I labeled this for men only to keep from embarrassing anyone and to get you some information that most men aren't aware of, and need to know.
A while back I had some testicular pain. Bad enough for me to go see a doctor. During the examination he ask how often I did a self examination? That was a new one for me. I was told that maybe I just needed to unclog the pipes more often. Sure..that's gona happen. Wives are not to understanding nor believe you when you tell them what the doctor said. And I was always told that those things weren't to play with.
I wondered how many men actually had been told that they should do a self examination monthly. In my 60+ years it was the first time I had been told it was necessary. We always hear about women doing a self breast examination but no mention of a man needing to do anything. Since I've had a few friends diagnosed with prostate cancer this last year I decided that I needed to do a little research.
Anyway the pain went away and I didn't think much about it for a couple of weeks. It returned! Worse and changed from one side to the other the nest day. I thought I knew a lot about anatomy. Though it's a subject that guys just don't talk about. Would you notice or know that there was a change in the family jewels?
More research: http://education.yahoo.com/ref...subjects/subject/258
There is a condition called "testicular torsion" that is very serious.
"Testicular torsion is characterized by excruciating one-sided testicular pain, with sudden swelling. Since the cord structures twist (like the strings of a puppet), the testicle elevates as well. Patients may have nausea and vomiting. Patients may also have abdominal pain. There may be a history of previous testicular pain. Fever may also accompany the testicular pain."
According to much of what I've found you have about 5 hours to have surgery or the family jewels will die from the lack of oxygen. That can't be a good thing in anyone's book.
I'll be going to a urologist as soon as I can get an appointment just to be safe.
Anyway....I wanted to let you know that there is something that needs to be done and if your like me, and most of the guys I've talked to you don't have a clue. Now you know and I hope it isn't just passed off as not something that effects me....a lot of macho guys wouldn't admit to having an issue until it was to late. Five hours isn't long enough to do much but it could change your life...forever.
Hope this FYI helps and that no one finds anything that isn't supposed to be there.