4 months of persisitant pain after varicocele coil embolization!

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Scott

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Sep 26, 2007
 
I'm 27 years old. On June 1st, 2007, I had a coil embolization done to "fix" a large vericocle I had on the left side of my testicular area. I had been feeling no pain before the surgery, it was just more of a condidtion I just didn't feel like having anymore - especially after my Urologist convinced me that the embolization prceedure was easy and had a quick recovery period.

Well, let's just say that the proceedure went fine, but my life has been a living hell since. I have had over 120 days now of constant pain on my left side of the testicles since about a week after the surgery. I've visited my Urologist at least 6 or 7 times. He said that it might be epididtimytis, even though bacteria didn't show up enough on the urinalysis to confirm that. However, I went through two 30 day trials of Cipro and anti-imflamatories. Still, no relief (or no significant relief I should say). I have started wearing supportive underwear in the last 2 weeks, and it makes the pain level go from about a 8/10 to a 5 or 6/10. But come on, a 5/10 is still enough to drive a man crazy when that pain is coming from the testicles.

So now, understandanly, my Urologist tells me my only option is to go see a pain specialist and perhaps get a shot (I'm guessing cortizone?). This sucks. My testicles stay semi-red now, but I am not running any fevers. My "boys" are not sensative to direct touch, but will hurt worse a few minutes later if I feel around down there at all. I don't have any peeing pain or ejaculation pain. No blood or anything. Just persistant semi-redness and aching 24/7. My Urologist says he does not think it's an infection now.

All I know is, I was completely healthy and pain free before the proceedure. Now, after choosing to have a proceedure that I did not HAVE to have done, my life has become pretty bad. I don't even feel like leaving the house most of the time.

Can anyone please tell me what might have gone wrong (or have any suggestions)? Do I have an infection that won't go away? Did the proceedure cause new vericoceles that might just be really painful?
Randy

Montréal, Canada

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Dec 5, 2007
 
Scott wrote:
I'm 27 years old. On June 1st, 2007, I had a coil embolization done to "fix" a large vericocle I had on the left side of my testicular area. I had been feeling no pain before the surgery, it was just more of a condidtion I just didn't feel like having anymore - especially after my Urologist convinced me that the embolization prceedure was easy and had a quick recovery period.
Well, let's just say that the proceedure went fine, but my life has been a living hell since. I have had over 120 days now of constant pain on my left side of the testicles since about a week after the surgery. I've visited my Urologist at least 6 or 7 times. He said that it might be epididtimytis, even though bacteria didn't show up enough on the urinalysis to confirm that. However, I went through two 30 day trials of Cipro and anti-imflamatories. Still, no relief (or no significant relief I should say). I have started wearing supportive underwear in the last 2 weeks, and it makes the pain level go from about a 8/10 to a 5 or 6/10. But come on, a 5/10 is still enough to drive a man crazy when that pain is coming from the testicles.
So now, understandanly, my Urologist tells me my only option is to go see a pain specialist and perhaps get a shot (I'm guessing cortizone?). This sucks. My testicles stay semi-red now, but I am not running any fevers. My "boys" are not sensative to direct touch, but will hurt worse a few minutes later if I feel around down there at all. I don't have any peeing pain or ejaculation pain. No blood or anything. Just persistant semi-redness and aching 24/7. My Urologist says he does not think it's an infection now.
All I know is, I was completely healthy and pain free before the proceedure. Now, after choosing to have a proceedure that I did not HAVE to have done, my life has become pretty bad. I don't even feel like leaving the house most of the time.
Can anyone please tell me what might have gone wrong (or have any suggestions)? Do I have an infection that won't go away? Did the proceedure cause new vericoceles that might just be really painful?


