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Conditions

Enlarged Prostate

An enlarged prostate (known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) is one of three main conditions that can affect the prostate. Similar to prostate cancer, prostate enlargement usually only affects men over the age of 50, and about half men over this age will have some sort of prostate enlargement. It’s caused by an overgrowth of prostate cells and symptoms include: difficulty passing urine because of weak and slow flow; passing urine frequently (more than 10 times a day); frequently waking up in the night to urinate (nocturia); and incomplete emptying of the bladder. Treatment for an enlarged prostate depends on whether your symptoms are causing you problems, or if there are complications. For mild symptoms, it’s possible to make certain lifestyle changes, such as: avoiding alcoholic or caffeine-based drinks; avoiding drinking late at night; and increasing the amount of fruit and fibre you eat to avoid constipation, which can put pressure on your bladder. Other treatment options can include medication or a prostatectomy (a surgical procedure to remove part of, or the whole, prostate).

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When my husband urinates he sometimes gets the urge to have a bowel movement. Can this be a sign of enlarged prostate? He's almost 64 years old.





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My dad is having an enlarge porsrate but he as been taking a drug for the disease but after taken the drug for awhile he unable to go to toliet as normal for might be wrong?





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He is not getting enough fiber in his diet. I encourage him to eat more fruit, nuts, and fiber filled foods.

i am 74 years old,my father in law died with prostate cancer when i was 32 years old,and was a learning experience,since than i did some research and this what i learned;90X100 of male zinc is in the prostate,when you age you don't produce enough zinc,and you need to increase your zinc intake with nutrients,since than i take 50mg of zinc daily,and the last couple years i add super prostate from Webber naturals,which consist of a combination of,saw palmetto,zinc,pumpkin oil ,which i get the raw seeds also,tomato and selenium,my sex life is good for my age,but for my chronic nasal congestion i am taking some over the counter nasal decongestant relief,and this is causing some problem for me,decreasing the flow of the urine at night time,and because of this problem i take non liquids after 6.Hope i was a little help.Take care and God Bless you,you are very young and i am sure you can fix the problem.





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I'm what could be the problem44 I've had seven back surgeriesand for the past month and a half I haven't been able to control my bladderI wake up and my bed is soakedI always go to the bathroom before I go to bed I'm just going to drizzle to come out when I go to bed and wake up soaked,,,what could be the problem?





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Im 33 years old went in for aphysical and put with a prostate exam my butthole still hurts my girlfriend was in the room I felt embarrassed anyway he said Thad why I can't pee he also stated I suffer from anxiety ???





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I am 60 years old went for shoulder surgery .surgery went well but 4 hrs could not pee cathoder put in for a week and meds





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I have an enlarged prostate. Why can I pass water ok in the daytime but not in the night when it keeps starting and stopping and just a dribble





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I am 36 yrs old and i have 3 major ailments dat I can't explain, 1. is I wake up at night 3 to 4 times and also when I pee it's so slow dat it takes me 2 to 3 min to empty my bladder, 2. Is when I lay down at night, I can't breathe, I have to stand up immediately and try to breathe in and out for some time and try to lay down again and sometimes I gat to stand up again, it's just killing me dat I can't have a good sleep without having breathing problems. 3 is immediately I finish peeing mostly in d middle of d night, my body get so hot dat I have to take a shower immediately to cool down and imagine how do u expect me to sleep comfortably at that. Have down some tests and d Dr said all is well " negative" I thk am diein.





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Sounds like Anxiety man. Sometimes depression meds help your not the only one my friend.

Hi My dad is 52 and been having problems..he has been passing blood when he poo and blood in his semen and urine..he is also in pain at times..was told he has a swollwn prostate...is is something serious/deadly?





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Hi I'm a 36 year old male, I consider myself to be healthy and a sensible eater. For over a year now I have had a problem with getting up through the night for a pee, I have had two urine sample tested(which came back clear) and also 2 examinations on my prostate. The first one was normal, then the second one I've just had revealed my prostate was larger. After cutting down caffine etc out of my diet, I have only just been prescribed Trimethoprim. I'm on a months course of the tablets. I 'm just a bit concerned that my prostate has grown in size since my 1st examination, is this normal? Also if I should be requesting a scan or some other route to follow to find out the problem.





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