Sunday, 14 November 2010

Vacuum Erection Devices: Role in the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction and Early Penile Rehabilitation


This study is a good example of the role that vacuum therapy has in improving erection quality and preventing the build up of penile scarring, specifically in those who have received treatment for prostate cancer. It is becoming acknowledged that there is a link between radical prostatectomies and peyronie's disease. This potential side effect of prostate cancer surgery can often be avoided, but rather worryingly does not appear to be widely known, or is not properly conveyed to, or understood by patients.

A great indepth article is featured on the cure peyronie's website detailing this issue. If you know anyone considering prostate surgery, please ensure that they enquire into this, and avoid the burden of peyronie's disease.

Topical Ibuprofen

I read a forum post recently concerning a peyronie's disease sufferer who ended up with terrible stomach problems as a result of taking too much Ibuprofen over a prolonged period of time. It's of course very unfortunate for a person to end up with with additional health concerns as a result of trying to deal with an ongoing one. No matter when health issue you have, it's of utmost importance to realise that your body and health exist beyond that one problem.

It's common for peyronie's disease sufferers to take ibuprofen and other NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in the early days of the condition, where pain can be a significant problem. The extent to which it is helpful is hard to ascertain, but of course constant pain is difficult to live with, and as such taking something to help diminish it is a logical step to take.

Pain is not always entirely predictable though. Some men with peyronie's disease never suffer from pain, others do for many months and beyond. While Ibuprofen is relatively safe in the short term, a person taking it for month after month is bound to eventually encounter some side effects. Worse still if the approach does not provide the relief they had hoped from this or other treatments, the individual may increase the dose to unsafe levels. This is certainly a mistake.

In my view a MUCH more sensible approach is to apply topical ibuprofen, as opposed to the oral version. There are no peyronie's disease specific studies relating to this, but studies I've read on sporting injuries suggest that not only is topically applied ibuprofen useful in helping with pain, but much less of it circulates through your system as a result of its use. The peyronie's pain issue relates to the penis, so it's surely sound logic to avoid involving the rest of the body to as much a degree as possible, and side step many negative side effects in the process.

On top of this, topical Ibuprofen is fairly cheap and available at major supermarkets. You can even buy liquid capsules. Breaking these open and using them topically can be handy as it helps ensure that you use the same dose on every application.

Further reading:
Oral vs Topical Ibuprofen Knee Pain Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859315 (2010)