I posted some in the “8 weeks - still up and down” thread, but wanted to document my full story here in case it helps someone.
Vasectomy was Jan 29, 2016. Procedure was fine except for a period of about 2 minutes during which I felt extremely nauseous. Was assured it was normal and I wasn’t going to vomit. I didn’t.
Weeks 1 to 3 - Felt good really. Almost no soreness from surgery, didn’t really use any meds. I was back to lifting weights (squatting, deadlifting, etc.) by week two. This might have been a mistake.
Week 3 - I started to get dull pain and a kind of crushed testicle feeling on the left side. Kind of felt like my underwear/pants were pinching my testicle, but it wasn’t fixable. Wasn’t really sore to the touch (still am not). Also got little twinges of pain here and there in both groins. Got worse as the day went on and was kind of hot and swollen by night time. Working out actually makes it feel better. Iced and heated and took ibuprofen to no effect.
Saw the urologist who performed the surgery and he examined me and said I had a granuloma. Put me on antibiotics and told me to call him back if it wasn’t better in a week. Also said he had someone who had similar problem as me about once a month (funny how he never mentioned that rate of complication previously). Assured me it wasn’t PVPS (he had warned me about that at the consultation, with a rate of like 6 in 1,000 or something). Very positive and sure of himself that it was going to go away in no time.
Week 4 to 10 - No real change in this time. I wake up with a general fragile/achy feeling that is very manageable. They are not really sensitive to touch at all, which is odd. They feel like they are being pinched and are achy, but if I squeeze or manipulate them it doesn’t hurt worse. I can work and have lifted weights consistently during this time. Just wearing a jock strap and have constant pain.
Week 10 to 11 - Decided that, as I am nearing the three month mark where the urologist might actually admit there’s something wrong, that I’d try some more active measures. I’ve been doing 800mg of ibuprofen 3-4 times a day (planning to do this for two weeks), and hot baths every night. Stopped working out. Abstained for 5 days, but that doesn’t really seem to do anything so may not continue that.
Week 12 to 14 - No real change after the two weeks of ibuprofen and baths for 3 weeks or so. I am back to lifting weights and riding a recumbent bike for cardio. Doesn’t seem to do much. Pain is still consistent tenderness/achiness that seems to get worse as the day goes on. Sex doesn’t seem to affect it, so I’ve been pretty consistent at keeping that up daily to keep things moving. Pushed back my urologist appointment to next week due to a scheduling conflict. After he tells me nothing is wrong, and prescribes antibiotic/anti-imflammatory meds, my plan is to wait until the six month mark on July 31st and schedule a consult with Dr. Marks in Tucson.
Week 14 to 17 - Had a pretty significant reduction in pain at about 3.5 months (week 16). Swelling stopped. Pain greatly reduced. It was subtle at first, but I just noticed that I was walking and acting more normally, and not restricting my activities as much. I have what I would describe now as discomfort, and not really pain. It’s a relief to finally see some improvement. From what I can tell, nothing really caused this improvement other than time (didn’t coincide with any medications or changes in lifestyle). I’d say I’m about 85% of normal. Staying hopeful.
Week 18 to 19 - New symptoms! Yay! The stabbing, needle like pain that radiates in a line from my groin to my knee has been intermittent for months, but now it’s every day. And now I’m experiencing pin prick feelings all over my body, usually just one at a time. I get them in my calf, ankle, thigh, and arms. Nerve issues I guess.
Summary - I’m still hopeful that I’m just a slow healer, or I exacerbated the injury by lifting and being too active early. The pain is not debilitating, and I can still work, but the thought of having it forever is really depressing and I don’t think I can do it. Mostly I just feel stupid.
Thanks for reading.