Peyronie’s Disease and Curved Penis Information
Peyronie’s disease: Non-Drug and Non-Surgical bent penis information
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How a doctor helped himself with Peyronie’s disease and a curved penis
In 2002 I developed Peyronie’s disease.
At the time I was practicing acupuncture with three MDs in a large successful holistic Alternative Medicine clinic. I turned to my three MD friends for help since they had a combined experience of over 85 years in natural health care. The four of us worked together developing a new treatment strategy, since they had always been stumped for a good answer for Peyronie’s disease treatment in the past. I did hundreds of hours of research and they offered opinions and advice. After working for a way to help myself with my Peyronies for almost 18 months, I finally eliminated my penile curvature and the Peyronie’s plaque that caused it. This was not supposed to happen, but it did, because I approached by problem in a way that had never been tried before. My life changed in more ways than I have could have imagined at the time.
If you also have a bent curved penis as a result of Peyronies syndrome, I am sure your life also changed. Yet, there is probably a big difference between us. I aggressively did a few basic things that eliminated my Peyronie’s disease, while yours probably has not changed much. In order to help myself I read everything and anything I could find about Peyronie disease. I discovered that much Internet information about PD is the same thing repeated over and over again. Most sites are quick to repeat the part about no known cause and no known cure, and they promote surgery if the Peyronie’s disease does not clear up by itself in 12-18 months. Please keep in mind this phrase, “if the Peyronie’s disease does not clear up by itself” because it is absolutely critical for you to understand how you might be able to correct your own Peyronies problem.
Here and there I found Internet articles that briefly mentioned medical research for Peyronie’s disease using Alternative Medicine that turned things around for me. This information should be of great interest to anyone with Peyronie’s disease who wants to do his best to recover also.
Eventually I learned enough to develop a few opinions I intend to share on this website. As I like to say, “What I did to recover from Peyronie’s disease is not really complicated or unusual. It is not like making pigs fly.” We have all heard of people who have used a super-nutrition approach to help their body heal some very serious health problems, even cancer. The approach I used was a similar effort to promote natural healing of Peyronie’s disease.
All I did was to use a combination of many high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs and enzymes at the same time I did special exercises that I devised, plus a few changes in my diet. While combining a wide variety of very high quality natural therapy products I slowly increased the dosage, and watched for favorable changes in the Peyronie’s plaque to prove my body was healing the PD. I allowed the changes in the size, shape, density and surface features of the Peyronie’s plaque to guide what I did; there was no guessing. Apparently this simple approach had never been done before. Even though it was a rather simple idea, as you will soon come to see, I was the first one to do it – and it worked for me.
Basic strategy for self-help against Peyronie’s disease
The strategy I used was simple, logical and direct: I slowly increased my intake of the best nutritional products I could find until I noticed a change in the size, shape, density and surface features of my Peyronie’s plaque.
When I noticed my scar structure begin to change I stopped increasing my intake and kept my plan the same until the favorable changes either slowed down or stopped. Then I increased my dosage a little more until the reduction of the plaque started again. Notice I said I monitored Peyronies plaque for structural changes; I did not pay attention the outward appearance of the penis. I tried to ignore the curved penis I had because I knew it was secondary to and only a result of the fibrous plaque tissue found in the tunica albuginea layer of the penis shaft. This is why I say that any website or doctor who focuses solely on correcting your penile curvature is not addressing the real problem of Peyronie’s disease.
As an example, the penis extender sites that talk about straightening your bent penis and say absolutely nothing about the Peyronie’s scar are not addressing your problem correctly. You need to know this. Any doctor who talks about straightening your curved penis without explaining how the penis surgery will not cause more plaque or scars to develop, should be looked at with suspicion.
Eventually my plaque material just slowly went away over a period of 5-6 months once I found my correct dosage and balance of Alternative Medicine remedies. Because the plaque was absorbed by the body, the penile curvature also went away when my body eliminated the Peyronies plaque.
What is Peyronie’s disease?
Peyronies disease is not what many people say it is. In some places you can read that Peyronie’s disease is a curved penis, but it is not. Yes, often the penis is bent in a case of Peyronies but the bend is not what proves the diagnosis of this problem. You see, some men were born with a slightly bent penis that can turned up, down or to the sides, but that does not mean they have PD. So the idea that a bent penis is Peyronie’s disease is not accurate.
In other places you read Peyronie’s disease is pain in the penis, and it is not. If that was actually true then every man who has penis pain after being injured, or as a result of an inflamed urethra, or as a result of a reflex from the prostate gland could be said to have Peyronies, and that is just not the case.
