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Old 09-29-09, 07:37 AM   #51
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Just ordered two anatomical seats from Nashbar...

Nashbar F2 Comfort/Touring Saddle
http://tinyurl.com/ybh878c

or the F1 seat
http://tinyurl.com/y9mhvhv


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Sorry the old links did not work, tinyurl seems to link up good.

Hoping that someone may have some experience with these economical seats?
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Old 10-13-09, 05:47 PM   #52
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Sorry the old links did not work, tinyurl seems to link up good.

Hoping that someone may have some experience with these economical seats?
The F2 seems to have really helped. Nicely padded to my liking and a bit wider than the F1
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Old 10-13-09, 07:00 PM   #53
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B... Finally, I guess I could learn to ride a bent. I don't consider them bicycles at all, but very interesting pieces of human-propelled machinery that have a penache of their own.
Funny, I consider them bicycles. They have two bicycle wheels, chainrings, cassettes, derailleurs... in short they have all the pieces and parts that a Safety bicycle has, except the saddle. Exactly why aren't they bicycles?
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I think recovery from prostate cancer depends on the individual and the type of procedure. I had robotic surgery that is not as invasive as some other techniques. I was back on the same saddle on the road in 3 weeks. Certainly cured the prostatitis I had.
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Old 10-15-09, 03:26 PM   #55
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This male illness can be a real bugger to cure often with poor results.
I've had Prostitis for 20+ years controlling it with Sulfa drugs & Saw palmento
supplements. There were times when it was so painful at the start I stayed
doped up for pain all the time. Now with the sulfa & palmento I keep it under
control as my doc says once deep into the prostrate organ itself it's can't be
"cured". See if your doctor (you are seeing doctor aren't you??) about
putting you on sulfa drugs to manage the infection.

The good news here is that bicycles DO NOT cause this illness. An infection that gets
into the blood and settles in the prostrate gland tissue DOES. Hell, you could have
had a cold a long time ago that "went down" on you cause your illness. DON'T GIVE
UP ON BIKES, MATE. Just adapt your saddle and meds.

Best of luck mate with a very painful personal illness.
What kind of Saw Palmento is best to take, as there are two kinds. Would the extract be best or the whole herb?

thanks
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Old 10-19-09, 09:12 PM   #56
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Guys,

I was a little surprised to see this 3-year old thread re-emerge. I was the Original Poster. Thanks for all the informative posts and suggestions. Fortunately, my issues cleared up with antibiotics relatively quickly (2 weeks or so). I have had no more problems, if you don't count breaking my upper arm in a fall off my tri-bike a year ago. I still ride a regular type Sella saddle.

I hope others have gotten some good use from the personal and informative posts to this thread. It shows once again that the 50+ Forum is a great community full of interesting and knowledgeable people.

Thanks to all,

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Hey guys--

Thanks for the great thread. I'm currently in the middle of flare up, I guess. I was diagnosed by a doctor with prostratitis last month. I'd been having trouble urinating for a week, and I went to the urgent care center, and one digital rectal exam later, I was on a two week course of cipro. I stayed off the bike for two weeks, and I got better.

But now, it's back. The doc attributed the original flare up to my saddle--I'd just gotten a new Brooks B-17 to replace the one I'd been using, which was 30+ years old. I stopped using that one after the flare up, and have been using a Brooks Imperial, with the cut-out. I thought it was fine, until I started feeling this way about a week ago.

For the record, I'm 32 years old, and I don't experience any of the pain that a lot of you guys report. It's just the strained urination that bothers me. At this point, I'm pretty bummed about what this could mean for my future on the bike. Anyone able to share some experiences? Should I stay off the bike longer? Get a new saddle? Thanks, guys.
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Old 11-02-09, 06:15 AM   #58
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Don't let it stop you

Sory to hear about your bout with prostatitis. Don't be discouraged, just give it some time. I first got prostatis after using a new saddle and attributed it to that. However, I stayed off of the bike for a year and still had symptoms. So, I figured it was not that. When I started riding again I tried a combination of saddles and suspension seatposts that I thought would alleviate the problem. Now, several years later I have found the Selle An Atomica watersged saddle to be just what I need to ride pressure free. They are expensive, but if you google them and go to their website they have a video that shows how the saddle moves with you during the pedal stroke and eliminates any percieved pressure on the soft tissue.

after trying one, I now have several mounted on each one of my bikes and still manage to get about 4,000 mies in per year. I still get flare ups about once or twice a year, but I have not had to stop riding other for a week or so after the prostatitis kicks in.

Check-em' out and don't get discouraged.
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I am 60, & have had a little problem off & on over the past few years. We know the typical symptoms ! This is a plan I started a few years ago, & has relieved ALL symptoms. It should start helping within a couple of weeks, for most. Herbs & vitamins are from " Dollar General " store.
Take everything TWICE a day.

8 oz Cranberry Juice
1 Ginseng 600mg.
1 Men's Formula Multiple Vitamin
3 Saw Palmetto 320mg.

