allies.
GARST: And one of those is symid (ph) prostate prostatitis. Up it comes and there are all these messages.
HINMAN (voice-over): On the internet, he's found a place where he's comfortable finally, talking about his prostatitis problems with other sufferers. When he needs more information, he can get it from the internet home page of the prostatitis foundation which contains the latest on treatments and doctors who'll help.
But many patients think living with prostatitis could prove a lot easier if more men would be willing to come out and talk about it. That they believe will help speed the search for a cure. Al Hinman, CNN reporting.
(END VIDEOTAPE)

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