I have signed up for some advice if possible. I’ve read through some of the posts and I’m impressed with the help, advice and support offered. I signed up with the hope of some reassurance…
I am based in the UK and I had a non scalpel vasectomy three weeks ago yesterday. I’m now growing in concern as I’m having aches and pains periodically. The bruising at first was major, but now has virtually gone - The right side was worse than the left, although the trouble I’m getting now only seems to be on the left! I have been back to the doctor twice and he has said some people take longer to recover than others (and I’m sure some of you will offer the same reassurance) and the pains will subside and can take another couple of weeks. He also said in his 16 years, he has never known anyone to have PVPS and it is more common in people with other chronic illnesses.
The pain I get is a random, sharp shooting pain in my left ball that makes me yelp. Happened constant for three hours last Thursday and has happened 4 or 5 times since at random times. This is the pain I thought I would have just after the procedure - not a couple of weeks after.
I guess I’m asking, have others experienced long recovery times? Am I being silly? Any general tips on improving my frame of mind as it’s getting me down.
I would also like to apologise to many of you as what I’m going through is probably a cake walk compared to what many of you are going through on a daily, long term basis. I am in no way trying to make anyone feel worse about themselves.
A few things I’ll note below that may help:
- The procedure took about 30 mins and they seemed to spend 25 mins on the left and 5 on the right
- I have absolutely no pain when going to the toilet or ejaculating
- At the base of my penis (especially when erect and balls dropping), I can see two lumps that feel like an inflamed piece of pipe. They do not hurt to touch and seem to move around a bit
- I also sometimes get pain above the groin area (lower abdomen I think)
- Left ball seems to be sticking out a lot more when I wake up, then goes back to where it should be after a short time
- Pain killers do nothing for the general ache I get and nothing for the sharp pains
- Doctor did say pain should subside when bruising goes and it can still be bruised underneath - even when surface bruising goes, so not to panic if still uncomfortable for a bit after visible bruising goes
- Left ball will go sensitive frequently and lose sensitivity and feel normal when I rub it a bit
Some of the advice I’ve had so far includes potential nerve issues on the left that should resolve but won’t be serious nerve issues as pain would be unbearable and constant.
I think one of the reasons I’m worried is because I have around 5 friends that have had it done and spoken to around 10 others and they said they were literally running marathons etc after a week and I’m still struggling after three weeks.