Mr. Daniel Johnson, B.Sc.
Chapter 2: Varicocele Pain
Look, you have to know where your pain originates from, what type of pain you’re experiencing, and what makes your pain worse. This simple education will both empower you in your self-treatment, and aid you in managing the psychological & emotional issues that come with having a varicocele.
Where is the Pain Coming From?
Testicle and/or Varicose Veins
A varicocele is pooled and stagnant blood in the veins of the testicle. Stagnant blood is toxic blood. It damages both vein & testicle. Moreover, stagnant blood also causes heat damage to the testicle.
So, when your blood pools and is stagnant you will experience pain from either/both the testicle and varicocele.
Pain originating from only the varicocele may be caused by physical damage, for example micro-trauma from excessive biking on bumpy roads, or pulling and tugging on your veins by masturbating aggressively.
Pain from the testicles is typically caused by either pooling of blood, or overheating. Pooled & stagnant blood causes two major dysfunctions: First, pooled blood is toxic and oxidizing. This damages both the testicle and sperm, causing pain. Second, it disrupts the heat exchange mechanism of the testicle, causing it to overheat. Well, let’s just say that you don’t keep the most important part of your existence outside of your body for no reason; your testicles need to be kept cool to function properly. Heat stress literally damages the testicles, and is a major cause of testicular pain.
The Different Kinds of Pain
Short-Term vs. Long-Term Pain
This is probably the most important section of the guide for understanding how the natural treatments work. Basically, you have short-term & long-term pain. Differentiating between them is a key part of understanding, managing, and healing your varicocele pain.
Short-term pain is caused by daily stressors. Daily stressors include heat stress, excessive abdominal pressure, blood pooling, & physical damage. To alleviate short-term pain, you simply have to alleviate these short-term stressors. Our goal in this guide is to minimize short-term pain, both daily and in the long run, allowing daily pain relief and long-term healing, respectively.
If you remove stressors in the long-term, you have healing of long-term pain. Long-term pain is caused by the accumulation of damaging short-term stressors. You can think of it as the accumulated result of years of heat stress, blood pooling, physical damage, & unhealthy habits. Alleviating these stressors allows healing to occur. I understand that long-term healing could take up to months to occur. It all depends on the severity of the varicocele and accumulated damage, as well as how well you follow the treatment plan recommended in this guide.
Just some final notes on the topic: The quick pain relief recommended in Chapter 10 only addresses short-term pain. Basically you alleviate the shot-term stressors by cooling, circulating, & resting. After 10-30 minutes most short-term pain will simply subside. Typically, any residual pain is from long-term damage; not short-term pain. You can address long-term pain by being consistent with The Fundamentals in Chapter 11, & following the Treatment Plan in the final chapter.
Feelings of Heaviness, Weighing Down, & Dragging
This is a mild type of pain that’s usually just felt when the varicocele is swollen excessively, and for prolonged periods. It is most common in grade 1 & 2 varicocele.
Feelings of Irritation, or Pain That’s Prolonged, Dull, or Aching
This type of pain is typically due to long-term exposure to mild heat-stress or blood pooling. It can also be caused when the veins are tugged, pulled, or squeezed tight. This pain is common with all grades of varicocele.
Pain that’s Sharp, Unbearable, or Throbbing
This intense type of pain is typically due to exposure to extreme stress, for example: Very high scrotal temperatures, and heavy blood pooling with impaired circulation. It may also be caused by tugging, pulling, or squeezing tight of the testicle or varicocele.
This type of pain is in your head. Yes, this type of pain exists. Yes, it can be intense. And yes, it is common. Previous experience with intense pain, anxiety about the pain, or psychological and/or emotional stress can trigger this type of pain. It can be experienced by any grade of varicocele. Note that this type of pain may be common amongst people who get surgery.
What Worsens Varicocele Pain?
What This Guide Covers
The following factors worsen varicocele pain: Heat stress, excessive blood flow, poor blood circulation & blood pooling, excessive abdominal pressure, physical damage, psychological & emotional factors, as well as an unhealthy lifestyle. The following chapters of the guide will focus on addressing all of these factors.
Just for Your Information
Pain is typically lowest in the morning after sleep & gradually worsens as the day goes on. This means that you should expect your pain to be most severe at night before sleep. This is due to the accumulation of the day's stressors (which are controllable). Similarly, the varicocele swelling is also smallest in the morning & biggest at night.
Individuals with higher grade varicocele do typically experience pain more often, and with higher severity than those with lower grade varicocele. However, those with lower grade varicocele can also experience frequent & severe pain.
Just a final note, unless treated, both varicocele severity & pain symptoms typically worsen with age. Don’t worry though, this guide will teach you how to prevent and reverse the worsening of your pain symptoms.
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Varicocele Pain Comes & Goes
I know sometimes it feels like varicocele pain comes and goes, but in general varicocele severity and pain symptoms worsen with age, especially when left untreated. Typically, varicocele discomfort is continuous, with periods of severe pain. I call the continuous discomfort long-term pain, and the periods of severe pain short-term pain.
Short-Term vs Long-Term Pain
The distinction between short-term and long-term pain is actually critically important for understanding how natural treatments work. Short-term pain is caused by daily stressors. Daily stressors include heat stress, excessive abdominal pressure, blood pooling, & physical damage. To alleviate short-term pain, you simply have to alleviate these short-term stressors.
Can I Get Varicocele Pain Relief?
The goal in the Varicocele Pain Relief Guide is to minimize short-term pain, both daily and in the long run, allowing daily pain relief and long-term healing, respectively.
If you remove stressors in the long-run, you have healing of long-term pain. Long-term pain is caused by the accumulation of damaging short-term stressors. You can think of it as the accumulated result of years of heat stress, blood pooling, physical damage, unhealthy lifestyle, and bad habits. Alleviating these stressors allows healing to occur, and cures varicocele pain.
How Long Does it Take to Cure Pain?
Most of my clients notice a reduction in pain in the first few days of treatment. For few however, it takes much longer. The amount of time treatment takes depends on:
How Long Will My Varicocele Pain Last?
So to answer the question of how long varicocele pain lasts, I really have to say that it all depends. If left untreated, it could never subside and only become worse. If treated however, I know from my experience and the testimonies of the hundreds of clients who have followed my treatments that it could take as little as a a few days to notice a reduction in pain, and that you can learn to completely manage your pain in just 1 month. Nearly everyone should have little or no pain in just the first month or two, if they follow the recommended treatments, and alleviate the short-term stressors effectively.
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Veins have valves that prevent backward blood flow. However, these veins are not always strong enough to combat excessive pressure in the spermatic cord. When pressure is too high, blood flows backward despite their resistance.
How it Happens
Varicocele is caused by back-flow of blood in the spermatic cord of the testis. The spermatic cord is a collection of veins that return blood from the testis to the heart. Blood backs up and pools in pampiniform plexus (mesh-work of veins) of the testis.
Varicocele occurs because of blood pooling in the pampinform plexus. Blood pooling stretches the veins and makes them varicose (swollen). Varicocele grade is defined by how swollen these veins become. Higher grade varicocele means more swelling. Grade 1 varicocele is not visible normally. Grade 2 can be visualized during the Valsalva Maneuver, and grade 3 varicocele is visible normally and looks like a bag of worms.
Varicocele is very similar to varicose, spider, and herniated veins—it is a type of swollen vein that needs time to heal.
How Common is Varicocele
Varicocele effects about 10-30% of men, depending on the population studied. Anywhere from 10-40% of these men have infertility.
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