G’day, Dave* here.
I’ve been telling you all about my experiences with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) for a while now, and I’ve really enjoyed sharing my stories with other blokes going through the same things as me.
You might be surprised to hear this but talking about this stuff with your mates is great. Not only does it feel good to be open and talk about something that many men my age go through, but we can encourage each other to stop putting off that doctor’s visit if something isn’t right.
In Graham’s case, it was actually a mate of his that convinced him to see a doctor in the first place (I’ve changed his name, but this is a true story). Graham was retired and spending most of his time with his beloved classic cars when he started getting some of the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Just like me though, he didn’t really think too much of it, dismissing the symptoms as a normal part of aging.
Slowly, his symptoms started to get worse, and recently, he realised he was getting up to go to the loo four or five times a night. I’m sure you already know how frustrating that can be for all involved! Anyway, Graham was talking to one of his friends about what he was going through, and that friend suggested he see a urologist for professional advice.
Graham says that seeing the urologist was a big relief. He explained all the treatment options, and eventually got Graham onto surgery and medication, which have helped to relieve his symptoms. Graham says he might have continued to put off visiting a specialist if it wasn’t for his friend.
Now Graham often talks about BPH with his mates and says it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. I mean, if we can help someone to get relief from one of the most common health issues for men aged over 50, it’s worth speaking up!
Remember, if you or someone you know is disappearing often or suffering from any other issues with their waterworks, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible. Be proactive about your health and control BPH before it becomes a real problem.
*This is a fictitious patient based on real patient stories.
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