I’ll preface my story thus far with the fact that I have never been so angry and scared in my life.
I’m a 35 year old, single professional man. I have no children. Don’t want any. Hence the reason why I got a vasectomy approximately one year ago. The surgery was unremarkable and aside from normal post-surgery pain, I had no issues. Didn’t even really have any swelling. I was very happy with the result.
A few months ago (about 9 months post vasectomy), I noticed that my balls were achy. Like everyone else on here, I figured it’d go away after a few days. It didn’t. So, I started doing some research. It took a little while, but I finally stumbled across PVPS.
So, I found a doc near me who was highly recommended by this forum. We tried the first line NSAID approach. It helped, but I was shortly thereafter diagnosed with a stomach ulcer and had to stop NSAID therapy.
The ultrasound showed enlarged epididymis on both sides. Then I went through the diagnostic spermatic cord block - which was an extremely painful procedure. Twig and berries were numb the rest of the day but the pain came back and actually got worse. Additionally, the sides of my balls, right below where the needle was inserted, are now very tender to the touch.
Doc is starting the process to obtain pre-approval for a reversal from my evil insurance company. In the meantime, he wanted my to start on testosterone gel to slow down sperm production to hopefully get some relief. Evil insurance denied it. Doc is scheduling a peer 2 peer with the insurance demons to hopefully get it approved.
Meanwhile, I’m in pain constantly. Can’t take NSAIDs, Tylenol doesn’t do shit, can’t take tramadol because I’m on two serotonergic drugs. I asked the doc for something else (i.e. opiates) for the pain until the testosterone (if it ever gets approved) kicks in and was told no.
So, here I sit with sore balls, regret, and despair.
I wish I had never been snipped. Nobody told me this was a risk. But, I can’t change it. I’m just terrified that I’ll never be back to normal.