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

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An Irish man spent a year and a half injecting himself with semen in an effort to cure his back pain, doctors discovered after he turned up at a hospital with a swollen, abscessed arm in addition to his chronic back condition. He had been injecting himself with an undisclosed dose of semen once a month, for at least 18 months.

The case study reveals that the man "devised this cure without any independent medical advice".

After treatment in hospital, it's been reported the man's back pain has improved - however it appears he discharged himself from hospital without actually having any incision made to - or draining from - the build-up in his upper arm. Rather, it caused cellulitis - a painful, hot to the touch bacterial skin infection.

He revealed at this stage that he had been injecting his own semen as an "innovative" method of treating back pain.

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The revelation came from a report in the Irish Medical Journal, who titled the case "Semenly" Harmless Back Pain: An Unusual Presentation of a Subcutaneous Abscess".

Doctors found a red lump on his arm which eventually spread and hardened around an entry wound over a 24-hour period, according to the case report.

The paper states that as per research, it is the first such case found in medical literature.

Despite seeking professional help at Adelaide and Meath Hospital, he left before doctors had a chance to remove the offending semen.

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

The only past examples of semen injections mentioned in the journal were experiments done by injecting human ejaculate into rats and rabbits.

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.

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