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This is going to be a long post as I want to bring up my experiences that can not only help someone help me, but it can potentially help others who are in the same boat and stumble upon this thread.
If you don't like long reads, you can jump to the questions in the end.
I used to suffer from severe pain due to a large Varicocele in my left side. I noticed it usually became worse when sitting a lot. As I work at the computer, I started standing and laying down instead, which eased the variocele and pain somewhat, but never really healed it. And who wants to avoid sitting for the rest of your life anyway?
I did ton of research on the topic and tried everything I could find. I found lots of interesting posts online about how imbalance in the pelvic floor and stomach spasm could lead to varicocele. After trying out yoga and certain stretches for months without results, I ended up throwing in the towel and went with varicocelectomy surgery.
A few months after surgery, I felt better and I could sit again without any pain and with little to no discomfort. I started going back to the gym and daily routines, although I avoided sitting as much as possible. The only time I could feel the varicocele come back a little and cause pain was when I had sex (fast and hard thrusting) or when squeezing/holding the penis during masturbation (how is this even possible?).
One day at the gym, I did crunches/situps to the sides and the next day, my varicocele was almost as bad as prior to operation. Right now my pain is really bad in the side of the stomach near the hip and same altitude as the belly button. It hurts sitting again, but it's worse in the stomach than in the scrotum. I did have an ultrasound to rule out kidney cancer etc, and the doctors now just seem to shrug off my problem. I haven't heard about this anywhere, so perhaps someone can shed some light in here.
I am otherwise young and perfectly healthy and I eat only lean meat, lots of vegetables and some fruits.
Questions I would love to have answered by a professional/experienced patient:
1. Can a varicocele happen due to constant spasm/contractions in pelvic/abdomen?
2. How can squeezing the penis shaft result in a painful varicocele? The veins are not directly connected are they?
3. Any alternative treatment options other than embolization? In case it's spasm-related, no surgery would really help right?
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