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.