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I have had epididymitis several times over the last 10 years, all bouts have cleared up with a few weeks of antibiotics (ciprofloxacin usually). I also have a varicocele in both testicles, however, up until recently these were completely painless.
In September 2020 I contracted epididymitis again, however this time I have just not been able to shake it. After 4 courses of antibiotics I still have some residual epididymal pain.
Additionally, starting in January 2021 I developed this almost constant ache in my stomach and testicles. The doctor seems to think this is being caused by my varicoceles. I had a scan in January which confirmed there was nothing else abnormal going on.
I have now been referred to urologist, so will see what they say.
I am aware that varicoceles are progressive, so the prospect of living the rest of my life with this dull ache is alarming to say to least. I've had to give up my favourite activities (cycling, weight training etc).
I would be interested to hear from anyone else who has suffered from chronic epididymal pain and/or consistent varicocele pain and (hopefully) about their journey to becoming pain free. Specifically, anyone who has had a operation to attempt to fix a varicocele (embolisation, surgical ligation etc) and whether or not it was successful.
I really hope I can get this sorted out and get my life back, at the moment I can't do much and it feels like I'm in storage.
Thanks a lot,
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