The first sign of prostate problems, commonly referred to as chronic pelvic pain syndrome, is mostly caused by an enlarged prostate which is located beneath a man's bladder, where it wraps around the urethra. This gland is responsible for making the fluid that carries sperm. This gland is encapsulated, that is, it is surrounded by a tough layer on the outside. This makes it more difficult for any swelling to expand outwards. When the prostate is affected, it has no other place to go but inward, pressing on the urethra. Some of the problems the prostate can experience include prostate cancer, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) which is a non-cancerous enlarged prostate, and prostatitis.
Symptoms of BPH may include difficulty urinating, decrease in the size and flow of urine, discomfort while urinating, pain in the anal region after ejaculation, dribbling after urination, the need to urinate frequently at night, an increase in the frequency and urgency of urination, and infections of the urinary tract due to poor flushing of the bladder. Prostatitis may have symptoms of fever, pain during urination, pain in the genitals, back, lower abdomen and inner thighs.
Prostatitis is caused by an infection by bacteria. The infection may be in the kidneys or bladder and still affect the prostate. It can also happen without the presence of a bacterial infection. BPH may occur during the second growth period of the prostate, which usually begins at age 25. Prostate problems can also be worsened by mineral deficiencies. The prostate needs an adequate amount of zinc in the diet, so eat shellfish, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and other foods that are high in this mineral.
If you have painful urination that is accompanied by lower back pain, fever and pelvic pain; or if you frequently feel the urge to urinate but cannot get the flow started or it is weak; if you urinate two or three times per night or you finish urinating but your bladder still feels full, seek medical attention.