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Hello. This is Dr Geyik and I will be assisting you today.
Can I please ask your age/gender and if you have any other medical conditions or allergies, or take medications?
Have you had any trauma or injury? Any lumps/swelling anywhere, fever, vomiting, bleeding, diarrhoea/constipation, numbness, tingling, unusual new pain anywhere, etc?
And do you still have the going and testicular pain?
Have you had any tests or scans?
And why do you think it could be nerve damage?
Do you have any new pain anywhere else? Any headache, dizziness, confusion, muscle wasting or weakness, unusual rashes, etc?
And have you been eating and drinking normally?
Have you had panic attacks or anxiety for a while or just recently?
Your symptoms are non-specific and they don't point to one specific diagnosis. It is very reassuring that your blood and urine tests were normal.
If you are stable at the moment, you can wait for the ultrasound scan. And you can take painkillers for any pain you get.
If you want to have a scan earlier, you can consider going privately but this could be a bit expensive.
I don't think they are back related.
Initially, I thought your symptoms could be due to vitamin deficiencies such as B12, folate or vitamin D but you said your blood tests were normal and I assume your GP checked those.
If you had any Covid-19 vaccines, there is a possibility of side effects.
MRI is a better scan but more expensive so NHS usually does ultrasound first.
Covid-19 vaccinations do cause non-specific symptoms and I thought it could be that but since you had the vaccine long time ago, it is unlikely. If that is the cause, yes the symptoms would be temporary.
Back issues do not present in this way.
If it was a hernia, your doctors would have palpated it in their examination.
There could be hydrocele (fluid accumulation) or varicocele (enlarged veins) in your testicles but your GP would have also suspected that and ultrasound scan would pick these up. These are benign conditions.
Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic and this should cover any infection in your testicles or prostate. It would not directly clear hydrocele but can help with any secondary infection.
I suggest you finish the course of this antibiotic if possible.
All this could just be due to some sort of infection, although this should have shown in blood test results.
Let's see what the ultrasound scan shows.
You are most welcome, and wishing you all the best!
Back issues usually cause back pain, pain in legs, numbness or tingling or both, rarely changes in your bowels or urination but this only happens if you have disc herniation that presses on your nerves. I don't think that is the case because you would have symptoms and your doctors would have picked that up.
I am glad I could help a little bit. You too have a great day!
It is unusual to get tingling due to back issues if you have not had back problems in the past.
A hernia in the groin could possible cause tingling in the legs if it is large enough and presses on any nerves but you said your doctors could not find any hernia.
A small hernia should not compress any nerve and cause symptoms. So, it is best to wait for the ultrasound scan to see what is actually going on.
I am not sure how the pudendal nerve would be damaged in your case.
Piriformis syndrome can cause spasms and lower back pain but not all of your symptoms.
Hi. I am glad to hear it is nothing sinister.
You will be given plenty of time and information before the surgery and you could ask your surgeon or your GP to give you something to help with your anxiety.
I am sure you will be fine. Hernia repair surgery is a very common surgery.
They will give you something similar during anaesthesia to calm you and make you go to sleep.
I am sure you will be fine and you don't need to worry too much.
Hi. I understand. That might actually work out better for you because if the MRI is normal, you will avoid having surgery.
The good thing is that MRI scan can also show if there is anything else going on.
If the hernias are too small, they won't cause any issues and no need to remove them.
Let's wait for the MRI scan to see what it shows. If the hernias are not that small, they can still be removed.
OK, no worries. Wishing you all the best!