We’re quite used to home remedies, aren’t we? From sprinkling turmeric in our milk to banish a cold, chugging coriander tea for fever or using ice packs for sore muscles. These may seem relatively innocuous. But wait till you hear what how a man in Ireland chose to treat his back pain.
The Dublin resident repeatedly injected himself with semen to relieve chronic back pain. Indeed folks! The man’s handmade remedy was reportedly discovered when he showed up at a doctor’s office complaining of severe back pain.
The 33-year-old man is now immortalized as a case study in the Irish Medical Journal. Incidentally, the study is titled “‘Semenly’ Harmless Back Pain: An Unusual Presentation of a Subcutaneous Abscess.”
“This is the first reported case of semen injection for use as a medical treatment,” doctors in Dublin wrote in the case study.
Soon after the man was hospitalized, the physician examining the patient. This is when he noticed that the man’s right arm appeared swollen and inflamed. Upon asking the gentleman, the explanation the man gave was one the doctor likely never expected!
“The patient disclosed that he had intravenously injected his own semen as an innovative method to treat back pain,” doctors wrote in the study. “He had devised this ‘cure’ independent of any medical advice.”
Wondering how he achieved this bizarre feat?
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Well, for starters, the man purchased a hypodermic needle online and injected himself once a month for the past 18 months. Before visiting the doctor, he said he hurt his lower back while lifting a heavy object. He then gave himself three doses. This is when the semen reportedly entered the man’s blood vessels and muscles.
The results were astonishing, as the picture shows cellulitis and edema of the man’s right forearm. An X-ray revealed air trapped beneath the man’s skin, and he was immediately hospitalized. Doctors treated the man with intravenous antimicrobial therapy reports Huffingtonpost.
The treatment caused his back pain to subside, following which he discharged himself without having the infected area drained. The study concludes with a warning that medical experimentation is dangerous and it’s risky for untrained individuals to inject themselves with substances not intended for intravenous use.
It basically means- Don’t shoot up for recreational nor medicinal purposes without your doctor’s express approval and supervision!