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Chronic burning pain in tip of penis

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  • Posted By: fancysquash
  • February 3, 2009
  • 03:53 AM

Well, the short version is that I have a chronic pain about a centimeter below the opening of the tip of my penis. Urination usually makes it feel better. When it is erect, it doesn't hurt, but afterwards it does. By the way, I'm a 23 year old male. I smoke, and drink coffee. I use Irish Springs body wash. I drink lots of water everyday too. I like to take baths. Sometimes, I didn't always clean the tub out, but now I do regularly and rigorously. Using the Irish Springs is a variable too, as I moved, right before the incident described below happened, and couldnt find my old body wash.

I was never too sexually active... asides from a couple girls that were years ago, I had one regular partner throughout the last year. I first noticed the problems in August. It happened to be a few days after I had sex(protected vaginal, unprotected oral) with 2 different girls 2 days in a row. Convinced it was an std, I went to a doctor to get screened. She gave me ciprosomething, and tested me for chlamydia and gonohrea. I asked if I could have a herpes 2 blood screening... she said it was too expensive and wouldnt tell us anything. Also, that the first incident of herpes is pronounced, and I would know if I had it. Upset and skeptical, my response was "whatever". She also had my urine tested for white blood cells and nitrates in case it was a urinary tract infection. Anyways, all 3 tests came back negative. I later went back, and she gave me a digital rectal exam. She said my prostate felt inflamed and "diagnosed" me with prostatitis. She gave me azimysomehting, which was a 30 day dose that I was to take twice a day. I think it made me feel a little better, but it never went away entirely.

The pain became mild, so I didn't care. And I didn't have much faith in the doctors either. I lived my life like normal. Between now and that incidence, I had two completely protected sexual partners.

Anyways, now it's acting up again. I went for another std screening for the ***l of it... asked if I could get a herpes 2 blood test, got the same response. In fact, I got more of a hard time for being promiscuous by my jewish doctor. By the way, I described all of my symptoms to him, and he didn't even check me out... he simply had me tested for stds. Is this complaint filing worthy?

I'm going to go back(and request a different doctor of course) and request that they actually do a urethral swab culture. I don't quite like the guess and check method these doctors have. I'm also going to bring out printed information as to why a herpes 2 test is a good idea. I'm also trying to research possible fungal causes of this pain, and will request they test that if possible.

But then again, maybe that antibiotic really did work, and I just have to take it for longer. Or maybe I should just use a different body wash.


I pretty much just typed my thoughts. If there's enough interest, I'll keep you updated as the doctors probe at me down there. Any input, advice, or feedback would be nice. I love you guys!