re:I have a lapriscopic vericoclectomey in 2003 to get rid of my varicocle. I had pain before the procedure. The pain ranged from a 3-7. It was always there, though more of an nuisance than actual painful. It took about a year in half before I really started to notice any difference from the surgery. I also take a green tea, pine bark, and grapeseed supplement to help strengthen the veins. It helps with relief. I cheap bottle can be purchased from Swanson Vitamins. You may want to try this supplement. Give it at least 2-3 months to see if it helps
Ali

Fullerton, CA

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Jan 25, 2012
 
I have same problem.It's been 7 months since my surgery.did you get better?hopefully your answer would be yes.Please let me know how long did it take for you to get better?
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Ali

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Jan 27, 2012
 
Nobody does not reply me?:(((
Faridon

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Jun 7, 2012
 
I have the same condition and laying in the bed most of the time pain killers help the pain relief for a while but who cares. Doctors don't understand the varicocele problem. One says it is infection another suggest coil move etc. only God may help us these doctors are no use
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Jun 29, 2012
 
Geez...i ve been going thru this for four months now and feel the urologist has been no help at all...none...even feel like they want to steer clear of these cases..i know they do..mine said he wouldnt operate on me, after reading the poor guy above problem not sure ....got rt side vari, lump on top of both where pain comes from..pain in rt groin swollen, pain in back above rt buttock...need fixed people but all that I have read says we r all screwed with no hope but pain meds...sucks..i d give my nuts to b normal again at this point
Raj

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Jul 15, 2012
 
Hi guys same here. I underwent bilatral varicocelectomy 3 weeks back. I felt same pain for 5 days after surgery. Then it was all fine, I use to feel litte discomfort now and then but ok it was managable and I was happy. I thought it wil go away with time. Even doc said its ok. But tday I feling like hel pain in right testi and it has become hard to touch. Wether it reocoured or wat. I m worried. Frnds how u r feling please share.
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Jul 18, 2012
 
hi do u feel painless now?? i had same surgery be4 20days. after 5 days i have pain started in my right testicle and its constant. what is that? when it goes?
WTH

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Nov 3, 2012
 
o.o well this has convince me not go for the surgery but please do tell when the pain subside or no more pain
Gabriel

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Nov 10, 2012
 
I had my surgery on June 2009 and since I have been having constant pain as well. I am tired of pain killers so I will get the coil removed soon. Went to see my primary Dr. since I just moved to NV and do not have an Urologist here yet. After 3 years and still in pain.....I really do not recommend this procedure to nobody. I will let you guys know if the removal of the coil will help.
Roy

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Dec 7, 2012
 
Gabriel wrote:
I had my surgery on June 2009 and since I have been having constant pain as well. I am tired of pain killers so I will get the coil removed soon. Went to see my primary Dr. since I just moved to NV and do not have an Urologist here yet. After 3 years and still in pain.....I really do not recommend this procedure to nobody. I will let you guys know if the removal of the coil will help.
Hey, have you removed the coils from the veins? how was it going? Are you feeling better now? I had the embolization 5 months ago, But after that, everyday I have the constant pain in the scrotum and also in the lesft abdomen.I think I'll never recommend anybody to have such procedure. Otherwise, you have to pay your pice. If you can bear the subtle pain or you don't have the infertility. You really don't need to do anything. Please trust me. That's my lesson.

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Dec 12, 2012
 
I undertook a Varicocele Embolization 2 months ago. Initially over the course of 2 years i had a small cyst. Doctors said nothing to worry about.
I began feeling a numbing pain on my inner left thigh and groin area when sitting i constantly had to and still now have to readjust my left scrotum.
After speaking with a urologist I was told the pain comes from a Varicocele.
Having had the op i feel the pain is more focused now to my left scrotum. It is getting worse and affecting my mood. Was told to expect this for about 2 months but surely this should not be getting worse.

