As men grow older, their chances for an enlarged prostate increase. Enlarged prostates can result in discomfort, and many symptoms become readily apparent. The severity of the condition varies in men, however, and roughly half of men with an enlarged prostate never have symptoms that are severe enough to warrant them seeking medical attention. Have your prostate examined by a doctor each time you have a physical.
Very Early Symptoms
Acute prostatitis, or more commonly an enlarged prostate, often begins with a few telltale symptoms. The most basic are fever and chills. Because these are fairly common symptoms for most diseases, few people connect them to an enlarged prostate.
Enlarged prostates can cause a variety of discomforts and pains. These pains are early symptoms that your prostate may be enlarged. If you are experiencing chills or fever in addition to these pains, this is a clear indication of an enlarged prostate. The pains can include lower abdominal discomfort, pain in the area between the genitals and the anus, and burning during urination.
If the prostate goes unchecked, the pain can increase and spread. You will also experience changes to your urinary habits. Urination will become a strain, and you will feel the need to go more frequently. Your urine will come out in spurts, frequently stopping and starting during the process.
An enlarged prostate could result in a urinary tract infection. This will make urinating extremely painful. The urinary tract infection could also spread to the epididymis, causing epididymitis. Hematuria, which is the term for blood in the urine, is also possible.
Consult Your Doctor
If you experience any changes to your usual habits, consult your doctor. Prostate exams are important during your routine checkup. If you fear your prostate has become infected or enlarged, schedule a consultation with your doctor. By keeping on top of your prostate's health, you will be able to avoid these symptoms and the difficulties that come with an enlarged prostate.