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    Hello All

    About three weeks ago I noticed a dull ache in my left testicle. I saw a GP right away and have been wearing supportive underwear, have been treated with antibiotics in case it is an infection but there is still pain. It's changed in the last week. Don't notice the dull ache anymore. It's mainly a sharp pain now and then, say when I cross my legs or something, but I cannot recreate the pain with the same motion and the testicles are not sensitive to the touch.

    I've been checked by three GPs and none could fine any lump, swelling hardness or anything else out of the ordinary. All three said I shouldn't worry about TC.

    I have not been offered an ultrasound but am going to request see if I can get one, but it's unlikely to be for a few weeks because of holiday commitments.

    Do you guys think it is safe to wait a couple of weeks given that I don't have any obvious signs of TC aside from a stabbing pain, which as far as I am aware is not typical of TC?

    My theory is that is a varicocele, but I don't have the bag of worms effect, so can't be sure.

    Thanks for your help. This forum is wonderful by the way.

  • #2
    Demand an ultrasound as soon as you can get one. My husband, 2 GPS and a urologist were never able to feel any lumps...and he had a 2cm tumor, so an exam may not find anything. And by the way, the 2 GPs he went to also told him it's probably nothing..don't worry. Fortunately his urologist was more astute.
    Pain is not normal. I can't say if three more weeks will matter, but for peace of mind it may be worth rearranging your schedule if your can. If it is an infection that didn't respond to the antibiotics, a varicocele, testicular torsion, cyst or tumor you need to find out and treat it before it gets worse...which it seems to be doing. A trip to the emergency room while on holiday is no fun! Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
    Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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    • #3
      I would push for an ultrasound. I know that summer vacation can be hectic but the test will only take part of a morning. Karen and many others on this forum have had loved ones misdiagnosed, don't take that risk.
      Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

      Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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      • #4
        Thanks for your help.

        Went to GP this morning at 10am but told that there would be at least a month's wait on the National Health Service.

        Went back to work and thought about it. Rang doctor and asked if she could refer me to a private hospital.

        By 2pm I was having my scan and by 2:30 I was told there's nothing unusual down there!

        Thanks for your encouragement I would have had a month of worry had you guys not forced me to act.

        Still not sure what the pain is, but as long as it's not TC I'm happy to wait and see what happens.

        Thanks again.

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        • #5
          I'm sorry you still have pain but not having tc is huge. Congratulations and try to find out what's causing the pain.
          Last edited by dadmo; 02-06-08, 04:19 PM.
          Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

          Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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          • #6
            Great news!! Losing the anxiety and not heraing "you have cancer" is worth any amount you need to pay out of pocket, in my opinion.
            Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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            • #7
              Amen. Congrats on the negative diagnosis. Sorry you still have pain. Good luck with solving that problem.

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