Unusual problem of Testicular pain

Unusual problem of Testicular pain

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Yada

Willis, TX

#2 Dec 30, 2006
Atmaj patel wrote:
Hi,
I am 37 years old male with good health except high cholesterol.
I am having a problem of chronic testicular pain from several years. The pain is normally in either left or right but never experienced in both at a time. The pain usually starts at the time of bowl or after. The pain also starts if I wear any tight pant or track pant witch is tight in waist region. The sever pain normally stays for about 2 to 3 days if I don’t do anything and then goes off automatically. I normally feel mild pain all the time. Any kind of discharge ( Stool, urine and ejaculation ) gives me a little bit of relief but I have noticed that if I get good bowl and ejaculation, the pain goes off or drastically reduces within couple of hours. The pain normally starts at the bottom of testis and radiates up on respective sides near the base of Penis. Coughing and sneezing is painful in that region in that case. Initially the frequency of the pain was very less, about once in 3 months but as time passed it is increasing and now it is about once or twice a week even after taking care of my bowl with calculative eating and taking laxative every day.
In 1998 I visited Urologist with this problem and he diagnosed with bilateral Varicocele and operated for that but there was no change in the pain.
After that I have visited several Urologists for several years and gone through several tests like Ultrasound, X – rays, urine, blood, sperm culture and sensitivity, prostate cancer, etc, all the tests were negative. Gone through ultrasound while pain exists but no findings were there. Have taken lots of long courses of antibiotics. I have been through non allopathic treatments also but no good. Recently I have gone through Physiotherapy but that also did not help.
Can it be a problem of back pressure in testis via epididymis as tight pants and the force or the position of bowl triggers the pain and gets relief with empty bowl and ejaculation ? If that is the case, will Vasectomy help me ?
No vasectomy won't help you.
Dee

Ireland

#5 Jan 6, 2007
Atmaj patel wrote:
Hi Yada, thanks for the suggestion, what do you think the problem might be ?
Hey, I have the very same problem and like you have been checked for several different things. I first got the pain when I was about 19 and it used to come along every couple of months, then every few weeks and then every other day. I had an operation to fix the testes to the back wall of the scrotum as they were worries that the testes might twist (apparently if they twist there's a good chance of losing them). Pain went away for a while and then came back. In the end the doctors wouldn't tell me anything until a female doctor admitted they didn't know what was wrong and that was the end of it. I get immense pain in my back and pelvis when it occurs and I find that ejaculation is the only thing that relieves it. It's obviously some kind of pressure in the system that builds up and no amount of drugs will cure it I think. Hope this helps.
Dee

Ireland

#7 Jan 7, 2007
Atmaj patel wrote:
Thanks Dee and thank God, at least I found someone in this world who has got the same problem. Are you still having the pain ?
Yes, although it's variable. I feel it usually around my lower back first. I would love to know what it actually is but haven't been able to find out thus far. I thought it was odd that the doctors didn't want to investigate more seeing as they didn't really know. I thought that they would be delighted to discover something new. And we're definitely not alone, there are lots of men with this out in the world, i'm sure of it. They probably don't want to talk about it though. Since I had my op, all my friends and I have a laugh about it but there are many more who probably keep it to themselves. One doctor before, in not so many words, told me to "take care" of myself whenever I got the pain and that would relieve it!!! I think he was trying not to be rude but I got the hint! And hey, relieving the pain is better than lying face down on the kitchen floor doubled over for 3 hours not being able to stand up - a regular occurence when I first started getting the pain.
anjana

Chennai, India

#9 Jan 10, 2007
just go for pranayam & yogasan(anulom vilom,bahya pranayam,bhastrika,bhramari,ka pal bharati,udgeeth; and sarwngasan and mandukasan).Must do it in proper way.You will certainly find a lot of relief.This problem could be cured provided do yoga & pranayam in proper way and at ideal time .One advice --Must take water and fruit as more as you can.
anjana

