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  • Question About Post-Op (I/O) Discomfort

    Two weeks have gone by since my I/O and I have been feeling better every day and walking normally etc.... However, during the past three days I have been experiencing this weird pain/discomfort that comes and goes. It's like a shooting pain in the general area of my incision (not in the incision itself which is healing very nicely) that goes all the way down to the right side of my scrotum where my testicle/tumor used to be. It's not an unbearable pain and it's not constant but comes and goes several times a day enough for me to notice and go "ouch".

    I may have been overdoing it a little bit in the past few days (sitting at work for 8 hour days, taking the trash out, etc....) so I attribute it to that. Someone said it may be the weather - it's been raining non-stop here for the past three days (this isn't arthritis for goodness sake!) ..... Anyway, nothing earth-shattering but I thought I'd ask you kind people in case anyone experienced this after their I/O. Thanks!
    "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see". Heb 11:1

  • #2
    It is normal to feel some discomfort which can last for quite a while in some cases. You shouldn't be taking out the trash, dude. Remember that you shouldn't do any heavy lifting until 4-6 weeks after the surgery. You don't want to risk getting a hernia.
    "Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
    11.22.06 -Dx the day before Thanksgiving
    12.09.06 -Rt I/O; 100% seminoma, multifocal; Stage I-A; Surveillance; Six years out! I consider myself cured.


    • #3
      If you consider the sensitivity of the area that had surgery, I'd say these twinges are fairly normal. They were with me. And no, it's not arthritis, but I'd also imagine pressure changes could have an effect on healing tissue as well. I think it's just going to take a little time.
      I Love My Pack!



      • #4
        Thanks Fed and TCLEFT for the responses.... I think taking it a bit easier is the trick here....feeling better already!
        "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see". Heb 11:1


        • #5
          "You shouldn't be taking out the trash, dude."

          Fed, you crack me up

          Charlie, NO HEAVY LIFTING!! You boys never listen.
          Rob and Stacy
          DX: 3/10/05, AFP: 15,047, L I/O: 3/28/05, Yolk sac tumor & teratoma, Stage IIIC, 3xBEP & 1xEP: 4/4/07 - 6/25/07, AFP: 14, RPLND 8/10/07, w. left kidney removed. 10/19/07, AFP: 1.9


          • #6
            I think I recognize the pain you are feeling, and I remember having it as well. It diminishes over time. I feel like there is slight pain in the testicle, then I realize there is no testicle there.......kinda strange but you gets used to it.
            4/26/07 - mass confirmed w/ no elevated markers
            4/27/07 - left I/O
            5/2/07 - Dx: 100% seminoma stage 1A
            Surveillance: CT/blood (6 month cycle)
            4/27/13 - 6 years cancer free!


            • #7
              I have the same thing. It comes and goes a bit. The urologist said it's just the nerves down there.

              Just realised.... we had our orchidectomies on the same day, plus we had the exact same diagnosis. How about that?

              29 Jul 2007: Saw Doc + Blood tests
              30/31 Jul 2007: U/S. Results of U/S - 1.5CM growth, Bloods clear
              01 Aug 2007: Saw Urologist + CT. CT clear
              11 Sep 2007: L I/O + Blood tests
              27 Sep 2007: Results: Stage 1 Seminoma (20mmx12mmx10mm)
              2007 - Nov 2009: Surveillance. CTs/X-Rays, bloods
              Nov 2009: Last official all-clear by Oncologist, haven't been since
              Nov 2010: Found out we're expecting another baby, without IVF.


              • #8
                Hey Daniel,

                We're TC brothers now! - too bad the date (9/11) has such bad connotations... I hope recovering in the southern hemisphere has been as uneventful as mine up here.... Good to see that diagnosis. Your profile says you are waiting to see the oncologist.... hope you see him soon, the faster you discuss it, the quicker your way to a cure will be.... take care and let us know what happens!
                "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see". Heb 11:1


                • #9
                  i still get little twinges especially when i exercise and im 3 months after my operation. It takes time to heal and the more active you are the longer it'll take.