"I thought, I’m 26, I’m too young for
something like that to happen"
“It felt like a painful wave, rushing from my feet upwards. I
was clammy and sweaty all over and then there were these lower
abdominal pains, kidney pain and stopping and starting when I
It started in February this year. There were three or four days
where it felt like something had taken over me. Mother’s Day was
the worst, a real family occasion. We’d just finished dinner and I
just felt really ill afterwards. I was sick and ended up in
A&E, where they diagnosed a water infection and I was given
For a fortnight afterwards, I started to feel well again but as
soon as I finished the antibiotics the pain in my kidneys and
I visited my urologist and I
remember him saying, “I just want to rule something out.” He gave
me a DRE (digital rectal examination) and that was how I was
diagnosed with prostatitis.
At no point did I think it could be a prostate problem. I
thought, ‘I’m 26; I’m too young for something like that to happen’.
There were so many different symptoms that I thought it’s probably
kidney or bladder related, I really wasn’t sure.
I didn’t do a lot of reading around the subject but, when I did,
I looked for a trustworthy source and I found Prostate Cancer UK.
When I visited the website, I realised how much information they
had on all prostate problems - not just cancer.
Following my diagnosis, I was put on a six-week course of
antibiotics and painkillers. At this stage, I felt relieved that I
now had a course of treatment and I knew I could get on top of
I got married in August and the prostatitis didn’t stop that
being a brilliant day.
The people around me, friends, family, and my boss – they’ve all
been great. When I was first diagnosed it did feel a bit awkward
talking about it, as a lot of people don’t even know what a
prostate is, so it was hard to explain. But after a week or so I
became more relaxed about talking about it and I decided to be open
with people about my disease, and I was quite detailed too! I’d
built up a picture about how they’d react but they were fine with
The only worry I had was whether or not it would affect
fertility as my wife and I wanted to start a family one day.
Thankfully we were told it wouldn’t be affected.
When I stopped my treatment recently some of the symptoms
returned. I instantly knew something wasn’t right and my doctor put
me back on the same treatment.
I feel on top of it now and hopefully it will burn itself out
eventually. I know the symptoms; I know what to do and how to treat
it. It didn’t stop me getting married and since I’ve been
controlling it, it’s been okay.
Prostatitis is just something I’ve got but I can manage it.
And I’ve decided to help Prostate Cancer UK by volunteering. I want to
speak for a younger generation and show it isn’t just older men who
get prostate problems.
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