Just an update – it’s been a few days since my first post and I have an appointment with uro who performed vas on Monday.
I was wondering if I can get some feedback from the group on something— As I stated in my previous post, my pain had been mostly aching/sensitivity of testicles area mainly in the back where epi is., and mostly on right side (although backside of left testy is still sensitive and achy just to a lessor extent). At 2 weeks I did 7 days of ibuprofen (600mg x3). This was the best I had felt since the procedure. I felt I was 85%+ back to normal. After the 7 days I had a few good days, not as good as when on ibuprofen but damn close. I felt good enough to try riding stationary bike with bike compression shorts. This was 23 days post vasectomy. I rode lightly for 35 minutes, with only a little discomfort (although I did take 600mg ibuprofen as a CYA beforehand). I could tell I was more sore later in the day as a result, so swore off biking for another couple of weeks. It was about a week after this bike ride that pain increased on right side and I was diagnosed with the epididymitis and went on 10 days of cipro. I finished the cipro, and felt okay while on it just sore and achy, and the increased pain on left side had been reduced. But I had a flare up while at the park on Sunday. I took no meds or NSAIDs Monday and just went about my day as normal. But I could still feel lingering pain from flare up, and it was not a great day. I woke yesterday morning with constant aching in both testicles/epis but more pronounced on right side. The couple days since the flare up had caused pain to gravitate to right side flank and my lower back. It felt like the aftermath of a groin kick. So I scheduled the follow up with Uro, and went back on the ibuprofen. Took first dose of ibuprofen at noon yesterday, and also tried using a cup for first time (on recommendation from this board). The afternoon was amazing! Aside from the general discomfort of wearing a cup, I felt 90% back to normal. Around dinner time the ibuprofen had started wearing off and I could sense some of the achiness returning, but it was more tolerable with the cup while moving around because it helped keep my massive thighs from banging away on the boys while I parents a 3 and 4 year old. But, wearing a cup for hours has it’s own discomforts, so I took it off in the evening and took another 600mg ibuprofen before bed, and for a pretty decent night’s sleep.
So having now written toy guys a small novel for context, hear is the feedback I’m looking for–. Given that I’m just shy of 6 weeks post vas, and since ibuprofen seems to knock my pain in half (or better), and that I was recently diagnosed (empirically) with epididymitis, do you guys think the pain I continue to experience is simply the epididymitis still resolving itself??
After having read a lot of content on this page, I am think it is a good thing that a lot of my discomfort up to this point is resolved with 600mg of ibuprofen which I imagine rules out nerve damage. What do you guys think-- should I be optimistic about my pain resolving itself in next few weeks based on what I described above, or have others had success with NSAIDs short term, only to be left with long term pain?
Any responses or feedback would really be appreciated. I’m really stressed about this, and I feel like I’ve lived on this board since discovering it.