Prostate Massage and Acupuncture
November 6, 2011
I am a 54 year old male who has been dealing with prostatitis for the past several years. I have been asked to share my thoughts and experiences in dealing with this disease.
The first sign of any prostate abnormality was during a routine physical exam, the doctor stated that the right lobe seemed slightly enlarged but nothing to worry about. At that time there were no noticeable symptoms. I had another routine medical two years later. The following day I felt slight pressure or swelling in the area of the prostate which continued to intensify over several days. I returned to the doctor and he diagnosed it as prostatitis and prescribed a sulpha drug for 10 days. The symptoms disappeared and things were fine for 8 or 9 months. The symptoms reappeared and another antibiotic was prescribed but the symptoms worsened over the next few months to a point where I was so uncomfortable that I was at home in bed most of the day. The symptoms I experienced were severe burning which intensified when standing and over time frequent urination.
I was referred to a specialist in Fredericton New Brunswick who did a cystoscopy and found no abnormalities. On a follow up visit I took several questions that I would like to have had the answers to. They were all relevant in trying to manage this disease and carry on a normal life. After the second question he got to his feet shook my hand and started to leave the room. I had in my research discovered that prostate massages might help the condition. I quickly asked him if it would be possible for him to do prostate massages. He turned and said" Rob it may help but that would mean that I would have to see you in my office weekly and I am far too busy to do that as are all the other urologists in the area." You can imagine how discouraged I became at that point.
As a self employed business person I treated this condition as I would a business challenge and left no stone unturned. Over the next 24 months, in my desperate search for a remedy I visited at least 12 specialists in the US and Canada some purported to be the best in the world. The result of all of these visits was the prescribing of more antibiotics and little else. For me the biggest surprise was that there was only one doctor that did any analysis of the prostate fluids.
After the onset of prostatitas my life changes dramatically. I was physically and mentally drained, and was out of work for five months. Travel and any normal social activities were completely out of the question. If I hadn't been evolved in a family business I would have without a doubt lost my job.
I thank God every day for the Prostatitis Foundation and their web site. Through that my wife and I discovered that it might be possible to do prostate massages our selves. I feel fortunate that my wife was more than willing to help in any way she could. Over several weeks we developed a procedure that worked. Initially she said the prostate felt the size of a small plum and felt extended and extremely firm. It was also not symmetrical. One day I noticed following a prostate massage that the urine was cloudy or milk like and ironically it seems to be associated with a sweet smell. That prompted me to want to have a closer look at what was coming out of the prostate. I then purchased a microscope. Since then I have noticed that a pattern emerged. Often there would be what felt like a small electric shock in the prostate which is usually followed by an expulsion of a milk like fluid and what looked to be duct castings. The prostate massages and the introduction of frozen water bottle constantly applied in the groin area (covered by a sock to prevent frost bite) were the only thing that gave any relief.
I would like to mention at this point in my desperate quest to get better I was prescribed Levaquin for approximately four months and ended up with severe tendon issues.
We did prostate massages twice a day in the beginning but for the past several years have been only doing it once a day. My Urologist now says it is normal in size and consistency. The symptoms are about 85 percent better and I am now optimistic that my symptoms may soon completely disappear.
The following are my observations:
I think that when my prostate exam was done during my annual medical, some debris was moved and that started the onset of my full blown prostatitis.
I believe there is a correlation between the shock like symptoms in the prostate and the opening of a blocked duct.
With thousands of men suffering from prostatitis in North America I believe that Prostate massage clinics need to be available to sufferers.
One interesting observation is that my wife and urologist both notice at times while massaging the prostate that it feels like running their finger across bubble wrap causing tiny pops in the prostate I feel that if prostate massages were available in the early stages that the symptoms may not become as severe.
At this point I am finally feeling optimistic that I am getting very close to symptom free.
