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  • Hello everyone, I was this afternoon diagnosed with Prostatitis which before now I had never heard of. For the past 6 weeks I've had very bad stomach pain shortly after ejaculation. By pain I mean a combination of stomach ache and lower abdominal "pressure" left/right and middle plus some ocassional burning sensations in my lower abdominals too.

    One of the things the specialist told me was prostate massage could be beneficial once my symptoms have completely settled down. But then again he did also say that "we don't know what causes it and we don't really know how to effectively treat it." Awesome!

    Anyway he said "look up Aneros on the Internet" so I did and that's why I'm here.

    The reason for my post is two fold really. Firstly I would like to find out from other people who have had this what kind of symptoms they had, how long it lasted, how did they deal with it etc etc. This is all new to me and quite frankly I'm a little scared as to how I'm going to cope with it. I've already had 2 weeks off work sick with this and can't afford to have any more.

    The specialist told me that the various stomach pains/lower abdominal pressure was completely normal for this condition and that the prostate sends out pain to various organs. Last week I had the most agonising back passage pain which meant I couldn't even sit on something soft, let alone a chair! I was put on antibiotics and an anti-inflammatary by my GP and within 5 days that pain was almost gone.

    To my dismay though, the specialist says that this could go on for 1 to 2 years... "it's like taking 3 steps forward, then 2 back."

    The good news is he said it's not cancer; my prostate is small, my PSA levels are well within the normal limits and he said it also feels normal. I have another appointment in 6 months time. So it's "wait and see" until then.

    So I guess what I really want to know is: Are my symptoms "normal"? Will it really last this long? Am I safe to goback into the gym and lift weights/play tennis? Will I ever be able to have sex again? Right now I'm too scared to even masturbate for fear of the price I'm going to have to pay!

    Secondly I'd like some advice on which prostate massager to get. From browsing this forum and testimonials it seems you guys use these things for pleasure? Also reading some posts it seems either the Helix or SGX would be the way to go?

    Talking of pleasure, forgive my ignorance but I just had my prostate felt in an exam and it was not a sensual experience! So... I'll be looking to use this for a medicinal purpose rather than to "get off". I have read in awe though about this so-called "Super O" people keep referring to.

    I have to admit that I've also got a mental "I'm straight and I'm not comfortable sticking something up my bum" thing going on in my head right now too.

    Well sorry to ramble on for my first post but any advice you folks could give me would be most gratefully accepted. :):-)
  • rumelrumel
    Posts: 2,257
    Hi HarryHotspur,

    Welcome to the Aneros Forums, your best source of information for learning about the multiple benefits and joys of using the Aneros prostate massagers. First, congratulations on having an enlightened specialist doctor who recognizes the limitations of western medicine to deal with non-specific causes of prostatitis and you have my sympathy for your condition.[QUOTE=HarryHotspur;99388]Anyway he said "look up Aneros on the Internet" so I did and that's why I'm here.We're happy you're here and I'll try to answer or direct you to some answers for your questions.

