I’m at 9 months post vasectomy and figured I would provide a followup just to keep the timeline going. I’m continuing to have a very slow improvement although I’m still in pain on a daily basis. It usually runs around a 2/10 but is very livable at the current moment. The part I’m having the most frustration about is the cyclical aspect of the pain. Most days are good and I’m doing well, but then, bam, I’m back at a 4/10 for a couple of days. Super frustrating. However, I’m only taking Elavil at night and an occasional NSAID, usually for other reasons, so I’m happy with where I’m at most days. At this point, barring a dramatic decrease, I’m not going to pursue any surgery. I’m too worried about making things worse, so I’m going to continue with the conservative treatments. I went to a different Pelvic floor PT whose been focusing more on the hips and external pelvis and I do think its helping.
Beyond that, I continue to stretch constantly and have actually begun weightlifting again which is going well. I’ve also realized how my mental state really affects my pain, so I try and stay relaxed and non stressed, which is surprisingly hard because i carry so much anger and frustration about this situation. I look forward to the days when I can get past the emotion.
To add insult to injury, I calculated how much money PVPS has cost me and I’m out $30K this year when you include lost salary, OT and medical bills. Knowing this has only made me more frustrated, but I guess it’s still cheaper than another kid. I’m lucky I’ve got a pretty good STD plan or it could have been a lot worse.
Anyway, overall I’m happy with the way things are going but still frustrated at long I’ve taken to heal and how much this has consumed my life.