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priapism only while sleeping?? very desperate now!!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 27, 2007
  • 00:20 PM

I am a 37 yr. old male 6'1" 190lbs.' I went to my doctor a few months ago(8) with an unbelievable problem. I began getting unaroused erections while sleeping. I had a vasectomy about 6 months before this and assumed that it was related, the urologist that did the vas told me I was probably having this problem because I was not having enough sex. I went back to my primary doctor - along with the erections I was having severe headaches at times numbness all down my right butt cheek and leg clear down to my foot. At times I heard some popping noises in my head and other parts of my left foot and hands would sometimes go numb(asleep). A little bit of diziness at times too along with alot of lower back pain.
I had a couple MRI's on my spine because I thought that a blood vessel must be pinched coming out of my spine, I had a brain scan done and x-rays - all were seen as normal or within limits?

Now 8 months later many symptoms have subsided, I had been given Amitriptyline 25MG to help with erections? The neurologist told me that many of these types of situations can be tested and tested but never figured out and eventually the symptoms are gone and to call him in six months if still having problems. I only took the pills for a couple of weeks after finding out they were antideppressants. I am not depressed or stressed other than these erections. I am only able to sleep for maybe an hour before intense erections happen and then must stand up for the blood to drain from my penis. If I stay laying down the erection will not go away- could be for hours. I am trying to make the erections go away every time they happen to prevent permanent damage. I am able to have normal sex with my wife, that is with some numbness in my penis so it doesn't feel exactly the same.

Symptoms have subsided except for erections(getting worse) and my right cheek causing numbness down my leg if I sit on it too long. So, I must continually shift my weight to the left side. I dread and fear laying down and get horrible sleep in short increments.
Please any ideas appreciated

