Hardened swelling and burning pain

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Hi, I had this operation 1 week ago, surgery went well, however the instruction papers and nurse never advised to use ice, just said to use support briefs, i shoud have had enough sense to know better, i have hardened swelling the size of a lobsided baseball, and burning pain comparable to shingles, not sure if this is an infection or nerve pain from the hardend swelling compressing the nerves, have been icing for last 3 days, seems like a long process to reduce this since its hard as a rock, called the dr office today and they don't seem to know much about recovery they gave more more antibiotics, but i'm not sure that it's infected, i did pick up some b12 pills today to help aid the nerves/circulation, i feel like these problems could have been avoided by icing from the start, any insight is appreciated!

 

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    Ice was my best friend for about a week after my surgery.  I also was prescribed Tylenol-3's.  They have codeine in them for the pain.  It seems to me, you did not get proper after-care directions.  The Ice together with the pain pills got me through some very tough days.  I used and needed both.  If it helps you any, my procedure was about 6 moths ago.  The swelling has gone down.  I am currently pain free.  And all functions are back to normal.  Hang in there, and good luck.
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      thank you, glad to hear good long term results and that you recovered to nomal, i was also prescribed tylenol 3's, only used half of them the first week, still have a few left but they will barely touch this burning pain, and t3's have always worked for me before, I am also concerned about the swelling since it's hard as can be and doesn't seem to be reducing much, all the soft tissue swelling is gone

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      Hi Bill, I also went through this surgery, and am about 16 days post OP. Do you mind sharing how long it took for the swelling to go down to a reasonable size? As in, to appear normal enough that it wouldn't affect your sex life?

      Definitely something I'm concerned about. Thanks in advance.

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    Swelling went down noticably in about 6 weeks.  Sexual function after 3 weeks with a little discomfort.  2 or 3 weeks later, I think, everything was back to normal with no pain or discomfort.  About 6 months after the procedure, I am back to walking 3-5 miles a day.  Thisis about what I walked before the swelling and then the surgery slowed me down.  I hope this helps you.
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      That certainly helps, thanks a bunch man. You seem to be one of the only people here that had a smooth, sucessful recovery! I hope mine turns our similarly.
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