Living with Prostatitis
Medically reviewed by Dr. Paul Song M.D
You may be wondering about how you can keep on living with prostatitis, but it is important to keep a positive attitude and be proactive in your treatment. There are plenty of strategies for dealing with the pain and many options for getting help that range from conventional treatment to the many natural and alternative therapies available to you.
If you have been living with prostatitis for a long time, it’s possible and expected to feel frustrated. You may even be depressed or feeling hopeless, but it is important to deal with these feelings and find support through family, friends, or even prostatitis support groups. Learning about alternative therapies and exercises can get you into a more positive mind-set, which is going to help improve your rate of healing.
What experts agree on is that a multimodal approach to treating prostatitis works best. Because many cases of prostatitis are caused by factors that lie outside of the prostate itself and elsewhere in the body, you need to approach this condition holistically.
Consider any dietary or nutritional issues, such as an undiagnosed food intolerance or allergy. Pay attention to whether foods you eat or drink make your symptoms better or worse, because there are definitely foods to avoid. Following The Prostate Diet can help you optimize your general prostate health. Taking antibiotics can wreak havoc on your intestinal health, which can affect your pelvic health, so getting your gut flora back in balance with a good daily probiotic is a good step as well.
In addition to probiotics and diet, other natural chronic prostatitis and pelvic pain treatments include supplements. Many supplements for prostatitis are well researched. Phytotherapy, which involves combining the supplements pollen and quercetin (along with probiotics), is recognized by medical doctors and is part of the UPOINT system for prostatitis treatment as well as the holistic program, Dr. Geo’s “NPAT” CPPS Treatment Program.
It is important to determine if your chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is caused by pelvic muscle tension or dysfunction. The pain for about 50% of men with CP/CPPS is due to a pelvic floor disorder. If that is the case for you, there are many alternative chronic prostatitis and pelvic treatments that can help. They range from acupuncture, prostate massage, trigger point release therapy, and physiotherapy to stress management and cognitive behavioral therapy. There are simple at-home pain relief solutions such as taking sitz baths and applying hot water bottles or ice packs to more involved physiotherapy programs you can take part in, depending on your needs. There is a range of products and devices to help treat the symptoms and make you more comfortable as well.
Addressing the psychological component of your prostatitis is key to your healing. Studies have shown that stress and anxiety can trigger pelvic tension and pain. Even if stress and anxiety are not the initial causes of your problems, living with a chronic pain condition that is difficult to treat can cause stress, depression, and anxiety, which can make all your symptoms even worse. Overcoming depression and anxiety are important to healing your pelvic pain.
Another aspect that can affect both your physical health and your psychological well-being is dealing with sexual issues related to prostatitis. Some men suffer embarrassment and relationship problems due to their sexual problems or concerns. You may be wondering, “Can I have sex with prostatitis?” There can be some sexual problems. Some men have pain or difficulty with orgasm during sex, but treatment with quercetin and pollen has been shown to help. It is also important to have safe sex, as bacteria from your partner or certain sexual activities can cause you to get bacteria or sexually transmitted diseases that can cause prostatitis. Most of these issues can be resolved if you take the right measures.
More generally, you need to look at your lifestyle, exercise, and daily habits to see if there are any potential triggers there. A whole-body approach can help you attack your prostatitis symptoms from many different angles and address the needs of your body and mind. Even losing weight and getting more exercise provides many positive benefits for prostatitis patients. Cutting back on caffeine and alcohol consumption helps some men, as these are irritating to the bladder area and can worsen urinary symptoms of prostatitis.
Don’t believe that living with prostatitis is accepting and living with pain, because there is hope and many of the alternative and drug-free treatments take time and patience. In the meantime, do your best to reduce your stress level and pick up healthy habits of exercising regularly, eating an anti-inflammatory whole-food diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and avoiding chemicals and foods that can make your prostatitis symptoms worse. And if after several months you still need help living with prostatitis, you can talk to you doctor about medication, surgery for prostatitis, or other medical treatments. There are many options available to you, as long as you keep an open mind and are willing to try new treatments.