Well, it has been over 6 weeks since my symptoms stopped completely, so I feel it is safe to write a success story....
I came down with full-blown Chronic Prostatitis in September of 2002. Interestingly enough, I had "odd symptoms" here and there, before the disroder fully manifested itself; some pelvic pain. A lot of urination. When it finally did take hold, I had urgency and frequency from hell. Urinating 10-14 times day, waking up a night, and having pain-discomfort in the penis and occassionally in the testicles.
I went to the doctor, and he did a digital rectal exam and asked me a bunch of questions. He then prescribed Flomax, which I have been on ever since (.4mg). Initially, the Flomax helped increase the volume of urine I could pass, but seemed to do little else. I wasn't until 4 weeks in, that urgency/frequency began to go down dramatically. I still had some annoying pain and discomfort in the penis.
Soon after the disorder set in, I quit drinking alcohol and caffeince completely. I haven't had a drink in over 2 months. I also cut down on spicy food. I tried to sit less and be more active. Here is my regimen:
1. Take Flomax at night before bed
2. Take Prosta-Q and Algonot twice a day.
3. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, and even chocolate
4. Avoid spicy food
5. Exercise every morning; running for 20 minutes, lifting wieghts, situps, etc. Follow this up with swimming and a session in the hot tub. I do this 6 times a week.
6. Ejaculate once every few days.
I also went on Effexor for anxiety. While the drug helped with anxiety and depression, it had horrible side-effects. Fatigue (I couldn't stay up past 9pm), constipation from hell, and some major withdrawl which included vertigo, blurry vision, etc. I don't recommend it, even though it didn't seem to impact my Prostatitis.
Hopefully I have this thing licked, but it is still pretty early. I sleep through the night now (for the first time in about 10 years), and urinate about 5-6 times a day, which is normal. I haven't had pain in over a month. The only thing I am unclear about, is what will happen when I go off the Flomax.