The symptoms are similar for all forms of
prostatitis, with the exception of
Symptoms of the chronic forms of prostatitis,
including chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome,
noninflammatory, may include:
- A frequent urge to urinate, although you may
pass only small amounts of urine.
- A burning sensation when
- Difficulty starting urination, interrupted
flow (urinating in waves rather than a steady stream), weaker-than-normal urine
flow, and dribbling after urinating.
- Excessive urinating at night
- A sensation of not completely emptying the
- Pain or discomfort in the lower back, in the area between
the testicles and anus, in the lower abdomen or upper thighs, or above the
pubic area. Pain may become worse during a bowel movement.
- Pain or
vague discomfort during or after ejaculation.
- Pain in the tip of
With acute prostatitis, symptoms are severe, come on
suddenly, and include fever and chills. Signs of
chronic bacterial prostatitis may be milder and come
on suddenly or gradually over weeks or months, and the symptoms may come and
go. Symptoms alone cannot be used to determine the type of prostatitis you
Other conditions, such as a
bladder infection or
benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), can cause symptoms
similar to those of prostatitis.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology
December 3, 2011
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