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    Need help for bad groin pain after prostate surgery

    I had davinci prostate surgery Feb 17, which basically cured me of prostate cancer. My PSA is now zero. I was doing great two months after surgery, walking a mile a day. But one day a pain started in my left groin, just under the skin, and it continues until today. IT is an intermittent pain brought on by standing or walking. It is so serious that when it comes on, I can not walk, nor stand, or do anything. I MUST sit down for a half an hour before it eases. I have no skin rash or lump, nothing except it seems right under the skin in my left groin. The CT scan showed nothing. It is really puzzling: Two months ago I was fine, and now this.
    I need to see a specialist, but what specialist? Any suggestions? The pain is very localized and feel like someone is jabbing me with something sharp or pinching me hard in a sensitive area.

    The pain is intermittent, brought on by just walking, stretching, standing, and any other movement of the groin and left leg. It is a sharp pain both in one place and along the V of the groin. I have had only two relatively pain free days in the last two months. Right now I must walk very gnigerly to avoid pain. I have been advised to see a pain clinic for a diagnosis.
    danny

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    Is it continuous, or more like 'pulsating' pain? I got the pulsating kind about two years after surgery, I've had it a couple of times since. A bit like someone sticking a needle at unregular intervals in the groin.

    My doctor thinks that it may be hernia, which sometimes follows surgery. If it is hernia, then further surgery is an option. If you find out some other reason, I'd be interested to hear about it.

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    Diagnosis of groin pain:

    Tissue scaring, probably from removal of lymoh nodes, leading to entrapment of a key nerve or pressure causing the nerve to fire way too often, or more intensely. I am taking three drugs: one to induce healing, one to deaden and alter the response of the nerve , and one to reduce the pain topically, since the pain is just below the surface of the skin.
    This program therapy is working. The pain has subsided dramatically, and I am now walking and doing simple chores like shopping for food, cleaning my house, etc. In time I will begin athletics again: tennis.
    danny

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    my husband had a radical prostatectomy in January 2011. while the catheter was in he started bleeding, the blood looked like coco cola. we landed up in the emergency room twice. During this time he had a terrible burning sensation in his groin area. The catheter was removed even though the blood was still black.Now he has terrible burning pain in his groin (mainly on exertion) and his right testicle is incredibly painful all the time. He has had an xray , scan and Mri , the only thing they found was a blood sack in abdomen which they tried to syringe out with no success.
    The urologist says he doesnt know whats wrong. This sounds very similar to what you had except for the intense constant pain in testicle.

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    Topical treatment

    I've had the same problem, intermittently and less severe, for years. It followed both my vasectomy and, much later, radical prostatectomy. In both cases the original surgeon didn't want to hear about it. As with you, it was probably tissue scarring.
    I have self-treated using 600-800 mg ibuprofen, ice pack, or cold water to the area with a handheld showerhead (sounds a lot worse than it is).

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    Groin pain appeared about 2 1/2 weeks after Da Vinci surgery

    I am 53, had davinci prostectomy 3 1/2 weeks ago, everything went exceedingly well with that. No (serious) problems with incontenance and working on the sexual function which looks like it will be fine.

    A week ago, I suddenly developed SEVERE groin pain, Drs. don't know what it is yet. Had ultrasound, yesterday a CT scan (results not back yet.) Pain was so bad, I had to go to ER a day after starting back to work. My symptoms appear if I walk around and do very minor things for about 5 minutes. I can feel the pain coming on and run to the sofa to lie down and put a heating pad on it. I don't have an infection, WBC normal. No kidney stone.

    I can't go to work or do more than very simple activities. Can I expect this pain to go away? Has anyone had this and can I expect it to go away? If you had this an it went away, what did you do to resolve it and how long did it take for you to recover?

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    Danny, by the way, what did your physician prescribe to deaden and alter the response of the nerve?

 
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