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  • They need to do a herpes 2 specific blood test; you need to know. Go to a different doctor until you get the test done. They don't need to lecture, just practice medicine next time they give you crap. Assume the worse and be surprised if it comes back negative. False positives are rare, so it does provide you with valuable information. I don't know why doctors so subbornly refuse; there are millions with it. Let me know what your results are.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 4, 2009
    • 03:17 AM
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  • Actually, I believe the reason doctors are sparing on the herpes 2 antibody blood test is two fold. Firstly, it is expensive. Secondly, it cannot verify you have herpes. Many people have antibodies, but no signs of the virus. Thirdly, it ends with false positives many times. So, from what I know, it is expensive and tells you nothing.
    fancysquash 2 Replies
    • February 6, 2009
    • 02:34 PM
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  • That's not true at all...you can have herpes but not have any visable external symptoms...antibodies positive for herpes 2 specific mean that you have it...false negatives may happen but it's rare when there is a false positive. If you get a positive, then 99% sure that you have it...but you can be in denial all you want. You can shed the virus and not know and pass it on to someone...then you'll know...the price of a bloodtest is worth the peace of mind and a lot cheaper than passing it on to an innocent woman. On the other hand, you can go through a series of painful, invasive, expensive tests with a urologist who will tell you he doesn't know what it is.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 7, 2009
    • 07:59 PM
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  • That's not true at all...you can have herpes but not have any visable external symptoms...antibodies positive for herpes 2 specific mean that you have it...false negatives may happen but it's rare when there is a false positive. If you get a positive, then 99% sure that you have it...but you can be in denial all you want. You can shed the virus and not know and pass it on to someone...then you'll know...the price of a bloodtest is worth the peace of mind and a lot cheaper than passing it on to an innocent woman. On the other hand, you can go through a series of painful, invasive, expensive tests with a urologist who will tell you he doesn't know what it is.Well yes, that is quite true that you can have herpes 2 without symptoms. However, the presence of antibodies does NOT mean you have it. It only means you've been exposed to it. It's the same with HIV... first they test to see if you have antibodies... if you don't, they don't bother with the AIDS test. If you do, then they do to verify you actually have AIDS.This brings me to the point that doctors typically have... a positive herpes 2 blood test doesn't imply that you have herpes 2. It just tells you that there is a non-zero chance you do have it.And a negative herpes 2 blood test doesn't rule out that you don't have it, as false negatives are likely.Thus, logically speaking, you have the same amount of information given the results of a herpes 2 blood test as you do without one.That, on top of the fact that it's expensive... I think that's why doctors avoid it.Plus, the painful tests a urologist might perform might at least rule out the possibility that I have prostate cancer or something like that... so I'll gladly take that peace of mind.By the way, I found out that vaseline helps. I'm going to attempt a few things to rule out the possibility that the pain is due to irritation caused by soap or laundry detergent. I'll get back to you once my experiments are complete.
    fancysquash 2 Replies
    • February 7, 2009
    • 08:16 PM
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  • suit yourself....you'll know if you give it to a gal...sorry way to find out, too..must be your soap..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • February 13, 2009
    • 00:13 AM
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  • They need to do a herpes 2 specific blood test; you need to know. Go to a different doctor until you get the test done. They don't need to lecture, just practice medicine next time they give you crap. Assume the worse and be surprised if it comes back negative. False positives are rare, so it does provide you with valuable information. I don't know why doctors so subbornly refuse; there are millions with it. Let me know what your results are.seriously dude ive read all of your posts and it's a bit annoying. not everyone has herpes. im sorry if you caught it and are bitter but stop worrying people. with herpes you get soars as well, not just burning.
    smooth3006 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • That's not true at all...you can have herpes but not have any visable external symptoms...antibodies positive for herpes 2 specific mean that you have it...false negatives may happen but it's rare when there is a false positive. If you get a positive, then 99% sure that you have it...but you can be in denial all you want. You can shed the virus and not know and pass it on to someone...then you'll know...the price of a bloodtest is worth the peace of mind and a lot cheaper than passing it on to an innocent woman. On the other hand, you can go through a series of painful, invasive, expensive tests with a urologist who will tell you he doesn't know what it is.your wrong, you will have open soars and it usually subsides, it's not constant.
    smooth3006 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well, the short version is that I have a chronic pain about a centimeter below the opening of the tip of my penis. Urination usually makes it feel better. When it is erect, it doesn't hurt, but afterwards it does. By the way, I'm a 23 year old male. I smoke, and drink coffee. I use Irish Springs body wash. I drink lots of water everyday too. I like to take baths. Sometimes, I didn't always clean the tub out, but now I do regularly and rigorously. Using the Irish Springs is a variable too, as I moved, right before the incident described below happened, and couldnt find my old body wash.I was never too sexually active... asides from a couple girls that were years ago, I had one regular partner throughout the last year. I first noticed the problems in August. It happened to be a few days after I had sex(protected vaginal, unprotected oral) with 2 different girls 2 days in a row. Convinced it was an std, I went to a doctor to get screened. She gave me ciprosomething, and tested me for chlamydia and gonohrea. I asked if I could have a herpes 2 blood screening... she said it was too expensive and wouldnt tell us anything. Also, that the first incident of herpes is pronounced, and I would know if I had it. Upset and skeptical, my response was "whatever". She also had my urine tested for white blood cells and nitrates in case it was a urinary tract infection. Anyways, all 3 tests came back negative. I later went back, and she gave me a digital rectal exam. She said my prostate felt inflamed and "diagnosed" me with prostatitis. She gave me azimysomehting, which was a 30 day dose that I was to take twice a day. I think it made me feel a little better, but it never went away entirely.The pain became mild, so I didn't care. And I didn't have much faith in the doctors either. I lived my life like normal. Between now and that incidence, I had two completely protected sexual partners.Anyways, now it's acting up again. I went for another std screening for the ***l of it... asked if I could get a herpes 2 blood test, got the same response. In fact, I got more of a hard time for being promiscuous by my jewish doctor. By the way, I described all of my symptoms to him, and he didn't even check me out... he simply had me tested for stds. Is this complaint filing worthy?I'm going to go back(and request a different doctor of course) and request that they actually do a urethral swab culture. I don't quite like the guess and check method these doctors have. I'm also going to bring out printed information as to why a herpes 2 test is a good idea. I'm also trying to research possible fungal causes of this pain, and will request they test that if possible.But then again, maybe that antibiotic really did work, and I just have to take it for longer. Or maybe I should just use a different body wash.I pretty much just typed my thoughts. If there's enough interest, I'll keep you updated as the doctors probe at me down there. Any input, advice, or feedback would be nice. I love you guys!Man the exact same thing Is happening to me (kinda) I have been treated for Chlamydia months ago had to take a prescription...take tests again and they turned out negative. BUT Like you say a pain about a centimeter below the opening of the tip of my penis is there..And it does not hurt when i pee...I changed soap..drink a lot of water even took advils wishing it could help..but nothing did.I took aids tests like 3 times since all negative all the time. I even had like 3 prescriptions...2 for chlamydia and 1 for uretha infection.So now my question is.. Dude serious did you manage to find out the ***l that thing was? I got an appointement with my urologist on tuesday and I sure hope it's going to help I am going crazy here.thanksedit ---- And yes everyone that can give me info or help please do ;)
