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    i've had some odd symptoms for a few weeks. i'll say right away that i have an appointment with a urologist, but it's still over a week away. i know this is a long time but if i start to get really worried i will go to the ER.

    a few weeks ago, it seemed like suddenly my right testicle felt a little bigger. a bit swollen. it just seemed more "in the way." i have a slight dull ache in the testicle. i did a self exam and found nothing unusual except for a tiny lump near or on the epididymis which has been there for quite some time but i always understood that it was usually nothing to worry about.

    i made an appointment with my family doctor right away. i went in to see him, and he felt everything and the lump, which he told me was basically "dried up sperm" and common and nothing to worry about. he told me everything felt fine--no epidymitis, no varicocele, no hydrocele, he even said "no cancer," nothing unusual, and said i may have stressed something a bit and to just take it easy and maybe get an athletic supporter and see if that helps. he did not seem worried at all, but he told me to make an appointment with a urologist to double check, so i did, which is the appointment i have not had yet.

    since the appointment with the family doctor almost two weeks ago, the swelling has gone down (which the doctor didn't seem to notice to begin with), but i do have the occasional lower abdominal pain on the side of the questionable testicle, and i have lower back pain on that side for maye a few minutes now and then, maybe once a day.

    i know my symptoms can include a wide range of causes. one question i have is regarding testicular hardening. to those of you who have experienced this, what are we talking about here? hard like a rock? as in VERY noticeable without mistake? to make a long story short, i've been feeling my balls several times a day every day for weeks now because i'm nervous, and i'm noticing all kinds of things that are probably nothing but psychosomatic. my testicles feel firm and almost hard but i wouldn't say they are rock hard. they feel similar to each other and are similar in size at the moment.

    the other symptom i have is an ache sometimes in the tubes above the right testicle. when i really get the tips of my fingers on that area to feel around, i can feel the tubes. i honestly don't know if what i'm feeling there is normal or not, but i feel what feels like a few tubes and they seem to be larger in diameter than i would expect. i know the tubes are normal, but i don't know if the size they are right now is normal.

    i guess this tube ache and a slight ache in my testicle towards the back of it are my 2 biggest symptoms right now, along with the occasional abdominal and back pain. i know the fact that my right testicle was bigger and now returned to normal size doesn't necessarily mean everything's fine, but the swelling was slight. in most cases, aren't we talking about significant swelling with TC?

    i'd love to hear your response to my post and questions. i've been lurking around here for a few days and love what i see. thanks everybody!
    Last edited by midka; 08-26-06, 01:42 AM.

  • #2
    It will most likely turn out to be nothing serious, but it's good you're seeing a urologist to have it checked out.
    Scott, [email protected]
    right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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    • #3
      I'll just comment on the hardness issue. Mine was not rock hard, but noticeably firmer than the other, sort of like a tensed muscle. I think that was due to the size of the tumor, 4 cm x 3.3 cm x 2.3 cm, which had come to take up 2/3 the size of the testicle.

      For now, stop feeling your testicles, leave that to the professionals. But do keep up with the monthly TSE.
      right inguinal orchiectomy 2006/07/17, non-seminoma stage 1

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      • #4
        Hi Midka,

        I agree with Scott, your symptoms don't sound like TC. But it's great your going to the urologist, better to be safe. The testicles should feel fairly firm, but as you do a self-exam the tissue should give somewhat under gentle pressure.

        Since you've got your appointment with the urologist lined up, I'd recommend that you stop the self-exams (you can go back to once a month after your appointment). You'll only cause more pain if you constantly keep squeezing things down there.

        Best wishes and let us know what happens.
        Fish
        TC1
        Right I/O 4/22/1988
        RPLND 6/20/1988
        TC2
        Left I/O 9/17/2003
        Surveillance

        Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will; to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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        • #5
          thanks for the replies everybody. you're right. i know poking around down there can just irritate things. i've tried to keep it to a minimum and will try to lay off. you know how it is though. i'll be sure to let you know what i find out after my appointment.

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          • #6
            Hi everybody. Hope you had a good weekend. I went to the urologist today, and he noticed my right testicle is slightly harder than the left. He didn't find anything else of concern and seems about 50/50 about whether this could be cancer or not. I'm having a scrotal ultrasound on Friday, Sep. 8. I just wanted to give you the update and will let you know more when I get the ultrasound results. How long does it usually take to get those results?

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            • #7
              If a radiologist is present he could tell you right away. Whether he will or not is another story. My son's technician told him immediately that he needed to see a urologist asap. Good luck on Friday.
              Spouse: I/O 8/80; embryonal, seminoma, teratoma; RPLND 9/80 - no reoccurrence - HRT 8/80; bladder cancer 11/97; reoccurrence: 4X
              Son: I/O 11/04; embryonal, teratoma; VI; 3XBEP; relapse 5/08; RPLND 6/18/08 - path: mature teratoma

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              • #8
                I got my ultrasound results immediately, as it is in real time. They should be able to tell you the results on the spot.

                Hope it goes well man.
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                • #9
                  Good luck tomorrow.
                  Fish
                  TC1
                  Right I/O 4/22/1988
                  RPLND 6/20/1988
                  TC2
                  Left I/O 9/17/2003
                  Surveillance

                  Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will; to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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                  • #10
                    hi everybody,

                    sorry for the late update, but i had the ultrasound friday and the follow up today w/ the urologist so i wanted to wait for all the news before i typed anything. well, i'm happy to say there were no masses or anything unusual. doc thinks i may have just injured or strained something as he can not figure out any other possibility. we're both a bit stumped to say the least, but i'm willing to accept that for now because of the clean ultrasound. i'm kind of on a "watch what happens" basis with the situation for now. odd things these testicles and attachments.

                    i want to thank all of you for you support. this is a great site and it feels like a family in here. i plan on still checking in now and then to say hi. best wishes to all of you. thanks again.

                    andy

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                    • #11
                      Andy:
                      Congratulations, that's great news. Don't forget to keep up the monthly checks.
                      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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