Peyronie’s Symptoms

Do I have Peyronie’s disease?

When someone asks about Peyronie’s disease symptoms they usually want to know if they have Peyronie’s disease.   This is a diagnosis that is not always easy to make, since the actual signs and symptoms of Peyronie’s disease can be tricky at times.

In order to answer this question it is first important to remember that a symptom is something a person feels or experiences inside, meaning it is subjective. A symptom is what someone experiences as a result or during an illness, injury or disease.  Symptoms can include chills, Peyronie’s pain, shaking, shivering, nausea, or dizziness.  Symptoms are reported by the patient to help a doctor diagnose a problem.

In the case of Peyronie’s symptoms the only subjective finding would be the penile pain that can be variable; pain can be felt constantly, only when erect, only when non-erect or only when flaccid.  In addition this pain can be extremely mild, very severe, or something between. Because the Peyronie’s pain is not always present – and is sometimes totally absent – it is not always a reliable way to make a diagnosis of PD.

You might say a sign is the opposite of a symptom.  A sign is an outward or obvious physical indicator or manifestation of illness, injury or disease.  In this way it is said that a sign is objective, since it is always something that another person can detect, measure in some way or see that helps to make a diagnosis.  Some common signs are rapid pulse, elevated body temperature, low blood pressure, bleeding, a rash or open wound, bruising, to name but a few.

In the case of Peyronie’s disease, there are only a few signs or outward findings that are used to make a diagnosis.  These signs can be just as variable as the Peyronie’s pain, such as the elusive Peyronie’s plaque or scar, a curved penis or some other distortion, and impotence or  reduced sexual ability.  Because each of these Peyronie’s signs are also not always present – and can be sometimes totally absent – it is not always a simple or easy thing to make this diagnosis.

Very often only a few Peyronie’s symptoms and signs are available to make a diagnosis, with perhaps the most common being some type of curved penis or distortion.

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Pictures of Peyronie’s Disease – Curved Penis

What does Peyronie’s disease look like?  Pictures of Peyronie’s disease

Pictures of Peyronie’s disease and the classic curved penis appear at the bottom of this page.  They will educate anyone interested in this terrible problem. Peyronie’s pictures are graphic full male nudity, presented for educational purposes.

Few men ever learn about problem before developing it. Even fewer know the full details of it. Men do not understand the full consequences of PD and degree of penis curvature possible, until it is too late. Thus, there is a tendency to underestimate Peyronie’s disease. Seeing pictures of Peyronie’s disease will clarify the problem.

Without fully understanding Peyronie’s disease, it is easy enough to avoid the image of their bent penis. The uninformed quickly accept the standard medical treatment to do absolutely nothing for PD in its early stages. It is easy to do nothing. They falsely assume non-treatment means Peyronie’s disease is a minor health problem.  Consequently, they do not take Peyronie’s disease seriously enough. Unfortunately, this avoidance allows the PD to worsen.

Importance of pictures of Peyronie’s disease

Most cases of Peyronie’s disease start with a small penis curvature.  It is easy to assume a small problem will stay “just a little curve, hardly noticeable.”  For a lucky few, the distortion starts small and stays small. However, for most the curve starts small and slowly worsens, perhaps more painful, and a bigger problem in life.  For 10-20% of men with PD, the curve or distortion eventually results in total loss of sexual function. At this point, most men resort to surgical correction.  For a discussion, click Peyronie’s disease surgery.

If Peyronie’s disease is causing sexual problems for you, get helpful information.  To learn a better way, click here for “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.

Peyronie’s Pictures: an Education and Wake-Up Call

It is important to understand and verify the nature of the Peyronie’s disease problem.  Men are shocked to see actual pictures of Peyronie’s disease for the first time.  It can be a real wake-up call.

Do not use these Peyronie’s pictures to make a self-diagnosis. PD is more than a curved penis.  Moreover, pictures cannot guide Peyronie’s disease treatment. These pictures of Peyronie’s disease should encourage prompt medical attention about any recent penis changes that might be PD.  Bear in mind, every man is a unique individual with unique physical characteristics.  These differences even extend to the appearance of the penis in health and disease. For this reason, do not think your penis must look like any of these to qualify for Peyronie’s disease.

Sometimes a normal penis has a curve.  Not all curved penises indicate Peyronie’s disease.  Therefore, only a physician can accurately diagnose this problem.

Understand what you will see

Before viewing these pictures of Peyronie’s disease, please review what causes these dramatic penile curves and distortions.

Peyronie’s disease is an exaggeration of the wound healing process.  Thus, in PD it is common to find one or more flat benign (non-cancerous) fibrous plaques or scars anywhere along the shaft of the penis. Usually there are only one or two scars, but multiple scars do occur.

These scars stop full expansion of the penis during erection.  Consequently, various degrees and patterns of bending and distortion result. Depending on the number, size and location of scar tissue, the penis responds in different ways.As a result, the penis can be curved, distorted, shortened, twisted, and painful, or combinations of any or all of these.

Pictures of Peyronie’s disease showing the erect penis from 5°- 45° are common and sometimes 90º or more. Sexual difficulty and impotency also range from mild to severe, depending on the degree of curved penis deformity.

