After the first 4, 5, 6 times I had pain and swelling in the epi, I was adamant I had to do something to rid myself of this pain. It hurt every time I sat down, went to the toilet. Using urinals was awkward with a very delicate squeeze and shake at the end! Some odd looks saw me retreating to the stalls to wee going forwards.
This on and off pain and swelling in the epi and testes themselves has been going on for 5 years now. I’m 6 and a half years post vas. I note down every instance and note which side, pain level, where in the epi the swelling is etc. etc.
My last 2 occurrences have been very different indeed. Swelling yes; a little pain, kind of but nothing like what I have experienced in the past. It hasn’t really stopped me from doing anything.
Meds wise, I was prescribed Pregabolin last April which I have used only when I get symptoms. This I take together with Naproxen and it seems to have worked wonders.
Or, all I needed was time. Time for my body to adapt to being in a vasectomised state. 6 and half years does seem excessive to ‘recover’ but when I add up the occurrences I have had, it’s 17 over the last 5 years. That’s a lot of pain to be in!!
I was offered a reversal, which would have been done privately at no cost to myself as it was affecting my quality of life. Good deal I thought! But I was reluctant to have any further surgery, thinking it would just make things worse or not have the desired effect I was hoping for. Being vas’d is great for my sex life. No consideration required for contraception and I’m married so no multiple partners to have to worry about STI’s. Sometimes I do think the pain of having more children would have been less than what I’ve gone through but no I ‘appear’ to be coming out the other side, I don’t really feel that way.
This post is just to say that ‘maybe’ hanging in there could work for some and that further surgery should only be considered in worse cases than mine.
I could also be jumping the gun here and the next occurrence I get could be just like it used to be. Hope not but this is where I am today.