The road to a life free from painful symptoms
and free from the urge to urinate all the time!
After almost three years of agonizing pain, unbearable symptoms, doctor’s appointments, urologists, antibiotics, stretching techniques, chiropractors, several books about pelvic pain syndrome and prostatitis, and going over at least fifty research papers I finally found a solution – a treatment plan for prostatitis and pelvic pain syndrome! Read my story and learn more about how I cured myself.
“Wow, it feels much better! No pain or symptoms as before. Some moments I have felt the sensation of a golf ball inside the anus, but only 1/5 of what it used to be. It has gone so far that I do not even think of the symptoms anymore. I’m so happy for every moment, thank you!” - Pilot study participant
"Thank you so much.
I was very sceptical at first, but at a point of being in pain for over 15 years and trying every other medication and treatment I had to try this. When I read the treatment sheet I was even more sceptical. But I did the exercises as described (not easy) and from day one felt better. I am now day 5 and feeling 95% pain free." - Dan
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Studying towards a master’s degree in psychology at Stockholm University, Sweden. Specializing in neurology, anatomy, endocrinology and behavioral medicine. My initiative to start cure4prostatitis.com is of course based on my own experience, but also on the basis of scholarly dissertations of scientific research that I’ve been studying and compiled together during my three years as a patient. It would be a shame, if not outright foolish, not to share my knowledge of prostatitis and pelvic pain syndrome, especially as I’ve conducted several behavioral medical experiments in this area that have, after many trials, showed satisfactory results. Which, as far as I know, no one else can claim to have done.
Inflammatory or Non-inflammatory CP/CPPS Chronic prostatitis/ Chronic pelvic pain syndrome/ Prostatitis/ Non-bacterial prostatitis
This condition has several different names and currently lacks any evidence-based treatments. The medical perspective has tried to describe the symptoms of prostatitis without any reliable results. Most of the explanations resemble plain guesswork, lacking any kind of scientific basis. Oftentimes, the symptoms can’t be traced to any bacterial infection, and there are rarely any signs of an inflammation, and research has yet to identify an allergic reaction or a virus infection as cause of the condition. Meanwhile, some cases can actually be linked to a bacterial infection (most often proteus, klebsiella or E. coli), which can be treated successfully with antibiotics. This is called acute prostatitis. These cases should however not be confused with chronic prostatitis or pelvic pain syndrome.
Five Swedish males participated in a pilot study and tried my treatment plan for eight days. The results are strong and promising, and suggest that the treatment plan is working! But the study is too small to say anything for sure, and there were some confounding variables. Click here to read more about it .
My story - your tretment
Before I tell my story, I would like to describe all the symptoms I’ve had under the years when I was suffering from prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome. I didn’t experience all of the symptoms at the same time, and some of them I only experienced once in a while.
SYMPTOMS OF PROSTATITIS/PELVIC PAIN SYNDROME
● A feeling of there being a drop of urine left in the urethra, oftentimes at the tip, despite having just been to the bathroom. Sometimes the sensation feels ticklish or irritating.
● A feeling of having to urinate, despite having just done so, or of no urine coming out when trying, perhaps only a few drops. Also, having to pee often or a feeling of pressure in the bladder.
● Aches and pains in the lower back, scrotum, and some parts of the penis. Often a low intensity ache, but sometimes the pain can be blinding and lead to acute pain. Otherwise, the aches are usually a medium to low intensity prolonged pain, usually without any extreme highs or lows.
● A feeling of having a golf ball up one’s anus.
● A feeling of having to defecate without being able to.
● Pain during sexual intercourse and ejaculation. Pain especially in the penis, scrotum and sometimes in the perineum.
● Sitting down is sometimes painful.
● Some incontinence, difficulty holding in.
● Ache and a feeling that the need to urinate is eased somewhat by heat: a hot shower or hot bath, sometimes even warm clothes can help, and sitting cross-legged.
● The pain is worsened by high caffeine consumption, alcohol consumption, and smoking. Even the experience of needing to urinate is intensified by these stimulants.
● The pain may increase in intensity during cold weather or after physical performance involving some sort of challenge to the legs, like running, climbing stairs or lifting weights.
● The pain appeared suddenly, and can sometimes come and go, even though there seems to be no obvious reason for the changes. You begin to think in terms of good and bad days, without really knowing exactly what affects the ache and pain.
● The symptoms cannot be explained by any identifiable bacterial infection, visible inflammation, infection or other tissue damage. The infection is often based on an assumption, and not actual measurements.
● I have never experienced any chills, fever or any kind of flue like symptoms connected to my prostatitis. There were never any unusual levels of white blood cells (WBCs) in my urine, and there were no bacteria’s nor any clear reason behind my symptoms. No virus, no inflammation, nothing detectable. My prostate is not enlarged, and no physician could find anything wrong or unusual with it. But Pain!
