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Prostatitis

Common in men of all ages, prostatitis involves an inflammation of the prostate gland, which may be caused by a bacterial infection. It affects at least 50 percent of men during their lifetimes. Symptoms can range from simple to chronic, and include:

  • Trouble passing urine
  • Burning, stinging, or pain when passing urine
  • Strong, frequent urges to pass urine
  • Chills and fever
  • Pain in the lower back, belly, groin, or behind the scrotum
  • Body aches
  • Rectal pressure or pain
  • Urethral discharge with bowel movements
  • Genital and rectal throbbing
  • Sexual problems and loss of sex drive

There are several courses of treatment, depending on the specific diagnosis.

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