When it comes to men’s urinary health and wellness, burning bladder and pelvic pain can be an indication of an enlarged prostate. While this may sound alarming, an enlarged prostate can be cancerous or noncancerous. Many cases of enlarged prostate are noncancerous and treatment includes medications that relax the bladder or shrink the prostate, surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.
Of course, if a prostate tumor is identified, catching this type of cancer early is highly critical in ensuring a full recovery. The “C-word” can be scary, but it’s important to know that a wealth of treatment options are available alongside a knowledgeable healthcare team. Prostate cancer treatment options include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone replacement. Because this is slow-moving cancer, many healthcare providers may opt to monitor the condition prior to assessing treatment options.
Who would have thought that the bladder could hurt so badly as to drive a patient to complete despair. We associate pain with broken arms, legs, appendicitis, or childbirth, not our bladders. Yet, the pain experienced by many interstitial cystitis patients has been rated equivalent to that experienced by cancer patients and can be agonizing.
As an IC pain patient, I can relate. In the year that my symptoms began, I struggled to sleep more than an hour at a time, was unable to drive in a car without searing pain and found many basic daily activities difficult, if not impossible. There were moments when the pain was so severe that I felt as if I was dying. Yet, as I write this today, I can honestly share with you that I found relief for my pain and a dramatic improvement in my symptoms.