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Old 9th January 2018, 20:21   #11
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I hope you get a satisfactory solution Wes, there's nothing worse than a mystery pain. I had long term shoulder pain, I'd damaged something within the joint itself, because there was no blood supply to the damaged area painkillers did nothing. Never reached a real conclusion, it faded itself but rears its ugly head every time I do something strenuous with the arm, particularly lifting anything above shoulder height.
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Old 9th January 2018, 20:22   #12
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I really feel for you mate – one of the worst pains there is. I also salute you for discussing openly – us men tend to grin and bear it too much.

Certainly sitting on or trapping one of your balls can cause inflammation (epididimitis) of the plumbing to the testicle; (I know from experience - sat on mine a few times and is quite common male complaint. Similarly an infection, cyst or blockage in the epididimis tubes can cause a swelling and discomfort/tenderness/pain which may come and go. Does a hot bath ease the symptoms or can you actually feel any swelling when the balls relax? The symptoms should pass over a couple of days unless there is an underlying issue. Other issues can be a sort of varicose vein which you should be able to fell at the top of the sack above the ball. Both case can been seen by physical examination by the GP and thro’ a scan. I’m no doctor or medic but I’d discount a twisted ball as this is apparently very serious and if not treated urgently in A&E will result in the testicle dying. – your previous checks would have found this so would look for other possible causes.
I would question with your GP whether there is another issue which will cause ball ache and particularly pain extending down your inner thigh and leg. This I believe is typical of sciatic nerve injury which can often cause groin/ testicular pain as well as aches or shooting pains, tingling (pins and needles) down the inner thigh, buttocks and legs. Sciatic pain is indicative of injury elsewhere, even to damage or prolapsed disks and damaged vertebrae. Questions to consider – have you had any back injury (standing prolonged periods/ lifting/twisting or slipping, jumping down out of a vehicle cab)? Are you carrying a bit of weight (as in overweight)? Play sports? The cause may well be in your back or pelvic area causing referred pain and irritation. Again does a hot soak in the bath ease the symptoms?

Finally and perhaps more importantly another consideration to discuss with your GP is whether there is any risk of prostate issues which can also causes testicular pain etc.

Hope you get to the bottom of this (oops sorry wrong side!) – don’t ignore and don't get stressed – if your not getting the answers from your GP – go to A&E and get a second opinion. Good luck…
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Old 9th January 2018, 20:29   #13
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Seeing this I just rung a friend who had exactly the same problem a few years ago. Numerous treatments and scans and it would get a little better but never completely clear up.

Eventually he took the dramatic decision to have it removed, he had to pay but was surprised at how cheap it was as he didn't stay overnight. Once recovered from the anaesthetic he was given a drink and a sandwich and once he had emptied his bladder he was aloud to go home, a couple of days of discomfort apparently ( makes me wince at the thought) but he reckons it was worth every penny.

He also reckons everything works as it should.
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Old 9th January 2018, 20:55   #14
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Thanks kev, I've read about this and it certainly would make sense. The constant changing from swelling to not swelling would explain the discomfort, and I do have what looks like a few large dead veins.

Did you have the pain/heavy ache in the left or right testicle, and did the pain travel down your leg to your foot? Did you have the veins removed, or did your pain just go on its own?
Pain was in my left testes, a dull sort of dragging ache. it travelled no further than the scrotum.
I changed jobs almost as soon as it developed, within 7/10 days resting it went
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Old 9th January 2018, 21:07   #15
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I hope you get a satisfactory solution Wes, there's nothing worse than a mystery pain. I had long term shoulder pain, I'd damaged something within the joint itself, because there was no blood supply to the damaged area painkillers did nothing. Never reached a real conclusion, it faded itself but rears its ugly head every time I do something strenuous with the arm, particularly lifting anything above shoulder height.
Thanks Steve, that certainly sounds very painful, I hope it doesn't bother you too much.

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I really feel for you mate – one of the worst pains there is. I also salute you for discussing openly – us men tend to grin and bear it too much.

Certainly sitting on or trapping one of your balls can cause inflammation (epididimitis) of the plumbing to the testicle; (I know from experience - sat on mine a few times and is quite common male complaint. Similarly an infection, cyst or blockage in the epididimis tubes can cause a swelling and discomfort/tenderness/pain which may come and go. Does a hot bath ease the symptoms or can you actually feel any swelling when the balls relax? The symptoms should pass over a couple of days unless there is an underlying issue. Other issues can be a sort of varicose vein which you should be able to fell at the top of the sack above the ball. Both case can been seen by physical examination by the GP and thro’ a scan. I’m no doctor or medic but I’d discount a twisted ball as this is apparently very serious and if not treated urgently in A&E will result in the testicle dying. – your previous checks would have found this so would look for other possible causes.
I would question with your GP whether there is another issue which will cause ball ache and particularly pain extending down your inner thigh and leg. This I believe is typical of sciatic nerve injury which can often cause groin/ testicular pain as well as aches or shooting pains, tingling (pins and needles) down the inner thigh, buttocks and legs. Sciatic pain is indicative of injury elsewhere, even to damage or prolapsed disks and damaged vertebrae. Questions to consider – have you had any back injury (standing prolonged periods/ lifting/twisting or slipping, jumping down out of a vehicle cab)? Are you carrying a bit of weight (as in overweight)? Play sports? The cause may well be in your back or pelvic area causing referred pain and irritation. Again does a hot soak in the bath ease the symptoms?

