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  • Hypochondriac?

    Six years ago, my older brother had non-senominas TC. (100% cured now.)

    I had some weird, indistinct pain in on testicle. I waited a few weeks, because it was very minor and I felt no lumps. Two Fridays ago, my regular doctor checked my prostate, gave me antibiotics, and told me to come back in two weeks if it wasn't better.

    I went to a urologist last Monday, who ordered an ultrasound. I had to wait 8 days, and had the ultrasound Tuesday (yesterday). I then took the films to my urologist, in the same building. He said that I had a small calcification (~1 millimeter), but no cancer. I whined until he ordered a blood test (AFP, hCG, LDH) which obviously isn't back yet. He didn't want to order it, but I was pretty obviously terrified by the whole two-week ordeal, so he humored me.

    The urologist says he's seen these indistinct symptoms a small number of times before, with no lumps or obvious cause, and they were caused by a slipped disk or pinched nerve. He suggested Advil and to come back for a referral to a neurologist if it still hurts in two weeks. He also scheduled me for another ultrasound (to monitor the calcification) in three months.

    I figure, I'm going to wait the two weeks, and if it's not better, see what a different urologist has to say. If he agrees, I’ll get the first one to refer a neurologist.

    Can anyone comment on this? Think I'm being a hypochondriac, or not enough of one?



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    Welcome to the forums, Chad. Given your family history, it's both understandable and important that you are cautious. The path you're on seems reasonable to me.

    And by the way, congratulations to your brother for his six years of survivorship!
    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
      Thanks for the reply, I appreciate the input. I wanted to get some experienced peoples' perspectives on this thing.