No problem on my response. I really do believe that if I had all the information then that I do now, I would have gotten to this point much faster, be further along in my recovery, or altogether recovered. If you can understand what is potentially occurring with your body, and understand what could be the cause of your pain, I think it helps lead you to a path that you can comfortably follow and be ok with some pain. Just like, I had knee pain for a couple of years, due to running. I was ok with that pain, because I understood what was occurring to my body and it was just something that I would deal with. After the vasectomy, the doctors couldn’t really tell me what was going on, just that it should go away over time. So my anxiety was building, when the pain didn’t go away for months. Then I would start to have some relief and would push myself on a workout and be right back where I was.
Before the vasectomy I was a very fit individual that worked out for at least an hour a day and ran quite a bit. So, it was very difficult for me to just relax and not worry that I would ever be able to do that stuff again, especially when you have chronic pain. I have had to make modifications to my workout routines and I have had to completely stop running for now (trying to work back up to this, slowly).
I found that I would start to feel better and within a day or two of feeling good, I would automatically assume that I was good to go, or ready to push my body farther. I have found that when we are in this situation, it is definitely a marathon vs. a sprint. Don’t push yourself too early and when you get to the point that you feel good for a while, I would increase things slowly. You will probably still have some set-backs here and there, but hopefully they will be short-lived and you will feel incrementally better over time.
I have personally decided to avoid the activities that cause me to have increased pain for days at a time, such as running, basketball, soccer. Some stretches have caused me additional pain as well, but those I still do, just not as intense, and I go really slowly in increasing my range on those. I can still bike, weight train, and do some other low impact things, without any issues. I’ve just been working my way up to each new activity.
My pain has tended to be on the inner thighs and the inguinal canal, and just a bit at the vas tube at times. Your pain sounds like it’s in a bit of a different spot, but I think the logic is still sound, and muscle relaxation could be beneficial for you. Another persons thread you may read is @PerriT, they are also someone that over time, things improved, as I recall.
Again, think about this as a marathon at this point in time, not a sprint. Wish I would have heeded those words myself, but I’m following them now, and it seems to be helping. I hope these tips help you get at least some reduction in pain, using a conservative approach, but no guarantees.