Just so you know a different perspective Bill: I like the feeling of soreness in the areas you mentioned. Right near the base on the sides and top of penis. This area being sore tells me I`m stretching that area and effectively pulling and stretching the penis. I`ve gained length and I actually get worried when that soreness isn`t there. Some people say yay and some people say nay. Just make sure your eq is alright and take that mild soreness as a good sign.
Many members agree with this line of thinking, so you have to decide who to listen to, and remember that everyone responds to different stimuli differently.