Blarney

Prostate Problems

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Been nursing a prostate problem for a couple of years with the usual symptoms - poor flow, hesitancy and discomfort when peeing. The consultant says the next step is to go onto an alpha blocker therapy like Tamulosin. Anybody else out there take this stuff? Looks like it affects your ability to ejaculate and sounds miserable. Punting more regularly now to make good use of my last few months of normal function. Looking for some encouragement that this isn't the end.

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I have prostate problems, due to my age (possibly not as severe as yours). I've taken Tamsulosin and found it improved my sleep (not getting up to pee so often). There weren't any other side effects that I noticed. Punting not affected.

 

In my case I just had one course (a month, I think) on two separate occasions, so I've not been on it permanently. You could give it a go, and come off it if it doesn't suit you.

 

You could ask about finasteride, which is another drug used for prostate. The commercial name is Proscar.

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The best solution is to request your GP to arrange for an operation,it's quick,and the results are very good.

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Initially I was on Tamulosin which didn't make much difference. Following a subsequent appointment with the urologist who offered further continuance with drugs or surgery I opted for surgery. The upside of the operation is that now I can pee for Queen and country; the downside being virtual lack of cum although it has improved slightly. I had the operation last November. If you Google TURP you will be able to read all about this common prostate operation. Another possible operation is the TUNA procedure which is reputed not to destroy the ejaculatory process although I wasn't given the option. You will need to discuss with the medics.

 

Hope all that waffle makes sense.

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Like Blarney, I could find little information relating prostate treatment to sexual performance on this or more mainstream sites and hence I welcome contributions from the likes of Acheilidh. 

 

I do have in front of me an information leaflet for tamsulosin, which lists  as a "common" side effect (affects 1 to 10 users in 100) "ejaculation disorders called retrograde ejaculation (ejaculation into the bladder)".  So the good news for Blarney is that there is at least a 90% chance that he won't be affected. (Incidentally, the leaflet advises that ant-inflammatories such as diclofenac, available without prescription, can influence the effects of tamsulosin.)

 

In my own case, I was first advised of an enlarged prostate more than 20 years ago but the effects were minimal until about 2 years ago, when the usual symptoms became more of a problem.  My GP prescribed tamsulosin but to my disappointment I found that I did suffer "backfires" as described above.  As at the time there seemed to be little relief from my symptoms (even when taking finasteride as well), I discontinued the prescription, with my GP's agreement.  Things were OK for about 12 months until one morning I experienced pain in the lower abdomen and subsequently found blood in my urine.  I underwent a flexible cytoscopy (primarily to eliminate bladder cancer), the eventual diagnosis being a burst blood vessel associated with my enlarged prostate.  As peeing had by then become increasingly difficult, I had already asked my GP to put me back on the tamsulosin/finasteride prescription, which is now more effective.  I have subsequently discovered that by missing one day's prescription and delaying the following day's until after the event, I am able to ejaculate normally, with apparent little effect upon my symptoms. 

 

So my advice to Blarney is not to delay starting treatment due to sexual performance fears: the probability is that he won't be affected and even if he is, he may be able to manage it in a similar manner.  (I believe that there are alternative drugs to tamsulosin which allegedly do not have the same side effect but have not explored this option).

 

It would be useful to share the experiences of others on the effects of various prostrate treatments and I would also call your attention to Acheilidh's post regarding NSUs on the "MK Ladies" thread.

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Interesting thread, I've noticed of late that I too am showing some of the symptoms above and will be getting checked out later this month at the docs. I don't have the sypmtoms all the time but do notice them more on some days than others, nontheless worth getting checked.  I wondered what age the above posters are ? I'm coming up 60 - PM me if you'd rather not put your age on the forum.

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Bert .. and anyone else with symptoms!

 

I'm not sure what symptoms you are refering to but if blood in urine is one of them then don't wait, and get to the docs immediately. i.e Today!

 

It's probably nothing, but in the worst case it can be a sign of cancer, and in my case it actually turned out to be kidney cancer.

 

So don't put it off and get to the docs straight away if you ever experience this particular symptom. It's not great but it looks like actually having blood in my urine gave me the best chance as I presented myself the same day, they were able to diagnose within a few weeks (there were lots of different tests), and it's those few weeks can make all of the difference.

