Common Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate You Can’t Ignore

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Enlarged Prostate or BPH Problems

If frequent trips to the bathroom are depriving you of sleep every night, it may be time to have yourself checked for an enlarged prostate or BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).

Problems with urinating should not be ignored or taken lightly especially if you are in your senior years because they may serve as tell-tale signs of prostate problems such as BPH. While some symptoms of BPH are the same as or similar to prostate cancer, do not automatically presume you have cancer if you have urinary problems. Always seek a medical diagnosis.

For most men, the symptoms of having an enlarged prostate is much like having gray hair as they see it as just another by-product of getting older. However, frequent trips to the bathroom can be extremely unpleasant especially if you are with company and need to sit patiently or trying to get a good night’s sleep. This frequent urination among older men is a symptom of BPH (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia) or simply referred to as an enlarged prostate.

What Are Symptoms of Enlarged Prostate

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As a male’s prostate enlarges, narrowing of the urethra occurs and this will cause an obstruction to the flow of urine which may manifest in several symptoms.

  • Poor streaming – This will manifest as a weak flow of urine while you also feel that it is taking longer than normal to empty your bladder.

  • Slow flow start – This is when you want to ‘go’ but find yourself waiting for your urine to start to flow.

  • Slow dribble -The flow is like a slow dribble as if you are finishing.

  • Poor bladder emptying -This is the feeling of not being able to completely empty out your bladder despite having urinated several times.

  • Frequent urination – Urinating often is the most irritating symptom of an enlarged prostate. Going to the toilet to urinate often at night is called nocturia.

  • Urgent need to urinate – People who have an enlarged prostate find it hard to delay or postpone their need to urinate.

Having Mild to Severe Symptoms

The symptoms of enlarged prostate usually start as mild. In most cases, it begins with reduced urine flow or having to wait for a couple of seconds to be able to start to pass urine. As a person gets older the symptoms can become more severe and annoying. It is important to note that not all urinary symptoms are caused by enlarged prostate or BPH.

Incontinence, blood in the urine and pain during urination can also be caused by problems in the bladder or kidney. It is a must that you consult your physician if you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms to obtain a correct diagnosis.

Treating BPH before it Gets Worse

Don’t assume that you have to live with BPH for the rest of your life. Seeking medical advice on how to address your symptoms as soon as possible will greatly help you avoid more serious problems later.

If left untreated, BPH may lead to urinary tract infections and acute urinary retention. It may also lead to worse conditions such as bladder and kidney stones or even kidney damage.

The treatment option may vary depending on several factors such as the severity of your symptoms, the size of your prostate and how much of it obstructs your urethra. Your age, overall state of health and other medical conditions will be taken into consideration when choosing the type of treatment required for BPH or enlarged prostate.

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