    While I have been fortunate to not suffer from bouts of prostatitis in my life, there are several members here who have had recurring episodes and hopefully they will respond with their own information for dealing with this. However, I can appreciate the fear factor, having had to deal with my own prostate cancer issues, I can certainly empathize with you. It seems to me the first order of business is to work with your doctor to get the pain issue under control before attempting any massage therapy. The fact there doesn't seem to be any overt abnormalities or disease associated with your symptoms bodes well for future therapeutic massage.Am I safe to go back into the gym and lift weights/play tennis? Will I ever be able to have sex again? Right now I'm too scared to even masturbate for fear of the price I'm going to have to pay!I suspect your doctor will tell you that normal low strain exercise regimes are OK but to avoid strenuous activities which might stress the groin/pelvic floor muscles until you feel back to a more normal level.Secondly I'd like some advice on which prostate massager to get. From browsing this forum and testimonials it seems you guys use these things for pleasure? Also reading some posts it seems either the Helix or SGX would be the way to go?In regard to choosing a first Aneros model, I recommend that you first read the following : Selection Guide from the Aneros Learning Center pages, "Choosing a Model" from the WIKI and “Which model is best for new users?” from the Community Polls Forum. For additional information and reviews, you may wish to read the Sticky: Aneros Products Reviewed. Typically, I recommend either the Helix or the MGX models for beginners. Incidentally, if you purchase either the SGX or MGX model through this website you are eligible for the 90-day, 100% money-back guarantee. Bigger is not necessarily better, the saying "Good things come in small packages." is particularly applicable to the Peridise model, but then it is not a prostate massager.
    Talking of pleasure, forgive my ignorance but I just had my prostate felt in an exam and it was not a sensual experience! So... I'll be looking to use this for a medicinal purpose rather than to "get off".A doctor performing a DRE is doing so to make an objective analysis of your physical condition. Given the clinical setting and intent of the exam, making it a pleasurable sensual experience would not be in keeping with ethical professional office practices. High Island Health LLC is the parent company & manufacturer of the Aneros® brand of prostate massagers. This patented device was originally and is currently offered for sale as the Pro-State® line of massagers on the High Island Health website. The HIH website is primarily oriented toward the health aspects and benefits of prostate massage in accord with Oriental medicine for prostate related issues. A forum for users to discuss practice with these devices also exists on that website, I encourage you to check out that site to learn more about the health benefits, the ongoing Columbia Medical School study using the Pro-State massagers and testimonials from users regarding their experiences. The Aneros® website, by contrast, is oriented toward the sensual pleasure aspects of prostate massage. FYI, the Aneros® line of prostate massagers are owned and manufactured by High Island Health LLC, so it is not a completely different company, just a separtare division. The Aneros SGX model is identical to the High Island Health PS-2 model. The Aneros Helix model is equivalent to the HIH PS-X, the Aneros Classic (only available in the 'Volcano Pack') is equivalent to the HIH PS-NEW model and the Aneros Peridise lineup is equivalent to the HIH Peristal models. As far as I know there are no HIH cross equivalents for the Aneros MGX, Maximus, Eupho, Progasm, Vice or Tempo models.I have to admit that I've also got a mental "I'm straight and I'm not comfortable sticking something up my bum" thing going on in my head right now too.Please read the Misconceptions page of the Aneros WIKI and this archived post (#10) from member 'Trojan', I think they will help ease your fears.

    P.S. I sent you an introductory PM back in February when you first joined with some additional hints and tips to get you started here. It's still waiting for you to pick up.
  • Hey Rumel, many many thanks for your wonderful post. I will check out every link you mention.

    Sorry to hear you've had your own health issues and I hope they are under control/resolved.

    Funny thing is I'd forgotten i'd joined! It was only when the specialist mentioned the name Aneros that I remembered this place.

    Thanks again for your adviceimage
  • Rumel, hope that things are getting better soon. It´s 50/50 as it seems. But the "working" of these toys is good at all and so, I think when it feels good it must be healthy :-)
  • darwindarwin
    Posts: 1,196
    harry-

    i am sorry to hear you have this. i am a fellow sufferer. in my case the aneros aggravates the condition rather than helping it.

    to my knowledge nobody in the current community of urologists who study and publish on prostate pain (now called Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome or CPPS), believes that prostate massage is helpful.

    check out the book A Headache in the Pelvis.

    in my case i have had luck managing it through internal pelvic floor massage as described in that book and also through medication that helps with nerve pain such as nortriptyline and gabapentin.

    in some cases dietary changes can help because irritable bowel syndrome involves the same nerves and you can have crosstalk to the nerves in the pelvic area

    darwin
  • Thanks Darwin, I'll check out the book. May I ask how long you've suffered from it? Sorry for a personal question but do you find that regular sexual activity or abstinence helps?

    Well if IBS involves the same nerves then I guess that explains my stomach pains. Someone recommended I should add a yoghurt to my diet as apparently there is good bacteria in it that can help the stomach, especially after a course of antibiotics (and my body was pounded with them along with very strong painkillers last week).

    Also I am drinking Camomile tea as I was told this has healing properties. This is a big step for me as I've never drunk tea or coffee (yuk!) but I just hold my nose and get it down me and then have an orange to disguise the taste!

    I'm really glad you mentioned the term CPPS because I did a search on that and found that stress can be a cause. For the past 6 months I have been under horrendous and prolonged stress. So this could all be self-inflicted! Not good....
  • darwindarwin
    Posts: 1,196
    i have had it for years, and that is common. sorry to break the bad news. but mostly it is well under control.

    but i have never had extreme back pain like you described.

    and, yes, sex often makes it worse. that is a standard part of CPPS. the muscles and nerves are very active during sex and orgasm, and the syndrome is that this causes pain.

    there are whole forums dedicated to prostatitis, and they are very depressing.

    stress is a big factor. read that book, it will be your guide.

    one of the biggest factors in the perpetuation of CPPS is catastrophic thinking. stay relaxed and optimistic.

    d
  • Thanks again - I've ordered the book from Amazon and look forward to reading and using the info in there.