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As far as I know, there are no scientifically-proven treatments for "blue balls". There are only home remedies.
I found a lay article by a San Francisco paramedic, which was medically reviewed by a retired cardiologist. It cites two sources, both from the journal Pediatrics:
- " 'Blue balls': A diagnostic consideration in testiculoscrotal pain in young adults: A case report and discussion."
- "Blue balls." (Letter.)
The lay article suggests three suggested treatments for "blue balls".
- Exercise: especially strength training.
- Vagal stimulation: e.g. by bearing down, as if you're straining to help push a bowel movement out.
- Cold showers.
The article explains why each of the three treatments is suggested.
The article concludes with an explanation of why there isn't, and will likely never be, much money to fund research into the condition.
WP:MEDRS asks us to cite clinical practice guidelines, meta-analyses, and/or literature reviews. But WP:IAR seems to imply that, because these don't exist here, we should cite lesser (but still reliable) sources instead. (Perhaps while warning readers that we're citing lesser sources.)
Since there are no scientifically-proven treatments, I think we should mention the suggested (but not proven) treatments in our article. Where I live, two of the three treatments are free, and the third is very inexpensive. We can mention that they're not proven.
- In addition to the points I mentioned above, let me add a few more points:
- WP:MEDRS admits that "a lightweight source may sometimes be acceptable for a lightweight claim".
- User:WhatamIdoing wrote elsewhere: "Primary sources are sometimes the best possible sources for standard information about rare diseases. Secondary is not the definition of a good source. It's important to balance multiple considerations around the reliability of sources. A recent primary source from an expert in a respected journal in a relevant area is often better than a review article written by a grad student in a third-tier journal. When we're writing about a common or well-researched condition, we can pick the best of the best of the best (and that's what we wrote MEDRS around), but when we're working on articles about rare diseases, we need to think about sources holistically, and not just through a simplistic primary-bad/secondary-good lens." Although I admit that "blue balls" is not a rare disease, I insist that it is a condition which has been mostly ignored by the peer-reviewed medical literature.
- Kind regards, --TealHill (talk) 06:36, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
- TealHill, Doc James reverted you on that piece before. I see that you have added it back. Even when something is a rare medical matter, one can still often find decent sources on it on Google Books. Flyer22 Reborn (talk) 02:05, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
- I have trimmed verwell health. If there are no sources that are any good often it is best to simple say less. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 02:33, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
Do painkiller gels (e.g. Voltaren / diclofenac gel) or painkiller pills (e.g. Tylenol / acetaminophen / Advil / ibuprofen) successfully treat "blue balls"? TealHill (talk) 06:38, 13 November 2018 (UTC)