He injected his own semen into his arm for a year and a half.
THE freaky way a man treated his back pain has been documented by doctors - after he devised his own very unusual "cure".
"Unable to find any other cases in the medical literature of a person injecting themselves with semen for any reason - and coming up empty even on "a search of more eclectic internet sites and forums" - Dr. L. Dunne wrote up the man's case for the January issue of the Irish Medical Journal in an article titled "'Semenly' Harmless Back Pain". The researchers found that he did not take any medical advice in pursuing the "cure".
"Upon this occasion the patient had injected three "doses" of semen intra-vascularly and intra-muscularly", the report said.
Over the next 24 hours, the swelling and redness progressed over his entire forearm.
It was also found that he had emphysema and oedema better known as excess watery fluid under his skin.
The man was subsequently treated for cellulitis, which had developed as a result of the sperm injections.
"This patient's back pain improved over the course of his inpatient stay and he opted to discharge himself without availing of an incision and drainage of the local collection", the journal said.
Her report reads: "The dangers of (injections) when carried out by the untrained layperson are highlighted as well as the vascular and soft tissue hazards surrounding the attempted injection of substances not intended for intravenous use".
Medics discovered the infection, caused by the semen injections, during a medical examination.
Dr Lisa Dunne, from Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght, wrote in her study that there is no research to prove that semen injections are effective "for back pain treatment or other uses".
Dr Dunne concluded that this case demonstrated the "risks involved with innovative treatments".