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    Hello everyone,

    Let me start off by saying what a great resource this has been. To be honest I'm scared and I am looking for advice/information. I apologize but this is a pretty long story. Please bare with me and give me any suggestions you might have.
    My name is Andy, I am 23 years old. I would like to take care of this problem as soon as possible. I am going back to school this Fall for my PhD in the biological sciences.
    About a month ago I had some very sharp pains in my left testicle. I went to my doctor and he said he thought I had epididymisitis (sp?). He prescribed some antibiotics and I went home. While at home my sister and I got into a little argument about the phone. She threw it at my groin area. She didn't really hit me that hard but since I was tender down there to start with it hurt quite a bit. Later that night I noticed a small lump about the size of a small pea on the back side of my left testicle that was very painful to the touch. I have been very good about doing self checks down there ever since a good friend of mine in college had TC and this lump was not there before. I figured I would let the antibiotic run its course and call the doctor if it didn't go away. My girlfriend and my mom convinced me that I should have it looked at ASAP. I called my doctor again and he sent me in for an ultrasound. A few days later he called and referred me to a urologist. I took all of the antibiotic and the pain for the most part has subsided, but the lump is still there. Yesterday (3/31/05) was my appointment with the urologist. He said that there was no lump present in the ultrasound, but there were "microcalcifications" present (which I have read can be a precursor to certain forms of cancer). He did not seem too concerned about this. He examined me and said that what I was feeling was my epididymis. I told him that there was a lump and showed him what I was talking about. I told him that what I was feeling did not feel "fleshy" but more solid. He still could not feel it. It is very small. As I walking out of the exam room he stopped me and said that he should order some blood tests for tumor markers just to be on the safe side.

    My questions are has anyone here experienced this "microcalcification" thing? Any suggestions as to how I can show the doctor this lump? I am scheduled for a second opinion but they can't see me until the end of May.

    Thank you and I appreciate any help that you can offer,