Hi all, I’ve been reading here since late last year and this is my 1st post.
First of all I want to say how it hurts me to see so many of you guys suffering, be it mild or severe - suffering from PVP should be MAXIMIZED, rather than minimized, which is what our society constantly does.
I am extremely fortunate to have a very sweet and emphatic wife (she has blood clot condition so the Pill was never an option) who actually feels guilty for suggesting vasectomy in the 1st place - but I did not feel pressured into doing it and it was eventually my own decision. The lure of being able to get quickies into our busy schedule without fiddling with condoms was high… 2 kids - 3 & 6 - is enough and the whole baby to toddler years really took it out of me. Still sleep deprived…
I had Vas in Feb 2019, it was a horrible experience as the Uro didnt sedate my left side enough before starting. I also drove home with no pain med or anti-anxiety pills. Urologist, the old idiot, said it was all minor and fine to walk and drive;… (???)
Within a week I felt an ‘extra mass’ moving along with the vas on the left side, right at site of vas cut, though it only slightly bothered me when doing lunges etc and it eventually subsided, apart from sometimes bothering me during masturbation, but not actual sex…
Enter Nov 2020 and I started getting major tenderness after mountain-biking for a few weeks. THEN THE STABBING STARTED.
Oh, my holy f*cuk(!) ---- the shooting, stabbing pain (from vas site up to groin or sometimes right into hip) - this was a nightmare that initially lasted 48 hours straight.
To cut a long story short it subsided for about 2 mths and then started to creep back about 1x wek, sometimes less painfull, but always preceded by tingling and that ‘zapping’ kind of sensation.
I tried everythng from Ibuprofen to Tramadol and nothing really helped
Finally found a uro (dr Philippe Mast, who was also mentioned here by another guys - smurf-something?) who took me seriously and he admitted that he sees a fair amount of guys with trouble after initial vas. My issue prob caused by vas site irritating the nerve that runs alongside it…
I decided to bite the bullet and let him operate last week fri 2 april ) he removed a further part of the vas - where my pain was coming from - it had a 3-4mm, far thicker than vas, greyish, fibrous scarr tissue in between where the vast was cut (you couldnt even see the ‘break’ anymore) - I asked him to show it to me just after he closed me up.
I’m in day 8 of post-op recovery and actually mostly pain free apart for the moments where my scrotum gets pulled or moved when sweaty skin is tugged by my underwear - F*CK ME cause then it feels like sharp wire is inserted from vast site to my groin. But it’s not the ‘shooting’ neuralgia type of pain, i’d say it is caused by the epi’ getting moved and ‘tugging’ on the still very sensitive vas-def throughout the vas-def canal into the groin… doesn’t really respond to the Tramadol, but ice is a great relief.
I started on B12 and 5-HTP today hoping it might help with nerve regen… going to try to get my doc to prescribe me Pregabalin or Gabapentin next week to see if that helps calm the nerves during this recovery. I have been taking almost dailmy amounts of benzo’s (oxazepam and alprozolam) to help witht he anxiety of the pain - though I am reading studies that suggest that Benzo’s may harm nerve-regeneration and generally be bad for the CNS so I am going to cut these out now.
Anyway THANK YOU ALL for sharing your stories here - a lot of you guys have really helped me understand the condition, causes of the pain and helped me put it all into perspective. So far I think I’m lucky that it has been limited to neuralgia without any form of constant chronic issues.
THANK YOU & TAKE CARE