What is prostate pain?
Prostate pain is any pain or discomfort of the prostate gland. The prostate gland wraps around the tube that transports urine out of the bladder and is involved in the production of semen. Prostate pain can occur as a result of a number of diseases or disorders.
It is very common for the prostate gland to become enlarged as a man ages. An enlarged prostate is also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is generally not associated with any prostate pain. However, an enlarged prostate can cause problems with urination.
Another reason for prostate pain is prostatitis, an infection of the prostate that is often caused by bacteria. Symptoms of prostatitis may vary from person to person, but general symptoms include burning with urination, the inability to empty the bladder completely, and painful urination.
The presence of a cyst or abscess in the prostate can also cause prostate pain. A cyst is a benign sac that contains fluid, air, or another material. An abscess is a collection of pus that causes swelling and inflammation. Prostate pain can sometimes be associated with advanced prostate cancer.
Prostate pain that is related to acute prostatitis can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for serious symptoms, such as high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), the inability to urinate, or severe pain in the lower back and genital area.
If your prostate pain is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.
What other symptoms might occur with prostate pain?
Prostate pain may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the urinary tract may also involve other body systems.
Urinary tract symptoms that may occur along with prostate pain
What causes prostate pain?
The causes of prostate pain will vary depending on the underlying disease or disorder.
Common causes of prostate painProstate pain may be caused by common prostate disorders including:
- Enlarged prostate
- Prostate cancer