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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Peeing All Night with BPH

    As anyone with BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) knows there are quite a number of unpleasant symptoms associated with this disorder.  One of the most annoying is having to get up several times during the night to pee!  There are times when I only get up once or twice, but then there are other times when I have to get up every hour or even less than an hour.  When I have done research on the Internet articles ( as well as in discussion with my urologist) the ones I have found say you should stop drinking fluids after 6 or so.  This can sometimes be difficult and most importantly it doesn't work!  Every article says you should avoid alcohol too, but I find when I have a few glasses of red wine at night I get up less! I've reported this to my urologist and he says each person reacts differently, so if it works for me do it.

    I do take Alfuzosin to treat my symptoms, but it doesn't seem to have any effect on my nocturia ( having to urinate often during the night).  I have researched an found many natural herbs that people say are effective for nighttime trips to the bathroom, but unfortunately none that I have tried worked.  I recently read a number of articles reporting that eating a handful of raisins prior to retiring reduces the number of times one has to urinate. I figured raisins are cheap and easily available and taste good too, so why not give it a try.  Most reports say that they work on the first try. Well I've been eating raisins for a week now and guess what?  They don't work!!!  Another myth goes down the tubes!

    One would think that with so many old guys out there having to get up and pee all night long that medical science could find something that would stop this annoying frequent flow! Think of the money they'd make!



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