 

Good luck!

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Bert .. and anyone else with symptoms!

 

I'm not sure what symptoms you are refering to but if blood in urine is one of them then don't wait, and get to the docs immediately. i.e Today!

 

It's probably nothing, but in the worst case it can be a sign of cancer, and in my case it actually turned out to be kidney cancer.

 

So don't put it off and get to the docs straight away if you ever experience this particular symptom. It's not great but it looks like actually having blood in my urine gave me the best chance as I presented myself the same day, they were able to diagnose within a few weeks (there were lots of different tests), and it's those few weeks can make all of the difference.

 

Good luck!

 

no blood thank goodness ! just a poor flow sometimes

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I have been using Saw Palmetto Extract for months and I can vouch for it. No more waking up 5-6 times during the night. There are plenty of medical studies that confirm the effectiveness of Saw Palmetto (Serenoa Repens). Avoid the Holland and Barrett one. Doctor's Best is the one I use.

 

About urinary flow pain, I was told that D-Mannose is quite effective but I've never tried it.

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Hello Chaps,

 

Couple of points 

 

1st. Ask your GP for a PSA test, it's a blood test doesn't take two minutes. Whilst the results won't necessarily be conclusive they should give an idea of prostate troubles, I think you are looking at a reading of about 4 at the age of 60. Mine varied between 6 and 9 at different tests which is why I was referred to a urologist.

 

2nd. As regards Tamusulosin, I didn't experience backfires but had virtually no sensation when cumming.

 

I must add that I do not have any connection with the medical profession just my personal experiences.

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I`ve been on Tamsulosin for about 2 years now,was diagnosed with prostate cancer 7 years ago,too old for surgery(not offered after 70). Rejected hormone therapy and radiology as i live alone and couldn`t do the daily jorneys for radiotherapy.No adverse reactions from Tamsulosin, sleeping better ,not getting up to pee so often,and as others have mentioned, delayed ejaculation but that aint a bad thing, watching the girls sweat.determined to make me cum before the session ends. Try it , nothing to lose,make the most of your life .Statistics show that most men die with Prostate problems,NOT because of them.

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As a p.s to above, get a P.S..A test but even that isn`t conclusive.The accepted count is apparently 4,but my first came in at 66. The specialist couldn`t explain it,my last test showed 124 and I`m still living an active life(regularly punting too).Growing old Disgracefully.Don`t be scared by statistics and go with your gut feeling.Doctors are not always right.

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I think those who do not mastubate or one who totally avoids sex can be at a greater risk of having a prostate cancer and may not diagonise in the extreme stage.

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Been nursing a prostate problem for a couple of years with the usual symptoms - poor flow, hesitancy and discomfort when peeing. The consultant says the next step is to go onto an alpha blocker therapy like Tamulosin. Anybody else out there take this stuff? Looks like it affects your ability to ejaculate and sounds miserable. Punting more regularly now to make good use of my last few months of normal function. Looking for some encouragement that this isn't the end.

 

Hi Blarney. I have had exactly the same struggles as you describe for probably 4 years. I recently went to my GP. They took a blood sample & I had a physical examination (I would have been far happier if 1 or 2 of the girls on here had done this than my slightly irritable male GP :) ). Blood tests came back all clear but I have been diangnosed as having a swollen prostate. As a result of this I have been on Pamsvax XL capusles (Tamsulosin) which I take once a day. These are supposed to relax the prostate muscle so that it does not block the urinary tube.

 

Outcome? I have definitely been going to the loo at night less than before. But I have been feeling a bit tired, not sure if this is related to the "winter blues" or the Tamsulosin. Now that it has been commented on, I too probably don't ejaculate as much for the 3 months i have been on this stuff but for me this is far outweighed by the benefit of me not going to the loo so much.

 

Anyway best of luck & this is certainly not the end for you old boy. :)

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Thanks to everyone that replied and provided encouragement. It is good to know there are others in similar predicament who have been able to carry on enjoying their regular punting habit. 

 

My consultant has said that guys tend to hang on making lifestyle changes and tolerate the symptoms. Then when they go on the meds or have the operation (TUNA/TURP) wish they'd done it much earlier. At the moment I take Saw Palmetto and have worked out that diet is important with some foods. Get good weeks and bad weeks.

 

 

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