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    Old 03-15-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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    Urethritis, Epididymitis-orchitis or Varicoceles?

    I have suffered from frequent urinary tract infections (because of unprotected oral sex) in the last 5 years. I have been treated with antibiotics each time successfully.

    Since last year, I stopped having even unprotected oral sex and have largely abstained form sex. I had urethritis symptoms in May 2012 and October 2012 and urine tests always came back normal. I was still prescribed cefuroxime.

    In November 2012, I tested myself for HIV, VDRL, Hepatitis B and C and all turned out to be negative. My urine tests were clear too. I was asymptomatic at this time. In January 2013 last week, I developed testicular pain (mild, dragging) and I saw urologist #1 on February 13th, 2013, who prescribed doxycycline for 10 days. With doxycycline, the pain seemed to reduce a bit but after 10 days, the pain returned.

    Another urologist`(urologist #2) prescribed Azithromycine (just one dose) and doxycycline for a further 7 days on 26th of February, 2013.

    On the 5th of March, I went to my GP who said it is epididymitis-orchitis and prescribed cefuroxime for 7 days. The testicle seemed swelled and the pain radiated to my abdomen and thighs. The antibiotics and pain killers just didn't help. On the 12th of March, 2013, I saw my GP again who referred me to a general surgeon He checked my testicles and said it is epididymytis and asked for a Urine routine/culture, semen routine/culture and lower abdomen (prostatic) and scrotal ultrasounds. All the tests came out normal but the ultrasound found left mild varicoceles. I immediately asked a third urologist (urologist #3) who said all my symptoms are because of varicoceles, I must wear a jockstrap and that I should get a surgery.

    My question is, I never had testicular pain in my life and varicoceles never bothered me. I have been getting recurrent urethritis on and off. Since one week I experience painful ejaculation and urination as well, and these can't be symptoms of varicoceles as far as I know. If all tests are clear and there is no infection, why do I still suffer radiating pain (which is a symptom of epidedymitis) and not just dull dragging pain in the scrotum? Also, it does not explain my painful urination and ejaculation.

    I am going to see the urologist #1 again tomorrow but they do not have any time to answer my questions and get irritated even after charging a bomb for consultation.

    My GP is not friendly any more and he thinks I am overly sensitive and I must just forget about it as there is no infection. But I cant forget constant radiating testicular pain (jockstraps are of little help) and burning sensation during ejaculation and urination.

    What do you suggest?

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    Old 08-17-2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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    Re: Urethritis, Epididymitis-orchitis or Varicoceles?

    First of all, I feel your pain. I too have had a long struggle with this TERRIBLE problem, epididymitis. It has caused me some serious depression. I have good news and bad news. I have had it for about 17 years, but reoccurring episodes will come on for a year or two, then not happen for a year or two. I went to multiple urologists who are all TOTALLY IMCOMPETENT when it comes to this issue. Yes, all the test will come out normal, and they tend to want to dismiss any problem that actually makes them use their brain and discover something new. All they can do is prescribe antibiotics to make it go away for a little while. BUT, I have found a solution that works for me. Throughout the years, I had noticed that it tended to come on after ejaculation. But what it took me a long time to realize is that the epididymitis only came on when I ejaculated after a long period of time of no ejaculation (like 3-5 days...yes, that's a long time, LOL). It seems that when the liquids are aloud to sit inside the epididymis for a period of time, that causes it. So, I started experimenting, and I found that if I ejaculate at least once per day, to keep the juices flowing though the epididymis, I don't have any episodes. I have been doing this for four years, and have not had a single episode. There could be worse treatments, but it can be frustrating knowing that you have to ejaculate when you really don't feel like it. But, as you know, it is so worth doing to avoid another TERRIBLE episode of epididymitis. So, I would recommend trying this. Do whatever you have to do...use pornography, whatever, because this disease can destroy your quality of life. I have not read any REAL solutions to this problem anywhere online, so I hope that my solution works for you.

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