First off, thanks in advance to all of you who are here. I’ve been reading this forum for a bit over a year and the guidance and insights I’ve received have proven invaluable. I’m sorry we’re all here, and my only hope is that we all find relief and that we never had to experience this hell in the first place. But here we are.
Had my vasectomy about 15 months ago at 31. Procedure itself was relatively uneventful, but I needed a significant increase in lidocaine on one side. So much so that I got very loopy and off balance, similar to feeling drunk. It took about an hour for that to wear off.
Recovery was fine, ice, ice, baby. Things were sore for a bit, but things generally settled down and I was able to get back to normal pretty quickly.
Fast forward about two months or so, I contacted my doc with what felt like a light testicular pain and inguinal pain. It wasn’t awful, but something wasn’t right. Physical exam was normal as was the ultrasound and I was told “give it time.”
Fast forward another month, and I now have abdominal pain on top of inguinal pain, and testicular pain. By now I’m in such excruciating pain I am doubled over, I’m lying down and something is definitely off.
By this point, after trying 6 weeks of NSAIDs and no luck, and clean scans doc is “out of ideas.” This is “so strange” he says, as I was doing fine for so long. Clearly he’s not willing to acknowledge PVPS is a thing he’s ever heard of. His consent form never even mentioned this.
Second doc does a pelvic scan, nothing abnormal there. She recommends pelvic floor therapy, and after roughly two months I get only minimal relief.
It reaches a point my abdominal and inguinal pain gets so bad I’m off work for about two months.
I tried pain management with no luck.
After feeling completely gaslighted by docs for about six months, being told “it’s all in my head” etc, I just threw my hands up.
I spent 6 months debating what else to do.
My orgasms are weak, my erections too. I can still ejaculate but I feel like I get zero pleasure from it. It’s more of a workout than a release, and I just don’t feel like myself at ALL. I’m fatigued like no other, my drive has plummeted from excessively high to ZERO.
My pain now is a consistent 3-4 that feels like slight testicular tenderness at the same spot and possibly prostatitis like symptoms. Throughout this ordeal I have been treated for what I thought may have been a UTI a few times with a few rounds of antibiotics with no luck.
Sometimes it’s hard to know if it’s more testicular ache or some type of nerve damage.
I’m now scheduled for reversal in roughly a month. I’m hoping it’s successful, but I’ve reached a point where I’m not sure what else to do. I can only hope that the reversal works as I can not live like this.