Many of these symptoms occur in other diseases, such as interstitial cystitis (IC), bladder pain syndrome (BPS), kidney stone, prostate cancer, diabetes, sexual transmitted diseases (STD) or urinary infection. These illnesses are fairly easy to detect and diagnose, in contrary to prostatitis or pelvic pain syndrome, which are more difficult to diagnose and treat, especially given that physicians haven’t developed an evidence-based approach (and to be frank, no one seems to know exactly what is wrong). Therefore, it may take a while before you realize that you are suffering from prostatitis or pelvic pain syndrome. Unfortunately, there is no reliable method to diagnose prostatitis that I know of. But if you have experienced pain or ache in the pelvis or surrounding areas for a long time without any clear reason, and problems with frequent urination, there is a good chance that you suffer from prostatitis or pelvic pain syndrome. I will use these terms interchangeably.
My story begins, as many others do: in the experience of constantly feeling the need (urge) to urinate, even though there was little urine in the bladder. Furthermore, I felt pain/ache that was somewhat difficult to place, and difficult to access physically and spatially. The ache came from somewhere inside of me, sometimes the scrotum, sometimes from the urethra, or further inside the body, maybe inside the pelvic floor. It was a dull pain with low intensity, but it was strong enough to irritate me and make it hard to concentrate properly. And it got worse if I consumed coffee or alcohol. Like most people believe at this point, I also attribute the symptoms to a common urinary tract infection (although men in their twenties almost never suffer from urinary tract infections). Anyway, I promised myself, if the problems continued despite a week of juniper berry tea, and cranberry extract, I would see a doctor as soon as possible.
My first of many visits to the doctor’s office involved a urine and a blood analysis, samples that returned with negative results: no infection, no bacteria, everything seemed to be normal. Furthermore, there was no evidence of any immune response. The system was currently not fighting any disease. No part of my body was going through an inflammation. At this point the physician ruled out any sexually transmitted diseases or urinary tract infection. But to be completely sure of the none bacterial/infection hypothesis my samples were sent to a bio lab for a three week prolonged cultivation, an analysis that also returned with negative results. Besides the pain and all of my symptoms, I was perfectly healthy.
My ache and urinary symptoms continued, and I was not getting any better. My correspondence with the doctor’s office were slowly coming to an end. No one over there seemed to have a clue about what was wrong with me. In desperation I started searching for a new physician, maybe someone else could help me. My new doctor suspected prostate cancer, but after a full checkup everything seemed to be normal. He began discussing the possibility of prostatitis or pelvic pain syndrome. I had already thought about prostatitis myself, and I already knew back then, that there was no treatment for this disease, which scared me a lot. It is a chronical pain syndrome. Can it get any worse?
Although there is no evidence that antibiotics are effective at fighting prostatitis or pelvic pain syndrome, I agreed to give it a try. My first treatment lasted for teen days (doxycycline 100 mg, twice a day) in conjunction with analgesics (diclofenac for orifarm 50 mg). The lack of satisfactory results led me to another round. This time I consumed antibiotics for 30 days (ciprofloxacin 500 mg, twice a day). Ciprofloxacin is a broad spectrum antibiotic. The term broad-spectrum antibiotic refers to an antibiotic that acts against a wide range of disease-causing bacteria. A broad-spectrum antibiotic acts against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, in contrast to a narrow-spectrum antibiotic, which is effective against specific families of bacteria. Fortunately, I felt much better after 30 days, which is normal. A lot of patient who suffers from prostatitis symptoms do feel better after this initial treatment. Clinicians believe that the antibiotics are effective against some kind of bacteria, despite none have been identified, neither in the blood nor urine samples. Or perhaps it is so, suggested one of the specialist at the hospital, that the antibiotics have reduced the alleged inflammation and consequently the symptoms of ache and urination. There is no secret that an inflammation can trigger both pain and other symptoms. And antibiotics are effective at inflammations. Anyway. It’s important to remember that a broad spectrum antibiotic exposes the human body to extreme pressure, especially when the treatment continues for 30 days. Many vital microbes needed for intestines and other internal organs to function properly, will be eradicated, and multi-resistant bacteria tend to grow during these cures, bacteria that can lead to fatal diseases. Much more severe then prostatitis.
My happiness, and my days free from evil symptoms, were soon coming to an end. About a month later, the pain and the experience of constantly having to urinate was back. And this is not unique. Most victims of prostatitis that consume ciprofloxacin are in for the same ride. First everything seems to be perfect for a while, but then the pain strikes again. If you didn’t recognize any of the pharmacological substances I mention here, it’s because most drugs contain an active substance that each individual pharmaceutical company distribute with their own name. A quick search on Wikipedia shows that, for example, ibuprofen is available in many different drugs which have different tags depending on the manufacturer.
