Facts About Chronic Prostatitis and Pelvic Pain Syndrome
- While prostatitis* means an inflammation or infection of the prostate gland, most men diagnosed with prostatitis do not have a prostate infection or inflammation.
- Prostatitis is a condition that can confuse both doctors and patients.
- Approximately ninety-five percent (95%) of what is called prostatitis is not related to a prostate infection. Most cases diagnosed as prostatitis have no pathology of the prostate gland that can account for symptoms of urinary frequency, sexual and sitting pain, and internal pelvic pain among other symptoms.
- Major studies have shown that treating the prostate gland with anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics fails to help the symptoms of prostatitis in the long term.
- Symptoms of prostatitis can become chronic and very distressing.
- In 1995, the National Institutes of Health, in a consensus conference on prostatitis, acknowledged that the terms chronic nonbacterial prostatitis and prostatodynia neither explained nor were even related to the symptoms. They recommended a new name that was adopted for this condition: chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS). In changing the name of the most common disorder seen by urologists, there was the clear implication that the prostate may not be the cause of this disorder.
- Studies have shown that men undergo severe impairment in their self-esteem and their ability to enjoy life in general because the pain and urinary dysfunction is so profoundly intimate and intrusive. The effect of nonbacterial prostatitis on a man’s life has been likened to the effects of having a heart attack, having chest pain (angina), or active Crohn’s disease (bleeding/inflammation of the bowel). If nonbacterial prostatitis moves from a mild and intermittent phase to a chronic phase, sufferers tend to live lives of quiet desperation. Having no one to talk to about their problem, usually knowing no one else who has it, and receiving no help from the doctor in its management or cure, they often suffer depression and anxiety.
*Prostatitis (National Institutes of Health categories)
I Acute bacterial prostatitis
II Chronic bacterial prostatitis
IIIA CPPS nonbacterial inflammatory prostatitis
IIIB CPPS nonbacterial non-inflammatory prostatitis
IV Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis
Cutting edge treatment of the symptoms of prostatitis focuses on the muscles of the pelvis and not the prostate gland. Treating chronically contracted pelvic muscles associated with the symptoms of prostatitis can significantly reduce or resolve these symptoms in a majority of men. Those who are seeking facts about Chronic Prostatitis should ultimately learn about the Wise-Anderson Protocol. This is a pioneering treatment that has been shown in studies to help reduce the symptoms in a majority of men diagnosed with chronic prostatitis.
NOTE: While it is our hope that these facts about Chronic Prostatitis are helpful, this information is not to be misconstrued as medical advice. This should be presented as general information about the disorder.