Hello Dr Herazy,
About 3 months ago i had a vasectomy done, and to try and “clear out the system” i was masturbating a lot more then usual. Over time I began having throbbing pain from the shaft of the penis which would pulsate towards the tip when getting an erection, i don't recall this pain prior to the surgery or frequent masturbation. But it seemed as though it had worsened and after a self examination i noticed a BB sized ball towards the bottom of my shaft, so i made an appointment with my urologist.
Well I just had that appointment today and after a short physical exam by him he indicated that the BB sized ball was plaque/scar tissue and that i have Peyronie's disease. He has prescribed me Verapamil gel and is advising me to take Vitamin E UI pills, but he was up front letting me know this may not cure my problem. Now like most men i immediately came home and did further research, but all i'm finding are most men talking about the “extreme curvature” to their penis. And in my case its the pain when getting an erection that i'm more concerned about but i cant find anything that relates directly to that. Let me also point out that although i have a slight natural curve to my penis that i've had for years i do not have anything extreme going on in that area.
So my question to you is there anything i can use/do to lessen that pain when getting an erection? Now that i've located the plaque it seems to be radiating from that area. It has become very frustrating when trying to be intimate with my wife as i focus more on getting that pain when developing an erection then trying to enjoy the intimacy. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Greetings Johnny J,
Sorry to learn of your problem and the pain you are in. Please follow the advice and direction of your doctor. I agree with him that a course of topical verapamil and vitamin E by itself is seldom successful. This is why I developed the Peyronie's Disease Institute to explore and develop an alternative medicine approach to treating PD. As another option, I suggest you spend some time reading the PDI website to determine if this alternate approach that seeks to increase your natural ability to heal, repair and eliminate the Peyronie's plaque makes sense to you. A good place to start is Natural Peyronie's Treatment Options.
Frankly, when I communicate with men who start Peyronie's disease treatment I am told that pain usually goes away in a few days. Pain during an erection seems to be rather easy to control with the therapies in any of the treatment plans you might select.
You need to understand that Peyronie's disease is a process that takes time – sometimes up to 18 months or so – to fully develop all levels of symptoms and signs of this problem. In fact, I have many times communicated with men who find that their problem continues to develop (deteriorate) well into the 2nd or 3rd year. Do not assume that your condition will remain the same as it is right now. If you have no particular curve associated with your Peyronies problem at this time, be grateful because some men start out with a wicked curve. However, it is a rare case of PD that does not eventually display some level of penis curvature or distortion. If you do not have at this time any aggravation of your fundamental naturally curved penis, it will probably not stay that way. It is just a fact, so be prepared.
Whatever you and your wife decide is the appropriate level of intimacy at this time, please be sure to be careful so that you do not exacerbate your Peyronie's disease. Do not stop having sex; have sex in a gentle and sane way so that you do not cause further injury to your penis. You were abusive and overly aggressive with your masturbation to the point that you developed PD. Do not repeat that mistake by making your PD worse. It can be done and it can be a nightmare you do not want to visit. Use additional sexual lubrication during intercourse and select those techniques that avoid the possibility of accidental slipping out and jamming/ramming the penis that would injure it further.
Let me know if I can help you in anyway. TRH