Man injected himself with own semen for a year and half to treat his chronic back pain
An Irish man suffering from chronic back pain used intravenous and intramuscular injections of his own semen once a month for treatment.
A medical journal has warned the public against unprescribed self-medication citing the recent case of a man who injected himself with his own semen to treat his chronic back pain.
The case detailed in the Irish Medical Journal this month is of an unidentified 33-year-old Irish man who used to fill a syringe with his own semen and push it into his veins and muscles every month.
The case came to light when the man admitted himself into a Dublin hospital following complaint of severe, sudden onset lower back pain for days after lifting a heavy steel object.
Though the man had a history of back pain, what intrigued the medical staff at the hospital was his arm which was red and slightly swollen. It also showed signs of a serious subcutaneous infection. An X-ray of the hand revealed signs of an abscess deep under the skin.
It was then that the patient disclosed to the doctors that it was most likely because of the recent intravenous and intramuscular injections of his own semen. He apparently used the injections to cure his back pain through this innovative plan. From the past year and a half, he had been giving himself a monthly dose of his self-made tonic via injections. In the light of his recent incident, he had increased the dose to several shots.
The interesting case study was published in the Irish Medical Journal article titled 'Semenly- Harmless Back Pain: An Unusual Presentation of a Subcutaneous Abscess.' The authors of the article dug deep into literature -- both clinical and alternative for getting some kind of explanation, but came up with nothing.
"A comprehensive review of EMBASE, PubMed, Google Scholar, and the wider internet was conducted with an emphasis on intravenous semen injection for the treatment of back pain as well as for other medical and non-medical uses," the authors write.
"Although there is a report of the effects of subcutaneous semen injection into rats and rabbits [in 1945], there were no cases of intravenous semen injection into humans found across the literature." the authors concluded.
The alleged medical benefits of semen have been debated in literature and it's occasionally injected in a small amount to test for allergic reactions. It has also become a way to check and treat semen-sensitivities but when it comes to pain administration, let alone treating chronic back pain, this is pretty much unheard of.
The patient was diagnosed with cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the skin. The doctor gave him some intravenous antimicrobial drugs for the treatment but before they could administer further treatment and study his case in detail, the man discharged himself, saying that his back felt better.