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Testicular pain should always be a concern. Not only is it a vulnerable place for men, but it can be a sign of something much more problematic. However, that is not to say each instance of testicular pain should be treated as a disaster. Sometimes a simple movement can cause temporary pain. Here’s what you need to do should you experience any testicular pain:
- Recognize how severe the pain is
- Document your pain
- Contact your doctor or urologist
Recognize how severe the pain is
Testicular pain can come in many forms. Do you feel a sharp pain that is increasing or decreasing in a matter of seconds? Does the pain seem to sit with your testes after a long period of time? Is there a dull pain that you feel constantly?
Recognizing how sudden pain occurs and how often can help you discern how critical your situation is. Issues like kidney stones can cause excruciating pain and you need medical professionals to help you.
- Kidney Stones
- Prostate Cancer
- Testicular Tumor
- Testicular Torsion
- Being hit in the groin
*This is not an exhaustive list, but the most common that affect men
Any of these causes can make you feel some sort of pain. However, each pain is different. For instance, A hernia can cause pain in both the upper groin and the testes, while varicoceles can cause pain when touching, urinating, or doing physical activity.
According to Darla Burke in Healthline, ignored pain can often lead to more serious complications:
“Pain in the scrotum can be the result of serious conditions like testicular torsion or a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Ignoring the pain may cause irreversible damage to the testicles and scrotum.
Often, problems with the testicles cause abdominal or groin pain before pain in the testicle develops. Unexplained abdominal or groin pain should also be evaluated by your doctor.”
Document your pain
As with almost every health issue, data is key to understanding treatment. If you have multiple instances of testicular pain, you need to document it. Anytime you feel pain, and have not been to the doctor, you need a running list of how the pain occurred.
Note things such as:
- What you were doing
- Time of day
- The velocity of pain
- Did the pain leave you weak?
- How frequently this pain occurs
- Any other pains that are happening in your lower back or groin area
Also, make sure to document your sex life. Certain STDs will cause pain in the testicular region. If you have recently had sex with different partners and are experiencing pain, it is time to see a urologist. Any inflammation in the testes should be handled by a healthcare professional and not on your own.
Contact your doctor or urologist
Once documenting how your pain feels and it’s frequency, you should contact a doctor or urologist. These medical professionals have the tools to alleviate pain and give you a proper diagnosis. it may require as little as no physical activity for a couple of weeks or as much as surgery.
Don’t let your pain go untreated. Instead, act quickly and concisely to minimize damage.
Are you suffering from testicular pain and need help? Do you want a judgment-free zone that gives you the best care for your needs? Northwoods Urology can help. We are a judgment-free clinic that can help you alleviate pain. Contact us today and let us help you get back to normalcy.