I have a slight curvature upward, a slight indentation in the middle of my shaft, and a small hard spot at the base. The hard spot and the pain started in the middle of the shaft, but have moved progressively to the base. Is this common?

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Dr. Levine answers: This may be a very mild form of Peyronie’s disease and is quite common for the plaque or nodular scar to seem as though it is moving. Basically this is part of the abnormal scarring process that occurs within the jacket tissues of the penis. The good news is that your deformity is “slight.” You should be careful to avoid sexual activity which will put extraordinary stress forces on the penis; this may activate the disease further.

Previous I first noticed my symptoms only about 3 months ago (painful erections, hard nodule under the skin when flaccid) and am currently in the “active” phase of the disease. Is there anything I should or should not be doing during this phase in order to minimize the eventual resulting curvature? It’s only slightly noticeable (approx. 5-10%) and I’d like it to stay that way.
Next I have had Peyronie’s disease for 7 years and have recently noticed my penis shrinking in the flaccid state and becoming hard all over. When I get an erection my penis is bent 45 degrees to the right and when semi-erect it won’t get fully hard. Is the scar preventing the corpus cavernosum from expanding or is the corpus cavernosum actually turning into fibrous tissue as well? What is the cause of this shrinkage effect?
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