Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome in Men

Chronic Pelvic Pain in Men

This condition is still erroneously categorized within the NIH Prostatitis Classification System as Category 3. There are 4 categories in this classification system, three of which are symptomatic. It is laughable to realize that Category 3 represents 95% of men who have “prostatitis-like” symptoms, which sadly, explains the high rate of mis- and over diagnosis of prostatitis in this group. Indeed, the authors of this classification symptom recognized that chronic prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome has never been proven to be caused by an infection nor a prostate malady.

Since 1996, Dr. Potts has been evaluating and treating patients previously diagnosed as CP/CPPS, employing a much broader and more comprehensive approach. She believes that the prostate has been “scape-goated” as a means of oversimplification and justification for over and misuse of prostate-centric pharmaceuticals and procedures. She believes and has proven that what was previously presumed to be prostatitis is in fact a very different diagnosis, often not even urological. These other conditions causing CP/CPPS include musculoskeletal or orthopedic issues, Myofascial Pain Syndromes, Neuralgias, Colorectal conditions and Central Sensitization Syndromes. Careful evaluation helps to differentiate these other diagnoses, which can sometimes overlap. Management strategies are then tailored to the patient’s diagnosis and lifestyle.