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    Hey everyone I am 15 years old and have been experiencing a recurring pain in my right testicle for a few months now When I walk for long periods of time i got that bad kind of pain in my stomach its kind of hard to explain how it feels it that feeling u get in ur stomach after you've been bag tagged or somethin but it hasnt caused any nausea or vomiting just a weird pain/ache in my lower abdomen I've done so many self exams checking for cancer and found nothing I've felt no signs of a variocele either I havent told my parents or anyone yet I really dont like to let people know about those kinda things but now im really starting to get worried And of course i havent seen a doctor I just cant see myself sitting in a room with my pants down letting some random person i don't know feeling my balls lol But back to the point I noticed that my right testicle looks larger than the left and hangs lower Or it could be that maybe because it hangs lower it just looks bigger I notice that when I get the pain it's also really firm and extremely sensitive to touch. Could someone please try to shed some light on what my problem is and help me sleep easier?

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    You need to tell your parents and get to a doctor. Don't worry about the "embarassment" factor, just do it.

    Not to scare you but my situation was very similar to yours. Occasional pain with swelling in one nut with no detectable lumps. Now I'm going through some very serious chemotherapy. My doctor said if I was diagnosed 6 weeks earlier, I might have not needed the chemo.

    In your case, it's probably NOT Cancer but you need to get it checked out anyway. It's probably just an infection that some antibiotics will take care of.
    TC diagnosed 4/3/06, [email protected]; Left I/O 4/10/06; Stage IIa Non-Seminoma, 100% Yolk Sac; Started 4xEP 5/22/06 with [email protected]; Finshed 4xEP 8/11, AFP normal, CT scans clear! Now on surveillance

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    • #3
      metalhead91:
      An exam may seem embarrassing to you but to the doctor it's just another check-up. Sinse you have been doing self exams and haven’t found anything you probably don’t have testicular cancer but the testicles are an organ and when you experience any extended periods of pain with any organ you should have it checked by a doctor. Let you parents know that you have lower abdominal pain and have a doctor check you out.
      Last edited by dadmo; 07-20-06, 01:31 PM.
      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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      • #4
        I don't see how it could be TC. I mean, there is no, absolutely NO history of it ever happening in my family. The problems first started back in winter, either dec.,jan., or feb., and it was stupid of me not to get it checked. It's odd how it happens though. The pain comes and stays for about a week or 2 and then goes away for a few weeks. I'm startin to get really scared and somewhat depressed. I hardly ever wanna leave the house anymore, but I think today is the day I have to say somethin and get some help.

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        • #5
          >99% of the guys on this site have no history of TC in their families. You need to talk to your parents and get to a doctor, now. The choice between being embarassed vs. being depressed, anxious, scared and possibly having a helath problem is a no brainer.
          Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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          • #6
            Ok everyone, I just now finally came out and told my mom about it. I feel somewhat better, yet even more scared at the same time. Oh God I hope I don't have TC. Pray for me.

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            • #7
              Good for you! You needed to get this oput in the open with your folks. It can be lots of things besides TC, and TC is highly curable, especially if caught early. Get to a doctor and let us know what he says. You and your mom should read up at http://tcrc.acor.org for questions to ask at your appointment, as well as other things that can cause your symptoms. You've taken the first step to get this resolved. We're here for you....
              Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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              • #8
                My thoughts and prayers will be with you. You'll be OK. I'm glad you told your Mom. your on the road to getting better, no matter what it turns out to be.

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                • #9
                  What kind of tests will the doctor do when i go to get checked? Will he do an ultra-sound? How is an ultra-sound done anyway?

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                  • #10
                    http://tcrc.acor.org will answer all your questions, and more...there's also a list of questions to ask your doctor that is very helpful. I suggest you browse that site so you understand what the doctor tells you.

                    Your exam will be a physical where they check your testicles, lymph nodes from your groin to your neck, listen to chest, heart, check your abdomen and ask a gazillion questions. Next step is a testicular ultrasound and they may order bloodwork to check for some tumor markers. The doc may wait for the ultrasound results before bloodwork. The specialist for male urogenital stuff will be a urologist, although a GP can check as well.

                    For the ultrasound you will lie on a table in a dimly lit room and they will squirt a prewarmed gel on your testicles and gently move an ultrasound probe around and take "pictures". Painless, quick, and no big deal. A radiologist looks at the images and can tell if there's a solid mass, a fluid filled cyst (hyreocele) or a varicose vein (varicocele).

                    Let us know when your appointment is.
                    Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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                    • #11
                      thanks karen and i will keep you all posted

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                      • #12
                        still havent got checked yet..but i noticed another symptom. Occasionally I fell a very quick and sharp pain through my lower groin and buttocks. My mom thinks it could be a hernia. Almost all of my uncle's have hernias but never bothered to get them fixed, so, iunno. I really dont wanna have to go to a doctor and do all those embarassing tests

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                        • #13
                          Good health is worth a little embarrassment. It's not as a big a deal as you'd think.
                          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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                          • #14
                            Sheessshhhh!!!!! Embarassment???? Try getting your boobs pulled and flattened from different angles for a mamography and "assuming the position" for a pap smear and internal exam with a spotlight on your privates!!! You guys....this is your health and your life. Ain't nothing between your legs a doctor hasn't seen a hundred times before. So there!

                            Metalhead.. if it's TC you are wasting precious time in getting a diagnosis that could make a difference in your treatment. If hernias run in your family, and you have one, that needs to be treated as well. If it's nothing at all you have ruined a large part of your summer being anxious. You've had syptoms that have concerned you for months now. I know it's awkward, and embarrassing, and I know you're scared, but please get an exam now!
                            Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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                            • #15
                              Don't worry about embarrassment, like everyone else here said, it's better to be embarrassed and get rid of the problem than to be depressed, in pain and possibly have serious health problems as a result of not getting it checked out.

                              I'll tell you what my doctor told me about T/C, how serious it is and also how easy it is to cure if it's caught early..

                              "It wasn't too long ago that this kind of thing was killing guys our age by the thousands. Now, if we catch it early enough, we cure it almost every time. It's a 99.9% cure rate if we catch it before it spreads."

                              Again, like everyone else said, chances are you don't have T/C but it's better to get it checked out. There are other things that can be just as dangerous as T/C if they're not treated properly (and immediately), like torsion or epidytimitis.

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