What Your Testicular Pain May Be Telling You
If you’re feeling testicular pain, there are several causes for it. Acute and chronic testicular pain are the two types of pain that occur in men. Chronic testicular pain is defined as pain lasting longer than three months that can significantly impact your lifestyle. Acute testicular pain is pain that occurs almost immediately and is related to most medical emergencies.
What Could Testicular Pain Mean for You?
Both types of testicular pain could mean a multitude of things for your health. Some of the most common causes of testicular pain are injuries, infections, swelling, and testicular torsion.
Testicular torsion happens when a man inadvertently twists his testicles, cutting off the blood supply. Testicular torsion is a condition that necessitates immediate treatment. If left untreated, you could end up losing the affected testicle. Visit a hospital quickly if you suspect this torsion is the cause of your testicular pain.
What Causes Acute and Chronic Testicular Pain?
Acute and chronic testicular pain can mean different things for a man’s health. You must be able to distinguish between the two.
Acute testicular pain could mean:
- You may have epididymal cysts containing dead sperm cells.
- Inflammation of your epididymis due to infection or inflammation.
- Inflammation of your testicles.
- You have an inguinal hernia or kidney stone.
- You may have testicular cancer (which causes pain in about 10% of men).
- You may have a hematocele due to direct trauma to the testicles.
- Your testicles may have ruptured due to external trauma.
Chronic testicular pain could mean:
- A varicocele.
- Inflammation of your epididymis.
- You may have orchitis.
- You may have prostatitis.
- A back/spinal nerve injury
- An inguinal hernia repair causes nerve entrapment.
If you think any of these causes are the culprit, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
If you want to learn more about your testicular pain, please call Dr. Anand Shridharani at 423-778-4MEN(4636). Dr. Shridharani is a men’s health doctor in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can schedule an appointment, and we will contact you soon.