Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

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

A 33-year-old man was hospitalized in Dublin for treatment of an abscess after he regularly injected himself with his own semen for 18 months as an alternative treatment for back pain.

But did it work though?

The man said he had been injecting his own semen, without medical advice, as an "innovative" method to treat his lower back pain.

"An Unusual Presentation of a Subcutaneous Abscess". The man, who had been suffering from regular bouts of backache throughout is life, chose to take matters into his own hands, purchased a hypodermic needle online and started injecting himself with his own semen.

It's the first reported case of semen injection for use as a medical treatment.

After the patient's back pain improved, he discharged himself.

He told hospital staff he had been lifting a heavy steel object and his pain had become progressively worse since then.

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The patient used a hypodermic needle he bought online to administer the procedure, the report said.

The semen, according to the case report, had leaked into soft tissues.

Following the treatment with antibiotics, the redness on the man's arm spread and then hardened around the tiny injection wound over the next 24 hours.

Still, the case is educational, even for those who do not plan on injecting themselves with semen (and please, do not plan on doing this): The case highlights the dangers of intravenous injections when carried out by untrained individuals, as well as the risks surrounding the attempted injections of substances not intended for intravenous use, the authors wrote.

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

The patient was treated with an intravenous antimicrobial drip, but he chose to discharge himself without allowing doctors to drain the "local collection", the news outlet reported.

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