I need some help. Im 16 years old and for a long time now I have had a pain in my lower region. At first, I thought it might be testicular cancer, but after checking for a hard lump there seems to be none. The pain seems to be coming from the many tubes that connect to my testicle. The pain also can sometimes be felt on each of the tecticle's tubes, mostly the left side though. Whenever I apply pressure to them, it begins to get very painfull. Whats the problem? Is it an infection, etc...? Before consulting a docter I would like to have an idea on what it coud possibly be and how to fix it?
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Sounds like a classic case of varicoceles. These are numerous dialated veins in your scrotum. They are acutually veins with incompetent valves that cause the blood not to drain properly. They occur most common on the left and cause pain and pressure (similar to getting kicked). The pain can somtimes be felt in your lower abdomen and upper legs. Sorry to say you need to see a Dr and should have an ultrasound done to diagnose it properly. (see my answer to "testicular Ultrasound" for more info on that exam. matteo
It may be a torsion, although I think a torsion is a sudden onset of extreme pain, but I could be wrong. Anyways, I would have it checked out. A friend of mine had a torsion; he had to have surgery. <p>[This message has been edited by Andrew29 (edited 11-28-2001).]
You might want to get checked for a hernia also. I had the same problem that you are having. I went to the doctor thinking it was maybe an infection of some sort and come to find out I was told I had a hernia on my left side in my lower stomach. The only correct cure for a hernia is surgery. It's worth getting check, any pain is an indication that something is not right. So get your parents to make you a Doctors appointment. It's normal to be embarrassed about getting our stuff looked at by the DOC, but remember they see our stuff all the time. Hope this helps in some way !
Note: It might be something simple, you won't know till you go get checked.
One other thing. You might have to go to a Urologist.
Believe it or not, the average Doctor doesn't know that much about your "privates". It is just one of a thousand things that they know a little about but not a lot.
A Urologist is a specialist in that particular area of expertise. Good luck, and don't put it off, get it taken care of.
Nope, you want lose your manhood. Those varicoles (sp?) and hernias are fairly common and treatable without loss of manhood! So make an appointment and see a doc to be checked out. Let us know what you find out!
I has the surgery to correct a varicocele in my left testicle 2 years ago. It's a minor procedure and doesn't lose anything, other than the annoying twisted veins and pain. If you have questions about the procedure, e-mail me and I'll tell you all about it.
hey people, I'll be going to a doc in a few days, and have pretty much came to my own conclusion that I have a case of the infamous varicoceles. Here's why: First, There is pain on or near my "left" testicle. Second, right below my left testicle there seems to be many swollen veins, almost in bag like formation. Thirdly, My left tecticle has the appearence of being smaller then the right, due to the swollen veins not present in the right testicle. And last but not least, for at least 2 years now, whenever I would walk a long distance my groin would always start to hurt. Now I know its probably from the pressure building up in the veins. Well thats it, if there is something I'm missing then please let me know.
Also, what can I do in the short term to reduce the ache or pain from down there? Any suggestions are welcome. And also, how much does it "normally" cost to fix a case of varicoceles? Thanks for the imput people. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
P.S. This pain can be very annoying, it comes and goes whichever way I move.
the only thing you can do to help the discomfort is to wear tighter fitting briefs to support your scotum more. especially when doing any physical activity such as walking long distance, running or weightlifting. STAY AWAY FROM BOXERS, unless your just relaxing around the house. matteo
I also have varicoceles on both sides but I only get pain now and then. It's hereditary and both my father and brother have them too. I used to get pain quite often when I was just entering puberty. I was taken to the doctor to confirm that was what it was and he tried to say they were not painful. My father politely corrected him. Later my father got me to put an ice pack on it in the bath and that did help. He also said that it helped him if he gently stretched the veins downward with his fingers but that did not work for me. Gradually I got it less and less frequently and now it only happens once every couple of years. My brother had a torsioned testicle as well and he said the pain was much sharper, "like being kicked in the balls", than the duller ache from the varicocele. I didn't need any treatment because the pain only happened now and then. I used to wear briefs that gave a lot of support but since we were trying to have children swapped to boxers with no ill effects. My brother was told by his specialist that families with hereditary varicoceles are prone to torsion (where the testicle twists and cuts off the flow of blood) and that tight briefs increased the risk of this happening. My brother had surgery to try and save his testicle but that failed and it shrunk to the size of a pea. The doctor sewed down the other one so it could not torsion but he has had discomfort from it ever since. Varicoceles can cause infertility due to the pocket of warm blood close to the testicle not allowing it to reach the required lower temperature, which is the whole reason for having them outside the body cavity in the scrotum. My brother did have fertility problems but in my case it seems it is my wife who has the problem not me. I have heard that they use keyhole surgery to treat varicoceles now so there is not as much trauma. I think they used to cut away the veins before that. I think they insert little tubes with balloons on the ends into the veins and inflate them but don't know the details. Whatever they do you are left with your testicles intact, no permanent pain and probably improved fertility. Good luck.<p>[This message has been edited by GeoffB (edited 12-01-2001).]
FINALLY I got enough nerve to ask the doc about my pain, Went to the docs today, and I mentioned to him what I was feeling. He told me he saw nothing REALLY big or wrong when he did his exam. I'm headed to get a UltraSound on the testicle the next week or too. Hopefully everything will be cool, THANKS GUYS!