CPPS – Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
This condition is also known as Chronic Prostatitis; this is where gentleman suffers pain in the genital area or low pelvic pain over a long period of time. The duration of this pain can last weeks or even months.
Diagnosis of CPPS – Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
This will involve a visit to your local doctor. They will take a history from you regarding your symptoms and then initially take a swab from the urethra or more rarely these days massage your prostate gland using a finger placed in your rectal passage.
If you are suffering from Chronic Prostatitis the treatment will involve a variety of treatments which will be personalised to you. You will be referred to an Urologist who specialises in the urinary tract and male reproductive conditions. The urologist will perform a routine examination of your genital area as well as a rectal examination to assess the condition of your prostate gland. A blood test for PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) will be taken as well as a urine test, this will be done to exclude any other problems and to make a more accurate diagnosis.
As CPPS – Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome does not have a quick fix answer men are understandably anxious and can become depressed with the continuing discomfort. The treatment can be very challenging as the solution will involve possibly medication as well as cognitive therapies.
A combination of therapies may be employed for your treatment such as:
Intermittent or prolonged periods of antibiotics
Alpha-blockers –Medication which relaxes the alpha receptors which are distributed at the bladder neck and sphincter
Behavioural therapy – working with therapists to discover ways of reducing the perception of the discomfort
Pain clinic management
Tens machines – a type of electrical pulse which is transmitted with small pads attached to the skin surface to block the pain signals.
Pain relief medication – combination drug therapies to enable you to become comfortable enough to resume activities of daily living
Self Help Techniques
It has been suggested that regular exercise although NOT cycling is recommended. This has multiple benefits as your improved levels of fitness will improve your pelvic floor muscles as well as improving your mental attitude.
Regular ejaculation either via masturbation or sexual intercourse is considered valuable as the regular flow may reduce the levels of spasm.
Relaxation techniques can be learnt and if regularly done are thought to be beneficial.
Eating a healthy balanced diet and maintaining your correct weight will be a positive step towards maximising your immune system.