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L5 S1 surgery - erectile dysfunction

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
For the past 20 months, I have had chronic groin and back pain. At first my doctor recommended a urologist because of possible prostrate problems. None of the urologists said I had a problem. After trying about everything, I finally had a MRI, and it showed that I have a herniated disc on L5-S1. I am scheduled fr surgery in 10 days.

I am worried that the surgery won't resolve my issues. My pain includes erectile dysfunction. Viagra and Cialis sometimes help, but whenever I get aroused I get severe pain in groin and buttocks. Massage therapy helped with this issue, but I moved recently and it made the pain even worse. I am worried that my ED will continue post-surgery.


  • I am experiencing the same thing.

    I started experiencing pain with erections and was sure I had a hernia. However, I went to the doctor and had an MRI and turned out I had a disk herniation in my L5. The pain got considerabily worse to the point where it was difficult to be active. My leg started getting shooting pains and my toes were numb. I eventually went to a few specialists and made the decision to get a micodisectomy.

    I did not have any issues getting an erection prior to the surgery but would experience pain with erection. Now, post-surgery, I have been expeiencing ED. It tends to come and go. Sometimes I have no issues and other times I can't achieve an erection.

    Now and then when I do too much at work or have a long day my lower back will be sore and the ED seems to be associated with the pain.

    Are you experiences similar? Are you still experiencing ED post-surgery? Is it constant ED or does it come and go?
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