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    I am 16 years old, in grade 11. When I was in grade 6 I noticed that there was only one testicle in my scrotum. I figured I was born this way, so I just had to live with it. In grade 8, a lump had developped in my pelvic area. I was very frightened and I had no idea what was wrong with me. I told my parents about it, and they got me a doctors appointment. The doctor thought it was a hernia at first, but then he checked my scrotum, and realized that it was my testicle. My doctor figured that since I was born
    3 1/2 months premature, the doctors forgot to do a scrotum check, because of all the stress involved with my birth.( I was born very premature, however they're were no complications, and I am perfectly normal.) The the doctor who performed the ultrasound said that my testicle would not have to be removed because there was still bood flowing in it.Later that month i had surgery to bring the testicle back in my scrotum. The surgery was done successfully. I was told that it wasn't a serious surgery. The urinologist said that there was a hernia on my testicle that also had to be removed. Just last year, I noticed that only one of my two testicles had dropped. The one that had the surgery was still small, and had not dropped. Where as my other testicle had also grown. I figured that since it was probably in my pelvis for most of my life, it needed more time to grow. Last year, I noticed that as I urinated droplets of urine would come from the tip of my penis. I would have a normal urine flow, however, droplets would come from the tip of my penis at the same time. This still occurs while I urinate. Then around 3 months ago, I noticed that my urethra is a bit sore. It's not really that sore at all, but its sore enough to notice. So at the moment, my right testicle has not grown, droplets of urine come from the tip of my penis as i urinate, and there is a little bit of pain from my urethra. I realize I should have told my doctor about this long ago, but I'm just so scared. I do not know what is wrong with me. I know if I tell my doctor my testicle will have to be removed, however for my other 2 problems i'm not sure. I also realize I have a much higher risk of developing testicular cancer because of my undescended testicle. It seems like I have many complications and I'm petrafied to tell somebody. I was at the doctors today for my swollen tonsil, and I wanted to tell him about my problem, but I just couldn't seem to get the words out of my mouth. As of now I always think I have an infection in my urethra that is travelling through my body, or I have testicular cancer or something. I am at the top of my class in school, and I always worry that when I tell the doctor, I will be diagnosed with something very serious and I will have to be put in the hospital. I worry that I will miss months of school, and all my activities i'm involved in. I try to forget that I have all these problems. And I usually do, but some days I get really worried. I know I need to tell someone I'm just so worried that something is seriously seriously wrong with me. Aside from these problems, I'm healthy and I dont feel sick or anything. If anybody could tell me what is wrong with me or give me advice that would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hey dude,

    Unless you can notice a lump, swelling or hardening of the testicle, I don't think you need to worry as much as you are about TC. From what I have seen and read, I don't think there is any connection between urination type or pain in your urethra and TC symptoms. It sounds to me like possibly an infection of some type. You are classically at a higher risk of TC because of having an undescended testicle, but that doesn't by any means guarantee that you will get it. Also, by asking your doctor about your symptoms, you are in NO way guaranteeing that the testicle will need to be removed.

    Worrying about TC is tough, but missing school work and stuff should not be an issue believe me. I'm a graduate student with a ton on my plate in regards to work loads, class loads, and research travel, and I just went through TC myself. I was diagnosed, had surgery (a week ago today) and have been back in the lab doing work for the last 2 days. Everyone was very accommodating moving finals and stuff around for me, and in the end I will not have missed out on anything.

    It's scary, but you need to talk to your doctor, if only to alleviate your worries. Even in the very rare case that you may present TC symptoms, the earlier you catch it, the better off you are. Waiting only makes things worse, physically and emotionally.

    Let me know if you need anything,

    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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    • #3
      It sounds like you may have an infection. You should give the doctor a call, a few antibiotics may take care of this. As for your concerns about tc, you're correct an undecended testicle has a greater chance of developing tc, but the chances are still very small so don't lose sleep over it but keep up the monthly exams.
      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 have a doctor's appointment tomorrow. I'm pretty scared. I know what I have isn't TC, but I figured I would be able to talk about it with you guys. If what I have is an infection, I've had it for a long time. Possibly 1-2 years. So I guess there's a big risk that the infection is advanced by now, and has moved to my kidneys. I'll inform you guys what's wrong with me tomorrow, after my appointment.

