Well, here it is, about six months later and everything has pretty much gone to shit.
I’ve been on several runs of antibiotics and anti inflammatory meds, and the urologist says that it’ll probably never get any better than it is now, which is a barely noticeable ache (which sometimes flares up a little). He said that surgery isn’t likely to reduce the discomfort and that I’ll essentially have to live with it.
However, I have also experienced a major drop is T since diagnosis and I’m not really sure what to do. I did find some studies that showed that a guy who has low T and a varicocele, who gets a varicocelectomy, may see a signficant rise in T.
The urologist feels that the surgery isn’t the answer, though. I think I may need a 2nd opinion, as I’m just not feeling confident that this guy is looking at the big picture; main reason is that when I mentioned that I had found studies showing a correlation between low T and varicoceles, he seemed surprised and then downplayed it, even after I gave him the printouts.
My varicoceles are bilateral, but worst on the right side, which is quite uncommon. Ultrasounds have apparently ruled out any tumors, etc, so the doc pretty much has no clue what caused it.
I had spoken to another doc several months back who believed that it likely developed from intra-abdominal pressure built up from stress, exercise, wearing a cup during martial arts, etc, etc.
I’ll be doing the sperm sample thing soon, as my wife has insisted that she wants to know if I’m capable of having kids. I don’t necessarily want kids, but it’ll be good to know the state of things, I suppose.
So, the story continues, but so far it’s reading like a tragedy.