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Back after a long time so what happened
  • Well its been a good year sine being here, good to see the old crew are still around ;)

    I was here  ayear ago adking various newbie questions as I was getting some odd issues with using it, for example tingling down my legs and back pain, well it turns out I had a major herniation of my S1L5 disk in my back which has significantly compressed my central spinal canal (scary huh!) So went through surgery in January and have been recovering ever since.

    But in between still having prostate or CPP issues, so I confroned my urologist about using the helix, and he knew all about it and told me to give it a go other than suffer the use of perscriptive medication, so here I am ;)

    My first question is - when using the helix it makes my perineum ache to the point it aches when sitting down. Can I modify the device to remove the P tab?

    Used the Helix for the first time today and had a massive O!!

  • twlltintwlltin
    Posts: 569
    I'd suggest not modifying the P-tab, but cushioning it in some way. Some have used folded up tissues, some the rubber bulb of a medicine dropper.
  • B MayfieldB Mayfield
    Posts: 2,077
    Sittingonagolfball,

    Removing the P-tab from you Helix will adversely effect it's performance.  Do not do this!  If you are having problems with the pressure that the tab brings to bear there are workarounds that you might want to look into (as per twlltin's response).   Do a search on "modifications" and you'll find there are several threads on this already.  The elegant solution (if you have the wallet for it) is a switch to a SYN.   The  SYN  features a kinder, gentler tab,  with a tab arm that has some play to it as well. 

    BF Mayfield
  • Hiya

    Long time since we converced, hope life is well ;)

    I may just have to get the SYN as I get a lot of perenium pain and it really flares it up. The neurologists thoughts are possible nerve tweaking still in my back so dont want to do too much stuff to inflame it further.

  • Love_isLove_is
    Posts: 1,672
    Another thought or possibility to resolve this is to really concentrate on relaxing your anal muscles. While there may be some acclimating to the P-tab feeling. It's ultimately how hard your anal muscles are squeezing that is forcing the P-tab sharply into you.
  • Badger
    Posts: 647

    Hey, sittingonagolfball


    It sounds like you had the problem that I think I’m going through now.  I’ve been suffering off and on for over two years with sciatica, and had a major blowout the first of August.  I will see a neurosurgeon next Thursday, and hope to get relief.


    Was yours a type of microsurgery?  My understanding is I have both degenerative disk disease and osteoarthritis.  The disk in sacral area has worn away, making the trough for the nerve bundle that goes under the disk to erode away, causing near constant irritation (feels like my hip joints ache all the time).  Then the damn disk bulged and has been wreaking havoc ever since.


    I don’t know, but several years ago, I noticed a cold spot deep inside my rectum, in the prostate area.  The coldness seemed to spread slowly, and the euphoric sensations seemed to wane along with it.  I still get sensations, but not the subtle ones that really felt good.  Any theories or explanations?


    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  • Hi

    I had left central disc herniation with a significant compression of the spinal canal at S1L5 which is the lower most disc. I was lucky not to go into Caudio Equini shock but believe i had and still have irrititated spinal canal issues from remaining fragments or scar tissue.

    The surgery as a microdisectomy.

    If you do not have any risk of spinal canal compression and only have sciatic nerve root compression i would look into all options other than surgery as you are literally scarred for life internally. The biggest issue with surgery is that it leaves scar tissue to form, this has a good habit of wrapping round nerves and creating a life time of issues.

    If you go down the surgical path, make sure you do immediate sciatic nerve stretching to stop the scar tissue holding the nerve.

    You have degeneration, this can be treated with a fusion, again not the nicest thing either.

  • Badger
    Posts: 647

    Thanks, I'll keep that in consideration.  Bye the way, how do they do sciatic nerve stretching?


    My wife had a free-floating fragment the size of a pinky-finger nail, the biggest the doctor had done.  They did a 2-3in incision, cut out a piece of her vertibra to remove the fragment, which was on the inside.  She's had no problems, but immediate relief from her pain.  It was nearly a year before she was allowed to lift anything over 5-10lbs, which was difficult with three small kids at the time.  This was done in '98, I believe.


    My job involves sporatic intervals of constant looking over my shoulder(I'm a farmer); spinal fusion would not be an option.


    Oh, and I misspoke; it's not just the disk that's degenerating, it's also the bone, and the grooves are wearing down and getting shallower and shallower.  They're at the point where the nerve bundle is being pinched constantly between the disk and the vertibra.


    Since your surgery, have you had any return of sensitivity or improvements in your Aneros sessions?  I had visited a chiropractor, and the chart on his wall showed the S1L5 nerve affecting the prostate and rectal area, I think (I was in quite a bit of pain at the time, so I was a little distracted).

  • i get a  lot of nerve sensitivity up there including prostitus symptoms but the family GP and urologist thinks its just muscle tension in the pelvic floor, I however disagree and think its nerve irritation in the back as you say L5S1 has all the pelvic nerves running through it.