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A decline in my erectile function started in my late 50s and I was prescribed Viagra in 1999. This worked very well but also caused blurred vision and headaches. After a couple of years I changed to Cialis and used it for a few more years. The side-effects were less intense than with Viagra. However, I found that I had to increase the dose as the ED was evidently progressing. Having taken a Cialis pill, one evening in 2007, I woke the next morning blind in my left eye. One of the first questions I was asked at the hospital was, "Have you been using any ED drugs?". I had emergency treatment with high dose IV cortisone but the optic nerve was damaged and I lost one third of the visual field in my left eye. The specialist told me I should never again use any of the three ED drugs (Viagra, Cialis or Levitra). I then developed a retinal membrane and had to undergo three sessions of repair surgery over the next two years. Then I had a similar attack in the right eye but that time the IV cortisone avoided permanent damage.
Subsequent research and discussions with the oculists demonstrated that I had suffered an attack of NAION (non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy). This is sometimes known as an optical stroke because the blood supply to the optic nerve is restricted in the same way as the brain is affected in a conventional stroke. ED drugs are know to carry the risk of causing NAION and a warning is included on the packing notes. Even though I stopped taking ED drugs immediately after the first attack, one of the characteristics of NAION is that an attack in the other eye is likely to occur within 5 years.
So, I was left with ED and no way to compensate for it. For that reason, once the dust had settled and I was able to start focusing on ED research, I discovered that there are many men, of all ages, who have ED and for one reason or another are unable to take PDE5 inhibitors (namely the 3 popular ED pills). As my work as a translator and writer frequently involves me in medical work, I was able to access a mass of information on the subject and to start taking steps to restore my own sexual functionality.
It's not easy because every case is different and what works for one man will not work for another. However, the fact is that ED can be treated and can usually be 'counteracted', although ongoing treatment is usually necessary.
There are some doctors specializing in this field but they are few and far between. Some family doctors are interested enough to support their ED patients. On the other hand, what is perceived by the medical authorities as 'loss of pleasure' is not classified as an illness, so it is left to the private sector. Unfortunately, as usual, that leaves the door open to exploiters and charlatans so great caution is required. That's why forums like this one are so useful because sufferers can share knowledge and experience as well as recommend treatments and doctors.
In view of my research over the last few years, as well as my own experience, I am very pleased to offer my services to the ED Group in the hope that I can help others overcome the misery that ED causes.
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