I am 30 years old. I was diagnosed with prostatitis about two months ago. I have burning sensation, urgency, and increased frequency significant enough to keep me from sleeping. The symptoms seem to increase when I lay down. The symptoms are confined to my penis. My doctor has done several urinanalysis, rectal exams, cystopscopy (sp?), and gotten no abnormal results that he has shared with me. I have been on several different types of antibiotics with no noticable effect, but I have found that laying on a heating pad helps reduce the symptoms. My doctor has been treating me with flomax and pyridium plus (which I take at night) for two months now. The symptoms ebb and flow, but never quite disappear. An average of once a week they get so bad that even with the Pyridium I cannot sleep for about 48 hours.
Are these symptoms consistent with prostatitis, or is it possible that I have something else?
Is there some question I should be asking my doctor?
Is there some other treatment available besides what I am on that might be more effective?
I have read that pyridium plus may be habit forming. Are there alternatives? How long can I take it?
Are there other alternatives to help me sleep?