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How Can I Tell My Doctor My Prostate Hurts?

Every person experiences pain differently.There is no objective, quantifiable measure of pain. The only way for pain to be effectively managed is to communicate honestly with your doctor about the type and intensity of pain you are experiencing.

Though pain and discomfort can be indicative of prostate disease, not all men will experience pain. Discussing the symptoms of an inflamed prostate, and indeed receiving a prostate exam, may be uncomfortable, but it is important to remember discomfort and pain are your body’s way of communicating a problem. Prostate diseases, even prostate cancer, are treatable when caught early. The possibility of successful treatment is well worth a few moments’ awkwardness.

Keeping a journal to chronicle your pain may be a helpful tool in talking to your doctor. Try to keep a record of the following information:

  • The location of the pain – Where are you feeling the pain?

  • The intensity of the pain – Many medical facilities are using a chart that ranks your level of pain on an ascending scale of one to ten. Does it prevent you from performing certain tasks? Does pain wake you at night?

  • What does the pain feel like? Does it feel sharp, dull, stabbing, throbbing, shooting, etc.?

  • Duration – How long does the pain last?

  • Onset – Do you notice pain during or shortly following certain activities or events? For instance, with prostate disorders, it is not uncommon to experience pain during urination or ejaculation.

  • Does anything make the pain worse? Does anything make it better?

 

Try to remain calm while talking to the doctor and to not jump to conclusions. Yes, prostate cancer is a common occurrence in men, but there are many non-cancerous causes of prostatic inflammation. Communicating your symptoms to your doctor and undergoing tests will help your doctor determine the specific cause of your pain, and then decide on the appropriate course of treatment.

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