I have been a member of the crohns forum here since about 2005 or so, and as we all know, it seems that our illness's tend to morph and criss-cross forums, which brought me here.
I will surpass my whole 15 years of crohns history story, suffice it to say, more er visits, surgeries, procedures and drugs then you can shake a stick at, sound familiar? :)
This last 3 years I contracted c-diff, which took 1 1/2 years to beat then candida, which I am still taking difulcan for, 3rd try, have'nt beat it yet, guess that is what ya get when ya got a messed up bacterial lining in your guts (yes I take VSL#3 probiotic ever day, have for years, still doesn't keep it balanced, bacteria wise)
Anyway, the last 6 months I began having symptoms, mass abdominal pressure like I needed a bowel movement, inability to pee on command, not able to fully empty bladder.
I always thought it was related to and of my crohns drugs, or bacterial infections, I went to see a urologist and it turns out I have a bladder stone blocking my urethra, have to have some procedure called TURP to get it out.
Thing is, the urologist also told me my prostate was enlarged and he could cut it down and biopsy it during the TURP, but that would require more risk, longer stay in the hospital and so on.
I have been checked for many other forms of cancer over the years and tested neg, is there a way to test the prostate without a direct biopsy? I really don't want to lie around with a catheter for 3 days if I don't have to.
The bladder stone procedure is in/out, barring complications. I would rather go home after the stone is gone and see if my pressure symptoms go away before committing to something more invasive like the prostate surgery.
The surgeon does agree, which is cool, he doesn't want me to suffer any more then I have to.
My concern, goes back to "Is there another way to test prostate cancer"
If the biopsy is the only way and I don't do this during TURP just cause I am being a sissy I am a fraid I could have prostate cancer with out even knowing just because I was to chicken-crap to deal with a catheter.
If I could get any feedback from you guys that would give me peace of mind it would be helping me match my symptoms
Front abdominal constant pressure
difficulty telling difference between bowel movement pressure and urine pressure till I go push.
When I asked The urologist how enlarged was my prostate he did say the prostate wasn't grossly enlarged, he said it was just "enlarged", he didn't seem extremely concerned.
So it is this pressure thing, I know having a kidney stone blocks your bladder and causes pressure, but I just wondered if any of you guys had a similar pressure feeling stemming from you prostate instead.
Anyway, thanks so much in advance for any help, I am sure I will have more questions
Post Edited (Blue Velvyt) : 8/16/2013 6:27:42 PM (GMT-6)