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Nonbacterial Prostatitis - help with pain (using TENS machine or other?)

I may be the first woman writing here! My partner suffers a lot of pain through Nonbacterial Prostatitis - it reappears nearly every year for no apparent reason, then troubles him for several months (despite all available methods used, such as hot baths, hot water bottles, massage, Diazepam, codein, ... you name it.) and goes away eventually, again without any apparent reason/action. I wonder whether there are some other means to eliminate this (at times) excrutiating pain.

There are machines available in the UK (sold on the market and also used in hospitals), called TENS. They are supposed to suppress certain type of pain by various type of (electrical?) impulses. The question is: can these be used to minimise the pain and if so, where exactly to apply them (between the scrotum and anus or to the pelvic area?).

Can other (possibly even drastic) methods help with prostitis pain, ie cutting a nerve, full removal of the prostate or a urinary tube by-pass to prevent urine getting into prostate? Nobody mentions measures like these here.

We are getting quite desparate, as U can C. Helena
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I know that the TENS units have been used for prostatitis with varying success.  However, I am not familiar enough with the units to tell you where the electrodes go to minimize these symptoms.

If bladder neck obstruction is contributing to the cause, a surgical incision to the bladder neck can be helpful.  Another consideration would be transurethral microwave thermotherapy - which has been shown to alleviate prostatitis symptoms in small studies.

You may want to discuss these options with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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