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Testicular Pain

Your testicles/balls/plums/nuts/nads/goolies or whatever other nickname you’ve bizarrely given them are a sensitive area and damage to them could render you incapable of having children – that’s without even mentioning the excruciating pain that would accompany any damage. There are a number of things that could cause a pain in your testicle; some would be instant and absolute agony, where as others might gradually come on over a prolonged period of time, either way, both might be a cause for concern. Remember, testicular cancer causes no pain, so whilst you won’t have to worry about cancer should you get a sudden twinge in your balls, regular self-checks are needed.

Believe it or not, testicles can get infected. It generally happens in older men and is characterised by a throbbing pain, extreme tenderness and swelling – as well as generally feeling under the weather. Antibiotics are the order of the day if this is your ailment and should restore the boys to their former glory with no problem at all. Torsion of the testicles is when one of your testes twists itself round on the cord that attaches it to your body. If you get a sudden, seemingly unprovoked pain, in your testicles you should seek a doctor’s assistance as soon as possible as torsion of the testicles, if left unseen to, can make the affected teste wither and drop off within just six hours. Sorry to scare you lads, but it’s better to be aware. If you have a pain in your scrotum whenever you cough or sneeze you may have a large hernia– yeah, it is possible to get one down there, but fear not! A simple operation will sort a hernia out. If your groin is injured warm baths, pain killers and supportive underwear should shift the pain within a week. That ache you sometimes get in your balls when you’re particularly turned on is nothing to worry about, though relieving the ache can be pretty gruelling – for your wrist at least as masturbation should clear the feeling up instantly. All in all there’s a lot that go wrong with these little chaps so take good care of them and if in doubt get it checked.

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I'm 25 I woke up this morning with a large pain in my left testicle it's like it never goes but gets worse then dies down again and its up more then my right one some one plz message me about this





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Bro i am in same postion. when i woke up in the morning lower side of my left Testicle hurt like hell.i also discovered that i can't also walk faster as i walk before.

I have pain in my right testicle only wen I grab it or massage it idk what it could be but I'm trippin out. It happened after sex it's been hurting for about a week now any ideas?





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Hi lads in the past week iv started to get a pain to the nads that's just jinda come out of no where also I feel like iv always got stomach ache at the minute could this be connected. Iv got a sist in either of my nads to and have already been for an MRI scan and I no im sound down there. Does anyone have any knowledge what could be causing it because it's starting to effect my sleep. Any thoughts would be welcome. Cheers





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Hi I have a full pain in both testicles I have seen a doctors 2ce they checked them said everything looks fine but there sending me for a scan to be on the safe side I am very worried about this as it as suddenly just come. I play a lot off football do you think a muscle injury could be anything to do with my testicles aching me it's not painful I have no discharge no lumps just a bit worried can you help ease my mind





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I am in the exact same position. I play footy too.

For the past year i get a sharp pain after periods without sex i take care of it myself but that only works for a while then i just cant get a release then its something im stuck with till i have sex my wife and i dont have sex very often and i kinda think thats the problem maybe some type of blue balls or something like that any ideas this pain comes in waves where its uncomfortable at times then it gets to the point where i wouldn't mind having it removed and get the nickname the Unabomber





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hi my name is james. I have little red purple spots around my bal bag I am getting worried about these some seem biger than others.looks like som blood vessels.





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Hi James I have the same spots,I think if you get your G.P to make a referral you to the hospital they will probably tell you that they are the start of varicose veins. If you rub or squeeze them like a zit they will pop, but I don't recommend it. Hope this helps. Graham

Hi im 27 iv had pain and sawness of the testicles right side more been on tablets still no change had ultra scan every think ok Had over 2 months now booked to see doctor again any help plz





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Hey I'm 24 and for the past how many years I don't know to be precise, I've had pain in my scrotum and balls, my scrotum goes so tight and feels hard at times, it just constantly makes me feel sick. It goes that tight at times it looks like there isn't even a scrotum there, I've told a doctor and his told me it's normal in some men, but the pain I've gone through over so many years now just can't be right, any advice help would be great





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Hi, Am 22 Over The Years My Left Testicle Use To Pain Me Hard. Now It Has Become Too Small The Pain Is Too Hard I Cant Control Myself. I Feel Emballase To Tell Someone. Please It Urgent Help Me.





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Hello Dr. Im feeling discomfort n slight pain on my left testicle.I checked and it seems the like theres tangled veins (epididymis) because the testicle itself is not swollen or painful .What medication can i take?





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