Originally Posted by xyz87
Just wanted to know if anyone has any experience of resolving chronic testicular pain? In particular, how long it lasted, what drugs/procedures were tried and what (if anything) finally cured it?
My situation is that I've been suffering from pain in my left testicle since September. The pain is a continuous ache, which gets much worse with any movement. I'm almost completely disabled by it – can hardly walk, cannot drive, being a passenger in a car is very painful. It appears to have set in following a bout of epididymitis, for which I was hospitalised (for fear initially that it was torsion, as the testicle was sitting sideways and much higher up). I've had loads of antibiotics, so infection has been ruled out as a cause, as has cancer following an ultrasound.
I saw a urologist about 6 weeks after leaving hospital, who after an inspection said there's nothing apparently wrong, and has referred me to a pain specialist, since he suspects the pain is neuropathic. I've since been on amitryptiline for a couple of weeks (truly horrid stuff), which had no effect on the pain, and am now on gabapentin which doesn't seem to be working either. I'm on the waiting list for a 'dorsal root ganglion block', which is some sort of injection into the nerve next to the spine. I'm desperately hoping that this will be able to provide at least some relief.
Has anyone got any experience of the effectiveness of this procedure for testicular pain? I'd also quite like to know what the long-term outlook is likely to be, since I gather that even if the nerve block works well, the effect is usually only temporary.
All advice/experience gratefully received! Many thanks everyone.
Oh braddah, I SO feel ya!!
30 years (oh geez, been that long?!) of a bad lower lumbar, I have danced the dance you're dancing many a miserable night. My best to you.
Find a good NATUROPATH+CHIROPRACTOR, call ahead and have him order a spinal study radiograph series he'll have before you get there. The one I depend on is a high level black belt in 5 different martial arts, an NMD and a chiropractor, so I get the whole nine yards. It's the ONLY thing that's ever helped.
I have spermatoceles on both sides, you didn't mention their abscence in your testing so check your reports again. I'm not sure which came first but I'm pretty sure I've had them almost as long as the back and testicle pain, but all resources say they are usually painless.
I'm in a bout right now and if the usual course of 2-5 chiro/acupuncture/deep massage therapy doesn't work I'm in bigger trouble than ever before and it will be the first time in 3 decades.
Strangely enough, in that amount of time I have some nutty stuff that works someone with more knowledge than I can explain; Find the pressure point high in either glute, just under the bone about center in the cheek. Push until it twinges, almost hurts, and hold for a while. This can be easily accomplished, don't ask about how I found this out, by sitting on a tennis ball on a semi hard surface. Rock back and forth til you feel the twinge. If you find the spot, the pain in the testi will shut off like a switch. It's not permanent but I have had up to three or four BLISSFUL hours of relief-and use something a bit larger to make driving/car riding a bit more comfortable too. Warm to hot baths, cool packs, or a point vibrator on that same tennis ball spot will also provide some relief. I'm sure it's more of a nerve block or "fooling" effect, but what the heck, it works and can keep you from chewing on concrete when it gets really bad.
Best wishes, if the good testi fairy delivers any miracle cures for you, toss a copy this way!