I hope you are as well as you can be and keeping safe in these difficult days.
I am very worried and anxious about a diagnosis I received today. I just wondered if I could list my symptoms and perhaps it matches somebody else’s, which would put my mind at ease.
I am on weekly Enbrel injections for inflammatory arthritis and have been for 7 years now. They make me immunosupressed. They work perfectly at keeping the arthritis under control though.
Around 6 days ago I started to get a constant pain in the head of my penis. It also burned when urinating and I had to go far more than I normally do. Flow was also a lot less than usual, sometimes hardly any at all. I called 111 and got a video consultation with a GP. She thought it was probably a UTI and prescribed Nitrofurantoin. (Hope that’s spelt correctly).
After 3 days there was no real improvement so I called my own GP (who were open again after Christmas) and went to see him today.
He was not happy that the NitroF wasn’t working as well as said he would like to do a prostate examination.
It was extremely tender and he said it was slightly enlarged and a little knobbly to the feel.
He was undecided whether to refer me to hospital or treat for prostititis with Ciprofloxacin. Because of my immunosupression we felt a visit to the hospital was a little risky with covid as it is currently so he wants me to take Cipro for 2 weeks and then return for another examination.
He said he thought it may be prostititis, but I felt that was because he did not want to mention cancer at this stage.
In total my symptoms are:
Constant burning/discomfort at tip of penis (all the time not just urinating).
Low flow pressure in the morning.
After drinking 4-6 pints of water through the day I do have to urinate a lot of times with flow seemingly at normal pressure.
Once I have finished urinating for the day and go to bed I usually sleep 5-6 hours without waking or needing to go again. The pain/burn in the tip is also less first thing in the morning and seems to build through the day.
My symptoms seemed to just arrive out of the blue. I have just finished (today) 2 weeks of 4 types of antibiotics to clear an H.Pylori infection so I wondered if that may have killed all my good bacteria and allowed the opportunistic bacteria to take hold? (If it is prostititis of course)
I just wondered does anyone else have confirmed prostititis and suffer the same symptoms or are these symptoms easily crossed over with prostate cancer?
Also has anybody tried the Cipro antibiotic and how did it work for you? The side effects seem quite severe and very worrying. Reviews online for Cipro would be enough to put anybody off ever taking it again! So far I have only had one 500mg dose tonight, but already concerned about tomorrow mornings dose :(
Have been happily married for 25 years now, so no chance of an STD or STI.
Any help or advice would be hugely welcomed as I am extremely worried and anxious about what the future holds for me and my wife.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
Take care and stay safe.