Unfortunately I find myself joining this forum as I was referred to a Urologist last Tuesday.
Before Christmas I was getting some discomfort around my prostate area and also in my penis and testicles. It was nothing too bad and I thought I'd wait till after the holiday period to see if it subsided. No blood was evident.
It would disappear for a while and then come back so I thought it wise to so and see my GP. which i did on 28th Dec. She did a urine test and arranged a blood test that same day and prescribed Ciprofloxacin for me to take for a week. After a week I went back to see her and she said that my PSA was 3.6. She told me to take Ciprofloxacin for another 3 weeks and then get another blood test done.
When I saw her (30th Jan) for the result of that blood test my PSA had risen to 4.0 so she thought it a good idea to go and see a urologist.
Within a week I had my appointment and on this last Tuesday I saw the Urologist. He did a DRE and described some 'firmness' on one side of my prostate so arranged for me to have both an MRI and TRUS biopsy done that very same day. I must say that I was quite shocked by the pace of events as I had previously been told that it would be JUST a consultation and with no tests. I'm not complaining though as it was far more convenient doing it this way and obviously I wasn't having to wait with the inevitable concerns about what might happen.
Oddly enough I was dreading the biopsy more than the MRI however I did get a little claustrophobic in the scanner and in the end the biopsy wasn't too bad at all.
While the biopsy wasn't too bad there was one sample taken that did rather hurt at the time and after the process was felling rather sore and uncomfortable in the prostate area. Is that normal? Funnily enough I've seen no blood in either urine or stools yet. I was given Metronidazole 400mg and Ciprofloxacin 250mg before biopsy but nothing to take afterwards. is that normal practice?
So now it's the wait of around 2 - 3 weeks before I go and get my results.
I'm in a strange position at the moment as I really don't know what the tests will show. Ideally it will be that I have some form of Prostatitis or Enlarged Prostate however I am also aware that something worse may also be responsible for the symptoms I have.
It would be appreciated if someone can address the points I have made on here as not knowing anyone else who has gone through this i do find myself in a rather lonely and worrying place.