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I am 69 years old, and frequently wake up at night with a persistent erection, which keeps me from getting needed sleep. Is this a common affliction, and how can I remedy it?
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replied January 5th, 2009
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You don't mention if it causes pain or discomfort. I was able to find this information:
Men frequently experience erections during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. This is normally when dreams occur. The erections have nothing to do with the content of the dreams but are a physiological reaction to this stage of sleep.

The antidepressant trazodone (Desyrel) has been linked to prolonged painful erections (priapism). This can occur during sleep or even during the daytime.

Flomax can also trigger this reaction. Both drugs together might make matters worse. A prolonged erection can be damaging and requires medical intervention.

Other drugs that can cause erections are : Geodon/Zipraisidone, Avapro, Zoloft and Mellaril/Thioridazine.
You may want to check your medications and make sure none of them are causing your problem.
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replied January 6th, 2009
No, there usually is no pain with it. My drugs are Lovastatin (cholesterol), Plavix (blood thinner), and Prilosec (stomach). Never used any Flomax or similar, nor any ED drug (heaven forbid! ;\))
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replied January 6th, 2009
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How long does the erection usually last? Four hours or more? If so, you could be suffering from highflow priapism.
Highflow priapism presents as intermittent and prolonged partial erections, but is usually painfree; (low flow priapism is the painful type.) Priapism is a persistent, usually painful, erection that lasts for more than four hours and occurs without sexual stimulation. The condition develops when blood in the penis becomes trapped and unable to drain. It is the result of a ruptured artery from an injury to the penis or the perineum (area between the scrotum and anus), which prevents blood in the penis from circulating normally. Are you a cyclist? The only cause I found for such an injury was bike riding.
If this is what you suffer from I don't know why it only occurs at night.
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replied April 2nd, 2011
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The condition develops when blood in the penis becomes trapped and unable to drain. It is the result of a ruptured artery from an injury to the penis or the perineum (area between the scrotum and anus), which prevents blood in the penis from circulating normally. Are you a cyclist? The only cause I found for such an injury was bike riding.
If this is what you suffer from I don't know why it only occurs at night.


Thanks ... this may be the issue I'm dealing with. I'm a testicular cancer survivor ... had one removed. I'm in my mid 50s ... always been very fit/athletic. Post successful cancer surgery and radiation treatment (all went well) I renewed my focus on health, diet and cardio fitness. Through very strict diet, and regular cardio work (running swimming) I have lost and kept off 30 lbs and am now back to my college fighting weight. All was going vey well ... or so I thought. Then last May, after a good run, I noticed some pain in my groin area. This sent me into a mini panic as that was the same symptom that I felt before I discovered testicular cancer (18 months earlier). So I went back to my urologist for an examination ... he could find nothing wrong and thought that I might have injured myself during my run or in the gym (although I could not recall experiencing any "injury")... He said I would most likely heal up with time. Several more weeks went by and the mild pain symptom persisted (usually only noticeable at night and it was very mild ... but definitely there). So I went to another urologist for a second opinion ... he knows the 1st urologist so I thunk they spoke about my case. He similarly found nothing wrong but I did go in for a sonogram of my one good testicle ... nothing showed up ... this was of course a relief to me. The urologist explained that a groin area injury can take long time to heal up and that might be the explanation for the mild night-time pain I was experiencing. Well to go along with the very mild nighttime pain, I have also been experiencing consistent and persistent nighttime erections. Much more that normal. This has gone on for many months. Then about two months ago something happened that may (hopefully) shed some light on this mystery ... when I was getting ready for one of my runs, as I regularly do, I scootched forward in my car seat as I was putting on my running shoes and I felt a sharp pain in my perineum area ... the reinforcing wires around the perimeter of the car seat were the source of the pressure on my groin (perineum area). Hey if it hurts when you do that ... don't do that! So now I have been very cognizant that my perineum area may have been injured by the stiff wires on the edge of my car seat. So I'm now very careful to avoid the pressure points on my perineum. I can definitely understand how a cyclist might experience the same type of injury! Okay ... so the good news is that in the last few weeks the night-time pain has diminished noticeably ... to the point where its virtually a non-issue. However, my night-time erections have persistent and will not go away. I'm wondering whether I have some long-term injury to an artery in my perineum that's casing these night-time erections? My problem can't be drug related as I take no drugs of any kind ... never have. There have been many significant changes to my diet over the last 2 years (oatmeal in the morning, no breads/pastas, no alcohol, lots of tea and no coffee, fish oil supplements) ... but they've all been good (feeling very healthy) and I doubt they could be causing these excessive erection (night time only) issues?

