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Old 01-27-2002, 03:32 PM   #1
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Lower Back Problems Causing Erection Problems?

I'm a 31 year old male and I have had back surgery a few years ago to remove herniated disks at L3 and L4 and I was told I had permanent nerve damage at S1 which cause numbness behind one of my thighs and one the side and bottom of one of my feet. Ever since I have hurt my back I have had problems getting and especially maintaining erections. Is the nerve damage at S1 causing thing problem?

 
Old 01-28-2002, 10:28 AM   #2
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Re: Lower Back Problems Causing Erection Problems?

Hi,

I am sorry to hear about your predicament.

I suspect that your problems are related to the nerves, as unfortunately the penis is supplies by these nerves also.

I don't know how long it was since your op. but you could go back to your doc and discuss things with him. There are treatment available nowadays that could help.

Good luck love.


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Old 01-29-2002, 04:48 AM   #3
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Re: Lower Back Problems Causing Erection Problems?

Hi, I am really sorry to hear about the problem you are having. Sometimes this can happen and is very difficult to handle. I too, have a sexual problem, only from the female perspective.

What I would suggest is that you talk to your doctor regarding this. Are you having any problems with urinary incontenience? or difficulty emptying your bladder? Have you had your prostate checked?

Some of the issues regarding this problem can be (and there are more): swollen prostate, cauda equina syndrome, nerve impingement, etc. That is why it is important (embaressing, but nonetheless,important) that you talk to your doctor. It may be a problem they can fix.

Good Luck,
Kathi

 
Old 01-29-2002, 06:07 AM   #4
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Re: Lower Back Problems Causing Erection Problems?

Tal08: I appreciate your troubles as I share the same problem you are dealing with. If you have not already, go to a urologist in order to rule out other contributing factors. I am 40, and, like you, have trouble achieving and maintaining erections. Because of lower back and cervical injuries with subsequent nerve damage, I have lost sensation in pelvic/groin. My urologist prescribed Viagra and this has helped, however, if I am having a particularly bad back day, even viagra does not work. Are you married or in a relationship? If so, be open with your partner and express your frustrations. You will appreciate their support. I kept alot of my fears and frustrations to myself, and after a failed (Viagra supported) effort to have intercourse with my wife, I broke down in tears and finally expressed my thoughts to my wife. Ever supportive, she said the following, which I will share with you in hopes that it will help you maintain perspective. "I can live without a bonner, but I can't live with a *****." As challenging as this problem we share is, we cannot let it ruin our lives and all the other meaningful, important and fulfilling events of life. I understand this is a complex issue, both psychologically and physically, and I do not intend to oversimplify with my response. Because I am in the same boat with you, I appreciate these complex issues first hand. If the moderators allow me to post it, e-mail me at motmcd@att.net if you want to talk about this. I would appreciate to opportunity discuss with someone as yourself who is also sorting through this problem. Good luck!<p>[This message has been edited by mot (edited 01-29-2002).]

 
Old 02-04-2002, 04:32 PM   #5
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Re: Lower Back Problems Causing Erection Problems?

ta108,
I really feel for you. I am a female, in basically the same boat, but I do not feel sexual sensations. I also have bladder problems and rectal problems, as I have problems at the L4-S1 levels. Sometimes it is very painful for me to have intercourse, the muscles go into spasm, or I just have a loss of sensation.
I feel for my partner who is ever scared of hurting me, as I also have severe sensitivity in my hip/groin areas. Sometimes I make love because I am just scared that if I do not ther will be someone else, even though I know my partner is not that way about sex!
It is nice to know that I am not alone in this, it is extremely frustrating. But at least as females we can make the attempt to at least perform the act. I cannot imagine how it must feel to be a male in this boat!
I even tried Estrogen, it has helped somewhat, I do have more relaxed muscles. Perhaps there are some hormones they can give you, besides the Viagra???
It is hard enough to be in chronic pain in a relationship, without the added burden of sexual dysfunction. We all want to give back to our partners what they give to us, but when it afects the one act that can make us feel secure and loved, well, it is frustrating to say the least!
Sometimes I even resent that he wants to make love and make abig deal out of it, not very often, but it does seem rather cruel of him. I am aware however, that he has needs too. I have found other ways to give him satisfaction, and learned to enjoy just being held in return. Sometimes it is the best you can do.
As it is, I think we all put too much priority in the act itself, isn't being together what it is really all about?
Lisa

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Old 02-04-2002, 04:51 PM   #6
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Re: Lower Back Problems Causing Erection Problems?

ta108,
I really feel for you. I am a female, in basically the same boat, but I do not feel sexual sensations. I also have bladder problems and rectal problems, as I have problems at the L4-S1 levels. Sometimes it is very painful for me to have intercourse, the muscles go into spasm, or I just have a loss of sensation.
I feel for my partner who is ever scared of hurting me, as I also have severe sensitivity in my hip/groin areas. Sometimes I make love because I am just scared that if I do not ther will be someone else, even though I know my partner is not that way about sex!
It is nice to know that I am not alone in this, it is extremely frustrating. But at least as females we can make the attempt to at least perform the act. I cannot imagine how it must feel to be a male in this boat!
I even tried Estrogen, it has helped somewhat, I do have more relaxed muscles. Perhaps there are some hormones they can give you, besides the Viagra???
It is hard enough to be in chronic pain in a relationship, without the added burden of sexual dysfunction. We all want to give back to our partners what they give to us, but when it afects the one act that can make us feel secure and loved, well, it is frustrating to say the least!
Sometimes I even resent that he wants to make love and make abig deal out of it, not very often, but it does seem rather cruel of him. I am aware however, that he has needs too. I have found other ways to give him satisfaction, and learned to enjoy just being held in return. Sometimes it is the best you can do.
As it is, I think we all put too much priority in the act itself, isn't being together what it is really all about?
Lisa

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Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds,
can change the outer aspects of their lives.

 
Old 02-17-2002, 12:10 PM   #7
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Re: Lower Back Problems Causing Erection Problems?

Thanks for all of your input. I am glad to see that I am not alone with my problem and it helps to know there are other people out there who understand what I am talking about and going through.

 
Old 02-18-2002, 05:47 AM   #8
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Re: Lower Back Problems Causing Erection Problems?

Hi,

I'm female and I also suffer from this. The orthopedic doctor has found no evidence of nerve impingement and I am waiting to see a neurologist, although here in ireland it takes about 10 months, as the orthopedic doctor won't refer me, and I had to go through my G.P.

I damaged L1, and lost 30% of the height, and around 30% of the space inside as well. What I wondering is, when you started to be unable to have orgasms did it gradually get worse, or did it stay the same. Also have any of you experienced while tingling in your lower back, and sharp pain in the lower spine, just as you think you about to climax.

I'm only 25 and am worry also that if it gets any worse, could it affect me being able to get pregnant as well.

Thanks
jjkursed.

 
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