hey everyone. I’ts been almost a month since I last updated. I was waiting on our wonderful canadian healthcare system to get in to see a urologist. During that time, my symptoms have been a real roller coaster ride. For the first 2-3 weeks I was feeling progressively better. T othe point where I was genuinely starting to believe I was on the road to recovery. Little did I know. …
what I should say is that I had been making a concerted effort during that time to work out, drink water and most of the other good stuff that I should be doing anyway. I assumed this was all impacting my recovery and was using that as motivation to keep going.
Then, about ten days ago, I woke up one morning feeling not so great. Soreness, nauseous, tightness, heaviness, all the usual suspects. I hoped it was a short term set back, but it has been slowly getting worse. If I am not back to square one, I am not far from it. Pretty deflating I must say…
So, the urologist. He listened to my history, then he did an exam. Now, I have examined myself enough times to know how it should feel. OR at least I thought I had. he was feeling around and I was a bit sensitive, which I am sometimes more than others. Then he reached to the back and up fairly high behind my testicles and squeezed one at a time, not hard, but firmly. I was torn between screaming out loud and punching him in the face. He was surprised by how "acute and localized " the pain was. I was kind of happy in the sense it was clear where the issue was, even if it was that painful
So, he said he thinks it is definitely the epididymitis. He thought it was weird it was both sides. He believes that the hike I did in september triggered something. He further believes that it could in fact be an infection. He is hoping that the previous 4 week stint of anti-biotics was ineffective because we did not include anti inflammatories with it and the guidance to drink a lot of water. So, that is the plan, to do this for 4 weeks straight. I am going to wait till after new years, cuz I know there will be wine involved this time of year, but thats the plan for now. My hopes are not real high.
the scary part is he said he does not think it has anything to do with my vasectomy from 3 years ago. He also thinks no one would want to go in and reverse it for fear of making things worse. I know there are a lot of contrary opinions on this forum, which is fine. So… if this does not work, he is saying its highly probable I have chronic Epididymitis, which he says there is not a lot he can do about. not very encouraging. I may have to end up going to see the guy in Toronto ( im in Vancouver), but will try this plan first.
Anyway, thought I would share the experience. I consider myself lucky relatively speaking. So many out there at pain levels much higher than mine. I float between a 3-6 on my scale I think. IT really, really sucks, but I almost find myself resigning myself to it.
I hope people are finding better solutions and progress out there than I am