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Can a kidney stone cause ED?
Grifter2 posted:
Hi all, I'm a young man (22 years old) who has ED. I can get it up for penetration, but only just enough. It's basically a "soft" erection and it totally sucks. The problem has persisted for about a year and a half. Since it seemed gradual, I can't pinpoint the exact time and date that the problems began, but November 2007 would be a pretty close estimate, and that's when I had my first and only kidney stone. The problem is, I don't know if I've ever passed that stone. The docs told me if I didn't pass it, then it probably dissolved on its own. "Probably" isn't good enough for me. Is it possible that, all this time, it has reverted to a "silent" stone (causes few, if any, noticeable symptoms) and has been chilling inside the walls of my urethra or bladder? And, if so, is it possible that is causing my ED? After all, the urethra is adjacent to the corpus cavernosa, which is what fills up with blood to cause erections. Kidney diseases are also listed on WebMD as a cause of ED.
counterso responded:
It will not generally cause E.D. unless there is pain from the stone triggering pain nerves that dissuade you penis from pleasure sensations. Stones do not "hang out" like that and not get noticed, they almost always have symptoms, and don't stay the same size, so if you didn't have symptoms today, you would likely have them next week or month. They certainly cannot hang out in your urethra, ever. Kidney stones (or prostate or bladder stones), except for uric acid stones DO NOT dissolve on their own, they can't, and uric acid stones are only maybe 5% of the cases out there. It sounds like a different issue, and needs to be investigated further by your urologist. Do you have a stressful life, take any medications, or have anxiety? Are you regularly fatigued?
Grifter2 responded:
Thank you for your helpful response. My urologist, unfortunately, seems pretty uninterested in further investigation. He has decided that, because it (apparently) has nothing to do with my testosterone and prolactin levels (both of whose test results returned as normal), it must surely be a venous leak and nothing else. He says I'd be wasting my time getting confirmation of that diagnosis from a penile doppler ultrasound or corpus cavernosogram. Basically, he's interested in attacking the problem with the least sophisticated treatments--first, viagra/levitra/cialis (none of which worked), and then a penis pump (my first use of it proved embarrassingly ineffective). My life is no more stressful than other college students' lives. Overall, I'm a pretty chill, laid-back guy with a sunny disposition. I do take Accutane, which actually does make the problem a little worse, but it has certainly existed well before I started taking the drug. I'm not regularly fatigued, either. I even wonder if it's possible that the cause is high cholesterol. I may still appear fit, but that doesn't mean I don't have high cholesterol. I ate pretty unhealthy in college--lots of burgers and fatty stuff. I've changed my diet completely now, but perhaps the damage has been done. I did mention this possibility, but my urologist immediately dismissed it.
counterso responded:
Cholesterol should not be an issue. Please change urologists. This guy sounds like a dud.

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