Greetings, first just wanted to thank this forum. I have browsed and found alot of great info. My biggest regret was not finding this forum prior to the Vas.
My wife had just had a high risk pregnancy and Drs advised us not to have more kids and really pushed a VAS as the “safe” way to go so I did my part. Was an active runner, fit , no medical issues or surgical history.
Vas 1/29/16 @ 34, traditional scalpel 1 incision, cauterize consult and procedure same day. No mention of chronic pain, I honesty had been so healthy to that point I had no concept of poor heath. Truly Naive.
History: Right side went fine, but felt a shock during the left and had to administer another shot. Didn’t really have issues at first other than swelling and a strange tingling at the bottom of the scrotal skin which I didn’t even understand at the time. After 4 weeks had a horrible case of right Epidymitis. I had never heard of this and realized this “safe” procedure was a mistake. Std antibiotics and naproxen and it cleared up in a week. Fast forward 7 months and had pain in left side, more antibiotics and naproxen and it cleared up in a week. At the 1 year mark suddenly during a run had horrible pain on right side with burning into right thigh. Dr. tried Cipro, more naproxen but this time nothing worked and I have been in constant pain since January 2017. The pain turned into a burning in the scrotum skin and burning on both thighs. Went back to the VAS doc who denied any connection and told me it was all in my head. I even contacted a few attorneys, but no one was interested. You are truly on your own when things go south.
I’ve had ultrasounds, pelvic and back X-Rays, MRI, blood work and all clean. Tried Gabapentin, Amitriplyin, Cymbalta, Nortrypline, Prednisone, Low Dose Naltrexon (LDN), Calmare therapy, Chiro, PT, topical lidocain, CBD oil, Metanx, B12, ALA, Fish Oil, Tumeric. Gaba helped some but really struggled to concentrate.
Looking back its amazing how much this procedure stole from my life. I’m 38 and have a thyroid condition now, chronic foot pain, nephropathy, constant tinnitus from the Amitriplyin, but the worst is the burning in the legs and scrotal skin. Its hard to sleep because even sheets make my thighs burn. I have a desk job and struggle with sitting or standing daily. I’m pretty sure I sustained some type of nerve damage and have been in so much pain it caused central sensitization or some of the meds caused more damage. The hard part is you are the only one who knows, from the outside I look fine and people don’t understand. I describe it as committing a crime against nature and if you get caught risk a lifetime of pain without parole. The Drs have no clue how to help, they simply don’t understand the nervous system enough and if this stops anyone from getting a VAS, I feel like it was worth the effort typing. I was as healthy as anyone prior and didn’t even have a file before the VAS. Its not coincidence.
I’m open to any ideas, after 3.5 years I’m pretty sure pain is going to be a part of my life now. I’m currently on 4.5mg LDN at night. I have not really explored reversal because everything points to nerve pain. I don’t have any of the congestion related symptoms, just a constant burning and I simply could not make it anymore if it got worse.
I pray we all find helpful treatment and that this procedure is rightfully banned. Its been a life changing experience for me and my family that I don’t wish on anyone.