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I’m all better. It took 3 months of physical therapy. I do occasionally get flaresxwhen I’m stressed but at least I know what it is. It was the unknown that escalated the anxiety.
Good luck with everything.
Look into pelvic floor dysfunction. I had similar genital numbness and associated anxiety symptoms. I needed to see a specialized physical therapist who massaged pelvic floor muscles. Some people, men especially, carry stress in their pelvic floor muscles. We involuntarily tense these muscles and it pinches different nerves causing numbness, burning, or pain. There is a book called “ a headache in the pelvis”
I had a very similar situation as yourself. Had severe burning redness numbness tingling and excruciating genital pain for 8 months. Spent thousands on testing including bladder scoping and multiple herpes testing.
Was finally diagnosed with male pelvic floor dysfunction. Have had 4 months of physical therapy with a specialized therapist and am feeling better.
Look up the book “headache in the pelvis”
Men get stressed and we tense our pelvic floor muscles and pinch nerves which cause radiating nerve pain and redness. It’s a weird condition. Hope this helps. At least it gives you something else to pursue
Hey Terri I just wanted to give some follow up.
Im a single male in the health care field. At the beginning of May I had a sexual encounter with a stranger that only involved oral and mutual touching and docking. Pretty low risk all things considered. Five days later awoke with vague genital pain, burning etc..
Went to Doctor tested for common sti’s treated with doxy and cipro. All tests were negative. Spent the next 6 months in and out of primary care doctors office, three urologists, and Four er visits. Had 4 herpes igg tests all negative in fact all testing was always negative. I suffered from severe urethritis, vague genial pain that felt like static electricity, tingling in my butt cheek, red inflamed urethra. To say the pain was crippling is putting it mildly. I was diagnosed with everything from atypical herpes, to interstitial cystitis, to bladder cancer causing referred pain. At one point I was started on antipsychotics doctors thought it was in my head. After a negative cystoscopy was told I could go to a pain clinic or see a physical therapist.
Physical therapy has saved my life. I just wanted to make you aware of a condition called male pelvic floor dysfunction. It’s common in men 20-50 years old with high stress. Men involuntarily clench their pelvic floor muscles and secondarily pinch nerves, mainly the pudendal nerve which innervates the genitalia. Pain can look like penis pain, testicular, rectal etc… Most of these stories seem to occur after infidelities or sketchy sexual encounters causing stress and increased anxiety.
My physical therapist said some men come to her for treatment after suffering for 3-7 years. They are told its prostate problems, disc problems, or mental. She knew within five minutes of meeting me what was wrong. She massages muscles at the insertion of the pelvis and the lower back. I’m 6 weeks into therapy and probably 90% better. hopefully my story can help someone. You need a male pelvic floor physical therapist.