Have you guys read through this thread on Finasteride and Neurological Damage?
Essentially, the author articulately explains the consequences of Allopregnenalone deprivation (which is one of the many things finasteride does): damage to the Central Nervous System (CNS). He likens our sexual side effects to a more localized version of multiple sclerosis. I hate to say it, but the argument and research he provides are very convincing. Especially in the context of two of our most common sexual complaints:
- Brain to Penis disconnection
- Lack of penile sensitivity
I think as many of us as possible should consider going to neurologists and not only requesting the EMG of the perineum and SSEP and ultrasound that Blase suggested, but also the MRI which Alex Miller suggests.
As I’ve stated before, I don’t think finasteride has done any one singular thing in each one of us…I think it’s destroyed or compromised everything it’s come into contact with: gut/immune system, prostate, penile tissues, brain health, and perhaps the CNS or nerves. And so each subsystem we can treat will help us on our road to recovery…
I’m still processing this info, but one of the most baseline things any one of us can do is figure out how to lead an anti-inflammatory lifestyle/diet. I’m a strong proponent of The Primal Blueprint book and the general Paleo/organic/low-carb-high fat-moderate protein/low insulin-raising/low inflammation/diet concept, as well as the Weston Price Foundation’s research on health/nutrition around the world…Google these resources and read up if you’re interested in some simple guides to better nutrition.
…and so IF nerve degeneration if truly the cause of our persistent sexual dysfunction, then I don’t know how reversible it would be. But seeing as how many of our theories regarding finasteride damage and general health revolve around reducing inflammation, I think it’s important to ensure that we increase Omega 3 consumption and reduce (inflammatory) Omega 6 consumption. Within the context of the above-referenced diets, here are some ideas for how to achieve this:
Omega 6 fatty acids (AVOID!) are found in most vegetable oils, which go rancid and oxidize easily; in grain-fed beef and most chicken, and in most processed foods derived from cheap corn and soybean oils.
Omega 3s are found in: fish, grass-fed beef, organic/pastured eggs, (meaning they eat mostly grass)
Many Omega 3 fish oil pills are rancid. I’m also weary of supplementing vitamins instead of getting them directly from quality WHOLE foods.
A cheap way of getting true fish w/o mercury content is eating sardines (packed in spring water or olive oil).
A more traditional supplement to get fish oil (that is still, in essence, a food source with other valuable co-factors) would be cod liver oil. But beware! Most manufacturers kill the natural vitamins and add synthetic forms afterwards. Here is a guide to Cod LIver Oil with recommendations for each continent:
westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil (long list of supporting articles)
Hope this helps. My point is not that suddenly supplementing or over-supplementing with (sometimes questionable) sources of Omega-3 will provide instant remedy. But rather, that as we sort out what can and cannot be done medically, perhaps it’s a good idea, if you haven’t already, to adopt a non-inflammatory diet (cut sugars, processed foods, grains; lower carbohydrate intake, increase omega-3 consumption, eat whole foods/fat and all, etc. And perhaps reconsider supplementation and exogenous vitamins/hormones–like Vitamin D, even? Not a doctor, here, but just consider how the body processes or doesn’t process it w/o the natural co-factors found in whole food). When I think nerve problems and potential reversal, I think in terms of YEARS. So why wait? If you can do ANYTHING, within reason, to educate yourself and change dietary habits, I think it provides a foundation for body repair.