I'm 19 and about 3 days ago I noticed some discomfort in my testicle area. Upon self examination I noticed a small, hard pea sized lump attached to the testicle itself (I pulled on it to make sure it was attached) under the skin.
I waited a day and when it didn't get any better went to the ER and saw a doctor. He examined the testicle and said he couldn't feel anything, so when I went to show him I couldn't find it either. He said I might just be touching in a way that makes it feel like a bump but referred me to a ultrasound.
I had the ultrasound this morning and the person who did it said they didn't notice anything. But then when she showed it to a doctor he said it was a epididymal cyst 5 mm in diameter. All my reasearch says an epididymal cyst should be soft, but mine is very hard. Also I have severe lower back pain which is said to be a sign of cancer.
My question is how positive can they be based on an ultrasound alone it's a cyst and not a tumor? She didn't seem to concearned but I am, I have a doctors appointment Wednesday where I am going to ask to have it removed and biaopsed.
If anyone can say anything to ease my mind it would help, I've only slept about 4 hours in the last 3 days because of my stress, I'm terrorified of it being cancer.
I really don't have anything for you, I'm sorry but, I just wanted to comment if you don't mind. I understand your being stressed, but it is great that they may have found whatever it is it early. If it is a cyst, they can remove it and take a look. Your self-examination habit may well have saved your life!
well i noticed the same thing. i went to 2 different doctors, both sent me to ultrasound, one said it was a hydro sac, the other said cancer. i went to a 3rd and he said it was cancerous. mine was hard too. but by the time i went for my 3rd ultrasound, the onle lump had gone to 4.
long story short, had my left testicle removed, 4 months later had a prosthetic put in and im good to go. you could never tell that i had it done.
I once asked duing an ultrasound (for something else) how they could tell the diff between a cyst and a tumor. I was told the tumor will look white because it reflects back the soundwaves. A cyst will look black because it absorbs the soundwaves. To me that meant there was a clear difference, not just shades of grey.
Still if I think you are being wise to follow up on this with the biopsy. The fact that it was attached to the testicle and hard is a concern I agree. Is it possible for them to do a "fine needle aspiration" on it? This is where they use an extremely fine needle to take a small sample of it for biopsy. It can be done without removing it. My wife had this for a lump in her breast which turned out to be benign. I dont see why this could not be done in your case too but I dont know, there may be some reason it could not be done for a lump on a testicle. Best of luck to you and let us know how it turns out.