    PayneM 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey PayneM, i have similar symptoms. Did you find a answer? what did the urologist say?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey PayneM, i have similar symptoms. Did you find a answer? what did the urologist say?i had similar issues and it looks like it is prostatitis...check this outhttp://en.allexperts.com/q/Urology-Male-issues-989/2008/3/Perineal-Pain-Ejaculation.htmhope this helps..it can get bettter, but stress makes it worse
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 2, 2010
    • 01:13 PM
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  • I used the same soap and same problem happened to me
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2010
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  • I have something similar, but mine only burns when I urinate. The doctor said it was nothing positive in my urine, but gave me doxycycline just in case there was bacteria.Its been 5 days and it still burns while urinating. I got a new prescription of Cipro instead, I hope it works. If anyone has any info similar, please post. I'm getting worried now.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 4, 2010
    • 10:20 AM
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  • The tip of my penis is turning red. No sores, no patches, just red. It is irritated because it burns every time I urinate. I have no discharge, so it's not gonorrhea.Doctor gave me antibiotics 6 days ago, but the burning hasn't stopped. When he saw me he said there was no signs of inflammation but prescribed antibiotics in the event it maybe a bacterial infection. I was recently in dominican republic and almost had sex with a girl but didn't go all the way. He just waved it off as impossible to be the cause of my pain. He gave me a digital rectal exam and said my prostate was not enlarged. Told me everything looked fine and that I may have nerves from my prostate that attach to my penis and cause the burning. I never had anything like this before. Basically he doesn't know what's wrong with me and said that I just have to deal with the discomfort of painful urination.I took doxycycline for five days, but switched to cipro now, because last time I had similar symptoms, my other doctor prescribed cipro for a prostate infection. (By the way I nearly had to call and beg for the doctor to prescribe this instead of the doxycyline.)I don't know if men can get yeast infections in the urethra, but I will try anything at this point. I am debating going to a free clinic for an std just for the second opinion.Please if anyone may know what this might be or has a similar story, please post it.I'm getting desperate.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 4, 2010
    • 03:20 PM
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  • Iv had the same problem for a couple of months now and its driving me mad. The tip of my penis is red and very sore to the touch. It also seems like the glans are swollen, sometimes more than others. I've had no luck with the doctors so now I just cruz the internet hopeing that I find someone who has found out what it is and how to deal with it. Best of luck to you, and let me know if anyone out there has any thoughts.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2011
    • 03:57 AM
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  • The tip of my penis is turning red. No sores, no patches, just red. It is irritated because it burns every time I urinate. I have no discharge, so it's not gonorrhea.Doctor gave me antibiotics 6 days ago, but the burning hasn't stopped. When he saw me he said there was no signs of inflammation but prescribed antibiotics in the event it maybe a bacterial infection. I was recently in dominican republic and almost had sex with a girl but didn't go all the way. He just waved it off as impossible to be the cause of my pain. He gave me a digital rectal exam and said my prostate was not enlarged. Told me everything looked fine and that I may have nerves from my prostate that attach to my penis and cause the burning. I never had anything like this before. Basically he doesn't know what's wrong with me and said that I just have to deal with the discomfort of painful urination.I took doxycycline for five days, but switched to cipro now, because last time I had similar symptoms, my other doctor prescribed cipro for a prostate infection. (By the way I nearly had to call and beg for the doctor to prescribe this instead of the doxycyline.)I don't know if men can get yeast infections in the urethra, but I will try anything at this point. I am debating going to a free clinic for an std just for the second opinion.Please if anyone may know what this might be or has a similar story, please post it.I'm getting desperate.Im 64 and Ive been dealing with this off and on since my twentys. I was wondering if anyone is taking any allergy meds like Benedryl, This seems to trigor mine.
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  • I had the exact same thing and got it worked out!Doc gave me doxy for 4 weeks. Burning went away, but came back. Then he gave me cipro for 4 weeks... and all burning went away never to return.I should also say... this was burning for months. Tried everything. Everything! One thing that helped the symptoms was rubbing alcohol. Yep. Rubbed on penis tip in morning and again at night. After 3 days of this, 90% of burning gone.But get cipro.
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  • As a fourteen year old virgin, who has had this problem on and off since age nine, I doubt this is an STD. When I first started getting these pains my dad told me to wash down there more often, so I did. But very infrequently the problem returns. There is no visual difference in my penis when the problem occurs, but I do get that burning sensation about a centimeter into the urethra which is relieved slightly during urination. So I guess it can't be any sort of STD in my case at least, and I doubt it would be related to masturbation if I was experiencing the pains very young. Very peculiar, very irritating.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 12, 2011
    • 07:24 AM
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  • it may be herps i wonder
    brianwhitskey24 15 Replies
    • August 17, 2011
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  • I had the exact same thing and got it worked out!Doc gave me doxy for 4 weeks. Burning went away, but came back. Then he gave me cipro for 4 weeks... and all burning went away never to return.I should also say... this was burning for months. Tried everything. Everything! One thing that helped the symptoms was rubbing alcohol. Yep. Rubbed on penis tip in morning and again at night. After 3 days of this, 90% of burning gone.But get cipro.How long did it take for the pain to go away after you first started taking the Cipro? Thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2011
    • 03:32 PM
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