After a pretty good run of health, I'm back with a new worry. For the past 5-6 weeks, I've had left testicular pain. Not an unbearable pain, but a steady ache. And as any guy here knows, any pain down there is no laughing matter. I've had this before but it's never lasted this long. I even had an ultrasound done one time.
This past week, I finally went to the doctor. I told her of my other symptoms of low back pain and low stomach pain, also symptoms of testicular cancer. To be fair, I've suffered from low back pain for years and have IBS. I've even thought in the past the testes pain seemed to come on during bouts of IBS. Anyway, she wound up feeling both testicles and said she felt nothing out of the ordinary. Having inspected them, especially the left one, hundreds of times lately, I conquer that they feel normal. But the dull ache won't go away. Even OTC pain killers don't offer much relief, nor do 10mg of Hydrocodone.
I felt reassured for about six hours after the dr. visit but as usual, I'm now doubting her diagnosis. She's only 37 and has just 8 years of practicing under her belt. Now I've read that the back and stomach pain are usually ADVANCED testicular symptoms! Could the tumor actually be inside the testicle instead of growing on it? I'm now worried sick that I not only have testicular cancer but that it's spread into my spine, stomach and God knows where else.
But the symptom I'm most worried about now is warmness. I haven't had any fever, in fact the highest my temp has been lately is 97.9. But I seemingly always feel hot, especially my face and neck. It might just be me being hypersensitive to bodily sensations right now because of my testicle worries, but I can't help but think this hot feeling is something hormonal due to a tumor in the testicles.
This has consumed my life for weeks now. I've been avoiding family and friends and all I want to do is take to my couch, my usual comfort zone during the many episodes of worrying about my health. I guess I can opt for another ultrasound since it's been over ten years but I'm afraid to death of the results.