WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man from the U.K. who was visiting friends in France found himself having a massive erection that was totally unrelated to sex or any stimulation.
- Though he initially received anti-inflammatory and steroidal medications for it, his penis remained rigid and throbbing, to the point that it was already causing the man extreme agony.
- Eventually, he was diagnosed with priapism, a condition where the penis remains erect for a long time and can be treated with surgery.
A 41-year-old man from the United Kingdom frankly shared a horrifying experience where he almost lost his manhood.
Elliott Rossiter, of Bristol, England told British news agency, South West News Service (SWNS) that one time when he was visiting friends in France, he unexpectedly developed an erection. However, he said it wasn’t anything sexual because he wasn’t aroused at the time.
“We were all just sat around and it just came on. I tried to get rid of it but couldn’t,” he told SWNS recalling the “embarrassing” moment.
Nineteen hours later with no relief, he was taken to a local clinic by a friend where anti-inflammatory and steroid medications were injected into his penis. However, his manhood remained rigid.
“I could barely walk. I was doubled over [in pain]. It was absolute agony,” said Rossiter adding that he was terrified it would never go away. “I have never experienced anything like it. It was bigger than a usual erection and wouldn’t stop throbbing.”
Eventually, Rossiter was rushed to the local hospital where doctors diagnosed him with priapism, which is the “prolonged erection of the penis,” according to the Mayo Clinic. Often, the condition is non-sexual or unrelated to stimulation. To ease the condition, he needed surgery for it.
Rossiter told SWNS that doctors told him that without an operation, his penis would die because the blood that gathered in his penis wasn’t draining away. And if left untreated, penile tissue can be seriously damaged, says Medical News Today.
To drain the blood, doctors cut a small hole at the base of Rossiter’s penis. Though the surgery left Rossiter with two small scars, his manhood was saved.
Priapism has three main types: ischemic, recurrent and non-ischemic. According to Medical News Today, the more common type is ischemic, which is when blood isn’t able to leave the penis after erection.
While causes vary, medications such as antidepressants, blood thinners, medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, and for erectile dysfunction, among others, can cause priapism. Illegal drugs like cocaine and ecstasy can also lead to priapism.
Though Rossiter was overcoming an addiction to pain medications at the time he developed priapism, the specific cause of his condition remained unclear.
Source: Fox News