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Training and Prostatits

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:46 pm
by BillL
Does anyone know of any information regarding weight training while being diagnosed with prostatits?

I am 33 year old male weightlifter who was just diagnosed with prostatits after being laid up for 2 1/2 months and would like to get back into the swing of things.

I've heard from many that working out heavy again might be an issue and i have heard that it wouldn't. I am just looking for some solid info.

If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be great.

I see a specialist (finally - so much for the great canadian healthcare system) this coming wednesday, but would like to gather as much info as i can.

Thanks and good training,
Bill L

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:40 pm
by sonnygll
I have never heard of anything. I can't think of any reason why the 2 would be related.

Prostatitis is usually from not eh.... you know.... for a long time. Then you uh.... you know.... a lot.
Sailors got it a lot.

You've only been using your hands and feet on the weights right?

I would say keep the training frequency of your favorite muscle consistant and you should be ok.

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:32 pm
by TimD
Hi Bill. I'd never heard of prostatitis. Prostate cancer, enlargened prostate, yes. And seeing as I'm of the age when it starts to become a problem, well I did a search on it, and found a government sponsored webite dedicated on information.
While I've never heard of an enlargened prostate playig havoc with the ability to lift, other than the fact that if it goes to the cancer stage it could kill you, I am looking into it myself. Just found the website and am reading it now. I also think you did the absolute right thing by contacting a doctor. Hopefully he can answer your questions irt the weights.

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 4:56 pm
by BillL

Prostatitis has been extremely painful and disruptive to my homelife, my career and my lifestyle in general.

I trust that you were making a vain attempt at humour and will not let it bother me.

However, for those who are less sensitive than I, you might want to think through your responses before responding like that.

Understand the topic before you respond - the sailor's explanation is an old wive's tale.


Thanks for the link - i will check into it.


Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 5:20 pm
by sonnygll
Hey, I didn't mean it like that. I know it's painful. I was just saying I don't think lifting will have any affect on your prostate. I think you misunderstood the sailor thing, I don't mean it's like VD. I was just saying drastic changes in frequency can cause problems. I am sure it can just happen. I was just bringing that up because people have had prostititus from that. I know I'm being vague, and I hope it doesn't cause further misunderstanding, I just don't know how graphic we can get on this site.

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 6:50 pm
by BillL

No problem. (I guess i am a bit sensitive).

I have heard that documented cases exist where "strenuous" activities such as football, wrestling, weightlifting, etc have either "caused" or "aggravated" prostatitis. I have not found any such case studies and wonder if they are fact or theory.

I believe there is a theory that lifting with a full bladder (especially during squatting type lifts) can aggravate the prostate due to it's close proximity to the prostate. I have no idea why anyone wouldn't empty their bladder before lifting, but i guess logic is lost on some.

Also - i have heard concerns that the muscles in the pelvic floor (also used in squatting type motions) may aggravate the prostate, especially if these muscles are overdevloped and the prostate is extremely enlarged. Someone with a compact frame and structure (like me) might especially suffer in this regard. Again - i have not found any such case studies - only references to them.

Anyway - i have started a very light workout schedule again, using very light weights relative to what i was using before i fell ill and i am NOT seeing any negative effect on my condition. I am wondering/worried however, that if i do go back to my previous limits, i might do myself in.

I will see what my specialist has to say and go from there.


Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:20 am
by Jose Cuervo Is My Friend
Bill, if Sonny was trying to be humorous he could've made some reference to your post regarding the prostaTITS diagnosis. Heh. Anyway, we obviously know what you meant. I don't see why it would affect your weight training and I don't even understand the need for a specialist. Prostatitis is supposed to be simply an inflammation of the prostate. I was diagnosed with it when I was in my early twenties. The doc prescribed an antibiotic and that took care of it. If it's truly prostatitis, it shouldn't be affected by weight training. Maybe you have some chronic form of it I guess. Anyway, just throwing in my 2 cents.

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:36 am
by Jose Cuervo Is My Friend
Ok, just read the thing out of curiousity. I guess you DO have some chronic form of prostatitis. Damn, I'm glad I didn't know anything about how bad it could be when I had it. I would've been scared sh**less. I think mine was just a result of my kidney infection. Anyway, good luck with getting it cleared up. I'm still thinking the only problem in regards to training with prostatitis would be the pain factor. You would obviously have trouble getting the most out of your workout if you are in agonizing pain. Plus, the stress caused by the pain would not be conducive to growing muscle.

Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:01 pm
by Bill L

I actually found what i was looking for. It seems the danger associated with prostatitis and weight training is related to a medication frequently used to treat prostatitis - ofloxacin.

It seems ofloxacin has a rare side effect of causing ruptured tendons, particularly in the achilles tendon. Though very rare, it is in fact a risk while taking this drug. And of course - this is the drug they have me on.

I have continued working out and am back on pace with my performance prior to taking ill. Unfortunately, i am still suffering with the prostatitis (since November), despite 6 weeks of drug treatment - so it is likely that i have chronic prostatitis or worse, the C-word. I have a follow up appointment with the specialist at the end of March and will see where i go from there.


Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:47 pm
by community
Hi My husband also has Prostatitis i was wondering if bike riding would hurt him or is there a special bike seat he could buy. We love roding bike together and i hate to think he has to give it up.

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:18 pm
by Bill L
I personally, can't stand to ride a bike - at least not sitting down. I have tried various methods of padding the seat to make it more comfortable, but with no luck.

If your hubby finds the solution in a special seat. I'd love to hear about it!

Best of Luck,

Bill L


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