Alright, so I've been lurking on the board for the past couple of months. Lots of good information and helpful advice. A little history:
I'm 40 years old, and started having urinary tract infection symptoms this past Halloween. Even further back (5/2001) I had reduced urine stream. But at the time, a urologist told me I had a stricture. Not sure if that was true, but my urine stream has never been the same. I haven't reached the age group where PSA tests are common, but I had mky blood work done twice over the past 5 years and it was 1 or less. Anyway, I started really suffering this past fall and had blood in my urine and extreme pain. My general practitioner said it was a bladder infection and put me on antibiotics. A few days later my fever and symptoms were worse. So she gave me another script and sent me home. She said if I had any other problems, I would need to see a urologist. A week later I was improved, but not 100%.
So I made an appt. and went to see the urologist. He diagnosed prostatitis and wasn't sure what the cause was. Upon DRE he said my prostate was "rock hard" and prescribed 30 days of cipro. I also had a PSA test which turned up with 9+. I went home and took the pills. This now took me through New Years. In the meantime, I looked up the term 'rock hard' prostate and cancer seemed to be the most common cause. Scary!
I started reading as much as I could and surfing through this forum. After the Cipro was done, I knew I wasn't cured. The symptoms had subsided, but things weren't perfect. I went for the follow-uip and the doc re-checked the prostate. He found a "nodule" AKA tumor. He also re-checked PSA (7.8 and heading in the right direction) with free PSA = 5%. While he scheduled me for the ultra-sound / biopsy, he stated that while we waited for my blood-work he would notify me if the biopsy was necessary. If it turned up 3.0 or less than I was free to continue meds with a future re-check. For the next 4 or 5 days I prayed for a 2.0. But, as I mentioned above, a few days later the PSA value was 7.8. Needless to say I was upset.
The word biopsy scares me. And the thought of needles into an internal organ kept me up the entire night before. I read that most guys consider it a minor discomfort, but some says it is extremely painful. I figured it would be painful and I dreaded the appointment.
A few days later I went in for the ultra-sound. If the doc noticed stones or an abscess, than I would be free from the biopsy. Again I prayed. But no such luck. he proceeded with the biopsy and to my surprise it did not hurt (minor discomfort only as described by most).
I awaited the results. The thoughts of what could become of my health had me nervous, but I kept thinking I'm too young for this. Not true, but positive thinking kept me sleeping at night while I waited for the week to pass. What had me so worried is that many guys notice no symptoms and only find out about PC because of annual exams and rising PSA. I was concerned that because I presented symptoms, that if I had PC than it might be advanced. I also suffered from extreme back and hip pain. I considered that if I had cancer, than maybe it moved into my bones. The worst kept trying to take over my mind.
Today I got my results. Negative - benign tumor. 6 month follow-up coming. Chronic prostatitis.
I tell this story for two reason: the first because I hope that if any one comes googling nodule or rock-hard prostate and finds this site that they are provided some bit of hope that perhaps they too can receive positive news. And second because I thought that some contribution to this site was warranted since it provided me so much during a time of need.
I wish the best for all the guys on here and to all those that have yet to receive the scary diagnosis.
I hope to avoid this disease my entire life, but the reality is that so many men do get it. Sorry to ramble on.
Best to all, and thanks.
if any one comes googling nodule or rock-hard prostate
This is exactly what I googled, I am losing sleep over this. I have a doctor appointment this week.
Thank you for doing this, I registered just to tell you that. I wish more people would report back the "positive" outcome of their stories and not only their problems, this way you wouldn't think you're going to die everytime you see anything on the internet.