Physician number five demanded a new test, a new analysis of blood and urine. She tested me for various sexually transmitted diseases, and diabetes, and everything there was. And of course the results returned negative. I was fine. Besides I was not. She also examined the prostate. At this point, when there was nothing else to do, she’s started to question my mind. Maybe it was something psychological wrong with me? Which is interesting, because of my profession. Despite this argument another urologist suggested Voltaren, Arthrotec or Eeze (diclofenac). Simply painkillers. For the rest of my life I wondered? But after a couple of weeks, it was safe to say that none of this substances made any kind of difference for me. Instead, it felt like a mockery. In the weeks that came, I also experimented with various types of ibuprofen without any satisfactory results. Painkillers was not an option for me.
Time passed and I found more and more stories, similar to my own. The web was full of young men in the age of 20-45, suffering from the same problem as me. Some of them where way worse than me. Some of them hit depression after about a year, and some of them where considering surgery, even though the odds were against them. I didn’t blame them. Pain is probably the worst experience there is. Even some woman told the same story, which suggests that prostatitis not exclusively affect men. The symptoms that both men and women were talking about were similar, and the treatment with antibiotics and painkillers seems to be the standard procedure all over the planet, whether it's about a 25-year-old guy in Texas or a 45-year-old man in Australia. Likewise, no one wrote about any kind of cause behind their symptoms. No one had found any bacterial infection or any kind of inflammation or virus. This was all alleged by common sense, and physicians. Prostatitis seemed to be untreatable. And, undetectable. Someone claimed that the bacteria where hiding inside the prostate and that the infection where invisible in any blood or urine analysis, which of course is impossible and only a layman's words. Others were discussing the alleged inflammation; which no one could find. Despite hundreds of hours online I found no pleasing answer, nothing worked. In this stage I was desperate and I decided it was time for something new. In the next couple of month I tried almost everything that was recommended by various doctors and patients: Sabamin (saw palmetto), an extract that claims to alleviate prostatitis symptoms; large amounts of garlic and ginger (a lot of signatures state that this will ease prostate problems); Quercetin (a substance that according to some statements should relieve the pain in the pelvic floor); Allicin (another extract, according to scientific studies claiming to be able to help against prostatitis), as well as zinc and magnesium, minerals that through muscle relaxation will ease prostatitis symptoms. In the same period of time, I also avoided anything that was said to be negative for the symptoms, i.e. spicy food, alcohol, cigarettes and coffee. However, none of these alternatives made any difference. The pain and problems with the urethra continued. No treatment felt useful.
sabamin saw palmetto
I continued to see a doctor, who by now saw me as a problem in the health care system, a patient without any possible treatment. But at the same time, a specialist and urologist wanted me to try alpha blockers (e.g. Flomax tamsulosin or alfuzosin Uroxatral), maybe this could help me. Any medical textbook for clinician’s state that alpha blockers are one of several treatment options for prostatitis. Even though, there is no evidence-based studies behind this claim. However, the alpha blockers didn’t work for me either. The result was neutral if not negative. My opportunities started to shrink drastically. But even so, I refused to give in. I refused to fall back on the method I use in a therapeutic context, ACT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Accepting and open myself to the pain and the problems of constant urination was not an option. I wasn’t finished. In rage I turned to behavioral medicine for answers, and I wondered if there was something that I did, or didn’t do, or if there was some nerve caught in a bad position, or if my symptoms derived from an irritated muscle knot, somewhere in the pelvic floor. Structures that may lack adequate blood flow. Some of these theories are still discussed at prostatitis’ sites online. So I decided to make an effort. For six months, 90 minutes a day, I carried out a US protocol which included massage balls, trigger points, stretching, acupressure, a bed of nails and hot baths. During the very same period I continued to follow some of the dietary programs for prostatitis. But full of anger, it all came to an end. And I gave up. None of this methods actually worked. The ache and symptoms continued, no matter what. Sometimes it felt good, and for a second I thought that I found a solution, but then the pain was back the next day.
