I just want to thank everyone on this forum as you have been the only light helping me navigate this dark maze on insanity. I am also sorry that you have all been going through this nightmare. I have read many many posts on this forum over the past 3 months and have finally gotten myself to mental state to join the group
I had my Vasectomy 9/5/18, a couple days after hiking with my wife and two young children (the last physical activity I had in the past 3 months). The surgery was a standard “No Scalpel” with cauterization and no obvious complications. I stayed on the couch, took my antibiotics / Ibuprophen and iced with strong support for the next 4 days.
By day 5, the end of the Upper Vas site became very large, hardened and painfull for the next 5 weeks. Over this period of time, my Urologist had me try a round of Doxycycline and use Meloxicam. After that, he tried Cefdinir. Finally the pain at the surgical site began to calm down after 5 weeks and the knots have reduced to a normal size. It was at this time that Epi pressure and testicle pain took over.
For the next month, both testicles had chronic aching with swollen tender Epi’s. On occasion they would have strong cramping. My Urologist said we need to wait it out and prescribed Methylprednisolone. This caused horrible insomnia, nausea, and acne with no noticeable improvement. Every appointment was met with the same answer of wait it out. I could not do much more than stay on the couch all day, fortunately my job was very understanding.
I saught advice from a Psycologist, as I was having panic attacks processing what has happened to my life. Based on her recommendation, I went for a 2nd opinion from a teaching hospital. After reviewing my case, notes, diagrams, lab reports, he said that he would try a reversal on me, even though he doesn’t typically treat pain patients.
During this time, my left testicle (which has more vasular congestion) began rotating, causing more pain on the tender Epi.
I have since that time consulted with a couple of other Urologists and most are also recommending trying a reversal, but vary on the time frame. I am so limited physically and loosing my mind. I used to workout 4 days a week. I am scared that the longer I stay this way, the more damage is taking place, which would reduce my chances for surgical recovery.
The pain does not seem to be getting any better. I am not sure what to do and am reaching out to this community for advice. If reversal is the path, I would rather just start this journey as I know the recovery can be up to a year.
Also, are there any recommendations for good reversal specialists in NC? I also have family in NJ, so a specialist recommendation in NJ / NY is also appreciated if its a better option.