Published: Thu, January 17, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Oh come on, that's no way to treat long-term back pain

Oh come on, that's no way to treat long-term back pain

In a new case study, Irish doctors report the baffling case of a 33-year-old man who injected his own semen intravenously for a year and a half, a self-developed "cure" meant to treat his chronic back pain. He had been injecting himself with an undisclosed dose of semen once a month, for at least 18 months. He had devised this "cure" independent of medical advice.

A man has hit headlines for baffling doctors by regularly injecting himself with his own sperm. Over a 24-hour period, the doctors noted, the swelling spread from the initial site of injection to cover most of the man's forearm.

The man willingly divulged the details of his "semen cure" when questioned, admitting he'd been injecting the manly medicine as an "innovative" treatment for his back pain once a month for the last 18 months, both intravenously and intra-muscularly, using a hypodermic needle he'd bought online. Rather, it caused cellulitis - a painful, hot to the touch bacterial skin infection.

This patient's back pain improved over the course of his hospital stay and he opted to discharge himself without availing of an incision and drainage of the "local collection".

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Upon researching the condition, the author, Dr Lisa Dunne, failed to find any recommendation - on the internet or in medial literature - for injecting semen as a cure for back pain. The man was given intravenous antimicrobial treatment, but left hospital without draining the wound.

'The dangers of [injections] when carried out by the untrained layperson are highlighted as well as the vascular and soft tissue hazards surrounding the attempted injection of substances not intended for intravenous use.

This case study was published with one mission in mind - to be educational and warn others against trying similar methods at home.

However, it did say that there was a known report on "the effects of subcutaneous semen injection into rats and rabbits" - lucky animals.

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