The idea that certain illnesses (enlarged prostate and prostatitis) can be a punishment for a certain guilt may have contributed to the fact that, in particular, disorders of a person’s state of health that affected the urogenital system (the urinary and genital organs) were not considered in the past the public was allowed to penetrate.
diseases of the prostate
Today we can treat all problems without violating so-called public opinion if we can bring more knowledge to the population of Germany and from this we can achieve a higher degree of correct behavior in the case of such diseases or their symptoms. This prompts us to provide a broader explanation today with an article about the enlargement of the prostate (prostate gland) in men. See gradphysics for Labia Synechia in English.
The so-called enlargement of the prostate or prostate gland (also prostatic hypertrophy) is a disease that often affects men between the ages of 60 and 80. Before the 5th decade of life it occurs only rarely.
The prostate is located at the outlet of the bladder and encloses the beginning of the male urethra. Around this part of the urethra, between it and the prostate, so to speak, there are small glands that begin to proliferate in the aging body due to special processes. The space-demanding process of this proliferation or tumor formation causes a shrinkage of the prostate gland, which is sort of pressed against the wall, but eventually encloses the resulting tumor – called adenoma – like a capsule. That is why we speak restrictively of the so-called enlargement of the prostate.
The development of the adenoma causes the posterior urethra to be obstructed and an obstruction to the bladder drainage with associated symptoms is formed. But why do these glands begin to proliferate in old age?
It must be said that, despite numerous clinical and experimental studies, there are still many uncertainties about the causes of the so-called prostatic hypertrophy.
The most recognized explanation for the origin of prostate disease is the hormone theory. This is based on the fact that profound hormonal changes occur in aging men, which are decisive for tumor formation and the changes associated with it.
The onset of prostate disease manifests itself in the fact that urination is no longer unhindered. It is difficult to urinate, the stream of urine decreases, and the affected person has to wait a long time before the bladder empties. At first, the need to urinate increases only at night, but over time it becomes more frequent during the day as well. Gradually a loss of strength begins. But all these complaints, which increase only slowly, are usually not particularly noticed by the patient, since he very often accepts them as age-related.
But it is precisely this insidious form of prostate disease that harbors dangers. Over the months and sometimes even years, urinary retention occurs, the so-called residual urine, because the patient can no longer completely empty the bladder.
Symptoms & signs of prostate disease
As a result, the kidneys are affected and damaged so that over time they can no longer function properly and urinary poisoning can occur. As the disease progresses, urination becomes more and more scanty, later it is only possible to urinate drop by drop, until finally the overflow bladder occurs.
Then the urine runs out without the patient noticing. Bedwetting (peeing in) occurs at night, whereby the patient initially only perceives this event as a momentary mishap, which he hides from the relatives. But recurrence of bedwetting is inevitable, and now it is mostly family members who insist that the patient sees a doctor because he can no longer hold his urine. At this advanced stage of the disease, it is often quite difficult to bring the patient back to full health.
Another form of the so-called prostatic hypertrophy is the acute urinary obstruction. Despite the tormenting urge to urinate, the patient can no longer urinate. Here the patient’s previously hidden ailment is so impressively illustrated that he immediately consults the doctor. Emptying the bladder by inserting a rubber catheter relieves the patient of his torment. With the right treatment, acute urinary calcification can usually be resolved quickly. But this event can happen again at any time. A mistake in diet, hypothermia or long periods of sitting can trigger urinary retention if the cause is not eliminated.
The so-called prostate hypertrophy always shows a progressive tendency. If the obstacle to drainage is not removed, consequences such as urinary tract infections or kidney failure occur over time, to which the patient can fall victim. For this reason, the patient should follow the advice of the specialist if he is advised to have an operation, because this condition can, according to the current state of science, usually only be eliminated by an operation. It is an old experience that the clinical picture of prostate hypertrophy is subject to pronounced fluctuations and that there is a rapid improvement after taking medication.
