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male pirineal numbness

jason23jason23 Posts: 70
edited January 2014 in Health, fitness & training
Hi Folks,

would like to get some thoughts and personal experience on the above.

I seem to be suffering ( 4 weeks ) very light numbness after rides and it's lasting fo a few days after a short ride at times.

Been riding for over 20 years and never had anything like it. Quite alarming at first as I had no precident to judge the sensation against. I thought it might be a swelling or infection but after doctors trips and some examinations etc it appears to be some sort of nerve pinching, aggrivation, or something. The sensation is off a "weak" tingle /numbness in the pirineum/back of balls.

I've very loathe to ride my bike at all right now and I normally ride twice a day and commute everywhere on it.

Ive been riding everywhere standing up the last few days but thats no answer.

I use a charge spoon on some bikes and a specialised Romin on the others. Even tilted forward they seem to aggravate the numbness. I'm really suprised to be getting this, esp with good seats and sensible angles!

Over the years I have given the pirineum area a fair bashing as has any mountain biker. Crashes, feet slipping off the pedals etc so there must be some wear and tear.

Would like to hear from anyone with similar experience. What helped? How much were you riding?

Anyone been to see osteopaths etc to try and stimulate key nerves or correct posture or vertebrae allighnment etc?

I'm thinking I may have to give up cycling if I can't remedy this! What a horrific thought.

Thanks

Jas

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  • Had you changed anything in your riding position before this came on? Saddle angle, stem, bar width etc?

    I would get yourself to a specilist bike fitter and talk to them about the angles on your bikes.

    there are some very unusual looking saddles specially designed to help with this problem.

    The first one on this link is said to be good, even if it looks like a weird sex toy:

    http://jalopnik.com/5816286/five-saddle ... -your-bike
    Bikes:
    Cannondale Killer V 1995 (Promo model) - My first Race bike now converted to a commuter
    Lapierre X-Flow 712 - XC fs rocket
    Pivot Mach 6 - Enduro Machine
    Pinarello FP2 - Roadie
  • jason23jason23 Posts: 70
    ive changed nothing. this is whats freaking me out!

    I did slip of my pedal one night in the wet and bash my gooch of the toptube but Ive been doing that type of sh*t for years with regular MTB and road biking!

    Thing is I generally ride short missions. Local 90 high intensity burns are my bread and butter! Not 5 hr long censored busting epics.

    Just praying it goes away but I got the fear!

    Jas
  • Was the slip only a few days ago? it could just be bruised (causing more pressure) and a bit of rest might be enough.

    This properly freaked me out one day doing a 100miler on the road bike before I had it set-up properly, my nuts went totally numb for the rest of the day
    Bikes:
    Cannondale Killer V 1995 (Promo model) - My first Race bike now converted to a commuter
    Lapierre X-Flow 712 - XC fs rocket
    Pivot Mach 6 - Enduro Machine
    Pinarello FP2 - Roadie
  • jason23jason23 Posts: 70
    no it was like 5-6 weeks ago i think!
    I'm shi**ing it! Had the numbness for a few weeks slowly taking up more time in my conciousness until I really started worrying lots and then it dissapeared for 4 days and felt like I'd won the lottery!

    Now its back again after 2 short bike rides!

    The whole thing just doesn't add up logically! Short rides, good saddles, no disconfort whatsoever when riding!

    Jas
  • KajjalKajjal Posts: 3,404
    Go and see a doctor is the best advice. If that goes OK you may want to read up on the web about measuring yourself properly for a saddle. My road bike saddle was really painful after an hour or so. I measured up properly and bought a wider saddle with a cutaway. I can now ride for hours with no problems.
  • jason23jason23 Posts: 70
    thanks. ive seen a doctor twice. He reckons its a nerve issue!
    Just wanting to hear peoples experiences with the same symptoms and try and put more knowledge together.

    I realise there are many saddles and shapes out there. My present issue is I dont really feel much discomfort when riding so I'm trying to understand more.

    What saddle do you favor!
  • KajjalKajjal Posts: 3,404
    I went for a specialized avatar in the right width for my road bike. My mountain bike is fine with its original saddle. There are cheaper saddles you can try.
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