The names given to the various forms of pelvic pathology can be confusing. There are many different conditions/diseases, and some of them have names that are often used interchangeably. In addition the distinctions between one condition/disease of the pelvis and another are often hard to separate — hence the confusion.
For example, the terms “Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome in Men” and “Chronic Prostatitis” are two names for the same condition. For the purposes of this Web site, we will use these names interchangeably. Also, both conditions are the male version of Interstitial Cystitis, also known as “Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome in Women.”
In both men and women, these conditions exist on a spectrum or continuum.
Spectrum of Urinary Tract Conditions
As anyone who has ever experienced one of these painful, frustrating, and anxiety producing conditions knows, there is a great deal of overlap between conditions, especially in terms of symptoms and treatment. And the diagnosis of a particular condition may come only after the exclusion of several other possible conditions that are similar in nature. Often this process of elimination involves taking medications that may produce little or no results — which only adds to the patient’s level of consternation and self-doubt.
For more information on Chronic Prostatitis and how we treat this disease at Choices in Health, please click here.