It is often possible, particularly in the early stages of the disease, to improve the rhythm of urination so that urination is more or less adequate again. But this improvement is only temporary, because the positive effect on the bladder cycle does not change the prostate disease. The cause of the affliction remains unaffected, and relapses are inevitable. It is therefore wrong to postpone the operation, since the person affected grows older as the disease progresses, the wear and tear of the body progresses and the surgical procedure becomes more difficult.
As is clear from the above, prostate disease is a disease most likely triggered by hormonal shifts, high-fat and unhealthy lifestyle, and decreasing sexual intercourse (intercourse) of the aging body. According to our current knowledge, we are unfortunately not yet in a position to influence this process in such a way that the proliferation of the glands in the area of the rear urethra can be completely avoided and the so-called prostate enlargement can be prevented.
However, we can help the patient in good time when the prostate begins to enlarge, so that there is no need to damage the entire organism. The prerequisite for this is that every patient who has problems urinating consults a doctor immediately.
It is also important for those affected to protect themselves from colds and hypothermia as much as possible, to drink only little alcohol, to ensure regular bowel movements, not to suppress the need to urinate, to avoid sitting for long periods and to discuss sexual activities with the doctor, because An appropriate lifestyle can also help to largely rule out the triggering factors in the so-called prostate enlargement.
When should you go to the doctor?
An enlarged prostate should be examined by a doctor in severe cases and prostatitis should definitely be examined by a doctor. In principle, affected men should contact their doctor if they are in pain. These can occur during urination, certain movements or at rest. However, it often makes sense to consult a doctor sooner. For example, swelling can be a good indicator. Difficulty passing urine can also be a reason to seek medical advice.
An absolute warning sign, which should be followed by an immediate visit to the doctor, is blood in the urine. Such an observation indicates a severe inflammation that requires immediate drug treatment. Overall, those affected should see a doctor if they notice any significant changes in themselves that can be attributed to the prostate. In case of severe pain or possible blood in the urine, an immediate visit to the doctor is advisable.
If surgery is required for prostate enlargement or prostatitis, the length of hospital stay depends on the type of surgery and recovery. A bladder catheter must be inserted for a few days so that the surgical wound does not come into contact with urine. The urine is passed from the bladder through the urethra to the outside with a thin tube. A small water-filled balloon holds this tube in the bladder.
This can trigger painful bladder cramps in the first hours and days after the procedure. Antibiotics are often prescribed to prevent infection. Sometimes the urine contains blood or blood clots during the first two days after the operation. Therefore, a lot of water must be drunk to flush the bladder. Bleeding can also occur later.
This happens when the wound scars come off. It takes some time for the surgical wound to heal. That is why physical protection is important in the first few weeks after the treatment. Jerky movements, physical exertion and heavy lifting should be avoided.
These activities increase the risk of bleeding from the wound. It may take a few months for full recovery. During this time, there may be problems with urination, such as frequent urination or loss of bladder control. These complaints will subside over time.
You can do that yourself
A bacterial infection is usually the trigger for the disorder. The pathogens very often migrate from the urinary tract to the prostate. Those affected should therefore prevent urinary tract infections. Regular flushing of the urinary tract through increased fluid intake is very effective. (Healing) water and unsweetened tea are suitable for this. In pharmacies and drugstores, special herbal teas are offered for this purpose, which are highly valued in naturopathy. In alternative medicine, men who regularly suffer from prostate inflammation are also recommended to take pumpkin seeds. In addition, cranberries are said to have a beneficial effect on the prostate.
It is also important to avoid hypothermia in the pelvic and lumbar regions. In particular, sitting on cold chairs, benches or other surfaces is considered counterproductive. Patients who regularly visit a sports stadium should therefore purchase and actually use an air seat cushion. The pillows are small, light, self-inflating and provide good insulation. However, infections can also be avoided by flushing the prostate itself. Many urologists therefore advise their patients to ejaculate regularly.
Problems with the prostate are often also psychological. In particular, stress and emotional strain can be responsible for the symptoms. In this case, relaxation techniques such as yoga or autogenic training can provide relief.