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Everyone’s favorite urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz is back with The Doctors discussing two stories of men with problems down there! The first is about a 42-year-old man who went to the ER complaining he had pain and couldn’t urinate. The cause? A 4-inch chopstick lodged deep into his urethra!
Dr. Spitz shares this is actually not as unusual as it may sound! He has taken many different objects out of men’s urethras. Dr. Spitz explains even though in this case the man was reportedly blind drunk, often, it’s a psychosis. Some men even do it for pleasure.
Dr. Spitz says they were able to pull the chopsticks out but he’s had to use a fiber optic scope with delicate grasping devices for men who have objects further inside. Dr. Spitz warns that sticking things up the urethra creates a long-term risk. Men may develop urethral strictures many years later after the incident, causing them to be unable to pee and often, not even able to insert a catheter because of the density of the stricture.
Unless you need a urinary catheter, nothing should go in the one-way, exit-only urethra!
The second story is of a 28-year-old man who shared with Men’s Health magazine that his constant involuntary orgasms were ruining his life. He said he had up to 10 orgasms per day.
Dr. Spitz explains this condition has to do with the nerve connection from the spine to the brain to the genitals. “When a person has this condition, they feel constantly aroused, but it’s not a wonderful, sexual thing, it’s a really annoying, and in some cases, painful thing,” Dr. Spitz explains.
He believes this is happening because there is an abnormality in the spine, such as a bulged disc or a cyst, pushing on the nerve. The brain thinks the signal is coming from the penis to the spinal ejaculation center in the brain. The person thinks they’re sexually aroused all the time or stimulated or irritated in their genital but it’s not in the genitals it’s higher up. It’s short-circuiting what should be a normal situation. It’s often so unpleasant that it could lead to suicidal ideations.
Dr. Spitz explains a colleague of his, Dr. Erwin Goldstein, pioneered this condition, and it’s not widely known. Luckily, Dr. Spitz is in the know and shares he had a patient with similar symptoms and by working in concert with a neurosurgeon, they were able to remove the bulge in a disc, and symptoms resolved.