[Question #5989] Please Help - Same problem for 2 years

17 months ago
Hey , I have be suffering from the same problem for 2 years now. It all started after a a sexual encounter with a sex worker in China.  When she started with her hand my penis INSTANTLY started to sting, not sure if she spit on it or used a lotion... but it felt like I had to brush it off it stung so bad. We had intercourse for about 2 mins after that with a condom. After that the sting/tickle stayed, it felt like I needed to pee, back pain, sharp pains in my pelvic area.  Since then, I’ve been to my pcp, 2 urologists, chiropractor, and the dermatologist... I’ve been tested negative 3-4 times for the main stds, even HIV.  
I went to the chiropractor and my back pain seems to have been associated with how I slept and that seems better.  
The urologist said maybe prostatitis, and prescribed a antibiotic and an antifungal, they found a fungus in my urine.
Symptoms died down, but eventually came back. 

I’ve done all the antibiotics, probiotics, candida probiotic, antifungal. 

I went to the dermatologist for a shiny patch of skin on the outside of my tip, which I’m currently going to and he said it maybe psoriasis and gave me a cream, which seems to help. But after a heavy night of drinking last week my symptoms has returned in full effect. 
 I still have the tingle/tickle at the tip of my penis, it comes and goes, flares up, and is worse then and now.  But since that first day, my symptoms have gotten better but not totally gone.  I currently have dry throat (3-4 weeks), runny nose, and this tingle/tickle/stinging sensation at the tip of my penis.  I’m at wits end here... please has anyone heard of anything like this? I’m worried about passing anything to someone and I just want to be back to normal. Thank you! 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
17 months ago
Welcome to our Forum. Thanks for your question of this challenging problem.  Let me start by assuring you that fact that your symptoms occurred immediately upon contact of your partner's hand with your penis guarantees that this was not due to an infection- there are NO infections which cause immediate signs and symptoms.  The reason for this is that when signs and symptoms are due to infection there needs to be time for the infecting microbes to divide and either do their direct damage or manufacture toxins which cause symptoms.  This ALWAYS takes at least 24 hours and more typically at least several days or longer.  Immediate onset of symptoms is more consistent with an immediate reaction to a toxin, allergen or other toxic material or trauma effecting the area effected.   As you note problems in the spine associated with back pain can also cause symptoms in the genital region.

Sorry I do not have a better answer for you.  Once again, I assure you that this is not the result of an infection and its presence does not put sexual partners at risk.  There may be some comfort to the fact that it sounds like things have been gradually getting better until your recent heavy drinking episode.  There are some things that we just need to wait out once we've ruled out major serious problems.  EWH