I've been following this thread for months now & I decided I would finally make a post & share my story...
I'm a 25 year old male who played college basketball at a small school. Up until the pain started I would lift weights & play ball or run sprints/distance everyday.
My pain started last June as dull ache in my pelvic area (left side) that radiated into my left testicle. I tried to push through it for a couple weeks to no avail. It kept getting worse every day.
I saw 20 doctors in 3 states (family doctor, urologists, general surgeons, sports specialists, Gastreinterologist, etc.) All said the same thing as everyone else hears "no bulge so it's not a hernia, rest for 6 weeks and you will be fine."
Tried resting, anti-inflammatories, ice, you name it. FInally I went to a surgeon who said I had a smal inguinal hernia (as many other ppl have had happen). I didn't know any better so I went ahead with that operation using mesh.
The pain didn't subside at all and was getting worse so I had blood & urine tests, 2 CT scans, an MRI, physical therapy, 3 steroid injections over the next few months all while not being active at all because of the pain. Saw many more doctors and was prescribed lyrica, vicodin, tramadol, ketorolac, neurontin, codeine, etc. and nothing helped.
The whole time I thought I might be dying because no one could help. Finally a family friend & radiologist referred me to Dr. Litwin who is affiliated with the UMASS hospital in Worcester, MA...
This is the hospital where Dr. Bill Meyers actually begain his sports hernia surgery technique from what I understand. He and Dr. Litwin used to do the surgeries together. This gave me great confidence in Litwin because I had read so much about Meyers already.
Litwin was very cool about explaining to me the history of the sports hernia from his point of view & how he does the surgery. He even told me the names and locations of the other people in the US that do this surgery and explained how their methods differed but still had high success rates. He talked with me for much longer than any of the other doctors I had ever seen & he was squeezing me in since I came from out of town. He explained all of he risks and also said that it is something that can heal on its own (but with YEARS of rest).
I elected to go ahead with the surgery. Bedside manner was incredible, nurses were wonderful, hospital was great. After the operation I even walked out of the hospital by myself & was walking for 20 minutes every day for the 2 weeks following. I was very optimistic at this point.
Fast forward to today - I am 10 weeks after the surgery and do not really feel any better than I did beforehand. I know it is a slow and tough process, but I'm having doubts which is making it even harder. I didn't have access to a pool like many people & actually had a couple of weeks where I couldn't walk due to the weather so I'm thinking that might have slowed down the process. I did start jogging a half mile a day after the 6 week follow up visit, but the pain is still present whether I am active or not. It is actually worse when I am just sitting around. According to the schedule, I'm supposed to be 100% better at the 12 week point. It just doesn't seem possible. I'm trying so hard to stay positive, but as many of u know it's very difficult.
Litwin has been cool about talking to me on the phone when I call & I am scheduled for another follow up visit next week.
Anyone have any thoughts or advice & also has anyone heard of or had an operation with Dr. Litwin?