Finally and perhaps more importantly another consideration to discuss with your GP is whether there is any risk of prostate issues which can also causes testicular pain etc.

Hope you get to the bottom of this (oops sorry wrong side!) – don’t ignore and don't get stressed – if your not getting the answers from your GP – go to A&E and get a second opinion. Good luck…
Thanks Paul, I originally went 10 years ago because I thought the pain and swelling was due to something sinister. Thankfully the scans came back normal, and here we are 10 years in the same pain, but the worst most painful days are becoming more frequent.

Prostrate, been there and done that, been checked along with piles (haemorrhoids) and YES! I've had a Colonoscopy... I didn't know I enjoyed photography so much (its not fun I tell ya).

I'm no stranger to pain, some of you guys may already know that I suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia. I had to be a rare case didn't I the pain effects both-sides of my face/head on all three nerve branches. I totally understand why its known as the suicide decease, but its not beaten me yet...

I've had CT head scans and MRI scans only to be told there is no nerve compression, so they will not operate. They say my TN is caused through dental trauma, certain dental work that had been done badly which has damage the trigeminal nerve... I should write a book on it, it helps by being a member on the Living with TN site, some amazing stories to be told.

This pain in the testes though is really getting on my nerves, I said to my wife Christmas day, 2018 is the year the NHS are going to fix my balls. If I can get my right testicle pain fixed, then I can concentrate on the trigeminal nerve pain and deal with it a lot easier.

... and all this, and I'm only 45.

Thanks again Paul.

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Old 9th January 2018, 21:35   #16
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Seeing this I just rung a friend who had exactly the same problem a few years ago. Numerous treatments and scans and it would get a little better but never completely clear up.

Eventually he took the dramatic decision to have it removed, he had to pay but was surprised at how cheap it was as he didn't stay overnight. Once recovered from the anaesthetic he was given a drink and a sandwich and once he had emptied his bladder he was aloud to go home, a couple of days of discomfort apparently ( makes me wince at the thought) but he reckons it was worth every penny.

He also reckons everything works as it should.
Thanks Steve, You didn't have to do that, certainly very much appreciated.
I really do understand why your friend chose that option, this was the first thing I said to my doc last week... just cut the blooming thing off.

This is an option I really want to avoid, but if it stops the pain and constant ache, then I'm there with bells on.

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Pain was in my left testes, a dull sort of dragging ache. it travelled no further than the scrotum.
I changed jobs almost as soon as it developed, within 7/10 days resting it went
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I was hoping you were going to say the right one, the left one seems to be the norm in suffering Varicocele, the right-side not so common.

This would mean my case may not be Varicocele, I am wishing with all my heart that it is... I really hope its something as simple as Varicocele, this would mean an easy fix... and I get to keep both of them... lol

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Old 9th January 2018, 21:46   #17
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Hi fella's, I come looking for some advice, not car related though. Its another medical health question, and I thought who better to ask... another male I thought.

So here goes... Have any of you guys suffered pain in the testes/balls?

I have been suffering pain/aching in my right testicle for 10 years now, and its driving me nuts... excuse the pun. I've had 3 ultrasounds during that time which have all come back normal. I have seen a urologist back in 2012 which was a waste of time, he said it could be Epididymitis, or its something I may have to live with as sometimes men get pain in the testes and we have no diagnosis to why.

I've had several courses of different antibiotics to treat Epidiymitis, which relieves the pain for a short while, but then the pain returns in a matter of days/weeks. The specialist did say they could operate and remove part/or all of the epididymis in severe case's, but he was not 100% sure this was the problem. He also said the operation could make the pain worst, that the removal of the epididymis doesn't always work.

Lets fast forward 5 years to today... The pain has got worst, its becoming unbearable. As soon as I sit down I am in agony, even certain jeans or trousers I wear will trigger the pain, I suppose that is due to the high-rise of the crutch area or inner seam of the jeans/trousers. I reckon soon I will need to wear a skirt, at least this will not aggravate the condition. lol

I went to the docs last week and said I've had enough, cut my blooming balls off. The doc is now sending me for another ultrasound which is this Thursday, this time I am hoping they can find what is causing the pain. The pain is always in my right testicle, and will travel to my inner thigh and down my right leg to my foot, at times my foot is in sheer agony which effects my walking.

This will be my 4th ultrasound, so its time to bear-all again to the lovely LADY specialist, we are getting to know each other quite well.

So... have any of you fella's experienced something so crazy as this?
Are you sleeping on your right side?
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Old 9th January 2018, 22:45   #19
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Been following this and hope that they diagnose the problem and you have access to the solution without delay.

As said earlier it is good that you have discussed this openly, it is something dear to my heart having been an early supporter of a charity called Check 'em Lads, I'd urge everybody to have a look at their web-site.

I wish you all the best.
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I think I must have taken some Radweld in the past, my tubes must be blocked.

Taken from Wiki.
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The cause is unknown, but is thought to result from abnormalities of the veins inside the testicles, leading to a backup of blood that cannot flow, which in turn causes swelling. There are three main theories as to the anatomical cause; the first has to do with the geometry of the veins, wherein the vein on the left side connects to the larger outflowing vein at a right angle, which tends to fail; the second is that valves that are supposed to prevent backflow fail (venous insufficiency); the third is that pressure in upstream arteries creates a “nutcracker” syndrome.


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