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Penis Numbness
vinis posted:
Hi All,

I've been having a seemingly non-serious problem that has been bugging me for a month.
The main symptom is that of mild pain/numbness in the upper corona of penis. The penis just doesn't feel a 100% right. It seems a bit dead. I am having no problems getting erection or ejaculating.

It started a month back due to rough masturbation. I probably used a hard grip, no lube and went back-to-back, probably thrice.

Anyway, went to a doc and told him everything. He discovered another problem and gave me an anti-fungal. However, it flared up (turns out it was candidal balanitis) and I had to change the anti-fungal, and 10 days later the infection was gone.

However the pain and the redness/purplish coloration on the corona is still there. My doc tells me there is nothing to worry about, but I'm afraid he's not probing enough.

In summary:
Pain/numbness in corona of penis. The corona is redder/purple.
Penis feels lifeless. (it doesn't rise when I pull my legs in)
No problems with erections/ejaculation

counterso responded:
If you have no issues with erection or ejaculation your urologist is probably right to tell you not to worry. The infection you treated has likely damaged the nerves in the area. It may take many months for them to heal or regrow, if they do at all. This is one reason why it's very important not to leave any infection untreated. At this point you're going to have to wait it out and see if it restores sensation on its own.

You may also have damaged nerves from aggressive masturbation. A penis is a very delicate organ although many men treat it very roughly. It is not very difficult to injure it from rough handling.
vinis replied to counterso's response:
Thanks for your reply Counterso.

I believe I have been having this problem due to the rough masturbation. How long does it take to restore sensation (I know this is a difficult question for anyone to answer without any tests). Is there some medicine that will help me apart from using a lube while masturbation?

There has been a small but definite improvement in a month. Is there a possibility that I might have caused some permanent damage?

counterso replied to vinis's response:
Yes, you could cause permanent damage. A neurologist would tell you "it depends." Nerve regeneration, when it occurs, can take several months as I said earlier. Sometimes nerves do not regenerate at all. There's very little if anything that can be done to help damaged nerves.

When tissue scarring occurs from infection, this can also damage nerves.

There's no way to predict your rate of recovery or restoration of sensation.
vinis replied to counterso's response:
Hello counterso,

I thought I'd add an update. I have visited a GP, a urologist and a skin specialist. All have told me that nothing is wrong.

The uro prescribed B12 injections for my symptoms.
I have seen significant improvement on the numbness front after taking B12 injections. The numbness now is 99% gone. Thank heavens

However, the pain at the corona is still not gone. I am wondering what the cause could be. I am staying away from sexual activity. I would love to get a definitive diagnosis. Could it be a thrombosed vein or something? There is a small raised ridge where the glans meets the shaft, which wasn't there before.

counterso replied to vinis's response:
Sounds like it is likely just to be some lingering inflammation, but if you've seen the urologist and they've had a chance to look at it, your best answer would be to phone them up with your follow-up question. It's good to hear that your doctors have been able to help you for the most part. Keep after them to resolve anything you consider a lingering issue.
I'm not sure why people worry so much about thrombosis, it's just not that common. More likely persistent inflammation from a minor injury like rough masturbation. Because the structures of the penis are so unlike any other part of the body, it just works differently and heals differently.
vinis replied to counterso's response:
Thanks for the reply Counterso.

Yes the urologist has looked at it, and thought that the inflammation was due to a skin infection. Dermatologist gave me a clean chit. So I went back to the uro and he put me on a dose of B12.

You could be right on the lingering inflammation; however it's close to 7 months with little but definite improvement.

I suspected thrombosis because I noticed the elevation of 2 dorsal blood vessels at the base of the glans, which was not there before. This elevation is probably normal for some folks, but for me they appeared only after the rough masturbation. Also the pain and tenderness radiates from this region of the penis.
As for the numbness I think the body can feel only one sensation at a place. So if a place is inflamed, one can't really feel pleasure there.

I am obviously at a loss to understand what's going with my body and just waiting out at the moment.

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