My first post here, thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this. I apologize for the lengthy post.
I was in perfect health when one day I experienced a "Pop" sensation while having a bowel movement. Instantly I had a feeling of total paralyzation over my genitals for about 15 minutes. it cleared up and I was left with a dull pain in my right testicle for about 2 weeks. At this point the pain began to intensify, spreading from my right testicle and groin up to just below my lowest rib on the right side, to the point where, despite having no health insurance at the time, I had no choice but to go to the hospital to get it looked at. The pain was so intense that I was certain that I had something life threatening going on.
The doctor said he was unsure, but thought I may have a urinary tract infection, and gave me a short course of antibiotics. This improved my condition immensely in just a matter of several hours, and by the end of the next day, i was pretty sure I was going to recover fully. After another 2 weeks, the pain began to intensify once again, and I visited another doctor, who ordered a CT of my Abdomen and pelvis, and multiple blood and urine tests. $1500 cash for the CT, and no unusual findings in the CT or any of the other tests. he gave me another longer course of antibiotics and said to come back in 2 weeks. The antibiotics seemed to have little or no effect.
At this time, I started to experience one of my bad lower back episodes that I get once every couple years. When I returned to the doctor, he ordered an MRI of my lumbar spine. The result was a "small annular tear" on the l4-l5 and l5-S1 discs and "Mild" disc space narrowing on a couple of the vertebrae, but "no frank impingement of exiting nerve roots". (or what I like to call, a perfectly normal 30 year old working man's back). Nevertheless, "referred nerve pain" became the official explanation for all of my problems for the next year and a half.
You know when you just have a "gut" feeling that you're getting screwed? Well, that's kind of the feeling I have about this nerve pain explanation. I don't doubt that some people have this, but I'm not one of them, I just know it in my gut., literally! haha. It was impossible to get my doctors to think outside this box at all, probably due to the fact that it is an easy "catch-all" explanation, with no available means for testing, proving, or disproving. (just like when people go to the doctor with phony back pain so they can get pills, but in reverse, lol)
To try and condense the story as much as possible, I've seen urologists, GI guys, regular internal medicine and family doctors, spine specialists... and paid money hand over fist for a year and a half and have had absolutely no real diagnosis or proposal to do anything to FIX THE PROBLEM. until.......
2 months ago, I was so depressed and angry about this continuous pain, and I was searching the net for possible solutions. Inguinal Hernia kept popping up practically every time I searched my symptoms. I made an appt. to see the doctor and I demanded that he order an ultrasound of my pelvic area to check for a hernia. He was really dismissive, but agreed to order the test. I HAVE been given a physical exam for hernia on multiple occasions, and they didn't feel anything.
The ultrasound tech showed me what she was looking at on the screen, and there was a "blob" like object smooshing up and down through the inguinal canal as i did the "bear down" maneuver. She said that this was in fact a small (approx 1/2 CM) hernia, and it could absolutely be the cause of my pain. She confirmed this with her supervisor as well. I wanted to kiss the ultrasound tech, lol.
They scheduled a surgical consult, and the surgeon (without even looking at the images) read the report and said "that's not your problem." He completely dismissed the possibility of a hernia, due to the fact that he didn't feel anything upon his physical examination. He went on to more or less imply that ultrasound techs are stupid and they see things all the time that are false positives (swear to god). This was easily the most depressing moment of my entire life.
He ordered ANOTHER CT of my abdomen and pelvis. This too came back negative, and identical to the first. He set up an appointment to see another GI doc. $2K more on my tab, and the medical merry go round starts once again for me.
I was examined again last weekend by another Ultrasound tech (awesome guy, my sister works in the radiology office with him at another hospital) He confirmed the presence of an unidentified mass of material in the right inguinal canal, and said he wasn't sure if it was "bowel, fat, or Omentum" but he assured me that it was totally abnormal, and agreed that it was most certainly related to the pain I'm having in some way. He said that it was good because the object didn't appear to be "incarcerated" in any way. He also checked my liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and bladder which all looked OK.
So, That's where I'm at. Just a hardcore stabbing pain that travels from my ribs down to the groin/right testicle. It's been the same for a year and 2-3 months. It's worse for a day or two following a large meal. I've started to also experience a lot of mysterious pain in my upper back, and a general feeling of being "worn out" all the time, like an arthritis kind of feeling, and I know they are side effects of whatever is going on in my gut. I suspect that something may be torn or out of place in my abdomen, and it's poking down through the inguinal canal or something?. It has to be. But hey, I've said that so many times now I can't even keep count.
I'd really appreciate any comments anyone may have. My life has been an absolute living ***l for almost a year and a half, and there is no end in sight.
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