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    Post epididymectomy pain
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    mrkent75 posted:
    25 years ago I had a vasectomy. About 16 years ago, I started having scrotal/testicular pain on the right side. A urologist said I had epididymitis, and put me on antibiotics. When the pain continued he suggested a cord block to find out if the pain was truly in the epididymis, or being referred from somewhere else. Since the cord block temporarily stopped the pain, he finally recommended having an epididymectomy done. After recovery from that surgery, the pain continued, and I was told that I was among the unfortunate 5% who continued to have pain after the surgery.

    Since the pain was mild, I just lived with it, using OTC pain relievers and wearing a scrotal suspensory as needed. In the last few months however the pain has dramatically increased. I did a self examination and discovered that my right testicle has atrophied. It is much smaller than it used to be.

    I went back to the same urology clinic, and was told (after a very brief exam) that the only option is to remove the right testicle to stop the pain. I am not too worried about having it removed, since my left testicle is fine, and I have never had any problem with it. I am just not convinced that I will have relief from the pain. What if I am "among the unfortunate 5% who continued to have pain after the surgery?"

    I am planning to make an appointment with a different urologist, at a different clinic, for another opinion.

    Any suggestions on what I should do would be appreciated!
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    davedsel responded:
    Hello.

    Being that your problem is specifically male oriented, you may also want to post this in the WebMD Men's Health Community here: http://exchanges.webmd.com/mens-health-community

    Continue to do your research and get several professional opinions before deciding on surgery or any type of treatment.

    I pray you can get answers and relief soon.
    Click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

    Blessings,

    -Dave
     
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    mrkent75 replied to davedsel's response:
    Thanks Dave, I'll do that.
     
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    annette030 responded:
    Follow through on your plans for a second opinion, one should always get one before having elective surgery. That way you also can choose surgeons, having met them both. Ask them for infection rates, etc. to help you decide.

    Take care, Annette
     
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    mrkent75 replied to annette030's response:
    I have made an appointment with another urologist. I will definitely be seeking more information in making this decision.
    Thanks,
    Kent
     
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    Vagazzled21 responded:
    I know this is an older post but did you ever have any resolve for your pain? My husband is having the same issue. Vasectomy many years ago, chronic epidyditmus, then had his left epididymis removed last year but is still having pain issues on the left side and right side now too he said.


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