@Chip5, yeah, I experienced some really screwed up stuff post embolization. It didn’t happen immediately either. There was a period of time where I thought I was out of the woods and it was going to be a success.
For me, the uptick in pain went from pretty much nothing to progressively getting worse week by week somewhere around week 2 - similar to my vasectomy. It seems that it literally took several weeks to go completely off the rails haywire. I was optimistic about my recovery, but I will never forget the day at work when all hell broke loose again.
Yeah, I was experiencing some sort of swelling below where the titanium coils were placed within my internal spermatic vein - which would be within the spermatic cord and everything below. I wasn’t able to measurbly gauge the swelling like you described, but I knew it was happening.
Yes, I experience localized pain, pain within my left hip, left hamstring, front of my left upper leg, etc, at times. Post embolization, my biggest complaints were - localized pain within the area of the varicocele, pain traveling up my spermatic cord into my abdomen, and pain running down my left hamstring. Pre embolization, I could lay in bed in any position and it would help matters. Post embolization - post haywire - laying in bed made things worse, especially if I was laying on my right side. I have a bizarre story.
My embolization procedure was considered failure at my 30 day post op ultrasound and follow-up appointment with the IVR who did the procedure. It didn’t have any effect on the size of my varicocele, nor my symptoms. As I have already made clear, it made me worse.
The good news is, I eventually did make some progress, but it took nearly a ~year. ~9 years later (present), I still have hiccups and side effects from the embolization procedure alone.
Beyond the guru surgeon that thought embolization would make me worse, the only person that was straight up with me in regard to post op hiccups, pain, side effects, etc, was the anesthesiologist (twilight) who took care of me during the procedure and as I recovered in a recovery room. He had a lot to say about it as I recovered, and said it was pretty typical. I was like - really?
Anyway, I don’t have issues associated with bowel movements. Many men that post on forums like this one do though. It’s not unheard of.