Penile curvature and pain are a common part of the problem, but they are not always present and when they are present the curve and pain can be of variable onset, duration and severity. When a bent penis or some other distortion occurs in a man who has an otherwise straight penis, it is almost always caused by the real culprit and defining factor of Peyronie’s disease – the presence of the Peyronie’s plaque or scar. Even if the plaque cannot be found, it can be assumed to be present if the penis becomes curved or distorted in someway that is not typical for that individual.
Remember this: Peyronie’s disease is all about the fibrous plaque that causes the penis to be distorted. Peyronie’s disease is a condition that starts as a result of an overly active or large mass of fibrous tissue, called a plaque or scar, within a tissue layer (tunica albuginea) of the penis. This fibrous plaque develops in response either to small repeated injuries or a large single injury to the shaft of the penis. This process happens more easily and more often in men who are genetically predisposed (those with ancestors from the UK, the Scandinavian and northern European countries). Think of the Peyronie’s plaque as a normal reaction to injury that goes wild. The excessive… (more, What is Peyronies disease?)
Do I have Peyronies disease?
Even though you probably have a fairly good idea if you have Peyronie’s disease or not, it is unwise to guess about something as important as this. There is only one sure way to know if you have Peyronies disease and that is to go to a urologist, not just your local family doctor, for a complete history and examination.
No man wants to go to a doctor to have his private parts evaluated, but there is no absolute way to know what you are dealing with unless you get checked out by an expert. So just bite the bullet, and get it done. You can get a fairly accurate idea if you do or do not have Peyronie’s disease by noting your response to a few simple questions that will be presented, as well as by making a few basic observations. These questions and observations are rather basic and obvious, and are the same questions your doctor will also ask you when you go for your physical examination… (more, Do I have Peyronie’s disease?)
Treatment for Peyronies disease
At this time the standard FDA and AMA explanation is that there is no accepted or known drug that can be used for treatment of Peyronie’s disease. The only standard medical procedure that is approved for Peyronies treatment is surgery. In addition there are only a handful of drugs (Verapamil, cholchicine, POTABA, sildenafil, pentoxifylline) that are not FDA approved that are used “off label” by doctors because there has been some limited positive response to their use for Peyronies in the past, but not enough good results to have these drugs receive full approval. Some medical doctors believe these drugs can be used as a Peyronie’s disease treatment, but over extended use they have not shown to enough efficacy to definitely prove they actually work.
Many times doctors will have a favorite drug they will use because they believe it might cause less harm than others if a drug reaction occurred, or the drug might be one that they used for other health problems and so they use it to treat Peyronie’s disease solely because they are familiar with it.
Bear in mind that the drug your doctor might prescribe for you is not an actual Peyronies drug, because there is no Peyronies drug. Any drug used is simply a best guess your doctor is making for something that might help you. The drugs… (more, Treatment for Peyronie’s disease)
Peyronies disease pictures
Pictures of Peyronies disease are an important part of learning about this problem, if only to evaluate yourself to see how good or bad you are compared to other men’s’ penile curvature. Men usually feel a little creepy looking at so many penises, but seeing Peyronie’s disease pictures will help you to put things in perspective.
I had a 35 degree sharp bend to the left that also went upwards about 10 degrees; about half of the time the penis would also be twisted in this area.
After looking at these photographs of Peyronies men you will soon come to know you are not alone because you will probably see a curved penis or hourglass deformity that looks exactly like your own problem. The Peyronies pictures showing the classic curved penis deformity are only presented here to widen the education and experience of anyone who wants to learn more about this terrible problem. Those pictures of Peyronie’s disease found further down toward the bottom of this article are shown in graphic full male nudity, presented only for educational purposes. To help the reader verify and comprehend the shocking appearance of the Peyronie’s disease problem, many men are amazed when seeing a Peyronies picture for the first time. It can be a real wake-up call for those whose case is early and therefore mild in nature. Men incorrectly assume they have a mild case that will always stay mild, and this is a big mistake.
As the disease progresses the distortion can worsen suddenly after being stable for several years. These Peyronies disease pictures are not offered so a layperson can attempt to make a self-diagnosis. They are presented to encourage prompt medical evaluation and attention about any problem that might be PD. Just as every person is unique in many ways, with unique mental, emotional and physical characteristics – this difference even extends to the appearance of the penis in health and disease… (more, Peyronies disease pictures)
Curved Penis Information
A curved penis can be still be normal and healthy if that is the way it was developed during formation in the womb. Many men have a penis that displays a slight to moderate, present all their lives, completely capable of a full and pain-free erection– just not straight like an arrow. Their bent penis is just a unique physical variation, of no great consequence like one toe that is shorter than the other or unusually long eyelashes; these are just some of the things that make us unique people.
