I have had pain on and off in my left testicle for the last 12 years. The pain can get quite severe and can radiate up into my left groin and lower abdomen. When I lived in the UK they told me that they could find no case for the pain - the radiologist who did the ultrasound said she found a varicocele but when I spoke with the urologist he said nothing could be found and so nothing was ever done about it.
I then lived and worked in Costa Rica for a few years. An ultrasound there showed a varicocele on both left and right testicles. The urologist recommended surgery to fix it because I am also having fertility problems. I could not afford the surgery so it never happened.
I then worked in Australia. I tried to get it treated there because I am a citizen and so I can receive free treatment from Medicare. Again, urologists told me that the pain was unexplained and that surgery would not help, so they did nothing.
I am now back working in Europe again, in Poland. I started getting bad pain again and seen yet another urologist. He said the pain was a varicocele and surgery was necessary. Again, I can not afford it right now.
My question is: has anybody here had the surgery to try to fix the pain and was it successful? And secondly, is there any temporary measures I can take to fix the pain right now? The urologist here gave me doxycycline and diclofenac for the pain but it is not working too well.
Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
Wow, I haven't had surgery for mine, nor is it as bad as yours. I was told to wear under shorts that gave me more support than boxers. Also to take Ibprofen, and or Tylenol for releif. This has worked for me for the last 30 years. I have occasional pain, but nothing I can't live with. Surgery was out of the question! I think I can handle the minor pain. As for the ferility? I have two beautiful children. I really don't think your varicosele will effect having children, but that being said, I'm not a doctor. Hope I've helped a bit.
I also have double varicoceles and am from Brisbane too!
I have had pain since I was a kid but it happens less often now. I too was told to wear supporting briefs but later switched to boxers when we were trying to have kids with no problems. My brother also had varicoceles but also got a tortioned testicle, which the specialist says is a danger for families with heriditary varicoceles.
I find if it is hurting and I go and sit on the loo and pull down on the swollen area the pain often lessens. Sitting or lying down for a short while also helps. Used to put ice on them when I was a kid but not anymore.
We were not able to have kids andmy brother also needed IVF to have kids. My father had no trouble but he started younger. Apparently the pool of warm blood in the veins prevents adequate cooling and inhibits healthy sperm production.
I did not have surgery.
Update: I resently veiwed a child birth video that gave some very promising news! It stated that coffey strenthens a mans sperm! Yes, the stuff most men drink faithfully every day to get started. It causes the sperm to swim more vigorously toward the egg. Of course it's refering to healthy sperm. This is good news though to all those trying to start a family. So, why not have a nice cup of coffey before sex! Like milk, it does the body good.lol..
I am an international student studying now in Brisbane, Australia. I am also suffered the Varicocele. I got this pain for nearly 7 years. But now it seems to be heavier. I am really afraid of that. I do not know where I can find a good hospital to see the doctor in Brisbane, Australia. I came here to ask if somebody could help me.. I am really worried..
my husband has six children before we married. we had a son in 2006 before he had surgery for his huge varicele. his problem was so severe that it had hardened the testicle and enlarged it. since he had the surgety done we have been unable to concieve. the doctor gave him a 50-50 chance or less that he could father another child. we have not went back to see what his sperm levels are. we would like to have another child together, he has one functioning testicle and lots of men have father children with one testie.please check into geting this done because as you get ohter the pain will increase why take meds to control something how many years are you willing to take pain for an otherwise easy fix. sorry about your insurance problems it sucks but this surgery is outpaient and in my opinion not very exspensive.