I am a 39 y.o. very healthy and athletic male. After suffering from prostatitis-like symptoms (constant sensitivity in the peritoneum/prostate/lower colon area, periodic urgency, difficulty emptying, discomfort when sitting) for the past 10 month. I wanted to share my recent discovery so that perhaps it might help others. Initially, my symptoms came on suddenly and were more severe. I saw a urologist who did not detect any bacterial infection but put me on Cipro. After a month, my symptoms had moderated greatly and I stopped taking the antibiotic, but overall the symptoms still remained. This week, after my symptoms suddenly became more acute, I stopped to analyze my diet to see if that was having some effect. Ironically, at about the same time I had visited the urologist 10 months ago, I had had a blood test which showed that my cholesterol levels were a little high. Since I love oatmeal and had read that eating it helps lower bad cholesterol, I started eating a large bowl of “quick oats” each morning for breakfast and usually eating it as a snack later in the day too because it’s a great hunger suppressant .. However, since I am simple person, I never bothered to cook the quick oats other than pouring hot water over onto it, or sometimes nuking it for 10-20 seconds. Bottom line: once I eliminated the oats from my diet, my symptoms disappeared!! My only thought is that the raw oats had irritated the lining of my colon, which in turn had irritated the prostate etc. . What a relief to finally be free of this chronic problem!
Published On: August 18, 2008