I appreciate all the comments on my last thread and the private messages from many of you. I’ve got a lot going on at work at am seeing a number of different physicians but do have some interesting (to me, at least) news and new theory based on the news to offer:
- I no longer think blockage is a problem. @RingoStar suggested early on in my battle that I might be dealing with a failed reversal due to scarring, fibrosis, etc. His theory made a lot of sense, especially after shooting only a 10MM SA back in 2016.
I just my new SA results back from Tuesday and registered a count of 142MM, the highest I’ve ever recorded post-reversal (and I’m 13-1/2 years post-reversal!). I cannot imagine all 142 MM are coming from the no-pain right side so, for now, I’m going forward assuming I’m still patent on both sides. Now the really interesting part.
- My GP and I decided to try a few Hail Mary passes since I’d failed Pain Management and am now seriously looking at surgical options. I recently did 10 days of doxycycline and noticed a drop in epididymal pain. I talked with my GP and he suggested another two weeks of doxy which I completed this past Tuesday. I’d say my pain is down 50% especially the feeling of pinching/clamping on the left epi. Mainly now just cord pain and not as bad and not all the time. The pain level remains down as of today even though I finished the meds 3 days ago. I’m not where I want to be, but better than before.
I know that doxy has anti-inflammatory properties, but I’ve done a lot of celebrex and even a few prednisone packs during this 2-1/2 year bout of pain without much relief, so I’m starting to believe there may have been an infection all along.
Consider this theory and feel free to call me crazy.
I’ve been dealing with an infection all along. The 24 days of doxy in November cleared up much of the infection, enough to all for better flow of sperm which yielded a high sperm count on Tuesday.
Opinions welcome, but for now, I’m going to talk with my doc about extending the dose of doxy or perhaps even trying one of the ones we all know aren’t great (Cipro, Levaquin). I know the risks of Cipro and Levaquin, but they seem a lot safer than my other options of spermatic cord denervation or GF neurectomy.
- Forgot to mention I also had a scrotal US on Monday. What an experience. I’m 53, in decent shape, but my best days are behind me. Who comes out to get me but the hottest radiology tech I’ve ever seen. Probably 35, tight, athletic, cute, classic All-American type I really like. Think Carrie Underwood but brunette. Yes, that hot! As we’re walking back to the exam room, I’m trying to figure out how not to get a boner during the US. I made it through.
Not sure what to make of this, but the US revealed a 2MM cyst on the left (painful side) epi! My GP says it’s “probably” too small to be my pain source, but adding this to the news above has me a bit perplexed.