Checklist for Men Who Might Have BPH (Yet Don’t Know It)

(Photo Credit: Medicinenet & 123rf)
(Photo Credit: Medicinenet & 123rf)

If you’re a guy, it might be helpful to see if you have any or all of the following symptoms:

— Having a sensation of needing to pee immediately (urgency)
—  Have a weak stream of urine, and at times, feeling the need to go to the toilet often (frequency)
—  Having difficulty to start urination (hesitancy)
— When the stream of urine starts and stops intermittently (intermitency)
—  dribbling of urine, especially after urinating;
—  Having a sense of not fully emptying the bladder; feeling dissatisfied with the amount peed
—  Getting up to pee multiple times during the night (nocturia)

If you had been experiencing such symptoms, it would do well to immediately seek medical attention.  Pee problems shouldn’t be disregarded.  There are many medical problems connected with urine issues and for all you know, you may be having some kidney-related disorder OR BPH or Benign prostatic hyperplasia, which  refers to a non-cancerous increase in size and number of cells that make up the prostate; or enlargement of the prostate gland.

BPH occurs more often in older men.  Other than being a nuisance, it is usually not a serious problem although about half of all men older than 75 have some symptoms.  It is very rare that young men experience symptoms of an enlarged prostate, but they happen sometimes. The prostate enlarges over the course of many years of exposure to male hormones, and young men typically have not had enough years of exposure for symptoms to show up.  Women do not have a prostate, so they cannot get BPH.

The prostate is located just below where the bladder empties into the urethra – the thin tube which transport urine from the bladder, through the penis, to outside of the body. So when the prostate enlarges, it somehow impedes the flow of urine through the urethra. However, many men with an enlarged prostate have no symptoms. But once symptoms manifests, the symptoms enumerated above, in the checklist, are the most common.

Those symptoms are often times identical to those experienced by men with prostate cancer; such that there is no way to tell if a man’s symptoms are due to BPH or prostate cancer.  It is really necessary that medical attention be sought as soon as any of these symptoms occur.  Because if left untreated, BPH could become a progressive disease.

Some men don’t have bothersome symptoms and they choose to just live with them rather than take medicines every day or undergo surgery.  Again, BPH is not cancerous.  But there are several treatments available for BPH and you could work with your doctor to determine what’s best for you.

If you opted to just live with it because you have minimal discomforts or symptoms, make sure to have your regular check up though, if only to make sure that your condition is none the worse.

Some lifestyle changes may also help ease your discomfort:

  •  Minimize your fluid intake before bedtime
  • Refrain from or moderate your consumption of alcohol and caffeine-containing products
  •  Follow timed voiding schedules

Incomplete voiding could results in stasis of bacteria in the bladder  residue and increase the risk of  UTI or urinary tract infection.  Urinary bladder stones could be formed from the crystallization of salts   in the residual urine.

Other forms of BPH progression could be in the form of urinary retention which may be termed as acute or chronic.

To differentiate, Acute urinary retention is the inability to void, while in chronic urinary retention, the residual urinary volume gradually increases, and may cause the bladder to distend, which could result into bladder hypotonia.  Some patients who suffer from chronic urinary retention may eventually progress to renal failure, a condition termed obstructive uropathy. 

Simply put, it occurs when urine cannot drain through a ureter (a tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder); hence, it has no option but to go back up into the kidney.

So…check that pee condition.   Our urine state of affairs could very well be indicators of our own state of health.   ^__^

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