Vasovagal Response Caused Issues - Need Advice
About a little over a month ago, I went to the doctor to get an HIV test. I was given pills and a shot in case I had syphilis or Gonorrhea (even though I had no symptoms of it). I feel like this alone might be medical malpractice since a urologist I went to said they should not have given me that if I didn’t show symptoms. The same day of the test, after about 3 min, I felt a stomach ache, very lightheaded, extremely weak, and nearly fainted (but I didn’t faint) and had to lay down - but this is a story for another time.
Anyways, I go back home the same day and noticed that the head of my penis was extremely discolored (lacked blood - looked white). I could not get an erection and decided that maybe it was due to the medication (maybe some anxiety as well). My penis felt VERY cold and a feeling of it being wet even though it was completely dry. It was also numb, specifically in the head area. I was extremely scared at this point so I set up an appointment to see a urologist (the earliest was about a week after the issue began). By then, the discoloration went away, I was able to get an erection, and numbness went away. However, my sexual desire was very low and my erection quality was was also not nearly as good as it used to be (in terms of hardness and how much the penis would stand up) and I still felt a feeling of disconnect with my penis. I also would try flexing the muscle on it’s own (when flaccid) and it would not move.
The urologist checked me - said blood flow seemed normal (the penis was a good color and you could touch the head and see the blood come back), and he checked my for a reflex response as well.
The doctor said that I had a Vasovagal response to the shot and that it was literally impossible for those medication to cause penis issues. Rather, it was a “fight or flight” response my body had to the shot and pills in combination with some anxiety and that the body decided to allocate blood flow from my urinary system to other parts of my body. He mentioned that because I’m very young (in my early 20’s), my fight or flight is very strong and had a more prolonged response. He said everything should go back to normal.
However, things didn’t go back to normal - at least not yet (it’s been about a month and 5 days since the original issue).
-When I try to flex the muscle on it’s own, it doesn’t move much (specifically when flaccid). It moves, but like only the base and not much else. Back then, before the issue, everything would move back towards my body when flaccid)
-I’m still not able to push out the last bit of urine after completely urinating (at the end of my urination, it just drips out even if I try to flex to push it out). There are sometimes where I am able to flex and it does push out the last bit but not very convincingly.
-My erection quality is still not as good as it used to be. Before, when I would get erect, my penis would point almost completely towards me. Now it just points straight out and is not very hard no matter how aroused or “in the mood” I am.
So I went to another urologist for a second opinion (this was almost two weeks after the original urologist visit). He said the same thing (which put me at ease) and said it was probably the combination of vasolvagal and the fact that I didn’t eat before the medication, which caused low blood pressure too. Said he does not think there is any permanent damage.
It’s been about 3 weeks since then. Still have the same issue so I looked up kegels a learned about a “weak pelvic floor” and thought maybe the vasovagal response weakened my pelvic floor (given that blood was allocated elsewhere). So I tried doing some kegel exercises (starting last week), but not very heavy (something like holding it for 5-8 seconds for about 10 - 15 reps, maybe 2-3 sets a day) but I was only consistent for about 3-4 days and decided not to be too consistent until I learn more about this.
So My questions are:
1. What do you all think of the situation?
2. I know jelqing can cause damage (which I’m not going to do), but can kegels cause damage too? I’ve read elsewhere that doctors sometimes recommended this exercise, which makes me think it’s safe - then again, I don’t really trust doctors too much anymore :(
3. How long do you all think it would take to return back to normal if I do kegels vs not doing them? Should I just not do them?
4. Could this still be maybe a lack of blood flow issue? Maybe a vein or something?
5. Any suggestions moving forward
Thank you all so much for your time. I will be watching this thread like a hawk for any responses. Also, sorry if this is in the wrong place (I can only post in 3 sections).