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  • I am a 37 yr. old male 6'1" 190lbs.' I went to my doctor a few months ago(8) with an unbelievable problem. I began getting unaroused erections while sleeping. I had a vasectomy about 6 months before this and assumed that it was related, the urologist that did the vas told me I was probably having this problem because I was not having enough sex. I went back to my primary doctor - along with the erections I was having severe headaches at times numbness all down my right butt cheek and leg clear down to my foot. At times I heard some popping noises in my head and other parts of my left foot and hands would sometimes go numb(asleep). A little bit of diziness at times too along with alot of lower back pain.I had a couple MRI's on my spine because I thought that a blood vessel must be pinched coming out of my spine, I had a brain scan done and x-rays - all were seen as normal or within limits?Now 8 months later many symptoms have subsided, I had been given Amitriptyline 25MG to help with erections? The neurologist told me that many of these types of situations can be tested and tested but never figured out and eventually the symptoms are gone and to call him in six months if still having problems. I only took the pills for a couple of weeks after finding out they were antideppressants. I am not depressed or stressed other than these erections. I am only able to sleep for maybe an hour before intense erections happen and then must stand up for the blood to drain from my penis. If I stay laying down the erection will not go away- could be for hours. I am trying to make the erections go away every time they happen to prevent permanent damage. I am able to have normal sex with my wife, that is with some numbness in my penis so it doesn't feel exactly the same.Symptoms have subsided except for erections(getting worse) and my right cheek causing numbness down my leg if I sit on it too long. So, I must continually shift my weight to the left side. I dread and fear laying down and get horrible sleep in short increments.Please any ideas appreciatedWell, with the leg pain, it sounds like it may just be a case of sciatica (pinched sciatic nerve) causing an odd side effect (priapism)......... I know when my sciatica acts up, laying down in bed causes the worst pain, i'm thinking that maybe the way your nerve is being irritated it is causing an unwanted erection................ it's probably something with a herniated disc in your back, or something wrong with your sacroiliac (spelling?)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 7, 2007
    • 09:18 PM
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  • So yours sounds somewhat like my issue but also the opposite.Ive been seeing the same girl on and off this past almost 2 years. shes absolutely gorgeous she turns me on very much in bed. But the problem is my erections dont work, took awhile to figure out but It seems the only time i can get erections is when i take pressure off the side of my body. such as if i lay down in my futon its slightly angled so if i layed flat on it my right side would take most of the weight while my left side would be hardly touching the futon. its weird how i can get erections there as long as i keep my weight shifted off my left side im fine. now if i move to my bed laying flat, no good. If i stand up, no good. You see the problem this creates? Anyways, ive had MRIs done because i have lower back pain on left side near butt cheek. Also have mid back pain due to a compression fracture. Ive been on plenty of muscle relaxers which i refuse to take because with or without i still have pain and inflammation. Motrin may reduce inflammation but pain is still there. I had the pudendal nerve block injection done, after the injection i still had pain in lower back but the areas of where it shoots to were gone so i think we were somewhat close. I dont know what we will try next but along with back pain i have a lower left side inguinal/abdomen pain as well. the injection was suppose to help with that which it didnt. i know that my sciatic is somewhat involved in this because i get shooting pains down to foot going to sit or climbing stairs sometimes. Oh yes, I get tingling sensations on my left side from inguinal up the side of left obliques as well as many body chills throughout the day. I limp on my left leg while walking, it feels natural to me but it doesnt look natural. if anyone has any ideas. Ive been tested for just about everything. Im currently seeing pain clinic which they are working on finding an answer. Thank you!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 00:40 AM
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  • I am having a problem with my old man manhood rises when he imagines going to sleep, and when he closes his eyes not fully asleep. He has either masturbate to help it go away or me giving him oral or have sex with him. Why is this occurring to him what can he do to stop this from happening to him? And how should I explain what to tell him to make him understand what he has to do?
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  • I've experienced the same exact issue. I'm also 37, but the first time I experienced this I was 18 years old. I was at a weeding the night before and had some cocktails. I woke up with a painful erection. I held out for hours until the pain was excruciating before I went to the hospital. The first thing that the ER doctor asked me was, "Have you done Cocaine?". I had not, but this "Overpaid" troubleshooter was stuck on the items that he had read in some text book. I understand that this is a very unusual issue, but I'm a better trouble shooter and more intelligent than most medical Doctors. Anyway, I was taken into a room where they aspirated my *****, "extracted the blood with a 12 gauge needle to the base of my *****". There was immediate relief. I asked many questions regarding why this would have happened, but you would have thought I was putting the doctor out by having him use his brain for a moment. I received not useful information and left the emergency room feeling relief from the pain, but extremely uneasy about my condition and whether or not it might happen again. Keep in mind that I did not know what caused this and what to do to prevent it. If you look online for a definition of "Priapism", you'll get a black and white text answer for what it is, the possible causes and a ton of unrelated erectile dysfunction information. Moving on, this happened again a few times over the next few weeks. Instead of going back to that idiot of a doctor, I chose to handle it myself by aspirating my ***** on my own. This completely sucked, but what other option was there? After these episodes it didn't happen for about 4-5 years. I went through almost 2 weeks of it and it only happened when I would fall asleep. Keep in mind that I was not taking any illegal drugs, anti-depressants and had no physical injuries to the area. When this occurred again I went to see a Urologist. He was clueless as well. I went through a series of procedures and tests, including an MRI. I had my prostate checked and had my arteries and ***** checked for blockage or damage. I was as healthy as could be.At this point I was completely burnt out with this issue. So, after this series of episodes stopped it happened again about 1-2 years later. I woke up one day with a painful erection and was so upset that I had to go exercise to bring my anger level down. I went into my garage and worked out by hitting my heavy bag and working out on the elliptical machine. I noticed within 10-15 minutes that my erection started to subside. In fact, the workout completely solved the problem. I figured out that by increasing the overall blood flow caused by physical exertion that it pulled the blood from the *****. I know that this is probably not listed in the Medical Journals and that's because these idiot, "Over paid troubleshooters" are too scared about being sued. I'd be willing to bet that if one of these doctors were experiencing this issue that there would be much more useful documentation available. Moving on, I revisited the Urologist and told him of my discovery. He replied, "That's great, keep doing that then". Keep in mind, that this still did not explain the cause of the issue. Also, keep in mind that if your doctor is performing tests and running blood panels it does not mean that they are focusing on anything but the most common text book solutions. Be sure to question them and their ideas and make sure that they are looking for more than just an iron deficiency when doing blood work. When it comes to trouble shooting anything, you start with the simplest solutions first. Example: if you computer won't turn on, check the power cord first. From there eliminate the possible causes, such as medications, by speaking with your "Over paid trouble shooter (Doctor)" about the possible effects or reactions that they may be having concerning your condition. You know your body best, so don't assume that by paying some idiot a bunch of money that he will have a cure for your problem ready to go. We unfortunately put too much weight in what doctors say, "Try this pill! It didn't work? Try this one now. It didn't work? But, the book said it would. Try this one instead.". I think they forget that we can read the same medical reference book online for free. I was really surprised on how little information was out there regarding Priapism and how to deal with it. I hope more intelligent people post some real world solutions up here.
    troubleshooter 1 Replies
    • January 16, 2012
    • 04:32 AM
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  • 1. Does position in bed affect erections (supine vs prone)?2. Does it happen when sleeping or just lying down?3. Have you ever taken SSRI?
    lopkiol 1 Replies
    • November 19, 2013
    • 06:47 AM
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  • Question to the person who wrote the "priapism only while sleeping?? very desperate now!!"

