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Peyronie’s: ‘Does this look normal Doc?’

Did you know there is a correlation between autoimmune disease, plantar fasciitis and Peyronie’s disease? There are a few things men don’t like to discuss, and one of them certainly is about whats going on below the belt. And I get it, its a touchy topic, you don’t want other people to think you’ve got an issue performing. But trust me, it’s more common than you think and more times than not it’s not an actual structural or physical problem.

What is Peyronie’s disease?

Peyronie’s is a condition impacting up to 23% of men. My opinion is that it is likely more than 23%, mostly from unreported cases (most men don’t want to share with their doctor🙈). Peyronie’s occurs when plaque builds up in the penis shaft and causes a change in the angle of the penis, which impacts erections and can be painful.
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Peyronie’s is associated with many autoimmune conditions such as Dupuytren’s contracture, Lupus, scleroderma, Sjögrens and plantar fasciitis. In fact researchers now found men with Peyronie’s are at increased risk of getting stomach, skin and testicular cancer.

What causes Peyronie’s? Although it’s not completely clear it is mostly caused by either
•Autoimmune response
•Trauma to the penis (acute or chronic)

It is best treated if caught early, so fellas if you’re noticing something’s a little off please see your doctor. Many men are reluctant to go to the doctor, but the sooner it’s caught the more we can do to prevent it from worsening, and preventing surgery.

There are a few pharmaceutical and non-pharmacuetical options for Peyronie’s but the success rate varies depending on severity.

  • Allopurinol
  • Colchicine
  • Proteinases/Collagenases/Hylauronidases
  • PABA
  • Vitamin E
  • Tamoxifen
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Iontophoresis.

Please speak with your doctor before trying any therapies!
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•Peyronie’s disease. Urology Care Foundation www.urologyhealth.org. Updated March 2013. Accessed May 14, 2014.
•Increased risk of cancer among men with peyronie’s disease. Pastuszak, A.W. et al.Fertility and Sterility , Volume 108 , Issue 3 , e39

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