I have a question I've been sitting on for a week because I didn't want anyone to think I was crude or looking for laughs. If this bothers anyone I apologize in advance and feel free to delete the question if it is off topic.
I'm a 43yr old male who was first diagnosed with Lumbar Stenosis 5 years ago after many trips to the doctor and finally a surgeon who pinpointed it. Lumbar Stenosis in l4-l5 with herniated disc in the region. While it bothered me it wasn't overly debilitating and I was sent for PT then Shots then even acupuncture and trigger point therapy. None of it did anything so the general conclusion from both my primary and 2nd surgeon was to take pain meds (vicodin) until the pain was bad enough to merit surgery. I currently am prescribed LORTAB 10/500 4 times a day though try to only take 3.
The pains continued to worsen and this summer I went back to the surgeon who ordered up another MRI and another xray scan (cant remember which, ultrasound maybe?) This showed the Stenosis worsened to a degree but also shown I blew a couple more disc in herniation. Also now with L4-L5, S1 was affected.
He showed me the 2 different forms of surgery I could get, one going through the stomach and inserting a rod around the spine or something (I kind of got queasy and mind drifted, lol) and would keep me out of work for around 8 months. The other was a lapro-something where they went in through the back and shaved the spine or something and would be a 6-8 week outage. Neither of which is an option at the moment as my wife and I have an 8 week old newborn and she isn't working right now. To be honest, I am currently looking for a part time job to go along with this one, but that's another topic. SO he basically said, deal with the pain the best you can and when you can't come back and well schedule one of the surgeries.
So, my pain is basically feeling like a board going across my lower spine too tight, it goes into my buttock and down my left leg causing (at times) intense hip pain and pains in my thighs, back of knee and shin. A lot of times my butt and leg will numb out as well. Sometimes pain into my anal region too but not that much thankfully.
Ok, now finally after all the background my question is this. And once again if this type of question bothers anyhone I apologize, just at my wits ends.
For the past 2 months, I get waves of nerves rolling from my back around into my groin. It causes erections a lot. I mean, sometimes for an hour or two at a time, then it will go away for a bit and come back. This is very stressful as they happen at any time, in work, at home, at church the store no matter where. I've learned to wear baggy pants and long shirts. I've heard and read the Stenosis can cause E.D. and cause no erections, but the opposite? It's starting to put a strain on my sanity and marriage because it constantly feels like someone is teasing me. Has anyone had anything similar to this.
I did mention this to one of my doctors about the time this started who basically shrugged it off as a nerve thing and suggestion to alleviate the issue myself, which I thought was odd. I mean, if I were to go back to the doctor would I go to the primary or back surgeon or a urologist? I mean, I just don't know.
I'm also finding I don't know until the last minute when I have to urinate. Like, by the time I have to go, I need to be there in 15-30 seconds. Anyone with this issue. I find im starting to go into bathroom just to check because i am petrified of wetting myself. I'm just so depressed and numb to it all. Just having a baby I should be on cloud 9 but the state I'm in now I just cant deal with the way my future looks. I'm hoping that come next summer I may be able to take off from work to get the surgery, the shorter surgery. Sorry if this is so long, just have been looking for the right forum to post in.
All the best,