Apologies is this topic is repetitive on this forum, but I’m pretty desperate.
It’s been 2.5 years since my vasectomy. While I have had periods where for several months where I felt pretty normal, I have had 2 major “flare ups” where my (very) painful symptoms have come back for months, including shooting pains from my belly button through my right testicle (seems like a nerve thing), as well as constant pressure and throbbing pain in my right testicle. In the past 2.5 years I’ve probably had about 10 months where I felt normal.
I’ve tried gabapentin, amitriptyline, and of course over the counter NSAIDs, Norco, etc. steroid injections into my lower abdomen, umbilical hernia surgery, sperm granuloma surgery, and lots of other things. Other things I have not tried include reversal, microdenervation, or testicle removal but highly prefer to avoid those because I am not 100% confident even those would work since it could be some sort of trapped never in my abs that was further irritated by the vasectomy process.
What I’m seeking is some sort of “go-to” pain relief process when these flare ups happen, because they are destroying me physically and mentally and no doctor has been able to help. I recently tried a cord block which didn’t give me temporary relief, and in fact seems to have made things worse.
I just pray that eventually the pain goes away on its own, which it usually does after several months, with no real reason. I can handle a week or two, but months on end is very physically and emotionally taxing, and sapping all joy from my life, feeling as if I’m missing on the joy of doing fun things with my kids and watching them grow up.
Has anyone had success with pain management doctors performing nerve blocks of some sort? Any other ideas or potential solutions to manage the pain?