Two years ago I was diagnosed with a small inguinal hernia on my right lower abdomen. The doctor I saw didn't recommend surgery because it was so slight a tear that he didn't believe my condition warranted it. Fast forward two years, however, and I have a new problem. My doctor recently diagnosed me with epididymitis and after two different antibiotics, nothing has been able to reduce the small swelling I have on both my testicles. Is it possible that my inguinal hernia could cause epididymitis? And if so, would having the hernia surgery do anything to clear up my epididymitis. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!
Been to ER twice for testicular pain(diagnosed epididymitis), on two courses of antibiotics and finally diagnosed with small inquinal hernia. Felt better in morning and drove me nuts (literally) at night. Had surgery with mesh. Had same pain 3 weeks post-op due to lipoma removed from spermatic cord and now 7 weeks out and back to work. Still have dull ache every now and again and some tingle below scar tissue. Epididymitis can have many causes but hopefully yours and mine are/were the just the hernia.
I guess surgery I don't want mesh though after reading all the stories..I just want this over with..I have so much weird off and on pain its just not good. doc told me to come back in two months..and then i may be sent to a surgeon ..why do i have to wait...Hernias typically don't heal I just don't get it.
If its hurting you. Get the surgery. Sometimes they dont require immediate surgery but ifits hurting there is no reason not to have it. Find a doctor thats done hundreds if not thousands of them. I had mine fixed at Miriam Hospital in RI a year ago May 10th. Find a doctor that sutures the mesh in place and doesnt use the stupid clips or staples. My abdomnimal wall was so bad the surgeon put a "flag of mesh" across the front of my lower abdomen from side to side. I was in and out the same day. Back to work in 10 days and back to doing light yard work in three weeks. By summers end the only thing I noticed was that I wasnt in constant pain anymore. Few tips for you.
1- Eat a low residue diet and water yourself well for the days leading up to surgery. Trust me you DONT want to have to strain the first few days after surgery!
2- I went thru my whole recovery with no pain meds except during the surgery. Ask for a scopalomine patch if pain meds make you sick.
Rest, take it easy for the first 5 or 6 days. Stay down as much as you can with a pillow under your knees for support. Lay flat on your back.
3- No matter what anyone tells you DO NOT ICE YOUR TESTICLES! When they shrink from the cold it HURTS. They are going to swell and I mean swell. Mine were the size of a grapefruit. Wear tighty whiteys for support. Ice the area above your penis and to the sides. Dont put it directly on either! It sounds scary but if you are carefull and gentle on yourself its bearable.
The swelling goes away in about a week. Mine turned black and blue as well. Im a paramedic and I panicked when I saw them. Its normal and appeared the day after after the surgery for me. Some guys get it some guys dont.
A year later I have had no complications, no problems with the mesh and no real lingering effects. I have a few twinges of pain if i over stretch still but they are diminishing with time.
When you hear the horror stories about the mesh keep this in mind. A person that has a bad experience with something will tell EVERYONE. Most people that have NO problems dont bother saying anything. So you tend to see more negative feedback that postive feedback. All those posts scared me too. Most people have no issues. I feel for the ones that do..it can be miserable. Complication rates are low if you use a GOOD surgeon.
Oh yeah for the record Im 45 years old, slightly over weight and not in tip top shape....just for comparisons sake.
Thanks for info I believe I have 2 forms of hernia inaugural and right below my belly button ..I will see what happens I go back to the doc at the end of June I guess surgery will be the way to go....Once again thanks and I will keep you updated
Is it possible that my inguinal hernia could cause epididymitis? And if so, would having the hernia surgery do anything to clear up my epididymitis. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!!
Yes, hernias (in my case a Spigelian hernia)can cause prostatitis, orchitis, and epiditimitis. Antibiotics will work only temporarily until you get the hernia taken care of and then miraculously, all of your symptoms will disappear. So if you are having prostate pain or if your scrotum is swelling AND you have a pain in your side, you may need hernia surgery which may totally relieve your prostatitis, orchitis, and epiditimitis symptoms. It really could just be a Spigelian or Inguinal hernia.