Hello all. I started a thread about my Q&A with Dr. P. at PUR (see “Q & A with the Good Doctor”) and have updated it leading up to my reversal. I’m starting this new thread as a journal to keep you up-to-date on my experiences post-reversal. I started this new title so it will be easier for people to search for the specific info they need in the future. I hope others will benefit from this. I also think it helps me to share my journey and I appreciate the support from everyone on here.
To start, I’m going to rehash the symptoms I experienced post-vas that lead me to this reversal decision:
To recap, here are the symptoms and thoughts going into the reversal (I posted this in the other thread on March 10th and did the reversal on the 11th):
- Diminished sensation in penis
- Increased difficulty in achieving erection (takes a minute instead of seconds)
- Softer erections
- Brain–penis disconnect (hard to explain, but you know it if you’ve experienced it)
- Almost complete disappearance of nocturnal erections (it used to be difficult to pee over night due to erection practically EVERY time; that hasn’t been the case at all since the vas)
- “Pins and needles” tingling in arms, legs, hands, feet, and fingers (off and on sometimes for hours during the day and almost all night long)
- Extreme tightness in knees (no visible swelling)
- Lots of popping and cracking in all joints
- Strange crepe paper like sound in connective tissues in knees (only lasted a few days)
- Weakened knee joints (had minor tear due to walking too fast)
- Tightness and numbness in both hands (this has progressed to a 24-7 issue)
- Basically classic rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, and an advanced case too
- Slower and softer growing beard (FYI–my “T” was tested a month after vas and came out at 542; however, I suspect it may have been quite high prior to vas, and my andro wasn’t tested, which I know is associated with a TON of hormone symptoms)
- Natural oils in skin and hair have completely dried up (doesn’t feel like my hair anymore, which used to be soft and silky; it freaked my wife out to feel it now and even stabbed her hand with the roughness when she gave me a haircut)
- Sudden feelings of anxiety and helplessness/hopelessness that def didn’t feel like me; this happened early on and seems to have balanced out; I wouldn’t even bring it up, except I’ve heard similar stories from so many others; FYI my worst case of this occurred soon after vas before I even knew anything was wrong and not just normal, short-term symptoms
- Random shooting pains varying from a 5/10 to a debilitating level in my waist, testicles, lower back, foot, hands, wrist, shin and toes; these come and go (different areas at a time, not all at once) and don’t last for very long, usually anywhere from 5-15 seconds; I’ve had maybe one occurrence per day on average
Prognosis for Reversal
A lot of individuals have noted an improvement in ED symptoms post-reversal, so I’m cautiously bullish on this improving.
The Auto-Immune stuff is rarer, however, the Dr. did say he has had good success with these types of symptoms improving or disappearing altogether with reversal; this is the area I’m REALLY hoping for success, as the alternative reality is quite bleak (you know it is bad when I’m focused on this more than the penis problems lol)
Regarding hormones, the Dr. didn’t think this was an issue and said it would take a couple months for symptoms to show. I can assure you that my symptoms listed above are real, and manifested pretty quickly (every symptom listed above started occurring between 48 hours post-vas up to about a couple weeks), so I think there is more to the hormone connection. In fact, EVERY SINGLE symptom I’ve described above shows in the medical literature to be possibly related to hormone malfunction. Rheumatoid arthritis is specifically known as a side effect of hormone imbalance, and obviously the ED stuff would fit that mold, particularly considering the equipment still functions but seems to be missing some hormonal support. I’ve considered the possibility that everything I’ve gone through is hormone related and perhaps not auto-immune at all. If so, that would seem to more strongly support the possibility of reversal working. Of course, I don’t know for sure.