Sure, the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease gets your attention.  However, PD is really all about the scar below the surface. Without that scar, there is no Peyronie’s disease.  For this reason, PDI puts so much attention on knowing the size, shape, density and surface features of the PD scar.  It is far more important to know about your PD scar, than to take pictures of your curved penis.

Graphic pictures of  Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie's Disease downward penile curvature - unusual
Above, Peyronie’s Disease downward penile curvature. Rather uncommon.
Peyronie's Disease hourglass deformity in lower one-third
Hourglass deformity of Peyronie’s Disease, plus slight penile curvature.
Peyronie's Disease upward penile curvature - common
Upward penile curvature closer to glans (head) – rather common form of Peyronie’s disease.
Peyronie's Disease upward penile curvature closer to glans (head) -<br /> rather common
Above, Peyronie’s Disease upward penile curvature. Very common.
Peyronie's Disease bottleneck deformity with lateral penile<br /> curvature to left - common
Bottleneck deformity of Peyronie’s disease with lateral penile curvature to left.  Rather common.
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Above, 90 degree Peyronie’s disease bend to right.

Hopefully, these pictures of Peyronie’s disease will help you to understand your situation.  They can motivate you to see your medical doctor.

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Peyronie’s Disease and Baby Boomers

Peyronie’s disease: male health problem no one knows about

If you are a member of the baby boomer generation and have never heard of Peyronie’s (pay-row-neez) disease, you are not alone. However, if you are a male baby boomer or married to one, you are in the prime age group to experience a problem you know nothing about. This is so because Peyronies disease primarily affects men between 50 to 65 years of age, although an age range of 18 to 80 years has been reported, with an average age at onset of 53. Few people know about the problem until they need Peyronie’s disease treatment. This is why it is important for all baby boomers to know about, and how to avoid, it because this health problem can easily ruin your life. Peyronie’s disease remains one of the most perplexing and difficult urological diseases to treat; it has been called “the doctor’s nightmare”. Most everything about this condition (cause, progression, symptoms, age distribution, response to treatment) is variable and unique to the man who has it. The great variability of Peyronie’s disease that makes it difficult to study and to understand, also makes it almost impossible to treat like other medical conditions. It is a complex problem that is much more common than most people realize. Estimates suggest that up to eight out of 100 men over the age of 40 have Peyronie’s disease – that is a lot of people worldwide – and still only a small percent of people have ever heard of it. People are reluctant to discuss this problem because it involves the male organ. For this reason it is difficult to develop accurate information and statistics, especially since men are so shy on one hand, yet also inclined to exaggerate.

Definition of Peyronie’s disease

Peyronie’s disease can best be understood as an exaggerated wound healing in response to an injury in which an excessive amount of Peyronie’s scar tissue develops within the man’s shaft. Peyronie’s disease (also known by over 12 different names, among which is “iduratio penis plastica”) is very special disorder of the connective tissue in which fibrous “scars” or “plaques” develop usually after direct injury. This Peyronie’s plaque occurs in a special tissue of the shaft known as the tunica albuginea, a fibrous chamber or envelope that surrounds the two penile cylindrical shaped masses of spongy tissue known as the corpora cavernosa. The corpora cavernosa enlarge during sexual excitement, and the tunica albuginea covering, are designed to expand and elongate. If there is fibrous scar or plaque material in the tunica albuginea, the expansion and elongation cannot develop properly resulting in bending, weakness, shortening and incomplete filling of the organ. Sometimes this distortion is mild (just a few degrees) and does not affect the ability to perform, while at other times the distortion can be extreme (more than 90 degrees) resulting in greatly adverse consequences. A certain degree of normal penile curvature can and does occur in some men. This is a benign and natural condition many men are born with, commonly referred to as congenital curvature; this is not Peyronie’s disease.

Peyronie’s disease signs and symptoms

Four common findings of Peyronie’s disease:

  1. Pain – caused by inflammation and stretching of internal tissues in response to injury and distortion; can be present constantly or only during erection
  2. Nodule or mass formation – variable size lumps or elongated cords can develop in one or multiple areas; sometimes these are difficult or impossible to locate depending on the density, depth and size of the scar formation
  3. Curvature or distortion – caused by presence of one or more nodules or masses of scar tissue in the tunica albuginea, preventing normal expansion during erection; can be minor to gross in appearance
  4. Reduced sexual ability – due to physical distortion that prevents penetration or due to reduced firmness that also prevents penetration (erectile dysfunction).

The onset of Peyronie's disease symptoms can be sudden or slow, but often appears within a month or two after direct injury. The pain of Peyronie’s disease is extremely variable; from hardly noticeable to the kind of pain that prevents sleep. Peyronie’s pain is worse in the beginning, usually gradually improving over time – improvement in a few weeks while others continue for years. For these reasons Peyronie’s pain is not a reliable way to judge the severity or calculate the time for eventual recovery. Even though Peyronie’s disease is a male health problem, women are also affected by it. They are indirectly and adversely affected by the erectile dysfunction, organ curvature and distortion that make intercourse often impossible, as well as loss of organ size that often occurs over time. Additionally, and perhaps even to a greater degree than men, woman bear the brunt of the mood swings, anger, brooding and ill-temper that accompany their partner’s Peyronies problem.

