February 28, 2013 (Crossing the Danger Line)

My yearly checkup with my Urologist Derrick Mobley MD at the VA Medical Center, I received my yearly anal digital palpation of my prostate,

prostate exam Prostate Digital palpitation through the anus exam

Prostate had not reversed itself in the way it felt to Dr. Mobley. A check of my blood serum reported that my Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA ) test to be 7.5ng/ml ~~~~ 4.0ng/my is the line of concern, anything under this number is considered within normal limits (wnl).

Well we have now crossed the threshold of wnl 4.0ng/ml, Dr. Mobley, always being reassuring said “Don’t worry about it, it could simply be an infection of the prostate (Prostatitis) from bacteria or an injury.”

BPH Benign Prostate Hypertrophy (Swelling of the Prostate)

“Prostatitis is swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-sized gland located directly below the bladder in men. The prostate gland produces fluid (semen) that nourishes and transports sperm. Prostatitis often causes painful or difficult urination. Other symptoms of prostatitis include pain in the groin, pelvic area or genitals, and sometimes, flu-like symptoms.

Prostatitis can be caused by a number of different things. If it’s caused by a bacterial infection, it can usually be treated successfully. However, sometimes prostatitis isn’t caused by a bacterial infection or a cause is never identified.

Depending on the cause, prostatitis may come on gradually or suddenly. It may get better quickly, either on its own or with treatment. Some types of prostatitis last for months or more or keep recurring (chronic prostatitis).”

He started me on a 2 month run of some antibiotics.

 

prostate1 Picture showing how all major vessels go through the Prostate, Ureter (Pee from the bladder); Seminal fluid, (aides the transport of sperm); Spermatic cord, Ductus Deferens; Ejaculatory Duct (From the testicles through the prostate).

Which is one of the reasons for the symptoms, of urinary problems, erection problems

 

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