Chennai, India

#10 Jan 10, 2007
dont wear tight pant or shirt while doing yoga or pranayam.

and write after one week.
Dee

Ireland

#12 Jan 13, 2007
Hi guys, I live in Ireland and don't know what all those names mean. Are they types of yoga?
Andy

Newtown, Australia

#14 Jan 28, 2007
Hi Guys, i have similar problem too, started when i was 23, and am now 34. Pain starts on either testes, but rarely both at once. Gets worse when I wear tight underware or jeans etc. It seems to be more located in the tubes above and behind the testes. I can't run, and lost my job recently as its very difficult to concentrate at times. It really screws your life around. Have seen numerous doctors and Urologists and had cycsts removed, one teste secured to the scrotum, and later a high ligation on both sides for varecoeceles, which releived some pain, but it came back again. My balls seem to be constantly retracting up and down. Things that i have found help, are to reduce pysical activities and do lots of stretching exersize on your back and rear of your legs. After taking lots of different medications, the only ones that take the edge off the pain is normal old paracetamol and Ibuprofen.
Andy

Newtown, Australia

#15 Jan 28, 2007
Also, there seems to be two structures down there that are to blame. The epididymus and the tiny blood vessels. The epidimus is the tubes that carry the maturing sperm from the testes northward. They can become painful if they are too full ( thus ejaculation releives the pressure ) they can also get bactierial and non bacterial infections. Unfortunatley antibiotics has difficulty in penatrating this area of the body, and persistant causes for pain are largly unknown. Lots of cash gets spent on womens health, not much on us men. This structure can also commonly get cycts and other blockages.

Now for the blood flow. A large arterie pushes blood under pressure into each of the testes, and then splits up into lots and lots of tiny veins in order to exit back up the same cord back into the body. Trouble is, the blood exiting up is not under pressure, and relies on movement of muscles etc to move it along, it can pool around down there, and even be obstructed from going north from the blood in the abdomin, thanks to gravity providing down pressure. So essentially you have blood going in that can't effectivly escape. The small veins become enlarged and cause pain. Remember this is a very sensitive area anyway, and has alot of nerve endings. The veins can turn into vericous veins, like on old ladies legs, and then throb and cause pain, these can be removed.
The best reasoning i have come across to explain persistant pain, is that once damage occurs down there, the nerve ends can get hypersensitive, and then the slightest problem ( which may of previously gone un-noticed ) becomes more pain, then you worry about it and get stressed, the pain increases, you become anxious, the pain increases, muscles tence up, the pain increases. You stop sleeping well, and become tired and worn out, pain increases.
Other things i have found help are warm bath, and let you balls float high in the water, this may let any blood drain out easier. Avoid sleeping on your stomach, try on your side with a pillow between your knees. Wear your underware to bed for support. Buy underware a size too big, so you can pull them up for more support, or slacken them off as required during the day. Forget walking too far, and forget playing vigorus sports. Find a good psychologist to get some relaxation training. And the streching or yoga previously metioned is of the greatest assistance. At times i can get my pain to stop just from some stretching, it also gives you something to do, like a distraction, instead of focusing on the pain.
I've been living with this for 12 years now. Talk to your friends about it, don't live in your bubble of pain, that's a bad thing. If you live in Sydney, I'd be happy to meet up and give support, or email me at [email protected]
Adam

Brighton, UK

#16 Feb 4, 2007
Hi Guys,
I have had a very similar problem to what is being described here. It started just under 3 years ago with an unlocatable pain in my left testical and groin. Saw my own GP 2 times and also a neighbouring one who booked me in to see an urologist. Doctors thought it might be a reoccurring hernia that I had as a kid but the ultrascan came back negative and nothing was found. That was about 15 months ago and the discomfort has remained pretty steady until recently. In the last month I have also been experiencing pain in my right testical in addition to the left one. Sometimes the pain feels worst than others but it is always “naggings” and have also noticed the scrotum often is very tight against the testicals. Recently I have had pain in my both my breasts (which started around the same time as the pain in the right testical) and i'm not sure if they have enlarged or it's just me being paranoid. Also noticed a lump on the bottom of each testical which seem to enlarge during an erection, but as they are in the same position on both testicals think it may just be natural.Went to see a different doctor in the last couple of weeks who seemed to think it was psychological, which i can pretty much guarantee it isn't, you don't have an "imaginary" pain for 3 years. Getting pretty fed up of not knowing what it is been through a constant stage of thinking it could be tcancer but then doctors and ultrasound disagree.
Anyone had similar symptoms to the ones which I have described?
Dee

