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18 months of Hell
Oct 8, 2003
Well, I happened on this site, so I just thought I would sum up my problems and see if anyone had any words of wisdom.

First off, I'm a 22 year old male, never been sexually active at all. In March of last year(2002), I felt incredible pain in my urethra and was eventually diagnosed with prostatitis. I was given antibiotics(Levaquin, I think), and this knocked it down, but the problem never really went away.

I've been living with all kinds of very difficult symptoms for the last year and a half, and am at a loss as to where to go from here.

My symptoms(in no real order, I guess):
-Urinary frequency, difficulty(tough to get started, dribbling at the end)
-Painful urination(this sometimes is direct burning, sometimes it's pain afterwards felt at the tip of the penis)
-Weak urinary stream at times
-Pain on ejaculation(so painful that I avoid it all together, usually the semen that comes out is yellowish, a sign of dead WBC's), also, penis becomes almost beat-red after ejaculation, but returns to normal color within 10-15 mins.
-Urethral Pain(sometimes directly following urination, sometimes for no good reason at all, almost always felt at the tip)
-Slight Urethral Discharge(every now and then if I sit for a long period of time or if I work out hard, I'll feel a drip of fluid at the tip of my penis)

I've had more DRE's than I can count, an IVP done last fall to rule out stones, a cystoscopy done under general anesthesia last summer(found nothing, no biopsies taken), urine cultures, urinalysis. Nothing. The only thing a urologist or doctor has diagnosed me with is chronic prostatitis.

Does anyone think it could be something else? Or is there something I can be doing to knock down these symptoms or keep these flare-ups to a minimum? I mean, I'm 22 years old...I really don't want to live the rest of my life this way. I'm also afraid that there's an underlying cause that's just getting worse or something.

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