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High hamstring tendinosis-- the bad physical pain, the av...

What's the prognosis for chronic high hamstring tendinosis? Does it always lead to hamstring rupture and then surgery to repair the damage or is there any way to avoid possible surgery? For some years now, I suffer from high hamstring tendinosis in one leg. I understand this is a bad problem in medicine because hamstring tendinosis is untreatable. A sports medicine MD told me not long ago to avoid the heavy-duty surgery for this problem. High hamstring tendinosis causes awful physical pain in the upper part of the rear of the leg affected and physical pain at the ischial tuberosity (i. e. sitbone), so sitting and bending forward 90º (or > 90º) from the waist are bad for this problem. I read that with hamstring tendinosis there's *NO* inflammation and I understand that the hamstring tendon has changed on the cellular level and that that change can't be reversed. I learned that nitro patches are the effective answer to tendinosis but not for the hamstring tendon because, as the sports medicine MD told me, that upper hamstring muscle tendon's too deep and the blood stream would sweep away the nitro. [Nitro patches are good for elbow tendinosis.] Aside from standing all the time and aside from avoiding the serious surgery, what can be done for the physical pain? Any topicals work to reduce the physical pain? What else? [I'm a senior who also suffers physical pain from pelvic nerve damage problems so physical therapy would be out of the question unless it's passive, the kind where some therapy is done to a patient, say ultrasound, etc. I simply can't do various stretches and exercises for any musculoskeletal problem.]  (Aug 14, 2016 | post #1)

Dublin, Ireland

smelly foreskin

Why not wash after ejaculating? If you want to rub the ejaculate around, wash after doing that!  (May 11, 2015 | post #2)

Appliances

Wall and portable air conditioner questions

I have some questions about wall air conditioners vs. portable air conditioners. I'm a renter living in a very hot apartment the windows of which all face due west with no shade on my small, 1 bedrm apartment. The building is a dark brown and my apartment is right under the low slung roof, so it becomes unbearable in the Summer especially on the very hot, very humid days. I've got to get an air conditioner. The management of the building says that only a *wall* type air conditioner can go into the special sleeve (General Electric RAB46 sleeve). You see, ALL the lousy windows in this building slide left-right instead of up-down. So only a wall air conditioner can be used. The management also says that the max. size for one is 10,000 BTUs. [In a wall air conditioner, the waste hot air is blown out only at the back of the machine. In a window air conditioner, the waste hot air goes out the sides of the machine.] If I get a 12,000 BTU machine and run it at a *medium setting* (rather than run it at the maximum setting), will it maybe put out only 10,000 BTUs and therefore will draw the same amount of electricity as an official 10,000 BTU machine? I understand that with a portable air conditioner, if it's rated as a 10,000 BTU one, it really never puts that 10,000 BTUs out--> it produces something less than 10,000. Is this true? Who makes a good, reliable, durable, rather quiet, 10,000/12,000 BTU *portable* air conditioner? What's the model number? If I bought a portable machine, I'd run the exhaust heat tube into the wall sleeve for the wall air conditioner. Who makes a good, reliable, durable, rather quiet, 10,000/12,000 BTU *wall* air conditioner? What's the model number?  (May 23, 2012 | post #1)

Urology

Acupuncture for orchialgia ( = chronically painful testic...

I'm wondering if any guys who have orchialgia have tried acupuncture and found relief from the awful physical pain. Orchialgia is chronic physical pain in one or both testicles. It's a big mystery in medicine and treatments from MDs are dismal to horrible. Orchiectomy (surgical removal of a testicle) is an option but only works for 50% of the men who undergo it. The man in the losing 50% population can have physical pain much worse than what he had before the orchiectomy--> it's nightmarish PHANTOM LIMB PAIN if a testicle is removed and no pain relief was gained from the surgical loss of the testicle. Has anyone here tried acupuncture and found relief from the pain of orchialgia? In one specific acupuncture page on pain in the external genitals -- http://bit.ly/A2KI mV -- I found the specific point for a needle. If you had a needle placed there, did it help end the physical pain of orchialgia?  (Mar 13, 2012 | post #1)

Acupuncture

Acupuncture for orchialgia (a male problem)