Any further advice or thoughts? Thanks!
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replied June 11th, 2009
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I suffer from the same problem, however it occurrs throughout the day. Even when Im working. Its embarrassing.
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replied June 11th, 2009
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I wasn't able to help alsenor and I haven't found out anything more about this condition. Medications, puberty and priaprism are the only causes that I found for persistent erections. Some people say you should masturbate more to prevent unwanted erections but I do not know if this will work.
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replied June 11th, 2009
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At 69 years old, and you are complaining about too many erections? Most men your age and, some are younger are having problems containing and maining erections!
deteragram" please tell me how to get up an erection and maintain it through a whole sexual encounter without loosing it!
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replied June 11th, 2009
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Ummmmmmmm, I'm a female and just happened to see the original post on General Q & A but everytime someone posts to this I get an email alert. I think I had better leave this to someone that has some experience in this area and has the right equipment. lol
Sorry, bo21.
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replied May 8th, 2013
Well it is good for women to know that this condition actually exists, and is not made up.
I found a nurse that would do a pelvic release massage for me. But then I lost my insurance.
It is so embarrassing to talk about this to
healthcare providers. They sometimes don't believe
this condition exists.
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replied June 12th, 2009
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bo21 wrote:
At 69 years old, and you are complaining about too many erections? Most men your age and, some are younger are having problems containing and maining erections!
deteragram" please tell me how to get up an erection and maintain it through a whole sexual encounter without loosing it!


If you are not getting erection properly, what can i suggest you is that some pills likes of viagra or kamagra can help you in maintaining erection for longer period of time.If these pills also does't work for you, then you should consult your doctor regarding this.Bcoz it can be permanent erectile dysfunction, which can be treated with only surgury..
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replied June 12th, 2009
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David wrote

If you are not getting erection properly, what can i suggest you is that some
pills likes of viagra or kamagra can help you in maintaining erection for longer period of time.If these pills also does't work for you, then you should consult your doctor regarding this.Bcoz it can be permanent erectile dysfunction, which can be treated with only surgury.

Please NOTE: I am not having a problem getting up an erection, nor am I having the problem of getting rid of erections! Thank you for your advice but I was not speaking directly of myself, but of men in general. I am not 69 years old but, I find it hard to believe that a man of that age is having the problem of too many erections! As a man ages, his sex drives will become less. I am not the man I was 36 years ago" I do not get as many erections now than I did when I was 30! Thank you for your advice, but I think that I am normal for a man my age" not too many erections, not too little erections!
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replied August 17th, 2009
I am also suffering from unwanted erections. They are annoying and painful.

Some have recommended masturbation to "clear" the erection. But in my case, that didn't work at all. My erections persist long after ejaculation.

I consulted with a urologist when I was 18, but he didn't see anything abnormal (I guess he was expecting to see an erection). He suggested I use cold water compresses to get rid of the erections. Cold water (and ice packs) have only made things worse for me, intensifying the erections. They may however be a solution that works for you.

On the other hand, I later found that warmth was much better at getting rid of erections. A warm shower is somewhat effective, but a hot bath works much faster. I also always wear warm and tight underwear when I sleep and that also seems to work, except when I do get sexually aroused.
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replied November 25th, 2010
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I am 31 yrs old and have been aspirated 3 times. NOT FUN. I wake up usually after about 4 hours of sleep and have an unwanted PAINFUL erection. I usually run, which raises my blood pressure and flow. Usually take about 2 hours to go flacid. During which time I drink alot of water and some coffee. Coffee seems to help with blood flow with me. One doctor put me on Bactrum DS which cleared up a prostate infection and priapism didnt come back for almost 3 years. The other two doctors said the prostate had NOTHING to do with it. And they will not prescribe me the Bactrum...I now have to run EVERY morning..trying to find ANOTHER doctor. Urination is also difficult during the erection. If you have this problem and find a solution, please write me. Thanks
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replied January 24th, 2012
my problem is that I had a TURP done two months ago and am experiencing nighttime erections. My doctor recommended masturbation, but that doesn't work. What happens is the erection wakes me up and I get up, move around - do anything to get it down. But as soon as I fall back to sleep it comes up again. My lower groin/testicle area can get quite achy after a night of these. Trying T3's and muscle relaxers now, without much success. Doc who did TURP will rescope in future, but can't get in for 5 weeks.
Blood vessel comment on this thread sounds interesting, in that I do ride a bike most of the year .
Any thoughts appeciated.
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replied October 15th, 2012
Is masturbation responsible for lower back pain?
hello, this is sandy i m 23 male. i started masturbating since i was 15. a few years ago a started to feel lower back pain and now that pain become consistent with back and neck. In the beginning a used to masturbate every day but since i realize that masturbation causes more pain i trying to control it. now i masturbate once in a week, but it still pains. Donno how to get relief from it.
I also feel depressed weakness....
Plz help wht to do?
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