Ireland

#17 Feb 5, 2007
Hi Adam, I haven't had those pains in the breast but my testicle pain did move from one to the other which has confounded every doctor and urologist I've ever seen. It's not psychological but it does get your mind down but be strong and know that it's something the doctors can't do anything about. One thing I would get checked if I were you is your prostrate gland. Not a nice inspection (!) but worth knowing the results. If you rule out cancer then I'm pretty sure you're like the rest of us here. Pain for years and no answers! I don't do yoga but the guys above said it helps. I know when I get the pain my back gets really stiff and stretching does help so i'm sure yoga would be 10 times better. Also, not to put it crudely or anything but if the the little lads aren't being sorted out by a woman then take care of them yourself!!! The pain relief is immense. Most of all, get on with your life and don't let it beat you. Get regular check-ups for cancer and learn how to check them yourself - it's quite easy to do in the shower. If you do get pain, ice helps as does a good old-fashioned pair of y-fronts (instead of loose boxers). It lifts the testicles and relieves pain. If you're getting pain constantly, do a daily diary of what you're wearing when you get the pain and see if something simple is bringing it on more than normal. Try tight boxer shorts, y-fronts and you can also get these funny-looking contraptions in any medical suppliers that keep the testicles raised. Don't lose faith!!! The pain will always go away.
shyam india

India

#18 Feb 6, 2007
u drink wheat grass and do anulom vilom for 15-20 minutes it will be solved
I have practised and solved
gordon

Campbellsville, KY

#21 Feb 13, 2007
I am 73 years old and have had these problems starting in my early 20's while in the service. The nurse thought that I had a venerial disease and she had to appologize via the doctors who said the pain was of no such problem. I was treated with the ordinary procedures of anitbioltics, rest in bed, and support for the testicles. Eventually , after forty more years, my testicles shrunk. I had prostate surgery last October which caused much more severe pain of the epididymus. Only thing that helps is pain killers : strong ones. Of all the urologists, none of them seem to offer a solution. You might also try a swimmer's jock made by Bike. I have also had some relief from the new jocky briefs from Polo, 2xist,and from Unico from TJ Max stores and from the internet. You want something that lifts your testicles up and forward without being tight. You might try also some of the new microfiber briefs from the same companies and the new soy underwear as well. The jocks worn over a long period of time may become uncomfortable. I also have one testicle , the right one, which is traumatized. No help from the euologist on that either. Be careful whether you can take Ibuprogen or Tylenol so that you won't be taking either of these which may confict with other medication you are currently taking. For instance ,I can't take the prefered ibuprogen since I have to take arthritus medications, although I prefer it.
rcguy

Rock Island, IL

#22 Feb 26, 2007
This problem may be due to Pudendal Neuropathy. Take a look at this website and forum. This may help you.
http://pudendal.info/
http://www.tipna.org/forum/
gordon wrote:
I am 73 years old and have had these problems starting in my early 20's while in the service. The nurse thought that I had a venerial disease and she had to appologize via the doctors who said the pain was of no such problem. I was treated with the ordinary procedures of anitbioltics, rest in bed, and support for the testicles. Eventually , after forty more years, my testicles shrunk. I had prostate surgery last October which caused much more severe pain of the epididymus. Only thing that helps is pain killers : strong ones. Of all the urologists, none of them seem to offer a solution. You might also try a swimmer's jock made by Bike. I have also had some relief from the new jocky briefs from Polo, 2xist,and from Unico from TJ Max stores and from the internet. You want something that lifts your testicles up and forward without being tight. You might try also some of the new microfiber briefs from the same companies and the new soy underwear as well. The jocks worn over a long period of time may become uncomfortable. I also have one testicle , the right one, which is traumatized. No help from the euologist on that either. Be careful whether you can take Ibuprogen or Tylenol so that you won't be taking either of these which may confict with other medication you are currently taking. For instance ,I can't take the prefered ibuprogen since I have to take arthritus medications, although I prefer it.
Dee Dee