In a healthy penis the internal tissue is flexible and expandable to allow for a normal erection to develop when blood is trapped inside. Since there are a total of three chambers within the penis that fill with blood to create an erection, these chambers must be of the same length and girth in order for an erection to be perfectly straight. When a boy is born with one of these three chambers that is slightly smaller or larger than the other two, he will have an erection that is curved.
For Peyronie’s disease to develop an area of the healthy and elastic tissue layer below the skin surface (tunica albuginea) that covers these chambers becomes injured. As the injury begins to heal something not completely understood goes wrong, and it is replaced an excessive amount of dense and inelastic fibrous tissue, called a Peyronie’s plaque or scar. This fibrous mass of plaque tissue is below the surface of the skin and therefore cannot be seen… (more, Curved penis information)
Peyronies disease and Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an extremely common first Peyronie’s disease treatment prescribed by urology specialists and family doctors. In fact, vitamin E is used more often and by more urologists and general practitioners than any single therapy as an early front line treatment for Peyronie’s disease. This should be of interest to anyone with Peyronie’s disease because vitamin E is probably more commonly recommended than any single drug that is prescribed as a treatment for Peyronies disease. Vitamin E is usually the only non-drug Peyronie’s disease treatment that is recommended for early care, although others like acetyl-L-carnitine or co-enzyme Q are occasionally suggested later in care if other forms of treatment have failed.
The typical dosage advice from a medical doctor to a patient for Peyronie’s disease using vitamin E treatment is often something like “take 400 IU of vitamin E a day.” Sometimes the dosage will be doubled to “take no more than 800 IU of vitamin E daily” by some doctors who are more aggressive with their recommendation. Since vitamin E is easily available in both a naturally occurring organic form, as well as a synthetic form, which of these two forms a person uses will determine how much can be safely taken.
Making up the natural form of vitamin E are eight different family members, four known as tocopherols and four known as tocotrienols. All vitamin E members do basically the same… (more, Peyronies disease and vitamin E)
The infamous Peyronie’s plaque is the central problem of Peyronie’s disease. It is a knot of fibrous tissue that is an over-reaction of the healing response that occurs after injury to the tunica albuginea layer of the penis. It is not at all like the plaque made of cholesterol that clogs blood vessels in and around the heart and other important organs. This same Peyronie’s plaque, sometimes called a Peyronie’s scar, is also not exactly like the scar that develops on the surface of your body as a result of an old injury or surgery.
Both terms are not very accurate, but they are used because foreign fibrous tissue cells are found in all three: blood vessels, scars that develop on the skin surface after a cut, as well as within the tunica albuginea layer of tissue after the penis has been injured. The Peyronie’s plaque is of variable size, thickness and surface features. When it is thick, rounded and dense it is usually easy to locate. But when it is very small, very thin, and very soft, it is difficult for even a doctor to locate.
Even when a Peyronies plaque cannot be immediately discovered, its presence must be assumed if the penis shaft displays a newly developed bend, curve, dent, hourglass or bottleneck deformity, or if the penis has lost size of length or girth (circumference). Both the distortion and reduced sized are a result of the… (more, Peyronies plaque)
Penis extender or stretcher as a Peyronie’s treatment
In the early months of my Peyronies problem I bought two penis stretcher devices. Even back in 2002 these mechanical traction devices were expensive; as I recall one was $229 and the other $349. Their promotion was strong and promised a lot, and the websites looked very medical and slick. I reasoned if I could eliminate my Peyronie’s disease by getting a bigger penis, what a great deal that would be. The cost seemed rather high for something that looked so small and simple, and had been around a long time when it was sold as a penis enlargement device. But again I reasoned that if it helped by curved penis I would gladly pay double that and more.
What man doesn’t want to believe that the answer to his Peyronie’s disease involves making his penis larger? That is like telling an alcoholic that the way to get rid of a hangover is to drink another beer. He would like to believe that kind of solution. All of this would be fine, except that beer aggravates alcoholism and penis stretchers cause deep injury to the penis that can cause or aggravate Peyronie’s disease. The first penis stretcher I purchased hurt me like crazy after wearing for less than an hour; I never used it again. So I purchased the second penis traction device that was more expensive than the first, thinking it would be a better design – and I was wrong. It looked … (more, Penis extender or stretcher as a Peyronie’s treatment)
False hope for a Peyronie’s cure
The internet is full of ads promoting expensive Peyronie’s disease treatment schemes that do no make sense, like the expensive mechanical penis stretching devices. All of these $250-$400 devices started out as penis enlargement stretchers. Ads for these devices promoting them as a Peyronie’s disease treatment suggest that the bent penis of Peyronie’s disease can be simply cured or corrected by stretching the penis like it was a bent paper clip. No serious Peyronie’s research has been presented that a mechanical penis enlargement device or penis enhancer permanently helps Peyronie’s symptoms or is a valid Peyronie’s treatment. The same is true of the mystery herbal products from the Middle East that are sold under different names and claim to reverse Peyronie’s disease.
