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    HI, I would like to start by thanking everyone for a great website. Excellent resources and information for anyone with concern.
    Here's my story, I had very mild pain in my in my scrotum (mainly left side). sometimes the pain would shoot down to my knees, lower back, Groin and even down to my feet at times. I went to the doctor and was put on Cipro and also sent for an US, the US came back normal for everything. However the discomfort is still with me (4 months later) and it feels exactly the same. The two courses of Cipro didn't do anything. my left testicle is bigger in size and there's a small tiny (and i mean TINY) what feels like a cyst on my left testicle towards the top (found through self exam). I went two my family doctor and tried to make him feel it, but he couldn't (because it's small) and when he gave up he just said it was my epididymis (which i know IS NOT in the front). I then went to two different urologist who both examined me and said that my testicles felt homogenous and fine. I am so paranoid that i've been mis-diagnosed. I am very concerned. what should i do? should i just belive the doctor?? but what if i indeed have TC and will discover it when it's too late.
    Thank you very much in advance.

  • #2
    You should request an ultrasound from your doctor. It will take the mystery out of the matter. There is no need for you to have this anxiety. Dianne
    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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    • #3
      I did get an ultrasound at the hospital. it came back normal. the only thing was "sub-clinical bi-lateral Varicoceles".
      I am still paranoid that the ultrasound didn't pick it up because it says that my testicles are about the same size when the left one is a bit bigger. could this be in my head? should i get another Ultrasound?
      Has anyone had inaccurate ultrasound results before?

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      • #4
        Is the ultrasound you are talking about a recent one, or the one from four months ago? My urologist told me I was completely fine by just feeling my testicle, but the ultrasound showed the cancerous mass. An ultrasound is a great diagnostic tool.

        Bobby
        4/26/07 - mass confirmed w/ no elevated markers
        4/27/07 - left I/O
        5/2/07 - Dx: 100% seminoma stage 1A
        Surveillance: CT/blood (6 month cycle)
        4/27/13 - 6 years cancer free!

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        • #5
          the ultrasound is from 4 months ago. But i also felt the little cyst 4 months ago. the cyst hasn't changed size or feel since then.
          but i am still worried about it. should i trust the ultrasound and move on or should i get another ultrasound?
          I am mostly concerned because even if this cyst is non-cancerous, how come it didn't show up on the Ultrasound anyways? how did they miss it?

          Thank you everyone for the quick and supportive responses

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          • #6
            I don't understand how your doctor could have diagnosed it as a cyst without be able to see it on the ultrasound. But then again, I'm not a doctor. I wouldn't be comfortable unless I was sure the doctor saw the mass in the ultrasound.

            On the flip side, if it hasn't changed shape in 4 months, that is a very good thing. I had a seminoma, which is slow growing compared to non-seminoma, and I noticed changes in a 3 week period, rather a 4 month period. I would wait and see what the others on the board have to say.

            Bobby
            4/26/07 - mass confirmed w/ no elevated markers
            4/27/07 - left I/O
            5/2/07 - Dx: 100% seminoma stage 1A
            Surveillance: CT/blood (6 month cycle)
            4/27/13 - 6 years cancer free!

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            • #7
              My non-medical-professional opinion is that since you've had several examinations and a clear ultrasound, you should try to relax and stick to periodic self-examination for any changes. That tiny bump you feel may be a normal part of your testicle, the appendix testis or part of the epididymis. Be vigilant but not paranoid.
              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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              • #8
                Thank you guys for all your support. i definitly feel much better now.
                That discomfort must be something else then. The fact that it's still there and didn't respond to antibiotics is what scares me a little bit.
                it's definitly not my epididimis though because it's on the front/top of the testicle.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Scott
                  My non-medical-professional opinion is that since you've had several examinations and a clear ultrasound, you should try to relax and stick to periodic self-examination for any changes. That tiny bump you feel may be a normal part of your testicle, the appendix testis or part of the epididymis. Be vigilant but not paranoid.
                  Hey Scott, thanks for the info
                  i look up "appendix testis" and it my "bump" is the exact same size and location as this picture here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Gray1148.png
                  does it mean it's natural?? i never heard of it before even though i did a lot of reading about this area of the body.
                  can you tell me more about it?? should i not worry about it?

                  Thank you so much Scott for your activity in this forum, i am sure it makes a difference in a lot of poeple's lives.

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                  • #10
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                    Thank you so much Scott for your activity in this forum, i am sure it makes a difference in a lot of poeple's lives.[/QUOTE]

                    Scott is the man!! Very awesome!!
                    Co-survivor with husband Boyce, Diagnosed 7-11-06, orchiectomy right testicle on 7-12-06- Stage 3A: Mixed germ cell tumor with inguinal seminomatous and kartotypic carcinoma. One tumor over 10 cm, second tumor 4 cm, Chemo 4xBEP: Bi-lateral RPLND Dec 2006, nerve sparing but left sterile.
                    Current DVT
                    Current testosterone replacement therapy, Testim.

                    "You must abandon the life you planned, to live the life that was meant for you" ~wisdom I have learned from my family on this forum

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by oscarosborne
                      does it mean it's natural?? i never heard of it before even though i did a lot of reading about this area of the body.
                      can you tell me more about it?? should i not worry about it?
                      The appendix testis is normal. It's a remnant from development of the genitals in the womb.
                      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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