1) Dull Pelvic Pain
I occasionally had this dull ache somewhere deep down in the groin area. I don’t know why exactly, but my guess is that it had something to do with an enlarged and inflamed prostate gland. Throw in a little long-term prostatitis and there you have a number of reasons for this kind of pelvic ache.
Once in a while, it would even flare up to a point where it felt like a mule had kicked me in the rear end.
It never stopped me from doing anything, and I never took anything for it. But it was there a lot of the time, and I had it for so long, it was easy to forget about it on most days.
That is until, one day, this pelvic pain completely disappeared.
All I can say is that since I had my prostate removal operation (prostatectomy), that dull ache is gone – and I believe – never to return.
2) Smelly Bathroom
There’s no two ways about it, my bathroom at home used to smell – some might even say stink. Exactly why that was, I cannot tell you, but I will say that since my prostate surgery, the bathroom doesn’t smell anymore.
Why? Here are my two guesses.
First, before the surgery, my urine would just dribble/drabble out – some of the urine would make it into the toilet and some wouldn’t. It would splash around the commode and who knows where else. In the middle of the night, forget about it. I had no aim at all, and no real interest in finding it either. So a splashed-up, grubby bathroom is one possible explanation.
After surgery, I now urinate like I did when I was 18 years old. Strong, steady stream right into the toilet and done in 10 seconds. Less chance for missing the porcelain fixture.
A second explanation – and I can’t really prove this – but it seems to me that my urine used to just plain stink. That is, the urine itself had a bad odor. Could this be from a prostatitis-ridden or infected prostate gland? My guess is, yes.
After my prostate was removed, I came home with a catheter for about a week and also took the antibiotic, Cipro. Then after the catheter came out, and I was done taking the antibiotic, my urine didn’t smell anymore. Why was that? I don’t know. All I know is that my “pipes are clean.”
My wife even remarked one day, “Your bathroom doesn’t smell anymore.”
To be honest, I still get some odor now and then, like when I eat something like asparagus. But that’s a dietary-based odor – not a prostatitis-smelly-infected odor.
3) Having to get up at night to urinate
I used to get up several times a night to urinate. And each time, it never really felt like I was finished, but when your urine stream stops at 2:00 am, what else can you do? Sleep for another couple hours and get up again, I guess.
Now, I sleep through the night. It’s really fantastic. To be realistic, though, there are some exceptions.
For example, If I go to a restaurant for dinner and the server keeps filling up my water glass and I keep drinking it. Ok, then I will have to get up that night – too much water intake too late in the day.
And there are other nights where I still do get up, but it’s a one-time deal and it’s a complete void job and that’s it. I would say 6 nights out of 7, I sleep all the way through.