Once per day, [ I do this in the morning ] add 1/2 oz. apple cider vinegar to cranberry juice. Remember, the above is taken TWICE per day. You can cut everything to once per day after " pee-pee " symptoms are relieved.

BE SURE to talk this over with your Dr., first, & have him test your PSA levels, & yes,,, do a finger-wave, too.

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Sorry to revive an old thread. This past summer I got back into cycling and went from 0-100 doing over 2000k in July/August. Mid way through August, I began developing a pain deep inside my perennial region. I would take a few days off and it would start to feel better, but I would get back on the bike and it would be come right back after the ride. I kept pushing through, which was a mistake. Now 5 months since I last rode, I am still dealing with this dull aching pain, sometimes it will feel as though it is getting better than the next day I am back at square one. I went to my general practitioner, but there were of little assistance. He sent me for an ultrasound for a hernia, but that wasnít it.

I am not sure what caused it. I ride a Specialized Power saddle that I had professionally fit, including having it pressure mapped to be sure no pressure was being put on the perineum area. While riding I felt no pain, only after the fact. Initially when I started cycling a few years ago, I experianced a pain in my perineum because of a poorly fitting saddle. It would be tender on the outside and very sore to the touch. This is different. Putting pressure on the area does not cause any additional pain. I donít have any other issues besides the dull aching pain. Does this sound like prostitis?
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I've dealt with prostatitis off and on over the years. You should probably see a urologist. Let him do the usual tests and exams.
To answer your question....no, it doesn't sound like prostatitis to me. When I have an episode of it, to continues to get worse (sometimes much worse) until I see my doc and start taking antibotics.

Best of luck........
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What does work?
Sex at least five times a week. You gotta clear out the prostate.
Serious?

If yes - does DIY count?
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I've dealt with prostatitis off and on over the years. You should probably see a urologist. Let him do the usual tests and exams.
To answer your question....no, it doesn't sound like prostatitis to me. When I have an episode of it, to continues to get worse (sometimes much worse) until I see my doc and start taking antibotics.

Best of luck........
rbk_3, I will second the see a urologist ASAP. DRE plus testing would be a good start.

Good luck.
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My 2 cents here. I have experienced several bouts of prostatitis, increased PSA's over a 10 year period, 4 biopsies, the last being a fancy MRI/staining/mapping type, and luckily no cancer. Digital exams within normal limits, as well. Pretty good so far. No family history either. BUT, a word of caution regarding Cipro, commonly prescribed for prostate issues. If you are over 60, there is an increased chance of tendonitis caused by the floxin-type antibiotics. I was recently prescribed Cipro for a rectal abcess (maybe from a saddle sore?). I now have symptoms of tendonitis, almost certainly from the drug. BE CAREFUL with these drugs, as they can affect folks at any age. Doctors do not have much concern about these side effects, but there is a black box warning I ignored, until I took 4 doses, and discontinued the drug. The symptoms can take months to improve, but can also lead to tendon tears, especially in the achilles. Since I swim in winter, I'm not stressing my tendons, especially not being a runner. I'm hoping for a good outcome, especially since my tendonitis has been mild, and not limiting any daily activities. I do snow ski, but stay on the groomed stuff mostly, although it's been too dang cold to even do that at the local little areas. An unfortunate side note is that a friend with low PSA's is in stage 4, after an abnormal digital exam, and slight increase in PSA. Sometimes we can just have bad luck. I did switch to the Selle Extra saddle, and have had great luck with it. I do take Flomax every other day, which is very helpful, though not to address inflammation of course.
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My 2 cents here. I have experienced several bouts of prostatitis, increased PSA's over a 10 year period, 4 biopsies, the last being a fancy MRI/staining/mapping type, and luckily no cancer. Digital exams within normal limits, as well. Pretty good so far. No family history either. BUT, a word of caution regarding Cipro, commonly prescribed for prostate issues. If you are over 60, there is an increased chance of tendonitis caused by the floxin-type antibiotics. I was recently prescribed Cipro for a rectal abcess (maybe from a saddle sore?). I now have symptoms of tendonitis, almost certainly from the drug. BE CAREFUL with these drugs, as they can affect folks at any age. Doctors do not have much concern about these side effects, but there is a black box warning I ignored, until I took 4 doses, and discontinued the drug. The symptoms can take months to improve, but can also lead to tendon tears, especially in the achilles. Since I swim in winter, I'm not stressing my tendons, especially not being a runner. I'm hoping for a good outcome, especially since my tendonitis has been mild, and not limiting any daily activities. I do snow ski, but stay on the groomed stuff mostly, although it's been too dang cold to even do that at the local little areas. An unfortunate side note is that a friend with low PSA's is in stage 4, after an abnormal digital exam, and slight increase in PSA. Sometimes we can just have bad luck. I did switch to the Selle Extra saddle, and have had great luck with it. I do take Flomax every other day, which is very helpful, though not to address inflammation of course.
Excellent response and warning. Total bummer with regards to your Cipro reaction AND your friend's PCa. My Prostate Cancer biopsy was Gleason 10 with 14+ PSA, had my treatment and enjoying life to the max and accepting a high probability of recurrence.

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