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Skin burning sensation with prostate infection?
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Skin burning sensation with prostate infection?

I was diagnosed with a prostate infection nearly two weeks ago (Friday Feb 22).  My pain actually started on Tuesday the 19th (around lunch time) with a slight burning type sensation about the size of a dime at the top of my pubic line.  I didn't think much of it.  Wednesday the 20th however my rectum, testicles and the entire groin area were burning badly - all day long.  I had a good idea that it was a prostate infection so I called the doctor for the soonest appointment.

They tested my urine and did a prostate exam (confirmed infection via manual exam) and I left with a prescription for Doxy.  I should mention that I had no burning Thursday or Friday (21/22).  I started taking the Doxy immediately since I was going out of town for a trip that weekend.  Saturday I experienced overwhelming fatigue - may have been the 5 hour drive - I'm uncertain.  Sunday on the drive home I started feeling a burning sensation along my pubic line again.  Again, I didn't think much of it.

Monday the burning had moved to my appendix area.  Tuesday to my left and right flank regions on my back.  Wednesday and Thursday the burning remained on my back.  Friday morning I called my doctor, concerned about the burning.  She said apparently the Doxy wasn't working so she switched me to Cipro.  Since I've been on Cipro (4 days now), the burning has continued - moving nearly every day to a different part of my body and varying in severity.  One day on my right forearm and left thigh, another day on my right chest.  The feeling is remarkably similar to a sunburn even so much so that any kind of cool air blowing on my skin gives me chills and goosebumps.  It's not particularly painful, just worrisome.  No fever.

I am curious if this skin burning sensation is due to the prostate infection or if it could be something else?  I would appreciate any feedback to help ease my mind a little.

I am a 30 year old male, less than average weight and I work a desk job as a web developer.  Thanks again!
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Your symptoms  do seem to be most consistent with anxiety. They are certainly not in keeping with prostatitis. You certainly are dealing with lots of stressful situations. Anything that you can do to "unload" would help. This may not be something that you can handle alone and I would suggest that you seek professional help. Is there an employee assistance councilor at work? If not, I would look to a psychologist or psych social worker for assistance .Possibly the addition of an anti-anxiety agent (medicine) would help get you through this rough period, but some counseling would be my initial choice.
Hope the delivery goes well and that you feel better soon.
S.A. Liroff, M.D.

This information is provided for general medical educational purposes only. It
does not  necessarily reflect the opinions of Henry Ford  Hospital  or the
Vattikuti Urologic Institute.  Please consult your physician for diagnostic
and treatment options pertaining to your specific medical  condition
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I wanted to add that there is no rash or any visual evidence of any problem on the skin.

Yesterday the burning had mostly subsided in the aforementioned areas but today has come back - now  on my upper left arm between my shoulder and elbow.  I am curious if this could possibly have anything to do with stress or anxiety if not from the infection?  We have our second child due in 3 weeks, we are building onto our home (ourselves) to make room for the additional baby,  taxes are due (have to pay) and then just the general severe workload at the office.

Just throwing out some additional ideas while awaiting your response.  Thanks again!
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I have a weird question...have you been out in the sun at all while taking the medication?
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