Painful burning with voiding. For up to two weeks, you may notice a little blood and burning with voiding. Sometimes burning is associated with certain foods. Avoid:
- Coffee, colas, chocolate and all drinks or foods with caffeine
- Spicy and peppery foods
- Citrate products (orange, grapefruit, pineapple, tomato)
- Acids (vinegar and salad dressing)
- Alcohol products
Frequent need to urinate or slow stream. Take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 600 mg three times a day with food for five days in a row.
- If your stomach becomes upset or you have severe heartburn, stop taking the ibuprofen.
- Ibuprofen has an anti-inflammatory effect, which may help decrease prostate swelling.
- You may repeat the five-day course of ibuprofen if necessary.
Voiding a lot at night. If you are getting up a lot at night to urinate, limit coffee and alcohol intake late in the day and do not drink anything after 6 p.m.
Not able to begin void. If you feel the urge, but are unable to void:
- Drink more fluids.
- Soak in a warm tub of water to relax the prostate and allow for voiding.
- If you are unable to void for more than four hours and feel uncomfortable, go to the emergency department. You may need to have a catheter to temporarily relieve a blockage.