Living With Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
Nearly all men living with Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) have found that it has made a dramatic change to their lives. One day they are fit and healthy and then, over a short period of time, they experience testicular pain, increasing discomfort in basic functions like sitting down, a constant urge to urinate and sexual problems.
Many others have experienced associated symptoms such as constipation, back, rectum and ejaculation pain. Some 35% of men experience mild symptom in their lifetime, but over 0.5% are afflicted with CPPS, which requires a lifetime of management.
CPPS has a negative effect on almost every aspect of life from working, travelling, socialising and simple pleasures such as cycling as well as self-esteem. It is a problem that others can’t see, but with which an almost silent minority have to manage every minute of the day and night. For many men, this leads too depression setting in and putting personal relationships under stress.
Many men then embark on a long journey of hope, learning, disappointment and reality.
Their first stop is the GP, where they often experience very mixed results. Many knowledgeable GP’s will immediately refer patients to a hospital consultant, whilst others may procrastinate whilst symptoms get worse.
For those that can afford it, we would always recommend going straight to a private consultant as the symptoms can become impossible to handle. A private consultant will accelerate the process, undertaking a number of tests to check for bacterial infection and also discounting other conditions like prostate cancer. The consultant will also prescribe medication which will have a mitigating effect on the pain and suffering.
If you have a bacterial infection, then for most men you can get well and the condition disappears. But for other men, without a bacterial infection, it will become a lifetime of management.
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