Lost sensation on one side of penis

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  1. fak_et

    fak_et New Member

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    I had posted in the past about sexual problems few months ago and erections hard to get and maintain. I saw a family doctor and a urologist about this and both said I was fine as far as they were concerned.

    I kept having back pain and was in the doctors again. An MRI showed a significant lumbar hernia in l5s1. I rested my back quite a bit and my erections seemed to go back to normal. Went to an orthopedic surgeon and he wants to see how well I recover on my own before going to surgery. I mentioned my problem and he said usually this type of issue happens higher up the spinal cord but it could be possible. I am getting quite a bit of pinching on my leg nerve.

    I have also noticed a lack of sensation one one side of my penis. Its like my right side of my shaft has a strange feeling in it and doesnt have erotic sensation. Seems like I have to pinch it to get any sense.

    Otherwise I am very healthy, I am active, blood work and everything else is healthy. I am not diabetic either. I am STD free as well. I had a couple bouts of epididymitis which i got treated promptly but i havent had any outbreaks in a long time.

    I have an appointment with a neurosurgeon this weekend as well as an EMG. I also called my urologist to discuss this with him and he thinks i will go back to normal with time, as he has never heard of a hernia causing permanent penile nerve damage.

    Does anyone have any insight on this? Anyone had this happen to them? Did it go back to normal? Do you think this is permanent? Anything else I can do?

    I am having good erections once again which is a relief but it feels unconfortable to use them.
     
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    I think sticking with the neurological approach is best. Despite the fact the problem is in the penis, it's really a neurologist's area of expertise and pressure on nerves is nothing to dismiss as hoping it goes away or can be cured by taking it easy. You want to make sure the nerves aren't damaged and really, a neurologist is the person to see. You're doing the right thing.

    I hope it goes well for you and given your general health, even if minor surgery is required, you should come through with flying colors. Glad you're doing your due diligence and investigating all sides. That's how you do it!

    Best of luck and good thoughts your way,
    Jason
     
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    I had some peripheral nerve damage after having a left inguinal hernia repaired.(2004) most, but not all of the sensation returned after a few months. Still have a weird numb area between the scar and the pubis skin, though none on my penis.
    Many years ago, and this is unrelated to surgical nerve damage, I suffered severe nerve damage to the outside of my left leg from my knee to the tip of my small toes on my left foot. 6+ months went by and several orthopedic surgeons said it was most likely permanent.
    By chance I went to a acupuncturist and found relief and repair after 4 sessions. he stuck his needles down the length of my leg, attached a very low voltage clip at either end and prompted the nerve route to re-align. To this day, I'll swear by acupuncture.
    Perhaps getting a 2nd opinion from this type of therapy.
    Good luck and keep us posted as to your recovery or adaptation.

    Michael*
     
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    Where to begin! I have had two spinal surgeries involving both L and S vertebrae. I did not notice any sexual effect from the first lumbar one in my 40's. But the most recent one which involved L and S, left me with the inability to get an erection until I began jelquing over several years. I can get terrific erections once again. There can be damage to nerves before and after neurosurgery! Good luck to you!
     
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    I am a bit worried that the neurosurgeon is going to blow me off just like the rest of the doctors. I haven't gotten much sympathy or receptiveness. Can anyone help me here?

    Family doctor thought i was normal but gives me all the referrals I wanted.

    Urologist told me I am normal urologically. Regarless of how many times I told him something wasnt right.

    The orthopedic surgeon told me if symptoms get worse and I lose all sensation or it expands I need to get in ASAP.
     
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    Went to the neurologist today. I told him of my pinched nerve problems in my leg and penis and how I lost the sensation on half of it straight up. He ran an EMG on my leg, back, and butt. The nerves were apparently alright there. He told me everything was normal. I asked him once again about my lost feeling and he said to go to a urologist. I told him about how ive been to one and he told me everything was ok and he sent me to you.

