It was 6 calendar months since my vas on the 5th and I wanted to post an update for anyone interested in how things have been progressing for me.
I’ll spare you the details of my journey up to this point as those can be found in my previous posts. In summary I had vas Feb 5th, had post surgical pain that lasted beyond the touted 7 days, testicular soreness continued for weeks with a couple of follow ups to Uro, things started to improve for me at week 8, from week 8 until approximately week 14 I made a lot of progress was off of all pain management measures and was certain I was going to make a full or near full recovery. Then I had a setback during last week of May.
The month of June really sucked for me. In May I was doing really well, I was off all pain management measures (jock, icing, NSAIDs, …etc). I still had some minor discomfort here and there, but almost always associated with certain triggers like sitting or long walks. But I was convinced was was well on my way to a near full recovery. Then I had a flare up the last week of May and spent most of June managing pain/discomfort again as I worked my way back. I started keeping a daily pain journal back in May, and I’m happy to report that July was much better than June in terms of average daily discomfort. I think I’ve only taken one single dose of ibuprofen in the last month, and it was at the end of a VERY active Saturday with the family a few weeks ago. I’m wearing normal briefs, and still icing once a day generally. Most days I don’t feel like I need to ice but it’s just become routine. I also have been taking Zyflamend and Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements that are frequently recommended on this site. Right now I’m feeling happy with where things are trending. For tracking my daily pain/discomfort, I use the Mankoski 10-pt pain scale. I’ve modified it a bit to fit my situation. Im almost always between a 1 - 3, so I’ve broke down my pain descriptions in 0.5 increments, and will log pain scores down to the 0.25. There is obviously some subjectivity from day-to-day, but I feel like it gives a pretty good depiction of trend over the course of a couple weeks or a month. I started tracking in late May and my avg daily pain in June was approximately 2.5, and my average in July was approximately 1.85. So trending the right direction for the moment.
I’ll occasionally get achy epis, or some minor discomfort in back of testicle, but over time the duration and magnitude of the discomfort has seemed to slowly be reducing. Im hopeful the plumbing down there is simply taking it’s sweet time to adapt to the changes that resulted from vasectomy, and that over the coming months I’ll be able to make a close to full recovery
I’m also happy to report that my mental state has improved substantially over the last 6 weeks. I’ve started to feel like myself again. I was a real mess there for a while in the early months.
I plan to continue monitoring and logging my pain daily, and at the end of each month compare the monthly averages to prior months along with how many days were 1-2, 2-3, 3-4… etc. As long as I don’t get worse, and hopefully continue to improve, I’m just gonna keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully the body continues to heal/adapt on its own.