Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes (UCPPS)
Cutting edge information on Chronic Prostatitis (CP/CPPS), Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis (BPS/IC) and Pelvic Myoneuropathy
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If you have chronic pelvic pain or have a diagnosis of prostatitis, start by reading our page on pelvic myoneuropathy (read how we arrived at our descriptive new label for CP/CPPS) to understand the latest concepts. Read the scientific journal articles that show a 70%-83% success rate in patients who practiced trigger point release physical therapy, one of the many treatment options that has proved successful for patients with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Also be sure to visit our popular Message Boards/Forum to discuss this topic and ask questions.
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The Wise-Anderson Protocol treatment
To see the next video in this series, go here. In the next two videos, Dr Anderson explains how the Wise-Anderson Protocol evolved. The Wise-Anderson Protocol was also called the "Stanford Protocol" for a while, but it is now known by its original name, the Wise-Anderson Protocol.
"Headache in the Pelvis" Clinics - 2008
UPOINT classification means better outcomes
The patient classification scheme called UPOINT, developed by prominent UCPPS researcher Dr Daniel Shoskes, was shown in a study published in the journal Urology in April 2010 to be an effective way to direct multimodal therapy and improve outcomes. Patients are classified according to 6 domains (Urinary, Psychosocial, Organ-Specific, Infection, Neurologic/Systemic and Tenderness). More discussion of the topic at our forum.
Mens' magazine "Best Life" features Prostatitis
The popular online magazine for men, Best Life, has a multipage article on prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome called "The Sex Destroyer". Journalist Steve Rae presents some of the latest ideas in a highly readable format.
"UCPPS" — new umbrella term for CP/CPPS and IC/PBS
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is using the umbrella term Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes (UCPPS) to refer to pain syndromes associated with the bladder (bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis (BPS/IC)/painful bladder syndrome, IC/PBS) and the prostate gland (chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, CP/CPPS). Although the term is used for research purposes only at this stage, it makes a lot of sense to us. Read the NIDDK document that coins the term for the for first time. You can also visit the Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (UCPPS) Society.
New Theory leads the Pack
A new theory of the cause of prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain in both males and females is gaining broad acceptance. Called Pelvic Myoneuropathy, the theory combines several other theories in a logical way and provides an elegant solution to the conundrum of this disorder. Read more...
More Bacteria in Controls than Patients!
A September 2003 study by some of the world's top prostatitis researchers produced the astounding finding that normal men have slightly more bacteria in their semen than men with chronic prostatitis (pelvic myoneuropathy). This finding ushers in a new era of thinking about the disorder. The study showed the traditional Stamey 4-glass test to be invalid for diagnosis of CP/CPPS, and that inflammation cannot be localized to any particular area of the lower GU tract. Read abstract.
Antibiotics no better than Placebo
Dr JC Nickel's study into Levofloxacin versus Placebo in men with Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain found no difference in eventual outcomes. This suggests that antibiotics should not be prescribed. Read abstract.
Infection Ruled Out in Landmark Study
Bacterial infection, long thought to be a key, ongoing component in chronic prostatitis, was shown to be unimportant in a landmark study from the University of Washington team led by Dr Lee and Prof. Berger. The study found that one third of both normal men and patients had equal counts of similar bacteria colonizing their prostates. Read the abstract here ...
Major Shift in Thinking on CPPS
In an editorial in the February 2003 Journal of Urology called "Emerging Concepts in the Management of Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome", Dr Anthony Schaeffer marks two milestone concepts in research into CP/CPPS: 1) the effect of antibiotics and 2) the significance of bacteria. Read Dr Schaeffer's words.
Quercetin's Anti-CPPS Chemistry
A study shows both antibiotics and Prosta-Q lower inflammatory markers and increase natural opiods in prostatic fluid. Available at International Prostatitis Foundation site. Another paper (abstract) supports these findings independently. There is credible clinical and scientific evidence that phytotherapy with cernilton or quercetin is safe, well toleratedand efficacious in the majority of patients. See the 2003 paper entitled "Herbal and complementary medicine in chronic prostatitis".
Neurogenic Inflammation and CPPS
Ursula Wesselmann shows that neurogenic inflammation may be a cause of chronic prostatitis / pelvic pain. Read abstract ...
International Prostatitis Research Foundation
The International Prostatitis Research Foundation website allows access to many hard-to-get scientific papers on Chronic Prostatitis / CPPS / Pelvic Myoneuropathy.