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Has anyone had experience using this drug for pain management? I have severe scrotal pain due to a failed varicocele procedure and am waiting for a microsurgical denervation of the spermatic cord in a few months. The pain makes my BPH like a walk in the park. Oxycodone is the only drug that gives me some relief but I have heard it can be addicting.

As an aside, my varicocele was not a problem but I had the procedure in the hope it would alleviate my BPH. I was assured it was a totally benign procedure but it has ruined my life for the past year and has even made me suicidal from pain. Lesson here: all procedures have risks!

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    I have. Found it not a pleasant ride. Was a while ago and just remember the overall experience was short for negative psycho symptoms. YMMV. I believe "oxy" is typically prescribed in post-surgery situations. A powerful drug.

    Hydrocodone (vicodin) was and is a different story for me. Helps me sleep in back pain episodes, so I have a running scrip from my doc. Have used for 5 years now with no downside.

    But either drug can aggravate BPH symptoms and be addictive, so use carefully and sparingly if possible. Good luck.

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    Have you consulted an attorney about a possible malpractice lawsuit?

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      Hi Lester - I live in Canada where the government severely limits malpractice lawsuits. But in this case it was my own fault because I did not want the IR to use coils because of all the problems men have had with nerve pain following varicocele procedures due to the metal coils attaching to the nerves. How ironic! The doctor said he could do it w/o coils but there was a risk of sclerosant getting into the scrotum which is what happened. Still the phlebitis was supposed to be short-lived whereas with me it is now chronic for over a year. I was trying to get a Gat-Goren procedure on the cheap so I guess I made my own problems. I should have left well enough alone.

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    I don't have an answer for you Howard but I'm praying for you. Stay strong. When I had Lyme disease there were times I was pretty low with depression. I was going to Dr. weekly with crazy symptoms. I just kept telling myself "Better days ahead" ( one of my fathers favorite sayings when things got tough). I bet it took over a year to get back to normal

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      Thanks for the kind thoughts. I hope the new doctor I will see next week can help with a denervation procedure. Why do all these miracle drugs like oxy and prednisone which are so good at relieving pain have such terrible side effects - not fair!!

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