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Old 05-03-2003, 03:40 PM   #1
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Post Can an L4/L5 Herniation affect the penis?

Can an L4/L5 Herniation affect the penis?

I have been feeling some pain in my groin and testicles and the tip of my penis on occasion. Could this be related to a herniation at this level? The nerves that are being pinched are the L5 and S1 nerve roots.

If not what nerves affect this area?

------------------[list=a] [*] 27 years old computer programmer[*] April 1996 - Bulging L4/L5 disk from car accident.[*] October 2002 - Low back pain and pain in left leg.[*] October 2002 - See chiropractor with minimal relief.[*] November 2002 - MRI shows L4/L5 moderate disk herniation (left and center)[*] January 2003 - Try PT for a couple of weeks some relief until chiropractor visit.[*] February 2003 - Chiropractor does traction, resulting in first instance of numbness in foot.[*] Late February 2003 and still going - New Physical Therapist, not much relief yet...[*] March 2003 - Very light pain in right leg in addition to left, EMG suggests nerve damage/irritaion in both legs.[*] March 2003 - Second MRI shows L4/L5 moderate disk herniation (left and center), slightly larger[*] April 3, 2003 - Epidural Injection, slight pain relief, more tingling in left leg and right.[*] April 17, 2003 - Going for second epidural injection.[*]April 22,2003 - Feeling some relief, started doing exersices from the McKenzie book.[*] May 1, 2003 - Third epidural injection[/list=a]

 
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Old 05-03-2003, 08:47 PM   #2
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JB -

I'm not exactly sure what nerves are there, my friend, but I share your concern. I've got a herniation at L4/L5 and although I don't have pain, sometimes my soldier has no interest in saluting. I don't know if it's the meds or the herniation. I would like to point you to this web site that maps out the nerves.
[url="http://www.talaria.org/derm/dermmap.html"]http://www.talaria.org/derm/dermmap.html[/url]

Hope it helps.

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Old 05-04-2003, 10:35 AM   #3
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jdog,

Great link!

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Auto Accident Aug 1988
L3-4 disectomy 1989
L3-4 now re-herniated
L4-5 DDD
L5-S1 herniated
5/14--scheduled for trial stimulator implant
Hopefully to hold on for Prodisc for all 3 discs
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Auto Accident Aug 1988
L3-4 disectomy 1989
L3-4 now re-herniated
L4-5 DDD
L5-S1 herniated
5/14--trial stimulator implant(went well enough for full implant)
6/11/03--full implant(medtronic)
Hopefully to hold on for ADR

 
Old 05-05-2003, 06:06 AM   #4
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wb -

Glad you like that link. I enjoy just playing with it sometimes. Do you think it would be OK for me to start a new thread and post it? I don't know if everyone has looked at this thread. Or you can put the link out there if you want to.

jb -

Are you planning on going to see a urologist? If so, let me know what happens if you don't mind. I'd like to know. Thanks.

jdog
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ACDF C5/6/7 8/2002
L4/L5 Herniated 1/2003

 
Old 05-05-2003, 06:42 AM   #5
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Yes tthis is an embarrassing topic. I have had intermitting problems with the erection problem now for 18 years when i broke my back. It is common for some back injurys to have problems in this area. I suggest that you talk very candidly with your doctor. It could be a signal of something worse going on. I do take viagra. And it does work. I hope this helps

Matt

 
Old 05-05-2003, 10:05 AM   #6
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jdog:

Start a new thread as others that haven't jumped to this one may find it interesting. I know I did as it just clears up that for sure which parts of body are related to which disc. Gives you idea which is really causing the most problems.

------------------
Auto Accident Aug 1988
L3-4 disectomy 1989
L3-4 now re-herniated
L4-5 DDD
L5-S1 herniated
5/14--scheduled for trial stimulator implant
Hopefully to hold on for Prodisc for all 3 discs
__________________
Auto Accident Aug 1988
L3-4 disectomy 1989
L3-4 now re-herniated
L4-5 DDD
L5-S1 herniated
5/14--trial stimulator implant(went well enough for full implant)
6/11/03--full implant(medtronic)
Hopefully to hold on for ADR

 
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