Understand the symptoms of BPH and the potential risks involved in leaving it untreated.
Most times, men don’t even think about their prostate. But, knowing the symptoms of an enlarged prostate can help reduce your risk of it developing into a more serious issue. An enlarged prostate or Benign prostate enlargement or hypertrophy/hyperplasia (also known as BPH) is a common condition among men as they grow older. The symptoms mentioned in this article are often indicators of BPH but they can also be an indicator of a more severe issue, like prostate cancer. If you develop these symptoms, turn to your doctor to understand the cause and treat it before any irreversible damage is caused. Your body will show signs of something being amiss in the following ways.
The most common symptom of an enlarged prostate is when men experience a regular trouble in urinating. When the prostate grows, it presses against the tube that transports urine from the bladder to the rectum, which is known as the urethra. As the condition progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to begin the process of urination. Building up the required pressure for the urine to leave the body can take some time. Furthermore, when left untreated, it leads to urine retention which is the inability to pass urine at all. When this happens, the bladders expands to cause pain and discomfort and retention of urine for long periods of time can harm the kidneys and lead to other critical risks.
Another frustrating symptom of an enlarged prostate is that urine may not flow easily out of the bladder, once the sufficient pressure had been achieved. Even if the flow of urine begins, it can be interrupted. When this happens, it can cause strain to the muscles surrounding the urethra because of the addition pressure one tries to apply to eliminate the urine.
Weak urine stream
Another notable symptom of an enlarged prostate is when peeing takes a long time because of a weak urinary stream. Men with the condition often find themselves standing in front of the urinal for a longer time than expected. This happens because the urethra is blocked because of the pressure on the prostate, allowing only a little urine to pass along the tube. If you find yourself spending more time than required at the urinal, get yourself checked for BPH.
Men with an enlarged prostate often think that the urinary act is over and may tuck their member away into their pants only to be surprised by a itsy bit of urine dribbling out into their underwear. This happens because the urethra is not a straight tube. After the pressure builds up and you finish your business, a small amount of urine might collect in the upper part of the tube and may not be released in time while urinating. A way to avoid this once you are diagnosed with an enlarged prostate is to finish your business and relax once done. The extra but that is trapped in the upper area of the tube will drain out once you relax your muscles.
Urgency in going to the loo
A common symptom of an enlarged prostate is the urgency to find a restroom and relieve yourself. The nerve endings in the bladder can send signals to the brain about wanting to urinate very slowly thus leaving you with the feeling of wanting to go immediately. This can make you feel uncomfortable especially if left stuck in a situation where access to a restroom is not easy. This is known as a spastic bladder and can also be a potential symptom of diabetes. If you experience an urgency is relieving yourself very often, get yourself tested for BPH.
Break in sleep patterns
As one gets old, maintaining quality shuteye can get difficult. Wanting to go to the loo to relieve yourself a couple of times during the night will not help this cause at all. Older men often experience nocturia, which is a condition which causes one to awaken and use the loo a couple of times during the night. The nerve endings in your bladder can cause havoc while signalling the brain and send out the wrong signal sometimes. While sleeping, the pressure from the enlarged prostate can signal the brain that you want to go when in fact, there is very little to no liquid left to drain out of the bladder.
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