At the end of this period, I also started with prostate massage. Many doctors advocate this, and some even claim that it has evidence. Prostate massage takes place in problematic acrobatics on the bathroom floor. You need to sit in such a way that you can access and massage your own prostate with your index finger, through the rectum. The prostate is located some 8-10 cm up the rectum, behind a thin wall of elastic mucous membrane. In full health it is supposed to be the size of walnut and quit firm. Not to swampy. What is required is a pair of smooth rubber gloves and some kind of lubricant, and that you are agile. The massage protocol is said to milk dead bacteria and dead cells from the inside of the prostate. Bacteria that can’t be found by modern molecular biology. I strongly recommend you to cut your nails before doing any massage yourself. Like all attempts to get any better, this one also failed completely. The massage was good for an hour, and sometimes I felt relieved, but after that the pain was back again. I also tried to exclude gluten, but without any positive results. The same goes for LCHF and Paleo.
stretching/bed of nails
a headache in the pelvis
For the next couple of weeks my friends told me to give up my attempts. They told me to stop my pursuit and accept life as it is. Someone talked about a pain clinic, and that I needed to stop denying my illness. They wanted me to learn to live with the symptoms. But again, I promised myself not to give in. The pain must be due to something, there must be some chemical reaction behind the nociceptive receptor. It fires for a reason, or maybe the central nervous system is sensitized (a common development in fibromyalgia and other chronic pain diseases), whatever it is, something is triggering the pain center in the somatosensory cortex. Sometimes pro-longed sensations of pain can force haptic sensations in the same area to be reinterpreted as pain signals. And if that is the case, there are standard pain protocols to follow, which are used in various types of phantom pain problems and fibromyalgia. But none of these worked for me. If only I could understand what this is: pain signals that something is wrong. In some online forums people states that it could be difficult to get children if you are suffering from prostatitis, which is not particularly surprising because patients who suffer from this condition also has a constantly elevated stress level. Something that have proven to be negatively correlated with fertility. Maybe it has something to do with stress in the nervous system. After pro-longed pain stimulus, some of the cortex are rearranged through plasticity and sensitized. I used the gate theory of pain protocols, and some classic CBT protocols, that basically is all about calmness and mindfulness and stimulation of opiates, foremost endorphins. This gave me some relief. But not enough.
Although the massage protocol, the stretching, a bed of nails, my attempts with prostate massage (according to several hard-earned instructions), a lot of acupressure and a number of visits to a chiropractor did not ease the pain or my symptoms, I chosed to continue through the literature available. It was time to consult with the experts.
● A Headache in the Pelvis, a New, Revised, Expanded and Updated 6th Edition: A New Understanding and Treatment for Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes Paperback, by David Wise & Rodney Anderson
● Ending Male Pelvic Pain, A Man's Manual: The Ultimate Self-Help Guide for Men Suffering with Prostatitis, Recovering from Prostatectomy, or Living with Pelvic or Sexual Pain, by Isa Herrera
● Heal Pelvic Pain: The Proven Stretching, Strengthening, and Nutrition Program for Relieving Pain, Incontinence & I.B.S, and Other Symptoms Without Surgery, by Amy Stein
● Acupressure's Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments, by Michael Reed Gach
In just over a year, I took advantage of the exercises in these books. I used them in any way possible to achieve relief. I also created long-term programs for the evenings which I recorded using various rating scales. Likewise, I used mindfulness, meta-cognitive thinking (MCT), acceptance and painful focus to relieve my pain. But without acceptable results. There’s nothing wrong with the books, they are well written and well-illustrated with a lot of different techniques and ideas, it's just that the techniques didn’t help me, some of the stretching methods helped for a while, but then the pain was back again.
By now, more than two and a half years have passed since I first felt the ache in the pelvis. At this time, I wanted to quit, to get away from the pain, from myself, but I continued my study. Most through PubMed (a research archive that physicians and psychologists use to take advantage of new and relevant research). I read about animal testing, various types of alternative chemicals, and also the results of surgery. None of which attracted me, most of the results were negative, both for humans and animals.
But one day, almost completely dejected, with hot baths, showers and warm clothes as my only relief, I got a brilliant idea. An idea which in many ways brought together everything I read about: muscle fibers, endocrine systems, cell structures, sensitization and plastic restructuring of the central nervous system, hormones, and the human anatomy. And within three days I was completely free from my painful symptoms. I can’t believe that it was so easy! That it was so straightforward to solve a problem that had plagued me for three years felt crazy. Eureka! Freedom! Finally! And best of all, my pain has been gone for almost a year now.
Of course I want to help everyone who suffers from prostatitis / pelvic pain syndrome for free, but I believe that all the effort I've put into this journey is worth something. There have been many dead ends, many investments, and many experiments with different protocols and methods. Therefore, I charge a small amount for my treatment protocol. First and foremost, I want to fight prostatitis. And in order to do so, I need your contribution.
Do you recognize any part of my story? Or do you feel that you have tried everything, and no one can offer you any relief? Maybe my protocol can help you, take a chance and try the same protocol that helped me. A life with constant hot baths, thick long johns, without coffee, alcohol, cigarettes and spicy food is not worth it. Not according to me anyway.
Thank you for taking the time out of your life to read my story. I hope I can help you feel better.