Penis stretcher devices recently have come under federal investigation and prosecution recently for making unproven claims they help cure Peyronies disease. These penis extenders have been sold for many years to men who wanted to make their penises longer; it has been only in the past few years these products have been marketed as a Peyronies cure. The ads say they work, but never explain the mechanism how this takes place. The ads also say they have research to prove that making the penis larger by stretching it is somehow a treatment for Peyronie’s disease, but the ads never show that research.
Based on personal experience and the information I have received during many hundreds of communications with men who have told me about their experiences using a penis extender device, it is my opinion these penis stretchers are not only ineffective as a Peyronie’s treatment, but that they can be dangerous to use and can in some cases cause Peyronie’s disease. Many men have told me their Peyronie’s disease started after receiving a compression injury from use of a penis extender. Many other men have also told me they attempted to use a penis stretching device but were unable to do so because of the tissue irritation and pain caused by wearing the penis extender; if they persisted in using… (more, False hope for a Peyronie’s cure)
Questions about penis surgery to straighten a penis curvature are always popular on the Peyronie’s forums. Even when men write to say that they are happy with the results of their Peyronies surgery I notice that there is usually a “but” included toward the end of their comments. You will notice they say things like they now have numbness of the head of the penis or that they cannot get hard anymore or they have pain during erections. My favorite is the comment that the penis is now straighter, but there is no sexual sensation, constant pain over the incision line while erect, and the penis is cold all the time even in the summer.
It is obvious why the medical websites discuss at great length the different strategies to make the penis straighter. But it seems after you read several dozen of these discussions that the goal is mechanical straightness as the primary goal, and little discussion for quality of life afterward. The men who write about their problems with return of a worse case of Peyronie’s disease after penis surgery do not have many places to tell others about their experience. My guess is that many of these men just do not go to the PD websites or forums after their surgical mistakes and bad reactions.
You can read about them if you look, they are out there but my guess is that these bad reactions are greatly under-reported because the men do not feel like telling others how stupid they were or on advice of their attorneys who do not want to have their clients write anything that might jeopardize a malpractice claim for the surgical problem that arise… (more, Peyronie’s surgery)
Peyronie’s disease causes
The exact cause of Peyronie’s disease remains unknown almost 300 years after it was first described in detail by a French surgeon, François de la Peyronie in 1743. However, it is safe to say that the dense fibrous plaque or scar that is central to the problem of Peyronie’s disease results from an interplay between two important factors: trauma (injury) and genetic predisposition (passage of traits within a family). Prescription drug reactions are also a possible factor in starting Peyronie’s disease, but this is a less common and less studied cause.
Clinically, I have noted that those men who have a strong genetic or ancestral tendency toward Peyronies disease often need only a small trauma to actually develop their problem. And those men who have sustained a large trauma to the penis often do not have an apparent genetic predisposition, yet they still develop Peyronie’s disease anyway. To say it another way, if a man has either a strong trauma or a strong family tendency, then he does not need much of the other factor to cause him to develop a Peyronie’s plaque… (more, Peyronie’s disease causes)
Peyronie’s disease symptoms
there are several common Peyronies signs and symptoms. Not all have to be present to make a diagnosis.
1. Penile distortion – This means a bent or curved penis, or some type of deformity (dent, ding, shortening, hourglass or bottleneck appearance), and/or loss of penis size in length and girth. The most common distortion is an upward bent penis, and the least common distortion is a downward bent penis; the penis can also bend to left or right or any point between, as well as twist in any direction. The direction, location and degree of deformity depends on the size, shape and location of the Peyronie’s plaque of fibrous scar material within the inner layer of the penis, called the tunica albuginea.
2. Nodule or mass of fibrous tissue – This fibrous tissue is what Peyronie’s disease is all about. It takes the form of a thickened and dense bump, lump, nodule or flat band of excess scar tissue, known as a plaque (pronounced “plak”). This foreign tissue is located deep within the penile shaft, under the skin, and for this reason cannot be seen from the outside; it can only be felt wit the fingers or located with an ultrasound examination. The Peyronie’s plaque is benign, meaning it is not noncancerous and it is not a tumor that can spread. Peyronie’s disease is not contagious and is associated with any transmittable microorganism.
3. Reduced erection ability and reduced sexual function – Because the Peyronie’s plaque is located in a place within the penile shaft that can interfere with trapping blood in the penis, it is common for erectile dysfunction to develop. This type of ED is sometimes different than ED from other causes because the area where the blood is not trapped can be small and localized, resulting in a soft or partially developed erection that affects just part of the shaft; when it occurs it is seen as a… (more, Peyronie’s disease symptoms)
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