I mean painful at any time, either after use or just occasionally. Any penis pain is not normal. If you've seen a raised channel under the skin of your penis for four months and it hasn't been associated with pain at any time, it's probably just a physical change that comes with use and age, not something to worry about. If it increases in size, like its spreading, kind of the way an insect bite will increase in size with irritation, meaning that it's not the same kind of visible presence every time you have sex for example, then it's less normal. If you always see it the same every time you have sex, then it's probably a permanent change, the way you get smile lines, or see a vein become more prominent on the back of your hand or arm.View Thread
Thatguy, I agree with Vik. Although it might seem intuitive, most people don't take initiative with their medical care. They wait, they hope, they listen to dismissive, busy doctors, and they suffer. It doesn't matter what country's healthcare system you have, it is always the patient's duty to pursue answers. No, it's not a mandate for doctors. Their mandate is to not make things worse, not to find satisfactory solutions.
Your GP could prescribe a steroid cream, but make sure they consider the options of what's safe for genital use. And if they don't know, make them look it up. It's better than waiting for a month for a specialist. Have them call a dermatologist and explain the concern of use in the genital area, while you're in the room. These aren't hard questions.View Thread
Vik, most GPs don't know anything about genitals, so I would not trust them to know which steroids might be safe or effective in this region. I am not familiar with the dynamics of various steroids (there are at least three different kinds if not more) to know exactly what to expect from each.
As far as reconstructive surgery, the individual probably saw a rare specialist.
Thatguy, there may be other confounding factors that are only partly related to your original injury, such as damage to or impingement of a specific nerve, which cause strange sensations now. Honestly, it would be great to have xray vision or some other super-power to know what's going on, but those aren't my skills.
We rely on the experience of individual urologists (who think of themselves as surgeons) and the exposure they get to a particular patient population. If they don't encounter stuff in their practice, they're not going to have quick and easy solutions at hand. It's not like they all get together and talk about what might happen out there with other practices, unless you get one of those docs who is really into following the latest research and likes to study other people's cases.View Thread
Yes, it could all be an allergic reaction, such as to a new laundry detergent, or a skin infection. I really can't know. The best assessment is going to come from a urologist who can inspect the area, however they may not always explore every possible option unless they're prompted. And if you visit a new doctor, they're going to start from scratch.
I'll repeat an earlier thought I shared with Vik, and that is about asking the doctor for a steroid cream that's safe to use on your genitals. If it is inflamed skin and not a structural issue, this should provide some relief in a couple days, and it would also give you a characteristic you could focus on if it is effective.
I have a separate question for you related to this. Do you have any itching or redness that has been occurring in your underarm area, behind your knees, or inside your elbow creases?View Thread
AN1357NA, I'm not sure there is any issue, but I'm not your doctor. If you're worried, see a urologist. Otherwise it doesn't sound especially concerning, particularly when there's no pain associated with it currently.View Thread
Normal sexual activity doesn't cause inflammation.
Non-colored vessels below the skin are usually lymph channels. They may be more prominent on your penis after sex or masturbation solely because you have an erection and these non-anchored structures will move towards the surface, pushed by the blood-filled penile tissue, not because there is any damage. If the observed swelling persists after your penis is flaccid or is accompanied by pain, then you may proceed to the conclusion that there is an inflammatory response to be concerned about.View Thread
Thatguy, Your description sounds like inflamed skin, either damaged from vigorous activity, or overstretched while sensitive from being weakened by a yeast or fungal infection. Torn or stretched fascia is generally not visible from the surface, except as an unexpected change in shape or curvature when the area is under strain (from an erection). Yes such would heal, but there's no saying that it would heal in the same exact position as it was originally. Twists and curves are all considered normal, and in a flaccid state, there's no medical issue of it. If it were a problem for you aiming your urine stream even with your hand, or if it was painful for you or your partner upon insertion, then the curve or twist would be considered problematic. Otherwise, with use (wear and tear), your body will have many changes over time, from wrinkled hands to a flat behind. Be gentle with your penis, it's more fragile than most men believe.View Thread
Apollo, If you do have lymph inflammation, every time you have sex, you are doing more damage and restarting the healing process from scratch. There is no reliable commonality measure because it is highly under-reported. If you are feeling a pinch during sex, you should not be having sex, because some structure is damaged (whether or not it is the lymph channel), and that structure is not strong or healed enough to endure sexual stimulation. If for example, it was a small tear inside the urethra. Each time you feel that pinch, it's because you have torn it again and have to start the healing process over from scratch.View Thread
Jayken, the physical response during ejaculation is unlike any other part of sexual activity. It's not reasonable to isolate your physiological extremes at that moment and diagnose a condition from it.
If you had a fracture, yes, there would have been pain at the time, but may not be afterwards. Stretched fascia is not entirely evident from looking at a single event, and again, does not always include pain after the fact.View Thread