two years ago I injured by lower back. MRI showed bulging discs in the lumbar area. The pain was severe and I was in a wheelchair for two months. Through PT , chiropractic, and pain management( two injections into my spine) I am about 90per cent back. Through the months though I have gotten less and less sexual drive. To the point now that I have flat lined. Nothing. No abililty to get an erection. I eat well am physically very active don't smoke do all the right things. I am 61 and do not think that this is normal. I talked to my regular doctor and had my testosterone level checked. They came back in the normal range. Can you give me any advice as to what else I might do to correct tis problem
I too had extreme sciatic pain about a year and half ago. An MRI detected two herniated discs (L4 & L5). According to my neurologist my back was not too bad and because of my age (42 now) he recommended PT. The pain slowly went away and I feel like I'm 90-95 % back to normalcy. The only lingering problem is a drop foot and numb right big toe. About 6 months ago I began having trouble with maintaining erections. The two urologist I've seen told me that the hormonal screening turned out normal and I don't have cholesterol, hyper tension or diabetes. Both suggested it was all in my head. I have been able to enjoy intercourse with the help of Viagra and Cialis but I still have trouble maintaining an erections at times. Recently, this problem has gotten worse. Its taking more stimulation and extreme concentration (fantasy) to achieve a good erection. I have been excersing regularly and my diet has improved. The only problem is that my back pain has increased recently. I've been reading that herniated discs do cause erectile dysfunction as they sometimes pinch the spinal cord nerves. I have also read that some men who are operated to remove the pressure on the nerves are able to resume normal or improve sexual function (No gaurantees though). I will look into this at my next visit to my nuerologist. You should look into this too!
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