This has been one helluva a learning experience. Thank God I haven’t allowed anyone to cut into me yet as I still don’t have a real diagnosis since this flare-up started April 2016 after 9 years pain-free with only 1 6-month interruption.
The GF ablation is no big deal as a procedure. In fact, I was more sore after the GF block than the ablation.
Result - the hot spot on the cord is subdued, pain along the cord is virtually gone, and my light activities aren’t causing radiating pain throughout the scrotum. My strong guess is that the GF is/was PART of my problem.
The bad news - I’m still in a lot of pain. It’s almost like just a component was removed. I have left side pain that i’d describe as perineal and, perhaps, sciatic as it sometimes is over under the butt cheek. If you lay down on your right side and lift your left leg, it’s almost at the apex of the V. Occasionally radiates down to the foot. I’ve noticed a pull on the pain epicenter when I do a piriformis stretch.
Standing sucks, but walking feels GOOD!
- Damage do the perineal branch of the pudenal nerve from vasectomy and/or bicycling.
- Entrapment of nerves by the piriformis muscle or some other muscle in the groin
- Sciatic (seems like a likely culprit since I had L5/S1 fusion)
As I said in a previous post, I feel like I’m playing Whack-A-Mole. I’m going to see a doctor at the Dellon Institute for peripheral nerve surgery. Also going for more pelvic PT.