Prostate stones are very common in men as they age. These stones are simply calcified protein particles that in medical terminology are called corpora amylacea. In the medical trials performed so far, they have not been able to figure out the real cause of these stones. Many of the patients in the trials did not have the same reactions to the medications, treatments and possible prevention suggestions.
One of the most common issues for men over 40 is for them to experience swelling of the prostate or prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The swelling in the prostate is caused by secretions that get stuck and can’t escape the gland. When these secretions sit in the gland for a short period of time they turn into prostate stones. The formations become round, almost like a pearl. The formation or presence of these stones does not mean that the man is more likely to contract prostate cancer – but they do need to be treated for the condition, as it can be painful.
For the most part men with this condition show now symptoms, but if they do show symptoms they usually fall into one or more categories: urination problems, pain and/or Muscle cramps.
The most common symptom for prostate stones results in problems urinating. Because the swollen prostate pushes on the urethra, it can be hard for the bladder to fully empty. This causes the urge to urinate frequently, but only a small amount of urine is passed. Also having a hard time starting, weak flow or dribbling is another common sign of stones in the prostate.
Normally pain is not felt until the stones have grown fairly large. When pain is experienced it will typically present itself in the lower back, lower stomach and sometimes even directly above the pubic area. If a patient is having pain, typically the only solution at this point is surgery.
Prostate stones have also been known to cause muscle cramping in the pubic area and the lower abdomen. Obviously many things can cause cramping of the muscles, but if you suspect a prostate issue you are wise to mention it to your doctor.
Because all men age – nothing we can do to stop that – issues with the prostate gland are bound to affect almost every man that lives past the age of 40. These are not conditions to be extremely worried about, as long as you are educated on the symptoms and discuss any issues you have with your doctor. Having prostate stones does not mean that you will get prostate cancer. Stones are just one of the annoying issues that can develop in this interesting male gland.
In summary, if you experience frequent of painful urination, pain in the groin area and lower abdomen or muscle cramping while urinating – these are all symptoms of prostate stones and should be discussed with your doctor.