    Ive been healthy my whole life and this problem really makes me sympathetic towards people with serious health issues, its impossible to get good treatment.

    I dont know what to do, urologist says its a job for a neurologist and the neurologist said its a job for a urologist ! :-X What should I do?

    It is honestly a bit uncomfortable during sex.
     
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    Christmas! What was his response when you said the urologists sent you to him?

     
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    Consultants are excellent within their own particular specialist field. If you have ten consultants, all from different specialities, then you will get ten different diagnoses, because they look at it from their own speciality point of view. and not the whole (Holistic) picture. However medicine only looks at the symptoms in question and does not take a holistic view oh what has happened to the body for these symptoms to arise. I had a doctor friend who was on the teaching staff at a hospital medical school. He told me that he used to look at all the new recruits walking through the gates for the first time, all bright eyed and bushy tailed. With a look of excitement &#8220;I am going to be a doctor and cure the world&#8221; He said look at the faces of the same people coming through the same gate six months later. A totally different expression, form realising it is a case of accepts what we tell you and without question and you will be fine. It goes something like this, he said, If a patient presents with this symptom and that symptom it fits in the box labelled measles, Or if they have that symptom and this symptom in addition to this, it fits nicely into gastritis box. But if they have this, that and that, we have no box for that one, therefore it must be all in the mind, pat on the head and send them to a shrink. I remember going to a dinner and the after dinner was a consultant venereologist who was sent to the northwest of England to set-up the very first STD clinics in the area. He said have you noticed, more and more, when you visit your doctor everything is pit down to a virus. Well let me tell you the Bartholomew&#8217;s Medical Encyclopaedia definition of the word virus is, he hesitated as he gazed at everyone around the room to see if he had their full attention. Then he uttered those immortal words, written for all to see &#8220;Your guess is as good as mine&#8221;

    I would say to you Fak et. Don&#8217;t be to eager to rush into anything as major as surgery with out knowing all of the facts; you could end up far worse than you are right now, despite being worried and frustrated right now. The most important thing here, to me is that you have stated that you condition has improved and not deteriorated further. Believe me those are very positive signs of recovery. When damaged nerves recover you will experience many weird and wonderful sensations, but the fact your experiencing these sensations tell that the nerves are functioning. I say be patient, I know it is easy for me to say, damaged nerves take along time to heal. Think about it is not that long since you published your first post and now your telling us that there is SOME improvement, despite little help- or support from the medics. Please feel free to send me a private message so that we can discuss this problem further.

    Regards

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    sorry about your dilemma. i have chronic back pain but never anything like that. makes me think twice if i start having numbness down below
     
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    This is really too bad. Maybe see an acupuncturist?

    If you were in or near Minneapolis, I'd recommend you see my urologist. He's not an idiot like many doctors.
     
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    I'll repeat: see an acupuncturist.
    I'll repeat: see an acupuncturist.

    and..
    see an acupuncturist.
     
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    Should I try to see another neurologist or urologist?
    My urologist didnt even seem concerned about the lost sensation, he gave me a script for viagra for my ED which I had already overcome. I can get erections and keep them no problem now.

    The neurologist seemed more uncomfortable talking about my penis than i did (fortunately i don't have a problem talking about it). He kept calling it "private area".

    There isn't much information about this online unfortunately. It seems that with nerve problems there isn't much that can be done regardless. I really want to know what is going on so that it doesn't get worse.

    Thanks for the acupuncturist tip, i will try that if it doesn't go back to normal.
     
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    Update: Good news I slowly got back almost all sensation. Id say its back to 90-95%. There is still something up with it, i still get a strange sensation on that side that is hard to describe, maybe like a light internal pinching. Hopefully it goes back to 100% soon.

    I think that the nerves got bruised or pinched by my protruding disk.
     
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    It might be worth going to see an osteopath or chiroptractor. Like accupuncture, they can often be very effective where conventional medicine has failed.
     
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