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    Hey guys, I'm 5 1/2 weeks out of my orchiectomy now. My blood tests are on Wednesday!!! (Finally, some more questions answered.) I've been having a slight pain in my other "guy." Obviously I went into freak mode initially, and it has persisted for a couple days (since Saturday or so), but I see nothing out of the ordinary. What I have noticed is that a lot of the "numbness" that was around the incision is now slowly starting to go away so I'm feeling a bit more around that too.

    I was just wondering if anyone had something similar. I will be bringing this up to the doctor on Wednesday when I go in (appointment is set regardless)...but if somebody else has had this, it would give some mental relief.

  • #2
    I imagine it's partly mental, partly related to the earlier surgery. Tell your doctor about it, but it's highly unlikely to be anything. I still think of cancer anytime I have a twinge of pain in my back.
    Right I/0 March 30, 2005
    Left I/O April 20, 2005
    Embryonal carcinoma, teratocarcinoma
    Surveillance since May 19, 2005


    • #3
      Definitely mention it to your doctor. I am sure he will examine it - if not make sure he does. I don't think it is unusual to have slight pains in your testicles, but normally you would not notice too much. However, when you have lost one to TC, you are very protective of the remaining one and notice every little twinge and wonder if it is something.

      It's been almost 4 months since I had my I/O and I have noticed several times where I have had some pains over several days, but I never could feel anything abnormal. I had my follow-ups with my uro and onc 1-1/2 weeks ago and they both examined it and reported that my remaining one felt completely normal.

      I actually took some mental notes when my doctors examined me so I can do a better job with my "monthly self exam for life". I did notice that they were a little more thorough and squeezed a little harder than I have been - not pleasant but still to the point of being painful. I think you can actually create some pains if you examine too frequently.

      Most likely it is nothing, but since you will be at the doctor you can get it checked out.
      Right I/O 4/17/06, Seminoma Stage Ib
      RT (15 days) completed 6/1/06
      All clear as of 5/8/09


      • #4
        My 2 cents...


        I had the same problem: up to 8 months after the orchiectomy, I had pain in my left testicle.
        Apparently, the fact that the "good" testicle has varicocele doesn't help.

        Still now, I can't wear boxers (not that I ever did) - I need "support", or within a few hours my left testicle starts hurting. Again, I mentioned it to two different urologists, and they didn't seem to surprised/bothered, and blame the varicocele and orchiectomy for the fact that the testicle needs help to "sit right".

        One thing though: my left one would hurt. I would make an appointment; I would go let's say a week later, when the pain got better. The doctor touched it and twisted it and pushed and poked. By the end of it, it would hurt like hell again. I did this three times, before deciding that I would leave it alone :-D

        But, do see a urologist!

        Diagnosed TC 3rd Sep 2005
        Right I/O 6th Sep 2005
        10% carcinoma, 5% seminoma, 50% mature teratoma, 35% Yolk-sac tumor
        AFP: 20 Oct 05: 3; 9 Dec 05: 4; 12 Jan 06: 6
        CT scan: nodes adjacent left renal hilum, 6/7 mm (Sept 05)


        • #5
          I had my right radical orchiectomy 5/8/06. The pain your feeling in your other "guy" is called orchialgia and is no need for alarm. I freaked out too. But when you had your ultrasound, it would have shown anything in the other guy. The numbness, yes, that normal after any sugery. It can be caused by swelling and inflammation at the surgical site and usually goes away after 6-9 months. It's a slow process with the numbness going away, but don't worry. I've been a nurse over 15 years and new this, but I still asked my doctor just to get that reassurance I needed at the time. The surgical site may even feel firm approximately 1/2-1 inch on either side if the incision site, that's normal too and will go away, and will feel lumpy because some of the firmess might go away in one area and still be in another. It's just tissue trauma from the surgery. My incision site looked puffy so I took Ibuprofen or Advil, it's a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which helped, but I would check with your physician first. Even with surgery you still have a 75% cure rate from surgery alone. If you need chemo, probably BEP, there is still a 99% cure rate. The cure rate is high, just keep up with the CT Scans and make sure you catch it early if it did spread. Good Luck!

          Right Radical Orchiectomy 5/8/06
          55% teratoma 45% non-seminoma Stage 1
          NS-RPLND attempted, but complications putting me under so had to abort sugery
          CT SCans and blood work has been normal
          tumor size was 1.2cm x 1.6cm x 0.6cm
          Good luck to all and I'd be happy to answer any questions or concerns



          • #6
            AFP was 2.2 "In range"..Reference range is <6.1 NG/ML

            HCG was <2 "In range"..Reference range is <5 MIU/ML

            Most beautiful thing I've ever read.

            Thank you all for the support and well wishes! Hopefully many more of these types of reports to come!!!


            • #7
              Hey guys! Just back from tyin' the knot and tomorrow I will be taking my first CAT SCAN since the orchiectomy.

              Hoping very much for good news back...Last month's blood test was really good as you can see above and so was the chest x-ray.

              I'm keeping my fingers crossed as is my new wife.

              Thanks for listening.


              • #8
                Congratulations on you wedding. I hope you had a ball on your honeymoon. When you get the results back from the blood work don't focus on the number too much just that it's in the normal range.
                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.


                • #9
                  Good luck on the CT it will be fine
                  Hope you had a ball on honeymoon too
                  5-1-2006 Right IO - Stage 1 Nonseminoma Embryonal and Yolk sac - Surveillance Baby on the way Born 7-20-07


                  • #10
                    And....The results were good for both the CT Scan and the blood tests on Friday...I'm officially on the surveillance plan! Thanks for the well wishes...Running my first 5k since the surgery on Saturday...I'm pumped! I still have yet to get on the road bike, mental thing, but soon enough I will.


                    • #11
                      That's great news. Let us know how the 5k goes.
                      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.