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Chapter 6
His Prostate and Me

he received the treatment dose and was then measured before and after the MUSE to determine the results of various doses.

MUSE didn't work well for Dick except on one favorable occasion. To celebrate the moment, Dick spotted a smiley face smiley face sticker on the nurse's desk and applied it on the tip of his erection, where the nurse could not miss the happy results. When she pulled back the sheet to take her required research measurements, she howled with laughter when she saw the smiley face grinning up at her. With the exception of this solitary successful treatment, MUSE did not work for him even at the highest dose. Nevertheless, MUSE has worked very well for many other men. I do not want to give the impression that Dick's experience is common to all.

Eventually, Dick returned to the shots, but the residual pain from the shots finally became unbearable. He also became concerned that he could develop a penile curvature problem similar to Peyronie's disease. With this condition, the penis develops plaque or scarring, which results in a curvature of the penis. The cause is not known, but tri-mix shots are thought by some to cause or aggravate penile curvature. There is still no definitive treatment but some physicians are trying verapamil hydrochloride, a topical drug, or therapy with a high dose Vitamin E and colchicine. Penile curvature can be corrected surgically, but it is a difficult undertaking.

Another problem sometimes seen with the tri-mix shots is priapism, a painful persistent erection that can last hours or even days. Although some men have joked that this is their ultimate fantasy, it is a serious condition, which can lead to irreversible impotence if it is not treated properly. Therefore, if this condition persists for four hours, a trip to the emergency room to have it chemically reversed is mandatory. Although Dick never had a priapism, the intense pain he was experiencing when he used the shots, coupled with these other issues, resulted in Dick's decision to discontinue them and begin contemplating what to do next.

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