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        • #5
          Untreated infections can really hang around for a long time. I'm sure the doc's will have something that will clean you up in a few weeks.
          Last edited by dadmo; 05-17-07, 09:56 AM.
          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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          • #6
            Originally posted by mic_12
            I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow. I'm pretty scared. I know what I have isn't TC, but I figured I would be able to talk about it with you guys. If what I have is an infection, I've had it for a long time. Possibly 1-2 years. So I guess there's a big risk that the infection is advanced by now, and has moved to my kidneys. I'll inform you guys what's wrong with me tomorrow, after my appointment.
            I'm glad you are seeing your doctor- sounds like you will be fine.
            Be sure to tell the doctor everything that is bothering you- it is important that they get the whole picture.
            Best of luck,
            Stage III. Embryonal Carcinoma, Mature Teratoma, Choriocarcinoma.
            Diagnosed 4/19/06, Right I/O 4/21/06, RPLND 6/21/06, 4xEP, All Clear 1/29/07, RPLND Incisional Hernia Surgery 11/24/08, Hydrocelectomy and Vasectomy 11/23/09.

            Please see a physician for medical advice!

            My 2013 LiveSTRONG Site
            The 2013 Already Balders

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            • #7
              I went to the doctors and he examined me, he said that considering my surgery, the size difference in my testicles is normal. He said that men have different sized testicles and for one to be smaller or larger than the other is normal. He didn't think that I had an infection, but he said I can take a urinalisis just in case. But I mean, I think if one of my testicles was only a bit larger than the other, i'd realize there was nothing wrong. It's just the fact that the one that had the surgery done on it 3 years ago, is significantly smaller. It hasn't even dropped or grown yet. Maybe since it was in my abdomen for so long, it needs more time to grow inside the scrotum, and it will take a few more years for it to drop? I have no idea. I just don't think that the size different in my two testicles is normal. But if the doctor says there is nothing wrong with me I guess he's right. At least I dont' have to worry anymore. Thanks for the support

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              • #8
                The testicle that had to be worked on may never get to the size of the other one. Don't let that bother you. Just keep up thoise exams and understand what's normal for you.
                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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                • #9
                  I just want to thank you guys again for your support and how you've helped me. I really appreciate it. I think what all of you are doing is really amaing. I realize that what I thought was wrong with me wasn't nearly as serious as you guys who have testicular cancer, but you guys were one of the main reasons why I decided to get a doctors appointment and get checked out. By reading other peoples posts, and your responses, I realized that you guys take every case as if it was your own. You guys keep checking up on all these people everyday like they are a part of your family and give them the hope and ambition they need to fight the cancer. I just would like to thank you guys (and girls) again, because I think all of you are amazing individuals. I know coming from a 16 year old, it probably doesn't mean much, but thanks for everything and keep doing what your doing. I hope you can inspire others as much as you've inspired me.

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                  • #10
                    I just landed on this thread, and it looks everything has been taken care of.
                    Originally posted by mic_12
                    I know coming from a 16 year old, it probably doesn't mean much, but thanks for everything and keep doing what your doing.
                    It actually does, especially coming from a 16-year-old. Everyone here does their best in bringing their experiences to light in the hope that they will be useful to someone. This is especially important for younger guys like you, since a cancer diagnosis (or the fear of one) can be very stressful.
                    It's great to have read that you are very much aware of the potential issues of having had a cryptorchid (undescended) testis. Just make sure you do self-exams regularly -as every guy should.
                    "Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
                    11.22.06 -Dx the day before Thanksgiving
                    12.09.06 -Rt I/O; 100% seminoma, multifocal; Stage I-A; Surveillance; Six years out! I consider myself cured.

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