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Desperate for help - Can Exercise cause ED?

Hi - this is the first time I have posted about this and I am not expecting miracles just pointers in the right direction as I am desperate for a solution ( as we all are).

Anyway I am now 30 I am very fit and healthy, I have been a keen runner for around 12 years and regularly take part in half marathons, 10ks etc.

I have been in relationships since I hit my twenties and around 4 years ago I split from my long term girlfriend. During my relationship our sex life was fine I never once had a problem with ED and could always perform without issue, often my break between orgasms would only be a matter of minutes until I could perform again so things were never a worry in this department. Anyway after the split ( which was my doing by the way) I hit the gym - hard! My aim was not to build bulk but to build definition and tone, during this time I changed my eating habits, I started drinking protein shakes and became almost obsessive about the gym ( I never took steroids or anything like it ).

After about 4 months I met somebody new. On my first encounter with her we had sex but i was shocked to discover that the second time round on the same night my erection began to weaken as we had sex. This was the start of a problem that has slowly become worse. Throughout this relationship I totally lost confidence that I could get an erection and certainly the days of multiple sex in one night was gone. Anyway I began to live with it as I could get an erection the majority of time I just felt things had slowed down for me. My erections were never as hard as they once were and as a result of my low confidence I only had sex when I felt I would be able to achieve an erection. This tended to be 2 maybe 3 times a week although this doesn't sound too bad it was nothing like I'd previously experienced. I could not get an erection on demand and they were never as hard so my only way of coping was to shy away from sex. Sadly this relationship also ended after 3 years ( again my doing ). Since then the problem has hit an all time low and I have had to resort to pills. I have met someone new but this time not only have I regularly failed to achieve an erection but maintaining the few I achieve is nearly impossible.

My confidence has gone and I feel my penis is useless. It even feels detached somehow from the rest of me and I really don't know what to do. At the age of 30 I really did not expect to experience this problem to such a degree. In my head I relate the problem to the obsessive exercise regime that I embarked on for those 5 or so months from when I split with my girlfriend 4 years ago and then met my next girlfriend. I wonder if somehow I damaged myself or strained myself in some way and that is really what I want to get to the bottom off. I have searched the internet to see if lifting weights can result in ED but cannot find much. Incidently when I stopped the excessive exercise my erections did become more regular, I have had small bouts where I have started this type of exercise again and have experienced increased ED but then I don't know if this is just physiological. I would absolutely love to resume this intensity of exercise (I only run these days) but don't feel I ever can due to the problems it has caused and the problems it would continue to cause.

I would love to get my ED sorted and go back to some form of normality as I don't want to rely on pills to get an erection. I guess this will never be possible but even to get back to 70% of what I was used to would be fantastic.

Anyway it is actually good to get all of this out and share it. If anyone has any advice or has similar experiences then I would love to hear from you.

Many Thanks        
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have your lower back checked for herniated discs this can cause erectyle dysfunction without ever havin g back pain as i know im going through the same thing now im 29 and you need an mri to tell if all other basic things are ruled out by a urologist and the pills dont work this is a very lickley cause
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Did you ever findout whats the cause?
I m having the same symptons?

I don't have any heart issue or nerve damage
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Wow. This is so similar to my story. I'm 30, I exercise regularly, and exercise seems to decrease my sexual performance. I used to have no problems but it started in my mid twenties and has gotten worse and worse since. Now I have pills as back ups because its too embarrassing when things don't work like they should. I've been to a GP and a sexual health worker and they say its probably stress or depression. But I don't feel stressed or depressed! (Except for when im with a beautiful woman and my penis doesnt do what its supposed to do) ED is something that happens to old men and men with health problems. As I don't fit either of these categories I feel like there is nothing I can do to change my condition. Maybe ill get my back checked for a slipped disc?
I take it from this thread that this isn't a common condition..and that Lamotta hasn't found a cure?
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Yeah Lamotta, hasn't replied and also, I visited a doctor, he says to have blood tests etc to check for chlosterol since I work out everything came so good! he says your confidence or you have oft repeated anxiety issues, I was working fine exactly one year ago!

To cut the story short, nothing helped, I m back to square one! I don't know whats wrong with me and don't want to rely on pills as I m just 31 now.!
Please help if anyone knows, Bhupinder Kaur please can you share your insights, what we need to check, although I get morning erection sometimes but not as hard as earlier :(
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