    For how long did you have the headaches and numbness? Do you still have them. I had the vasectomy 6 years ago and 3 years ago I started with terrible headaches and numbness in my body. I know some other people that have gone through the same situation. The common link between us is the vasectomy. Apparently in some few cases vasectomy can cause autoimmune reactions, which are basically inflammations
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  • Same issue for about two months now. No vasectomy. Appeared on its own. Erection appears as soon as I fall asleep. When I wake up, after about 5-10 mins, it goes away, all i need is to open my eyes. It happens 4-10 times each night. Extremely disruptive to sleep. Also anxious now. Does not hurt though,just discomfort. Last week noticed a hard guitar-string-like vessel on top of penis (lymphocele?) No color, just underneath skin, feels like thread. Could this be from priapism? Anyone having same?
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • August 17, 2014
    • 06:48 PM
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  • I have the same problem. I will wake up with erections that are sometimes painful. Usually I have to get up and walk around a bit to get the erection to subside. I too went to my doctor, then subsequently a urologist, but no answers as of yet.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • September 6, 2014
    • 10:47 AM
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  • same here. Not sure if its caused by the supplement that I've been taking. Did read about the some medicine can cause this but supplement?
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • September 12, 2014
    • 06:02 PM
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  • I've been having the same problem for several years. It's very stressful and I often find if very difficult to cope - often feel like it's driving me crazy. After a series of unsuccessful visits to urologists it was finally diagnosed as 'stuttering priapism'. There's quite a lot of info in the medical literature. Also, if you check out sleep medicine it's referred to as 'sleep related painful erections' or SRPE. There seems to be no remedies yet identified by the medical establishment. My urologist prescribed a testosterone blocker (cyproterone acetate) - it's given some relief for a while, but now my symptoms seem to be worsening again, plus it has side effects: tiredness, hot flushes, and long term effects on bone, muscle, liver. In the past I've tried meditation & breathing exercises focused on my chakras - might sound a bit esoteric but it helped. Many alternative practitioners have suggested the condition is stress related.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • January 10, 2015
    • 09:38 AM
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  • About once or twice a month I will wake up with a painful erection that won't go down, if I continue laying in bed it will stay and get very painful. The only way I have been able to get it to go down is to get out of bed and do pushups and squats (with no weight)... basically I get blood flowing elsewhere in the body and it SLOWLY goes away... depending on how bad it is I may have to exercise for a half hour until it fully dissipates.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 2, 2016
    • 07:17 AM
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