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Pain in Lower Abdomen

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  • Posted By: chrishan23
  • December 10, 2006
  • 01:28 PM

My name is chris and I have had this problem for about 1 1/2 years now. It all started by me stretching too much when excercising ( kicking ) I felt a pain in my left side but then it dissapeared in a few minutes. The next day I had a pain in my left testicle and when I went to my GP he diagnosed me with filaria ! and I was given antibiotics. Anyway the pain wasnt continuous. The only thing that would cause pain again would be if I had an errection while wearing tight supports. In this case when the errection subsided the veins in my left testicle would swell up.

I went to two genito urinary surgeons and had 2 ultrasounds. After the first ultrasound the radiologist had seen a lump in my left testicle and the surgeon told me I might have cancer and wanted to remove my testicle!. However a second ultrasound showed nothing abnormal in my testicle or the viens connected to it. And I never went to the first surgeon again.

Anway this pain went away when the climated changed for the cooler. I only got the pain if I strained myself without adequet supports or if I had a errection while wearing tight supports. However in both cases the swelling in the veins would go down If I lay down. However now ( after 1 1/2 years ) I have developed a pain that seems to be coming from the base where the scrotom connects to the penis on the left side (applying pressure with my finger to that spot is painful). It developed after this trade show we had where I had to stand whole day for three days.

After my experience with doctors above you can understand why I have lost faith in them and am hoping this will go away like it did earlier. But i am a bit worried since its been there for about 4 weeks now , on and off.

I hope someone has had a similar problem doing excercising or sports and there is some branch of medicine that can help me without giving a wrong diagnosis.



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  • Chris, what you are describing sounds a perfect description of a varicocele - a varicose vein in the scrotum. It is very common, but it doesn't always produce symptoms. You can have an operation to correct it if it is severe enough (without cutting your testicles off!!), but you should check it out on the website and decide from there where to go. I think you would be wise to avoid the first surgeon;)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 10, 2006
    • 05:43 PM
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  • Hi Kenn, Thanks for your post. If it was vericocele can I aggrevate it overnight as I did by excercising? Wouldnt the ultrasounds shown my vericocele? The pain I'm getting at the moment is not in the strotum but at the base of by penis to the left side.
    chrishan23 1 Replies
    • December 10, 2006
    • 08:18 PM
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  • Chris, I am not an expert on varicocele, but I believe that exercising, standing for long periods and hot weather are all said to cause problems. When you lie down, the blood pressure drops and you get temporary relief. These things are nearly always on the left side also because of the way the blood vessels are arranged. They occur along the spermatic chord (the thread that goes down to the testicle), but I imagine if you pressed anywhere in their general region you might feel some discomfort. I understand that ultrasound is a reliable way to identify varicocele. But these things go up and down, so I would imagine it is not guaranteed. I believe you should have been standing up for the ultrasound examination to maximise its chances of success. Hope you get it sorted!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 10, 2006
    • 09:34 PM
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  • Hi Kenn, Ive experianced the same symptoms as explained in the other posts, although it is on the right side? It always seems to come or get worse if they area is aggrevated. Anything that you can suggest?
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  • Do you live in a tropical country? Do you mean filaria as in worms?
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies Flag this Response
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