I began having all the classic symptoms of prostititis in August 2006 after a urinary tract infection following unprotected oral sex. No STD was found, but the urinary tract burning evolved to genital pain, constant perineal burning, erection pains, and ejaculatory pains. I went through the standard course of treatment, Cipro for 4 weeks, with no improvement, a Cystoscopy by my Urologist, CT-Scan, and a DRE. All tests showed no abnormalities. What else is new with prostititis? In early January, 2007 I decided to try a series of prostate massages at the Biotherapy Clinic in San Francisco. I am in no way affiliated with them, it's just that I live 20 miles north of their office and saw their add in a local free magazine. The owner is a Russian man, formerly a doctor in his homeland, and now an R.N. and licensed acupuncturist in the states. His approach is that of massage, acupuncture, and herbs, and at-home exercises. One exercise is "butt-walking" along the floor for 20 feet. I've been hrough 5 sessions with him, and my symptoms are already 75% better. He tailors the massage to your pain level. The first session was very light as I experienced pain with very little pressure. By my fourth session he was able to massage much more vigorously and this is when I began to secrete prostatic fluid. In the last 4 days I've only thought of my condition twice when I've felt the mildest of perineal burning when sitting on soft surfaces such as a couch or movie theatre seat. This is amazing since I was aware of it 24/7 for months. I will continue the massage twice a week for ten weeks, and hopefully be free of pain. I encourage anyone who reads this to give this approach a try before taking any antibiotics, especially Cipro, once a bacterial infection has been ruled out. I hope this helps anyone desperately seeking a solution for this life altering condition
I am a 48 year old man whose has been affected by prostatitis for 3 years
now. A few days after having an annual medical including a prostate exam, I
noticed there seemed to be some discomfort between my legs behind the scrotum. I
decided to see my doctor. He explained that the prostate seemed to be inflamed
and prescribed a sulpha drug, within a week I was symptom free. Nine months
later the symptoms returned. Once again I was prescribed sulpha drug. After three
weeks had passed the symptoms got worse. I returned to the Dr. and he changed
the antibiotic to Floxen. He referred me to an Urologist. The Uro did a
prostate exam and said that there were no lumps or bumps and that he felt that it
was prostatitis and lengthened the antibiotic saying it should improve over the
next few weeks, if it didn't I should be scoped. I went on a 2 week holiday
and things continued to worsen. I went to another urologist that prescribed 2
weeks of Cipro Floxin. After a few days my symptoms improved marginally. When I
returned I had a scope done and nothing was seen that appeared abnormal. At
that point I did extensive reading on the topic to be better informed for my
return visit to the urologist. On my next visit he had little to suggest and
said I should discontinue the antibiotics. At this point no one had done a proper
work up. No one had done a prostate massage or checked for bacteria or other
antigens. Knowing what I know now it's unbelievable. I ask about prostate
massages and he replied that they may help but he and no other urologist that he
knew had time for that. I went home totally discouraged. I went back to my GP
several times and tried a few things that didn't help. On my last visit he
suggested that it was all in my head and that I had to get my head around it. I
deteriorated to a point where I was flat on my back most of the time, the
discomfort and incredible burning when standing was unbearable. My days were spent
searching the internet for a solution.
Finally I read an article on the Prostate Foundation web site on prostate
massages. I spoke to my dear wife about the procedure and described how it was
done. She agreed to try it so we purchased the rubber gloves and lubricant
required. The first time we were a bit reluctant and very unfamiliar. To my wife's
surprise she located the prostate easily and could give an excellent
description on what it felt like. It felt about the size of a plum, like whale skin and
really taught or firm. Later we found more information on the procedure which
said to work from the outside to the middle on each side and from top to
bottom. At first we got little on no fluid. We initially did it once a day. After
a few days it was second nature and I didn't mind the procedure that much.
Although the symptoms were severe it did give a bit of relief. After a number of
months more fluid was expelled and on a number of massages she could fell a
definite popping feeling. I started monitoring the urine on occasion with a 2x
magnification and a bright light. What I found was surprising. There chunks of
plaque type debris and filaments (the filaments looked like twisted ribbon
under a microscope), there were hundreds of these prostate castings or filaments
being expelled. Some of these were red, clear, black, and blue. These varied
in diameter and length... At worst the gland felt swollen between my legs and
the area felt as though it had been scalded. The symptoms even included my
rectal area. The only relief was from prostrate massages and from frozen water
bottles to numb the pain. The prostate has varied in consistency from firm to
flat to spongy. In fact my wife seemed to even notice a difference in the
temperature of the gland. When it felt spongy, it seemed warmer and my symptoms were
worse. As time went on, I could amazingly predict when some filaments were
moving through or about to be flushed out. I would have an uncomfortable day but
after a prostrate massage I would see one or more of a variety of types of
"debris" that were clearly visible under a microscope. Even if just one long
filament came out, my symptoms changed dramatically!! For those of you reading
this post, I cannot stress strongly enough that you need to have regular
prostrate massages!!! Certainly I am not a doctor nor do I have any medical training
but after appointments with more than twenty specialists ( that's an actual
count), I have come to realize that unless you are one of the few lucky ones who
takes an antibiotic and gets well right away, you must take your health into
your own hands. If you don't the chances of you getting well I believe are
slim. In my case there is a direct coloration between the filaments and plaque
that come out the prostrate and the severity of symptoms. I don't know which
comes first, the infection or the plaque and debris, but unless you get rid of
the infection in the very early stages, I believe the gland, in response to the
infection, produces these filaments and plaque. I also believe that they must
be massaged out of the gland and it seems reasonable that your doctor put you
on a course of antibiotics at the same time. I feel the earlier you start
prostrate massages, once it has been determined that you don't have prostrate
cancer, the better your chances of returning your gland and you to good health. My
PSA throughout the two and a half years has remained below 0.05.My symptoms
are greatly reduced to the point where I almost have my normal life back,
something I never thought possible!!!!!
In closing I would like to thank Mr. Mike Hennenfent, his family and
associates for developing and maintaining the Prostatitis Foundation and their
website. As most of you know some men become desperate enough to become suicidal,
they need our support and encouragement. Over twenty million men in North America
suffer from this disease and yet there is very little research, WHY??/
Without the valuable resource of the Prostatitis Foundation, my wife's
understanding, encouragement help and compassion, I would still be flat on my back
with no quality of life.
A very special thank you to Dr. Daniel Shoskes , Dr.Curtis Nichol and Dr.
Dale Arden for their compassion and incredible work in this field.
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The opinions stated above are strictly mine and in no way do I suggest that I
have any expertise whatsoever in the field of Prostatitis.