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issues with sex months after cervical spine surgery

s.l.k.ss.l.k. Posts: 3
edited 03/09/2013 - 5:07 PM in Matters of the Heart
I had 4 endoscopic procedures done at the C4-5 level in October of 2012. I have experienced severe issues with love making since. I was never the "average" woman when it came to sex as I use to enjoy sex regularly and multiple times a day as well. Since my surgeries I have extreme emotional issues when it comes to intercourse, not only that but when I am close to the big O I can't help but think about my neck issues... I am constantly afraid that I am going to move wrong and hurt myself... I have lost almost all of my libido and have a very hard time getting in the mood which was never an issue before. If any of you have experienced similar stories I would greatly appreciate if you would take the time to communicate with me as it is a bit torturesome... By the way, I am in my 20's and have been in a loving relationship for a few years. I can't get past whatever the issues may be and only have intercourse once every couple weeks or so now... And very rarely am I able to climax. I don't know what to do in order to help these issues and am at the point where I will take any and all advice. I am not taking any pain medications or anti-depressants but am at a loss... If you can point me in the right direction or give me anything to work with I would be very appreciative... Thank you kindly
10-10-12 Endoscopic Foraminotomy, Laminectomy, Facetectomy and Complete Nerve Root Decompression.


  • You may want to have a frank discussion with your doctor. Ask how careful you should be. Have you talked with your partner about your apprehensions?

    Other than that,I am too early in my healing to have much impute.
    4 level ACDF completed on January 3rd.
    I developed an infection which required reopening the wound on January17th
    Looking forward to life without as much pain!
  • S.L.K, I hope you take no offense by receiving a male response. You have my respect for your willingness to reach out to others. Unfortunately, my own experience has been to have seen a modest improvement initially, only to have things worsen as time has gone on. I now am dealing with advanced numbness in my lower extremities that has grossly impacted my ability to walk, and even more frustrating, the ability to appreciate physical arousal. I am awaiting a cervical fusion C4-C7 that may have some benefit, but is being recommended under the premise of preventing further damage.

    While not as young as you, I am certainly nowhere near ready to give up the enjoyment of intimacy. I wish you all the best in finding the answer that works for you.

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