A couple weeks after I wrote this message, I had a setback. I decided I was really starting to feel good again, so I tried running a bit after some other exercise and I think I irritated the nerves once again. I think the muscles in my hip either spasmed/swelled due to lack of use and compressed the nerve again in my hip, or the nerve got irritated and caused the muscles to spasm. Either way…bad idea on my part. It’s taken about a month for me to get almost back to where I was pre-run in my hip flexibility and such (not quite there yet). I had the inner thigh pain again and could feel that the muscle in my inner thigh was super clenched, but that has mostly gone away. Now I just have a bit of hip tightness and/or weakness that is annoying, but I have also been doing some stretches in that area. It feels like a good massage would help…
I think originally I had 2 problems. I think I had an inflamed granuloma and also nerve/muscle issues. I no longer get any pain at the surgical site, so that is a blessing and having the granuloma cut out was good for ME in that regard. Based on discussion with the doctor that did my surgery, the granuloma had attached to the spermatic cord, causing the cord to pull up and rub nerves (is this really true? I don’t have the answer to that, because I was knocked out during the surgery). I would definitely seek a consult with someone in your area that is a PVP expert and do it sooner rather than later. With nerves, once they are activated/irritated they take a while to shut down and they are then hypersensitive. I would try to get those under control as quickly as possible.
What my doctor told me was if you do have a granuloma or something that is pressing, rubbing on the nerve, then you need to take care of the issue at hand. I was going to get a nerve block, prior to the surgery and he advised against that at the time, because even with the block, if the granuloma is causing the rubbing on the nerve, you’re not actually taking care of the problem at hand, you’re just masking it. He felt that removing the granuloma would get rid of my pain. It hasn’t happened exactly like that…but it has decreased my pain some and I think now has limited me to nerve pain. I was scared to death to have a second surgery…but I’m glad I did at this point.
Who knows though, everybody’s body is so different. Our experiences can define our expectations of life. I never thought I would have this type of thing happen to me and I have always been healthy. Now that I have to deal with this pain and the cause being a decision that I made, I have had a much harder time accepting that I can no longer do the things I once could. My mindset has went back and forth so many times and tried to place blame on myself, the doctor, my wife. In the end though, it doesn’t matter. I was dealt this hand and I have to deal with it. I am not in the same position as a majority of those on this board. I have hope that over time the rest of my issues will resolve. But I have resigned myself to the fact that they might not resolve and I am at a crossroads, either I can choose to piss and moan about it (which I still do sometimes) or I can go on with things and make the best of it., which is much easier said than done.
Pnetts, one piece of advice that I would give you, is don’t mess with the granuloma too much. I think that was an issue for me. I may have been irritating it, because of my obsessive nature. I would have to check it all the time and hope it got smaller. I probably caused some of the inflamed pain/damage myself. So, if you do mess with it a lot, I would stop. If you want to check it, then check it once every few days or once a week. See if that helps any…
Sorry for my post if it offends anyone, but I thought I would share what little knowledge I have on the situation.