Am going to see uroligist again re this. Will keep posting.
GFB

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Jan 21, 2013
 
I had the op about 5 months ago (emobolisation). The varicocele has gone down considerably but is still showing. I get pain in my left nut a bit, and feel like I have to adjust from time to time, but havent really noticed a huge ammount of difference in pain.
I'm going back to the Dr today to get a scan to see if the varicocele has subdued and also get a Testosterone test etc to see if its made any difference.
Has anyone had the other types of varicocle surgery and how have they fared as a result?
Gabriel

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Feb 14, 2013
 
Gabriel wrote:
I had my surgery on June 2009 and since I have been having constant pain as well. I am tired of pain killers so I will get the coil removed soon. Went to see my primary Dr. since I just moved to NV and do not have an Urologist here yet. After 3 years and still in pain.....I really do not recommend this procedure to nobody. I will let you guys know if the removal of the coil will help.
.....still in pain, walking with a cane, and just 25yo. UGH! Just got of the ER since I couldnot go to sleep even with sleeping pills. I am really tired of this crazy pain. Developed GAD and I get irritated very easy now. Dr. told me I have to deal with this chronic pain for the rest of my life. Moved back to TX few days ago where the surgeries were performed to see if the same urologist can do something about it. Ill let u guys know.
Damon Witmer

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Mar 9, 2013
 
Hi, I'm 19 and been having the same problem with coils that were placed randomly in a vein going down to my left testicle. I've went back to the doctors about the abdominal pain I've been having for almost 6 months of and tried different medications. I was wondering if anyone would like to send me a email. I'm trying to get this through to the FDA and i would like to hear from anyone that has the problem and what they tried doing with other doctors. Any information helps.

Contact me at da_witmer@yahoo.com
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Johnny

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May 9, 2013
 
It'a been 9 months since I got the embolization. It's worst than before, my life is a constant nightmare and I physically it looks awful. Looks like I'm not the only one in this case. Doctors don't get the problem at all. It drives me crazy.
vihan

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May 12, 2013
 
how much embolization costs? is it better than surgery or not?
m going to get operated for varicocele.
which 1 shud i prefer? embolizatn or varicocelectomy(surgry)?
Rudy esco

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May 14, 2013
 
I was a healthy kid , growing up , never had problems . Until my junior year joing power lifting. To much pressure was in my veins so I formed a varococele , at age 17 almost 18 . Got the embolizstion done 5 months ahead , I was tired of so much pain , the embolizstion did not work over night , took about 3 to 4 months is pain to go away and and veins to get smaller. It's been 2 years since then and life was starting to become good again , until these last couple of weeks feeling slight pain again , wishing for the future to have better techniques to treat this fucking demon in our scrotums !!!
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Aug 15, 2013
 
Gabriel wrote:
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.....still in pain, walking with a cane, and just 25yo. UGH! Just got of the ER since I couldnot go to sleep even with sleeping pills. I am really tired of this crazy pain. Developed GAD and I get irritated very easy now. Dr. told me I have to deal with this chronic pain for the rest of my life. Moved back to TX few days ago where the surgeries were performed to see if the same urologist can do something about it. Ill let u guys know.
Did you have the coils removed Gabriel?

I m in similar situation. I have coil embolization about 1.5 years ago. The coil slipped down into inguinal canal and I was in extreme pain for a few months, now constant discomfort 1.5 years later. Urologist doesn't know how to resolve, wants to refer me to a pain specialist. Removing coils is apparently tricky and risks losing a testicle. Very sad, dont know what to do. Its really affected my life and reduced my standard of living eg less sport, more pain, bad sleep, bad mood etc.
Michael

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Aug 25, 2013
 
Hi all, I've been through the exact same problem. I'm 26 and have been using a cane to walk for the last year. Im on tablets called Duluxetine, they have helped with pain during the day but I still get the usual stabbing hot pain at night. The tablets have destroyed my sex life though, I haven't been able to orgasm since I started them. As weird as it sounds I would give up my sex life, hell id chop off my testicles to get rid of this pain. The surgery has made the quality of my life a lot worse. But, going to a pain clinic has helped me deal with it all.

I hope you all get some relief, I know it sucks. I wish yous all the best. Take care.

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