Today was my month anniversary and will say it has been one of the most challenging month of my life. I have done several military deployments but this has tested my mental resilience like no other!
First week was standard. Felt good by day 5. Iced religiously and watched lots of westerns and war movies.
Day 7-8 went back to my regular routine. Coached Little League and walked the dogs. My Fitbit said I did 12k on both days…which was probably a mistake. Day 9 my right nut became very swollen and tender and then the fun started.
Day 9-20 felt like my nuts were in a vice grip continuously. Used ice and ibuprofen 800 mg * 3 times a day. Finally got the swelling under control by Day 20. Anxiety increased as I began to investigate PVPS and saw some horror stories and began to think I have ruined both my military career and my life. Everything front the urologists office stated 3-7 days normal and then the chronic cases. No real talk of those in between. Hence some long sleepless nights and tears in my beers.
Day 20 -30 been on pins and needles. Pain and tenderness decreased but am scared to do anything that requires a lot of effort or work.
Top notch support from my Military GP and urologist who have eased my mind. They have indicated that it is just my epi’s swollen and will probably take 4-10 weeks to full heal. Indicated that this is more normal then stated…wish I had known this.
My aches and tenderness are still there and I feel exceptionally fragile. Taking 400 mg ibuprofen 3 times a day and icing probably 4-6 times a day.
Anyone been down this similar road? When should I reduce the ibuprofen or begin to escalate efforts. Any idea of how much longer these full aches will last. Still scared of PVPS but i think I am trending in the right direction and pain never escalates above 2.
Glad I found this group which indicates that many people take 2-6 months to fully heal.