9 Weeks in and this isn’t what I signed up for.
I had a vasectomy on 3/8/2019. Procedure was a breeze, the only thing I felt was a slight pull on my left side. Went home and first 48 hours was not bad. Then my left side started swelling up. 7 Days after followed up with the doctor and he said it was a hematoma. He said he didn’t think it would warrant surgery. Then a few minutes later he gave me the option for surgery. He was really confusing me so I decided to wait it out. A few days later I started developing a fever, so I went back in. Now he said I need surgery. Again, he was really confusing me and I didn’t trust him to open me up again so I got a second opinion at a different practice. Saw 2 doctors there and they both didn’t recommend surgery but gave it as an option. They said the recovery may still take the same time. So with risks of getting opened up I decided not to do the surgery. I was swollen up like a softball and the next 2 weeks were so painful. I was also swollen in my pelvic area right above the left scrotum. I could barely walk or stand. Week 4 the pain finally started to subside, and I could start to function a little better.
On to week 9 and I am still messed up. The swelling has gone down, but the hematoma is still there and I still have the hardness in my pelvic area. I sometimes get dull or throbbing pains in the testicle (both) but that isn’t too horrible. I also feel like I am always sore in the lower abdomen, sometimes I have sharp pains there that take my breath away. Luckily, they don’t happen too often. The thing that worries me the most is about Week 6 when I started going back to work and sitting in a desk chair I started to get nerve tingling in my right leg. Quadricep, down to the knee, sometimes feet. Its not the tingling you feel when your arm falls asleep. It’s more of a shock feeling or bugs crawling in your skin. The urologist thought it was just from the trauma of the hematoma and walking funny. He seems to have pushed me aside at this point.
Today the nerve stuff is still the worst on the right leg, but I can also feel it at times in the left leg, butt, even stomach sometimes. It is the weirdest feeling and really has me scared. Some days it is worse than others and seems to get worse as I sit for longer periods of time. I can still function, the pain isn’t debilitating, but I’m just worried this is going to turn into something worse. I’m not sure what I should really do at this point. I have just been playing the waiting game hoping that when this hematoma finally goes away, I would start to feel better. I was going to go see my GP an discuss my symptoms and go from there.
I know I’m still early in the process at only 9 weeks. I felt that if I shared my story it might help to talk to people with similar issues. I’ve been trying to relax best I can, been doing stretches, some light exercise (walking), hot baths, hoping I will be back to somewhat normal someday.
I would appreciate any advice or thoughts on my story.
Thanks for reading and your support.