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Men’s Health: Symptoms Not to Ignore

In honor of Men’s Health Month, Staunton Primary Care discusses symptoms men should not ignore.

We all know symptoms like chest pain require immediate attention, but sometimes the common men’s health symptoms we overlook can signal something serious too.

  1. First on the list is erectile dysfunction (ED). ED affects many men with age. Not only can it impact a man’s self-image and sex life, this condition can warn of other diseases that have subtle symptoms: High blood pressure, kidney failure, stress, smoking and alcohol abuse.
  2. Next is changes in the penis, testicles or scrotum. Changes “down there” like lumps, swelling, heaviness or a change in size of the testicles could be a warning sign of testicular cancer. Likewise, a lump on the penis, sores, discharge or bleeding could warn of penile cancer. Sores, a rash, redness, itching and oozing could be symptoms of sexually transmitted illnesses.
  3. Similarly, we’ll discuss urinary problems. Most aging men experience some changes to their bathroom habits. Many chalk it up to typical men’s health issues. However, problems with the prostate can cause symptoms like: Frequent urination, Weak or interrupted urine stream, Inability to urinate, Difficulty starting or stopping a urine stream.
  4. Another symptoms is blood where it shouldn’t be. Blood in urine could be caused by a UTI, kidney stone, an enlarged prostate. Other causes could be cancers of the prostate, bladder or kidney.
    1. Bright red blood in stool causes: hemorrhoids and diverticulitis. Dark red, black or tarry stools mean the blood has been in your gut for a while — and could be a sign of ulcers or colon cancer.
  5. Surprisingly, pain is on the list. Pain, while very common, can also be a warning sign of many conditions: arthritis, a damaged nerve, kidney or gallbladder disease and even cancer. Pain during sex could also be a sign of prostate cancer.
  6. Lastly, is depression. Men are less likely to get help due to societal pressures, and they might even experience symptoms differently. They might become aggressive, bury themselves in work or turn to drug or alcohol abuse to cope with their feelings.
    1. If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, get help right now:
    2. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
    3. Call a suicide hotline. In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use its webchat.

Most of the time these symptoms have benign and treatable causes. The message is to be aware of Men’s Health issues, but not to panic.

Staunton Primary Care is committed to providing quality men’s health. We’re here to help. Give us a call with any concerns.