I've gone through 30 pages of these forums and numerous other web sites but I can't find a match to my problem, hopefully someone here can help.
Lately (I have no idea for how long, maybe for a year or less) I have noticed "swellings" as I will call them, along the length of my urethra. I put "swellings" in quotes because there is no external indicators of them unless you look very closely on my fully erect penis in side-profile. There is no discolouration or external symptoms of any kind. However, they are very noticeable as I masturbate (and are much more noticeable on my erect penis than on my flaccid penis)- as I run my hands along my shaft it sort of feels like running my hands along my trachea. I felt around numerous times for distinguishable lumps under the skin, with the fears of cancer, but I can never find anything- its almost like my pressing around them flattens them out, like they're part of the urethra or something. Though this pressing doesn't give any distinct pain, if I search hard enough, there is often a tingly-aching feeling for a short (i.e. less than a min) time, but perhaps this can just be attributed to rough handling of the urethra? At any rate, this has been concerning me a lot lately, but before I go to a doctor, I figured I'd ask here to see if anyone else has a similar problem or whether it is, in fact, common.
Here's a picture I've crudely drawn in paint to illustrate (sorry if links aren't allowed): http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/9701/untitleduj2.png
Thanks in advance!!
Odd Swellings Along Urethra
Well the urethra is enclosed by similar spongy flesh as in erectile tissue so I doubt it has anything to do with the urethra. Could these bumps be veins?
I was considering that, but I dont see any venous tissue in that area large enough to be causing these swellings- they'd have to be pretty wide veins.
I forgot to post a theory I had: these swellings are much more distinguishable on my right side of the urethra than the left side (i.e.- considering that, at erection, the urethra juts out a little from the main shaft, the lower right side of the cylindrical urethra (the part in the shaft) has more noticeable swellings than the lower left side)- considering that I predominantly masturbate with my right hand, could these swellings be some sort of byproduct of overly vigourous masturbation or something along those lines? (though I wouldnt call my masturbation "vigourous" really).
Thanks in advance
If you have a normal grip I don't think the right side of tha cylinder of erectile tissue would be exposed to significantly greater trauma than the left.