Not that I’m writing from a deep well of experience, but I’ll give this a try. I’ve noticed that several who have written earlier are in their mid sixties, so I am wondering whether in part problems with sexual dysfunction may be attributed to the effects of aging and the physical and psychological shocks of an illness that has very serously threatened one’s sense of competence as a human being.
Let’s deal with aging first, and since I myself am in the later sixties, it’s easiet for me to talk about. You see, I’ve got this old Ford Taurus, and in cold, cold winter it doesn’t want to start very well. But then I throw in a can of STP, and whee! We go zipping down the road a good bit longer and faster. Naturally me and my old Taurus want to ask if any of you folks have tried Viagra, Cialus (sp?), or other medically brewed remedies I hear advertised on the telly for the old human engine.
But let’s assume this is a real deep freeze, and even chemistry doesn’t get more than a deep groan out of old Bessie. “Yes, we got trouble, right here in River City.”
It would be just fine if were all young bucks again, running through the forest of life and waving our stack of horns at every doe that came into view. But we’re not young bucks again, and let’s face it, that stack of horns is now often sagging. Still we’re supposted to take on not only the deep furrows and mud holes of our own life’s journey but also that journey across the Sianai (sp) that GBS recoverees often face.
I don’t think that there is a drug out there to help this situation, oh, maybe some apenthe to cause a drozzy numbness, assuming loss of consciousness is preferable. And then rarely one finds an oasis and sustaining water. Otherwise, it’s just more sand and a parched throat. Still, long as there is life, there is hope. And I hope this message for you is only partially grim.
Oh, yes, I am the husband and caregiver of a post-GBSer who returned to teaching about 1 1/2 years ago but still suffers sharp spasms of pain, particularly in her feet. That and other residuals that seem neverending.
Antidepressants such as Celexa works as adjunct therapy for pain, muscle relaxants such as flexeril also works. I’ m also taking the medications that your taking. I agree sometimes it doesn’ t work. If medications doesn’ t work then try the over the counter ” Salonpas, Thermapatch, or Icy hot”.- –