United States

#23 Mar 6, 2007
Amazing stories and I do sympathize with all of you. I am a mother just looking for information to share with my 25 year old son, who is expericing the same problem for the first time. According to him, the pain is unbearable. He was given antiobotic and another medication which I do not know the name. We are in different states and I cannot speak with him until later and thought I would go on line and look for information to share with him. Thanks for all of the information thus far. I will admit this was very scary for me when I was first told of the problem. The information I have read so far has been enlightening.
JJJ

Fort Sill, OK

#24 Mar 7, 2007
I have had the same problems since I was in my late teens. I'm now 32. My urologist believes I have a form of prostatis. He prescribed Flomax. I take it as needed. Relieves the pain. Had no problems since that was diagnosed 2 years ago.
Jeff

United States

#26 Mar 14, 2007
I am 37. When I was 19 I tore my spermatic cord as a result of heavy lifting. Initially there was pain, but subsided shortly after. The pain started again a year or so later and I've been living with it ever since. I have never been to a doctor regarding my condition (I know, I know.) I do self exams regularly to check for lumps but never find anything. I do possibly have a hydrocele (self diagnosis) and now there is never a time when I don't have discomfort. I often have a dull ache in my lower back on the side where I have a problem and it sometimes occurs in my side (love handle area) I am going to make an appointment with a physician, hopefully a urologist, soon. I am not very hopeful after everything I've read that the pain or discomfort can be stoppe. Does anyone have any advice for me or questions I that I should ask on my initial visit?
Jim

Roseland, NJ

#28 Apr 16, 2007
I'm 45 and have had this problem since I was 18. Every few months or so my Urologist gives me a different antibiotic because the testicular pain is accompanied sometimes by a slightly inflamed prostate. U/S showed nothing, but the last one I had was many years ago. I can't take it any more!
gary

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

#29 May 8, 2007
hi, i have testicular pain now for 7 years had all the tests, sti,s several scans and tried injections in base of spine,taken antibiotics and currently taking gabopentin tablets,pain comes and disables me from standing upright and moving forcing me to take time of work,doctors and urologists dont have a clue what causes or cures to offer,you ar left alone to get on with life,finding this site lets me know that others are out there with the same problems
Ian

Brisbane, Australia

#30 May 12, 2007
I am 63, first started getting very sore testicles about seven years ago. The pain only lasted for a few weeks then disappeared. But every year (almost to the day) back it came again and each time stayed longer and longer. Now it has been permanent for some eighteen months and has become unbearable. Like other sufferers, I have had every test done and been on countless pills and medications. No pain killers have the slighest effect and I were I not to wake up tomorrow, it would be an enormous relief to me! The pain is killing me..........
My email is: [email protected] if any other sufferers have any solutions.
Mark

Adelaide, Australia

#31 May 22, 2007
I've been seeing doctors on and off about recurrent pain for the last 4 or so years and I'm now 28.

Although painful it's usually not that bad and does go away for months at time (thank god). The pain is more of a continuous ache of varying levels of pain, athough sometimes it does become more significant.

It's currently (last night) gotten quite sore after not having had pain for a while. I'm a bit paranoid and worried that it's a torsion or something terrible like that.

I've been given various courses of anti-biotics and am going for my second ultrasound tomorrow. So far all the doctors have done for me is waste my money.

It makes a difference knowing that there are other guys out there dealing with the same thing.

Thanks for your advice and for sharing your stories.

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