When a young male patient has a urinary tract infection and difficulty urinating, usually a check for prostatitis is in order. Add prostate checks to the list of things where you can “expect it.”
When checking a patient for prostatitis, I will usually say something to the patient along the lines of
“When I press here [while pressing on the prostate] does it cause you to have more pain?”
Most of the time, patients are already screaming.
“Yeah, it hurts like hell. You done yet?”
“Owwwwwwwwww. Daaaaaaamn. Owwwwwwwwwww.”
Really want to skeeve your doctor out a little? When he asks you if pressing on your prostate hurts, tell him
“Actually, it feels kinda good.”[shudder]
I’m considering empirical treatment for prostatitis from this day forward.
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