G'day, Dave* here.

I've been talking to you about my experiences with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH for a while now as well as the experiences of a few of my mates. While a lot of us were lucky enough to book in for an appointment with the doc quite early on, it doesn't always work out that way.

Neil's story is a little bit different (I've changed his name, but this is a real story about a real BPH experience). Like a lot of Aussie blokes, Neil wasn't exactly a fan of the doctor's surgery or prostate exams. He's an active guy and relatively healthy, so when he started to notice some trouble with his waterworks, he ignored it. Neil, like a lot of us, didn't really know a lot about the prostate or what it does.

Unfortunately for Neil, his prostate disease was progressive, so symptoms slowly got worse. He was up to go to the loo all hours of the day and night, walking his dogs turned into a real challenge, and the 12-13 hour long drives for work dragged out even longer with the endless stops. As a regular flyer, he wasn't popular with anyone sitting in the aisle seat on his flights, constantly pushing past them for the loo.

Eventually, Neil was heading to the loo every 15 minutes or so. He felt like he was planning his life around the next toilet stop, and he was starting to get a bit of lower belly pain. Even then, he kept putting off the visit to the doctor but living a frustrating and uncomfortable life. Finally, when it was too much, nearly two years after first noticing symptoms, Neil saw his doctor.

Neil says he's kicking himself that he waited so long to see his doctor. He can now enjoy all the things he used to be able to do before starting oral treatment, without keeping an eye out for the nearest loo.

If you're disappearing to the loo more often than you'd like, it's best to get checked out before it becomes a real problem. Don't you think it's time to make that appointment?

*This is a fictitious patient based on real patient accounts of their experience with BPH

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