Diagnosing Prostatitis: urine vs prostate culture
I am beginning this discussion in the hopes of saving other men the nightmare I went through. I am a healthy fit 60-year-old with no health concerns, however, I was diagnosed with prostatitis in January 2022. Began with severe testicular pain and was rushed to emergency room crying uncontrollably due to pain. Pelvic CT, testicular exam Etc ruled out all other conditions and I was diagnosed with prostatitis and sent home with Percocet. To make a 5-month long very painful story short. I went thru Four USELESS urologists, four more testicular exams, 2 digital rectal exams, five urinalyses which all showed no bacteria or stds, 4 wks of levofloxacin, 3 weeks of doxycycline, and 10 weeks of percocet and gabapentin use to manage the pain, along with depression, weight gain etc. FINALLY my own research led me to ask my new urologist about using a semen sample to test for bacteria in the prostate. BINGO, from one sample he identified the bacteria and put me on a specific antibiotic called Suprax (Cefexime) for 2 weeks and the symptoms cleared. Had my first urologist or even the ER doctor suggested testing a semen sample they would have saved me 5 months of the worst nightmare of my life. I hope my post helps other men to avoid what I went through.