I'm wondering if any guys who have orchialgia have tried acupuncture and found relief from the awful physical pain. Orchialgia is chronic physical pain in one or both testicles. It's a big mystery in medicine and treatments from MDs are dismal to horrible. Orchiectomy (surgical removal of a testicle) is an option but only works for 50% of the men who undergo it. The man in the losing 50% can have physical pain much worse than what he had before the orchiectomy--> it's nightmarish PHANTOM LIMB PAIN if a testicle is removed and no pain relief was gained from the loss of the testicle. Has anyone here tried acupuncture and found relief from the pain? In one specific acupuncture page on pain in the external genitals -- http://bit.ly/A2KI mV -- I found the specific point for a needle. If you had a needle placed there, did it help end the physical pain?  (Mar 12, 2012 | post #1)

Urology

1-sided pain during ejaculation, for many, many years

I forgot to write that I don't know if there's a non-invasive way to discover if the seminal vesicle (on the painful side) indeed has cyst(s) in it. Do any of you know what's done to determine if cysts exist in the seminal vesicle? Also, a urologist recently told me that a musculoskeletal problem *might* be causing the one-sided-pelvic-p ain with ejaculation. Do any of you know about musculoskeletal causes of this kind of pain? If you do, what's the general nature of the musculoskeletal problem? What muscle(s) is/are at fault?  (Apr 13, 2011 | post #2)

Urology

1-sided pain during ejaculation, for many, many years

I understand from two urologists I've never met (but I've read what they wrote) that chronic, one-sided pelvic pain during ejaculation can mean there are cysts in the seminal vesicle on the ailing (painful) side. I also understand that such pain can continue for decades because no US urologist knows how to treat this. [US urologists seem to be only PROSTATOLOGISTS-- they're interested only in the prostate gland and little else.] How can seminal vesicle cysts be revealed? Will any scan or other study or test make their presence known? I've had this horrible one-sided pelvic pain during ejaculation for many, many years-- I suffer this pain on the left side of the pelvis. This same, one-sided pelvic pain has even occurred during sleep, during a "wet dream". After I had it for a few years, I had rigid cystoscopy which is the examination of the interior of the prostate and of the bladder by use of a non-flexible, metal "pipe", the rigid cystoscope. When this torture was done to me, I violently bounced and vigorously squirmed all over the exam table. The first ejaculation *after* the rigid cystoscopy was WONDERFUL AND PAIN-FREE but all subsequent ones were again awful, painful. I figured that when the "pipe" was in me, the bouncing and squirming I did must have opened up something which later closed up again so that the pain was present again in every ejaculation. Do any of you know about this problem and any treatment for it? Two US urologists only offered me TURED which is trans-urethral resection of the ejaculatory duct. I rejected TURED because I found out it's the wrong treatment and if done, would let urine flow into one or both seminal vesicles. [There are two seminal vesicles: one on the right side and one on the left side.] I've heard of an effective treatment in a distant country. The urologist, relying on ultrasound for guidance, uses a fine wire which is snaked up the penis and into the cyst-filled seminal vesicle. The wire is moved in and out and this breaks up the cysts ending what has been for many men who have this problem, decades of painful ejaculation. But does any US urologist know how to do this? Is there any other treatment for it?  (Apr 12, 2011 | post #1)

Urology

Orchiectomy for Chronic Testicular Pain?

Here's the Yahoo group which deals mainly with PVPS (post vasectomy pain syndrome) but also helps men having pain in their testicles or scrotum because of other reasons and other surgeries: http://health.grou ps.yahoo.com/group /VasectomyPain/  (Sep 27, 2009 | post #11)

Urology

Orchiectomy for Chronic Testicular Pain?

I've never had a vasectomy but did have, long ago, an epididymectomy on one side because of disease. That long ago surgery, which is more drastic and more radical than a vasectomy, made me have horrendous pain but only rarely. Every X number of years (X = maybe 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 years?? I can't recall), I'm stricken with ghastly nerve pain and probably also pain from congestion and maybe immune response as my body attacks my own sperm cells. I found out last month about a Yahoo health support group on vasectomy pain and through that group found out about a Gainesville, Florida urologist who uses robots and microsurgery to cut nerves by the testicle/testis. His website is www.roboticinferti lity.com He's treated 44 men so far for chronic testicular pain and has had 3 failures. He replies quickly to email messages and even calls you at home. Though treatment is not cheap (and costs much more if not a US citizen), I might be going there to see him. It seems that the only treatments available for chronic, bad testicular pain are drugs, nerve cutting, and RFA (radio frequency ablation). Join the Yahoo group too for help, support and info.  (Sep 15, 2009 | post #9)