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  • Rope-like

    So here's my background - I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia back in 6th grade. I had it operated on then, but my doctor told me that the undescended right testicle from the hernia put me at risk for testicular cancer when I was in my early 20's

    Jump to today, I'm in my early 20's. I do regular self-examinations, and have not found any lumps. My testicles both feel the same, not hard at all. Pardon my ignorance of anatomy, but what I do feel above my right testicle, is that the network of blood vessels and such (Seen as the group of red lines in this picture -, well, that network feels like a rope.

    It feels much tougher and fibrous than on my left testicle. In fact, I can't really even feel it above my left testicle at all, but above my right testicle, I can grab it.

    Is this a bad sign? Or perhaps just some scar tissue? I've heard of hardness in the testicle itself, but not much about the working bits around it. It feels like that side is aching a bit now and then, but I don't know if that's just psychosomatic.

    Yes, I am heading in for a physical soon and I will have my general practioner refer me to a urologist.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Well, after checking over this page - - It looks like I might have varicocele. Only a doctor can tell me for sure.