The Ten Signs of a Prostate Problem:
- In the car, is he stopping more often to visit the restroom?
- Is he avoiding airplane trips, theater, movies and places with long lines—where waiting is the norm and bathroom trips are less convenient?
- Does he wake up three-four times at night to urinate, with less than two hour intervals in between?
- Does his underwear have urine stains?
- Do you hear complaints about a weak flow with less force and having to “push” the urine out?
- Does he say it feels like his bladder is not emptying?
- Does he complain of trouble staring or stopping urine flow?
- Is he unable to urinate?
- Does he complain about painful or burning urination?
- Has he mentioned blood in his urine, painful ejaculation, or frequent pain in the lower back, hips or thighs?
These are all indicators of a prostate problem. If you hear or see these, have him call his urologist/prostate specialist for an appointment. If he is reluctant, you do it. Meantime, see if simple changes in routine can help clear up or improve the problem—like stopping liquids two hours before bedtime, movie, play or travel; reducing his caffine intake, and reducing reliance on “water diets.”
Women must develop Prostate Radar
You can do this through use of observation, informed education and knowledge of his family history. But this can be difficult —when confronted by a health condition, men often stop talking. Women must look for changes in behavior—where the man regularly begins to remove himself from situations that may become uncomfortable for him because of underlying urinary conditions, or where there could be a urinary pain, fear of embarrassment or bladder inconvenience.
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