I'm new to this board here, but not new to my fair share of issues. I'm hoping someone here can answer something for me. I'm a 29 year old male and have had on again off again testicle pain, which at it's worst is occumpanied by nausea and mild lightheadedness. It intensifies with the need to pee or have a bowel movement. I also get lower abdominal discomfort. I almost always wake up in the morning to my stomach hurting. The pain is a 4-5 out of 10 and itsn't sharp, but rather a dull annoying ache. It is worse if I'm sitting. My testicles are sore to the touch. I went to the doctor and they ordered a CT scan said it was clear. They said it was likely epididymitis, but I don't see a bacterial infectionas likely, considering I just got done taking massive doses of antibiotics for H Pylori. In any case, my question is... What does a pelvic and abdominal CT scan rule out? Would that include testicular cancer or prostatis? I left feeling comforted, but then realized I still have pain every day. The nausea seems to be getting worse, which my GP originally said was the H Pylori which we cured. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks
Welcome to the board - hope you are just a temporary visitor, which seems highly likely. I only know a little about epididymitis, but I'll add a comment about prostatic infections that might apply. You wrote in your initial post:
Originally Posted by goingcrazy8
... I went to the doctor and they ordered a CT scan said it was clear. They said it was likely epididymitis, but I don't see a bacterial infectionas likely, considering I just got done taking massive doses of antibiotics for H Pylori....
For prostatic infections, it can be hard to find the right antibiotic to cure the infection, as there are many different kinds of bacteria that can cause them. One size medication definitely does not fit all infections! I suspect that's the case with epididymitis too, but, like others on the board, I've had no enrolled medical training and can only give you a layman's view.
I've learned a lesson from the School of Hard Medical Knocks that also might apply. When doctors talk of "chronic" conditions or say "there is nothing that can be done," that really often means there is nothing more that that particular doctor knows how to do. It's possible that's the case with the advice you are getting. I too strongly recommend a second (and third, etc.) opinion.
You also might want to contact the American Urological Association (AUA) to find out what that professional organization for urologists recommends for epididymitis.
You could also check the taxpayer supported Government website www.pubmed.gov, known as PubMed, a site we can use on this board because it is Government sponsored. I just searched for "epididymitis" on that board and got 2,625 hits! If you click on the hypertext titles of papers that look worthwhile, you can get a free abstract of the paper if it exists. (Most papers will have abstracts.) Of course, the text is written by and for doctors and researchers, but usually the introductions and conclusions are understandable. At least you may be able to gauge whether your doctor is current with the state of the art.
Thank you to everyone for the feedback. The testicle pain and abdominal discomfort continue. I have also noticed bloody streaks in my stool the past few days. Wouldn't the CT scan have looked at the Rectum and Colon? I hate to keep having tests, but this stomach/testicle discomfort and now blood in stools scares the crap out of me.