I assume you’re here because you’re suffering from testicle pain, and just like other blokes with painful testicles you want to know why they’re sore and the best way to treat the problem. Or is your reason more a concern that the pain is caused by something more serious like testicular cancer. It’s perfectly natural for any man to worry about testicle pain with all the stories you hear, but its best you turn a deaf ear to hearsay. The only person you should listen too is you’re GP. Painful or swollen testicles can be a result of an injury, so pain in this area does not necessarily mean cancer. Not all cancers bring pain and testicular cancer is usually one of those. Pain or no pain, if you feel a lump in your testicle then you must see your doctor.
I understand for some guys having a stranger mess about with their mebs is not something they may relish, but holding back in seeking help – then these same men later down the line might have no choice but to allow a queue of strangers to be touchy feely with them. Guys just like women get easily embarrassed over having to show their private parts, but it has to be done, so pluck up your courage and seek medical advice if you have testicle pain.
Sudden, severe testicle pain shouldn’t be ignored
Testicle pain is soreness in one or both testicles which can spread to the lower abdomen. The testicles are the two rounded balls located inside the scrotum (sac.) Some conditions that affect the male will have him suffer from abdominal pain first before testicle pain kicks in. One condition to name is testicular torsion.
Testicular torsion causes testicle twisting. Due to distortion the blood supply is cut off and causes tissue to die. It is a very serious condition which requires urgent attention. The condition is mostly diagnosed in young men between ages of 10 to 20 years old
Let us take a look at what might be causing your testicle pain
Epididymitis is a condition which causes inflammation of the epididymis (a curved structure to the rear of the testicle where sperm ripens and is kept.) It can cause mild discomfort to the more severe. It’s typical to see the scrotum swell, turn red and feel warm. Epididymitis is the common cause of scrotal pain, and normally an outcome of a complication of a urinary system infection, and bacteria being primarily the cause. The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea was once listed as the chief cause. Over time things have changed and now it is more known to be brought about by chlamydia. Main symptom is inflammation of the ducts where sperm leaves the testicle. Another condition caused by bacteria, or virus, is Orchitis which is an inflammation of testicle tissue.
Swollen testicles (swelling) can occur because of many factors, and one to mention is fluid. There are many sorts of fluid collection:
Varicocele affects the veins in the scrotum causing them to become enlarged. These veins carry blood away from the testicles.
Spermatocele is fluid in the epididymis that forms a cyst which normally holds dead sperm cells.
Hydrocele is commonly found in newborns. (Fluid filled scrotum.)
Another obvious reason for testicle pain could be a hernia…which is a result of weakness in the muscular wall of the abdomen. Due to the weakness a ring of intestine can easily thrust through causing a lump to form on the outside. A large hernia located in the groin region can work its way down into the scrotum making it look chunkier. Soreness suffered is more abdominal pain rather than scrotal, and can worsen with bouts of coughing or sneezing. Surgery to repair underlying muscle weakness is called “herniorrhaphy.”
As with most conditions you have to be careful to what they might lead to if not treated right away. It’s imperative you act on the sighting of a lump in your testicle, inflammation, swelling and pain sooner than later. Testicular torsion the condition mentioned earlier can lead to infertility if treated to late, so early treatment is the best and only way you can help prevent this from happening to you.
If you’re testicle pain is caused by a minor injury or fluid buildup, then pain relief medicine might help ease soreness and reduce swelling if any.
Self help advice:
You can help support the scrotum by wearing a athletic supporter
Apply an icepack to the scrotum
Warm water helps reduce inflammation
Place a rolled towel under your scrotum when lying flat on your back
Take pain killers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Aspirin should not be given to children
It is always better to be safe than sorry, so should you experience severe or sudden pain in and around the groin, or you have damaged the scrotum though injury, or if you are physically sick then get medical attention.
You are not to ignore symptoms like
A lump in the scrotum
The scrotum is warm, red, or sore to the touch
Most men with problems that affect their penis, testicles and scrotum worry more over how the actual diagnosis of their condition is determined. This brings us back to the issue mentioned earlier about being embarrassed, and how men hate the idea of having someone they don’t know fiddle with their tackle. Medics in emergency rooms on a wide scale treat men in the thousands daily for penal conditions, and are there to treat and cure problems, and not ogle your bits. Your member and its two mates are just the same as the next blokes so doctors won’t be taking a blind bit of notice of how you’re John Thomas looks unless he/she has to examine three balls…so go get yourself checked.
There is nothing to fear when having a physical examination. Your GP will focus on the groin, testicles, and abdomen. To give an accurate diagnosis your GP will need to know a little about your medical background. He/she may ask questions like
How long have you had testicular pain
Is it one or both testicles that’s affected
Did the pain start suddenly
Is the pain regular or irregular
How bad is the pain
Is the pain easing or getting worse
Is there pain in the abdomen or back
Have you injured yourself
Have you had an infection
Have you been treated for an STD
Is there something in particular you do that makes the pain worse
Does the pain disappear with medication
What symptoms do you have (swelling, redness, urine color, high fever, or unexplained weight loss)
After your consultation with the doctor the following diagnostic tests may be carried out:
Ultrasound of the testicles
Inspection of prostate secretions
Treatment may include:
Untwisting of the testicle
Surgery to repair testicular torsion (if untwisting failed)
Antibiotics to clear infections
Surgical drainage or removal of an abscess (uncommon)
Surgery for a varicocele, a hydrocele, or spermatocele, more so if the varicocele is threatening infertility
If you have testicle pain then get it checked out. It may only take a pill popping course to remedy the problem.
If you come from my part of the world and you’re “feeling down” people tend to say that life’s one “Big Ball Ache”. So in you’re case it looks like you have both. So why not kill two birds with one stone and put a stop to you’re worrying and soothe them aching balls.
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