I tried Lyrica for a month and then tapered off over the course of about 2 weeks.
Lyrica did a pretty good job eliminating the pain. It was still present but not significant.
When I started reducing lyrica I immediately felt nerve pain on my left side from my back down to my groin that made it hard to walk. It went away pretty quickly though.
I’m feeling not great but not too bad at this point. The groin area feels somewhat inflamed and irritated. Testicles are hyper-sensitive to any shocks or squeezes. Sex still entails distracting levels of discomfort, and orgasm still feels messed up. Dull ache comes and goes. Ejaculating seems to bring the dull ache back and results in achy feelings right around the epididymis.
Stopping lyrica made it easier to get aroused. I’m still much less interested in sex than I was pre-vasectomy, but I do feel more confident that I could get sufficiently in the mood when my wife wants to.
I feel like I’m getting accustomed to feeling uncomfortable all the time. I’m forgetting what it was like to not have this in my life. The upset feelings have become less sharp.
I visited with my urologist this week. He basically said he didn’t have any more treatment to offer me at his office, but I could go to another doctor and get nerve injections with anesthetic and steroids.
He said he felt totally fine about recommending that I get a reversal and that he saw about 70% of patients get relief. He said that I had some time to decide – after 3 years it would be more difficult to do a vas-to-vas. However, he warned me that neuropathy would have a tendency to become permanent the longer it existed.
So anyway, I’m not in a lot of pain, but I’m in mild pain. It comes and it goes. Sometimes there is a burning sensation. Sometimes there is a pressure sensation. Sometimes it’s a sore feeling. Sometimes it’s an achy feeling. Sometimes it’s a sudden sharpish twang along the path of the vas over the pubic bone. Things feel inflamed and sore like when you are fighting an infection. Someone on this site referred to an inner thigh sunburn sensation. That is an excellent and accurate description of my leg pain. Urination is halting, and when I have a full bladder I feel my vas ache on both sides. Long car rides convert the pain from mild to moderate.
I don’t know whether I want to seek a reversal or not. I’m not happy with how things are, but I am afraid of getting reversed and not seeing improvement.