Maybe it's all One Disease?
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) patients frequently complain of a typical set of other conditions that seem to be separate diseases but are probably part of one symptom complex. Research into BPS/IC, which many people think is merely a form of CPPS, has proved that the condition is not isolated to the lower genitourinary tract, but more of a whole-body condition.
The most commonly reported symptoms outside the lower genitourinary tract are:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Joint Pain (Arthralgia)
- Tender lymph glands all over the body
- Food and Chemical Intolerances and Hypersensitivity
- Allergy symptoms: eczema, atopic dermatitis, food reactions
- Diabetes (forum reports)
- Psoriasis (forum reports)
Additionally, it must always be kept in mind that people with Reiter's Disease and the similar condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis do sometimes report chronic abacterial prostatitis. Patients with Wegener Granulomatosis can also have prostatitis. However the vast majority of CP/CPPS patients do not have bone disease on radiograph examination.