Treatment of Peyronie’s disease

There is no standard or accepted medical Peyronie’s cure since no drug is proven to eliminate the scar within the shaft. The only accepted and available medical treatment is Peyronie's disease surgery. However, given enough time after Peyronie’s surgery the condition will only re-appear in a worsened presentation. This surgical outcome is made bleaker by knowing that even the first Peyronie’s surgery can result in total loss of sensation (anesthesia), increased pain and increased curvature and greater scar formation than before surgery, and in some cases amputation. The Peyronie’s Disease Institute has specialized for the last eight years in the use of Alternative Medicine therapies and techniques that are found to be successful in perhaps 60-80% of cases. None of the therapies are known to result in adverse reactions or side effects. For more information about the Alternative Medicine approach, visit Peyronie’s disease treatment.

Prevention of Peyronie’s disease

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With so many variable aspects of this problem to consider, it is important to know that in addition to everything else, there is no universal agreement about the cause of Peyronies. Some say that injury alone cannot start the problem as we have described above, but that other genetic and metabolic factors must also be present. The Peyronie’s Disease Institute takes the position that this is true. However, if a man never sustains direct injury to the area he is far less likely to develop Peyronies. With age not working in the favor of any baby boomer couple, it is important to evaluate all situations in which direct injury can affect this area – especially sexual activity. This requires that special caution is exercised if a baby boomer gentleman finds he no longer has the usual firmness he previously possessed (erectile dysfunction). Attempting intercourse with a partially flaccid organ can result in sudden buckling or abrupt bending during insertion or the sex act itself. Another way to prevent injury is to modify the techniques used during sexual relations. The single most common injury that starts Peyronie’s disease occurs when the female partner is on top, and she loses hold of him while she thrusts down, jamming and painfully bending him against her upper thigh. To avoid this kind of injury it is important to not use any female-superior position, but to use other techniques in which physical contact is controlled, firm and not likely to disengage during activity. Even if baby boomers have never heard of this terrible condition that robs a couple of one of the greatest pleasures of life, it happens every day. Now that you know about Peyronie’s disease you can do a lot to protect the best years of your life. Dr. Theodore Herazy has practiced Alternative Medicine for over 40 years, and has directed the Peyronie’s Disease Institute for the last eight years. He has written two books about this problem, “Peyronie’s Disease Handbook” and “Peyronie’s Disease and Sex.”

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Peyronie's Pain

Peyronie's disease pain is different with each man

Peyronie’s disease symptoms – even Peyronie’s pain – can be extremely variable. In fact, one of the things that makes Peyronie’s pain so undependable as a factor on which to create a diagnosis of Peyronie’s disease is that the penile pain is a different presentation from one man to another. Because of the wide variety of Peyronie’s disease pain symptoms, Peyronies treatment can be equally variable when using Alternative medicine.

Peyronie’s pain symptoms

The onset of Peyronie's pain symptoms can be sudden or slow, but most often will appear in less than a month after direct injury. Often the pain related to Peyronie’s disease is worse at the beginning of the problem, and then gradually improves over time – perhaps in a few weeks or months. Other men have a delayed onset of Peyronie’s disease pain. For all these reasons it is not a reliable way to judge the severity of the condition or to use to calculate the time necessary for eventual recovery.

For many men the pain associated with the actual injury that causes the problem to begin can be greater than the daily Peyronie’s pain that is associated with living with the condition. For others, the pain associated with the actual injury is mild and brief compared to the daily Peyronie’s pain they experience. Again, all of this is related to the variable nature of all Peyronie’s disease symptoms.

Peyronie’s disease pain patterns

Peyronie’s pain most often occurs with an erection during the first six to 18 months after onset. However, pain associated with Peyronie's disease may present itself in many ways:

  • Only during an erection
  • Only when not erect (flaccid)
  • Only during an orgasm
  • Only when the penis is touched

Peyronie’s pain originates in Buck’s fascia

The scar tissue, also known as a plaque, associated with Peyronie's disease and the variable pain it can cause can often – but always – be felt below the surface of the skin of the penis as small elevated or flat beads, lumps, bands of slightly to greatly dense and hard tissue. These soft tissue masses are located in a layer of soft tissue in the tunica albuginea. However, the scar in the tunica albuginea does not cause the actual Peyronie’s pain. The pain originates from the many pain fibers found just below the tunica albuginea in another layer of soft tissue called Buck’s fascia.

Apparently, when a man experiences intense or frequent Peyronie’s pain, it is because the scar is large enough or deep enough to press down deeper from the tunica albuginea into Buck’s fascia. And when pain is not as great a complaint, it is because Buck’s fascia is not being irritated by the scar or plaque material.

For a more comprehensive discussion of Peyronie’s disease pain, local penile anatomy and Peyronie’s disease treatment you can start searching the Peyronie's Disease Institute website at Peyronie's disease introduction.

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