An enlarged prostate can be more than bothersome to countless aging men. It can keep them up at night, make running errands a risk, and make it feel like you’ve always got to go to the bathroom, even if your bladder seems to disagree.
If you are a man over 50, you almost surely know someone living with an enlarged prostate. Maybe that someone is you.
For reasons still not completely understood, the walnut-shaped gland under the bladder grows gradually in adult men. Throughout life, that growth can be considerable and may even get large enough to obstruct the bladder. When this happens, it can create a host of symptoms.
An enlarged prostate can lead to a weak urine stream, difficulty completely emptying bladder, frequent trips to the bathroom, urgency to get to the bathroom, and sometimes little more than a few drops of urine.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it is advised you speak with a doctor about how to proceed. A physical examination and blood test can help identify the best way to proceed.
Regardless of how you choose to proceed with the doctor, there are some things you can do to help manage the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
Here are some options:
• Avoid drinking any fluid within two hours of bedtime
• Limit fluid intake before going out in public or taking a trip
• Head to the bathroom when the urge to go first arises
• Try going to the bathroom on a timed schedule, like every three hours, for example, and take the time to empty your bladder regardless of how long it takes. This will reduce the need for follow-up trips to the toilet.
• Pay attention to medications you may be taking. Typical over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, like antihistamines and decongestants, may even slow your urine stream and potentially block your ability to empty your bladder.
Doing your best to manage an enlarged bladder may help you get better sleep and gain a little more control over your life.