Exactly 4 weeks ago I had an epidural shot at the L4-L5 level, left side, the neurologist who did the shot gave me two shots: one at the spine L4-L5 level (or so he said) and another one in the muscle at the S1 level (left side upper buttocks). The reason for the shots was pain from a large herniated disc, paracentral to the left side that was pressing the L5 descending left nerve and also indenting the thecal sac. Immediately after the shot, I lost my erections. The penis and scrotum felt numb. I just could not get any erection or blood flow into the penis. One week later, I got a micro discectomey surgery; my pains in my left leg are gone. Since surgery (3 weeks ago) I have gotton few erections (in three or four nights but very briefly during my sleep) and I started to regain and feel blood flow into the penis and sometimes mild erections while awake. But I am still having problems getting erections as before.
What could the problem be?
How are you? The common side effects of epidural injections are infections, bleeding, nerve damage, dural puncture, temporary bladder and bowel numbness, facial flushing, anxiety etc.
I don’t think it could be nerve damage, as after surgery you are improving. But it could be better to evaluate the cause for erectile dysfunction either physical or emotional.
Consult a urologist for further assistance.
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