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scared about symptoms - prostate, bladder or something else?

I'm 34, male and for more than 2 months now I've been experiencing some strange, vague symptoms which are actually hard to describe.

It's like a very slight urge to pee which is more prominent at night disturbing my sleep. Maybe it's not really that severe, I wake up around 1/2am or 3/4 am on and off for these 2 months with that slight sensation. However, I only feel this for a moment or so and usually fall back to sleep. Sometimes I don't and I'm awake for the rest of the night however that sensation disappears within minutes. Also during showering I'll sort of pee a few drops, a few times.

My actual urination frequency is largely normal, that's volumes (about 2-2.5l a day) and number of times I'm going (4-5 times/day). My bladder has always been very strong and large as I can hold up to 700ml and this is the only time I'll get a really strong urge to go. It's just that at night time I keep waking up without having a full bladder at these odd times even though I didn't drink anything before bed.

I've had urianalysis samples done 4 times, all normal, tested my blood glucose level and that's normal too (for diabetes). I then finally had a DRE and to my surprise, the doctor said my prostate was enlarged however it was very smooth and normal in that regard. I didn't expect someone my age to have this but the doctor wasn't overly concerned about it and said it's not abnormal and this can happen. Doctor thinks that my symptoms are more likely due to an over-active bladder than anything else but said I can do a PSA if I wanted. I'm really scared to do this though.

I suppose the overactive bladder would explain the intermittent symptoms.

Also I've never had pain or burning or straining when peeing and there's no pain whatsoever anywhere else. I thought if an enlarged prostate or prostate infection was causing me issues I would have more noticeable symptoms, like pain during urination, weak flow etc. but that's all normal. I'm just worried and frustrated as I've never had urinary symptoms or anything like this before in my life. Always been in very good health.

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Well done for getting checked out. You are young and healthy but always good to look after yourself. Hope your problem can be sorted. My husband had blood in urine....and he's ok now.☺️

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It’s always the most scary thing going to the GP - I know Ive been treated for bladder cancer for 7 years. Believe me if they were worried they would tell you! I would encourage you to go for a PSA test, I know its hard because we would rather not know but IF there was anything wrong they can nip it in the bud earlier, hope that helps.

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Hi Winglets, try to relax, the brain is a powerful tool that needs controlling. I agree with Letterhead, go and have the PSA done. I was diagnosed with a bladder tumor 11 months ago, had the test done prior though, the growth was benign, removed in a very simple procedure. When you had your urinalysis done, was the 'protein' level within the safe zone? That is how they diagnose urinary tract problems. Good luck, talk to sensible people around you that will calm you. Good Luck.


Go see a urologist and get a cystocopy this is the only way you will put your mind at ease


at your age i would suspect less problems. However, it's the worry and concern that's worse than any problems. I suggest you have a bladder inspection. It's an odd experience the first time but quite manageable- takes perhaps 2-3 minutes in total. Then follow up with your Dr. to see what the next steps would be. I am 71 and have had BC and treatment for 5 yrs. - catching BC early is the way to go, if it is that.


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