Oxycodone might feel like it’s helping but depending on how long you’ve been taking it, it very well could be making your pain worse. There’s a lot of newer research on chronic pain and there are several recent studies that show traditional pain meds actually increase pain signals when used chronically. I went through a chronic pain class at mayo and the one thing they told me was NEVER get on pain meds. I understand, given your situation, that this probably isn’t easy to hear. I’ve been in chronic pain for 2.5 years and it’s hard for me to say it.
I’m assuming your left side is still painful or you wouldn’t be so hesitant to take the right side off. Can you elaborate? There’s a huge mental stigma to get over when going through bilateral orchidectomy but if I’d have known pre vas what I know now, I probably would’ve been castrated instead of vasectomized. Vasectomy is not good for your testicles. Period. I struggle to fathom how 2,000,000 sperm per day being disposed of by your immune system is good for your body either but Medicine is clearly light years from this conclusion. After your vasectomy the body begins to view your testicles as foe not friend and the only thing that keeps your immune system from whipping them out before you die is their shear size. Every day your body is attacking your testicles. Why should this feel good.
Clearly, fertility isn’t something you desire (me neither btw). After 17 years of chronic pain, I’d bet money your hormone levels are garbage. At this point, your other testicle is completely useless. If you had successful pain relief with the left side, why not remove the right? At least someone might actually help you get testosterone, and help balance your hormones the way your body is supposed to be.
I get that it’s a big decision. However, dont underestimate the catastrophe that even a painless vasectomy can be on your testicular health, and that decision was already made a long time ago.