Is what I'm feeling dangerous?

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   Posted 1/9/2011 6:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

I'm a 23-year-old male. For a long time now, I have been experiencing a certain sensation in my penis/prostate areas on a periodic basis. It usually happens in the morning when I first use the restroom, or the first time I urinate following a bowel movement anytime of the day.

I would describe the feeling as a very heightened sensation, extending from within my penis — in my urethral tube — all the way back towards my prostrate. It's not pain per se — at least not in the traditional sense of the word — but instead a very, very uncomfortable sensitivity.

I would almost relate it to the sensitivity of the glans after ejaculation, when continued stimulation is very uncomfortable. However, this particular sensation is A LOT stronger and happens spontaneously.

It also reminds me of the way a UTI feels, but the fact that I otherwise urinate without discomfort leads me to believe that it isn't a UTI, which I've had before.

Sometimes, when it's at its worst, I won't even breathe until it passes.

The fact that it usually follows a bowel movement indicates to me that the sensation is triggered by "stimulation", for lack of a better term, of my prostate.

Is what I'm experiencing dangerous? Should I see a doctor? Or is it just a case of my prostate being prone to bouts of heightened sensitivity?

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 1/9/2011 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
When in doubt-> See a doctor.
If its been going on longer then a few days - odds are it isn't going to go away by itself.

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   Posted 1/9/2011 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Go see your doctor. Your age indicates that problems would not be common, but at least check things out. I had my first bout with proststitis at age 25. My symptoms were different however.

When something is happening that doesn't make sense, go check it out. You can reseach the various websites like emedicine and webmd and do google searches, but don't self diagnose. Good luck and lets hope there is no reason for alarm once you have been examined.

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   Posted 1/9/2011 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
See your regular doctor right away, no point guessing with this, if you don't have one, go to a walk-in clinic, if you don't have that, go to the ER.

David in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
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   Posted 1/9/2011 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
See a Dr. ! could be a prostate issue, but also may be a congenital issue inside the urethra....I have known a couple of folks with similar symptoms. But there is no way of knowing without some easy tests
age 44 when diagnosed 45 now
RRP 9-28-10
gleason 3+3=6
pathology report all clear
11-1-10 PSA 0.02
3 month PSA 0.00
bladder control 3 weeks post cath. removal!
Osbon pump works great!
some noctural erections stated 12-01-10
5mg Cialis daily 1-3-11 able to get short semi erections(60-75%) with effort daily

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   Posted 1/9/2011 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with everyone else, best to see your doctor.

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   Posted 1/9/2011 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
On the other hand you are way too young and your symptoms do not match -- prostate cancer usually has no symptoms (or only frequent urination.)

My hope is that you go away and don't come back to talk about PCa until you are 80
Age at diagnosis 66, PSA 5.5
Biopsy 12/08 12 cores, 8 positive
Gleason 3+4=7
CAT scan, Bone scan 1/09 both negative.

Robotic surgery 03/03/09 Catheter Out 03/08/09
Pathology: Lymph nodes & Seminal vesicles negative
Margins positive, Capsular penetration extensive Gleason 4+3=7
6 weeks: 1 pad/day, 1 pad/night -- mostly dry at night.
10 weeks: no pad at night -- slight leakage day/1 pad.
3 mo. PSA 0.0 - now light pads
6 mo. PSA 0.00 -- 1 light pad/day
9 mo. PSA 0.00 -- 1 light pad/day ED remains
12 mo. PSA 0.00 -- still one light pad and ED
16 mo PSA 0.00 -- light pad just for security, ED still an issue

New Member

Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 1/9/2011 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your replies. I will look into going to see a physician. It doesn't feel particularly dangerous in retrospect, but while it's happening, I'm in severe discomfort. Also, I seem to have a lot of problems just in my lower abdomen anyway, and extending downward and back.

Another thing that worries me is that I have a very messed up digestive system. I have gone to the doctor before but they just give me laxatives. I am afraid of prostate problems/anal cancer because of this condition.

I might add that I have had UTIs before and during my worst bout a couple years, when I had a fever that hit 105 Fahrenheit and severe lower-back pain, I was told by the doctor who examined me at the ER that my prostate was enlarged. He referred me to another doctor for a follow-up, but that one said my prostate was fine. I know the prostate tends to swell during a UTI (correct?), but point being that...It just seems to give me trouble. I am scared to go to the doctor... What if they find something bad?

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   Posted 1/9/2011 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Ah, the dislike of doctors and what they might find - I've been there. That allowed things to get very close to out of hand for several things, not just my PCa.
Don't avoid getting the appropriate checkups any more than you would avoid the dentist for cleanings.
Welcome to HW, but I hope this will turn out to be a short visit.

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   Posted 1/11/2011 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
When i had my first prostate biopsy 4 years ago, i was very open about it with all the guys at work, thinking it would help them to be more self aware. A young guy in his early 20s said that he was having problems so i urged him to go to the doctors which he did. It turned out he had an infection in his prostate which a course of antibiotics fixed, so please go and get yourself checked,


James C.
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   Posted 1/11/2011 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
What if they find something bad? Then you know of the problem and can lay out a plan to combat it with treatment. IF it something cancerous or otherwise serious, not knowing and it being there just allows it to spread and do further and continuing damage as you ignore the problem. Head in the sand works for certain birds but not so well for humans.
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 01/11-.09
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