My name is Todd, I'm a 39-yo electronics engineer with three kids in silicon valley. I skydive for fun, having been one who grew up in the air with a father who is an airline pilot and mother and stepfather who are both private pilots. Skydiving became my way to get in the air and fly free as opposed to in an aircraft (though I still want to get my pilot's license someday).
I love antique cars and street rods, owning two of them right now. I have a 1929 Chevrolet business coupe that is stock and running and a 1931 Victoria that is in the process of becoming a street rod. These are very fun projects to play with on the weekends.
I'm married, with three kids. The youngest one right now seems to be the only one who seems to have inherited any of my bladder control issues. I also suffer from excruciating cluster headaches (my middle child gets migraines as well). The pain medication I take for my headaches wiped out my testosterone production from the testicles several years ago, which set a whole chain of events in motion.
I was put on hormone replacement therapy, at first with patches that I soon showed an allergy to. They next gave me a gel to use, but the first time I applied it I broke out in hives. I last went to injections, with a skin test first to make sure I wasn't allergic. Surprisingly, (yeah right!) I was allergic to the stuff to be injected.
I spent six months going through an allergist building up the dosage to lose my allergy to the medication and then started on full dosing of testosterone to replace what my body was not making. Within a year, my testicles began to ache. I went to a urologist.
First doctor dismissed the pain as 'insignificant' in order to concentrate on my incontinence; I fired him immediately. I went through family doctor, who did a number of tests and sent me to another urologist who paid attention and found...nothing. Finally they realized pain was in my testicles and sent me to pain specialist to try nerve block surgeries.
After two nerve blocks failed, each after one and a half months, I was looking at implanting a neurstimulator to try and control the pain or get them removed--but urologist wouldn't do it, I needed another opinion. I went to Stanford, and doctor agreed after I talked further to pain specialist and endocrinologist. No problem. Considering pain was so bad that I went to the ER one time and they gave me two *MASSIVE* doses of painkiller and all it did was lessen the edge a little, I was begging for them to be gone. I could barely walk anymore.
It's been a year now since I lost my testicles. I'm free from pain there, though I still get my headaches. I still deal with incontinence. There's still all the regular crap to deal with, but life moves on.