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Orgasm triggers low back pain

Started by witsharp on 06/27/2010 10:23pm

I've had lower back problems for more than 20 years, starting when I was 17, when I injured my back on the job and was told I had DDD. Problems were were mostly fixed by a surgery at 21 that fused L4 and L5/S1 lumbar vertebrae. About 3 years ago I reinjured my back while exercising but a year ago this September after 2 years of misery received an injection in my sacroiliac joint that pretty much took care of the bad pain. However, the last month or so I have noticed that shortly after I have an orgasm (through masturbation--no acrobatics involved, lol) my pain gets very bad again in the same areas for several days to a week or longer at a time--radiating down legs. Eventually it gets better, but the obvious answer would be "don't have an orgasm if it makes your pain worse" but I have prostate issues that require me to ejaculate regularly or have problems in that area. Last night I had an orgasm and I could hardly get any sleep due to pain, which still is very bad 24 hours later. I'm not clear on why an orgasm would kick off back pain, but maybe some nerves are being aggravated? Any thoughts/suggestions would be most welcome. Thanks!

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This has been vexing me and doctors for years. When I was 15-17, I had the problem during two years of chronic low back pain, and then when I resolved the back pain after a spinal fusion and ditching a back brace that I wore for two years, orgasms never triggered the problem again. Now, in my early thirties, the back pain is back, and the fear of orgasm has returned. And the same thing happens. The strangest part is there is no pain in the ACT of sex itself and the orgasm itself doesn't hurt my back in the moment. like you said, there is delayed back pain. Can take anywhere from a day or two to two weeks before it bottoms out and then finally starts to get back to the baseline my back was at before the orgasm. Every doctor fumbles for answers. They don't have any, and this of course is a horrific experience b/c sex is a life force, and my partner and I are trying to have kids, but we've had to put that on hold b/c the lumbar pain is so devastating.


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