Hope you are well, and glad to have found this website - seems like there are very few useful resources available for PFS sufferers.
I used topical finasteride for three days or so, noticed and immediate loss of sensation downstairs alongside my penis feeling lighter than usual. On day three, noticed the appearance of some darker spider veins on my penis, that I’m sure weren’t there before.
Have to say things seems to be returning to normal i.e. morning wood, no loss in size of penis, balls feel smaller though and these veins are what really concern me.
I’ve read many similar posts about these symptoms, but I’m wondering if any of you can say these veins disappeared over time? And are they an indicator of the severity of damage done? I’ve still managed to get it up and ejaculate also seems to be returning to normal but any advice or guidance would be much appreciated.
Also goes without saying I’ve stopped using fin, and this is an awful drug.
I noticed the same thing and it’s still there 7 weeks after my last pill. I am not a doctor but perhaps we see them more because of skin thinning? Same thing with the veins on my hands, I don’t think they got bigger, just more visible.
I know it must be unsettling, but if it’s your main sexual symptom, just tell yourself you dodged a bazooka bullet hahah. How’s the rest?
For sure! Yeah, trying to stay optimistic. Can’t say I’ve had any of the brain fog or neurological symptoms described by some, feels like maybe things are getting back to normal downstairs but just watching and waiting.
Yeah I thought it must be something to with the thinning of the skin or changes in blood flow.
How’s your symptoms and how are you feeling generally 7 weeks later?
I was going to go with changes in skin thickness or thinning as well.
First month was hell, huge brainfog, derealization, depression, suicidal thoughts, and all the sexual sides.
Mental sides went away in 4 weeks. Sexual sides went away last week: I have hard erections, okay libido, no testicule pain, no saggy scrotum and at least 75% erection everyday as morning wood.
Remaining symptoms are decreased sensation in penis (much I can live with it), slight left curve when penis is half erected, and veins on penis and hands are more noticeable. Skin on my face is dry but it could be the winter (live in cold weather).
I have been so low that I can gladly live with these symptoms. I also last week started doing the brocoli treatment every other day. I don’t know if I can attribute my improvements to time or brocoli, and I don’t want to give advice, but I still want to say it in case it could help someone.
I hope my improvements last, but either way it showed me this is not permanent. I stopped the brocoli 2 days ago to see if the improvements remain.
Hope youre doing good man
Any update on this
Just updating for the sake of those who are struggling, and to keep a record of where I’m at. It felt like things had gone back to normal after around 6 months, and I carried on with my life like nothing happened. I was probably in the best shape of my life by around July last year but I’d not been in a relationship for 3 years before taking Fin. And the summer of last year I finally met someone I really liked and on the first date we got down to it. Had a solid erection but out of nowhere it went down, and this has never happened to me before. Horrified, I immediately bought some cialis and this has completely got rid of my problems down there, but I am now reliant on Cialis to stay hard. Without it, I can’t keep it up it seems. I know I probably have it pretty easy compared to many on this forum, but feel really sad that at 34 I’m dependent on this drug to have a sex life. It’s like the drive and the desire is there, but something isn’t firing in my brain to keep me hard, I can almost feel something missing. Get really cold hands and seem to be getting weird headaches that come and go. On the surface my life is good, but I guess maybe I’ve been in denial about what is actually going on. I’m very active and have no problems maintaining and building muscle, but just can’t keep it up it seems without some help. I’m staying positive though, because objectively there is some possibility of a recovery, and I guess I could take the medical approach if I don’t see any improvements after 18 months (I’m currently at 14 months) Reading the recovery posts do fill me with some hope, and I’m gonna step up my exercise and cut out junk food, try and just keep enjoying life, because it’s not all bad.
I share your optimism and wish you luck and full recovery. The way you described it fits me 100%. Something important is still missing in the mechanism. Something isn’t firing in the brain, exactly.