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Old 09-20-2004, 11:56 PM   #1
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someone please help! is this varicocele?

I discovered this single vein at the end of my right testicle by chance in shower a few days ago, so I don't know how long it has been here. It seems to be rather thin and runs horizontally with a tip at about the middle of the testicle's side. I believe it is a vein by its shape and since I can see a faint green at the area (if the testicle rolls, the color moves too). From what I read off the internet, varicocele is a group of veins and generally occurs on the left testicle, or at least both. But in my case, I can only feel a single vein on the right. I can't really tell if the epididymis is bigger on one side or not. Can someone with varicocele experience or knowledge please tell me if this is varicocele? Also, my penis has been bent to the right ever since 7, 8 years ago and my right testicle hangs lower than the left, so I am wondering if this could simply be an abnormal growth? And a further question just in case if this is varicocele: Can varicocele be cured through diet and herbs? Or is the blood vessle permanently dead? Someone please, pleease respond, thanks.

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Old 09-21-2004, 05:02 AM   #2
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Re: someone please help! is this varicocele?

Varicocele feels like a bag of worms. Sounds like you just have a normal vein or perhaps you are feeling the epididymis and confusing that with a vein. Only a doctor examining you can really tell you what's what. Some varicoceles need treatment, others don't. I have lived with mine (on both sides) for about 40 years with very little trouble. Herbs and diet won't do much. They are hereditary. My father and brother both have them. Sounds like you are normal anyway.
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Old 09-21-2004, 11:49 PM   #3
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Re: someone please help! is this varicocele?

thanks a lot for responding, and just a little further question: Are there suppose to be any kind of veins on the testicle itself besides the epididymis? Because this thing I feel is firmly attached to the testicle and not on the scrotum. Also, what is the difference between a TC lump and varicocele? Again, please respond and thanks.

 
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Re: someone please help! is this varicocele?

Yes there are meant to be veins there. They just are not swollen (varicose) in men who don't have the condition. I believe TC lumps are hard and occur on the testicle wall itself but am no expert on them. Varicoceles are soft and wormy and are clearly different from the testicle itself, though running down to and attached to it. The swollen veins surround the epididymis,
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Old 09-22-2004, 10:59 PM   #5
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Re: someone please help! is this varicocele?

wow thanks for all the answers, and sorry for all these questions. It's just that I suddenly noticed this thing and got scared... well as I mentioned, I think this thing is a vein because of the color and feel. But I can't really tell how hard it is, which is kinda worrying me. So my question is, can I be sure that this is a normal vein from what I observed. And do testicular cancer lumps have a color to them? Once again I beg for answers. Thanks.

 
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Re: someone please help! is this varicocele?

The only way to be really sure is to get a doctor to examine you but I think you probably have nothing to worry about. I don't know if TC lumps have colour but I doubt they do,
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Old 09-23-2004, 11:00 PM   #7
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Re: someone please help! is this varicocele?

thanks a lot for all the replies and advice. I think I will monitor it a little longer myself and have the doc take a look at it once i get enough courage. Once again, thanks.

 
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