Testicular pain that interferes with your daily life should be promptly treated by a board-certified urologist. If you’re struggling with testicular pain, you have many different treatment options to achieve relief.
Testicular pain is classified as chronic if it happens for more than 3 months. It can interfere with daily life, including the ability to work or complete basic tasks. There are many different causes of chronic testicular pain, including:
- Trauma or injury
- Infection of the testicle, epididymis, or scrotum
Some causes of testicular pain are more severe than others, but all testicular pain that doesn’t go away should be promptly assessed by your urologist.
What are my treatment options?
To begin, you’ll discuss your symptoms with your urologist to determine the underlying cause. If you pain is not constant, it can be helpful to bring notes about when the pain happens and where, as well as any activities you were engaging in at the time. Your urologist will perform some tests to determine an underlying cause, which might include a physical examination, urine test, ultrasound, or blood test. Sometimes testicular pain can be treated with medications to relieve pain and clear infection – other times, you may need microsurgery to treat things like trauma, torsion, or neurologic disease. During your appointment, you’ll discuss your best options for both managing pain in the meantime and for long-term relief.
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Testicular pain can feel like a throbbing, pulling, aching, or burning sensation that can radiate to areas like the lower back or upper thighs. It’s common to experience additional symptoms like:
- Swelling or redness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Painful or burning urination
- Blood in semen or urine
- Painful intercourse or ejaculation
- Penile discharge
The pain may worsen when sitting for long periods of time or with activity like lifting or exercising. Some men experience pain only when touching or examining the testicles, and chronic testicular pain can affect one or both sides, as well. It can be intermittent or constant.
When you sit down, your testicles are compressed against your body, which can cause pain and discomfort. This is especially true if you are sitting in a chair that is too small or too hard. Sitting for long periods of time can also cause your testicles to become overheated, which can lead to pain and discomfort.
The best way to prevent testicular pain from sitting down is to make sure you are sitting in a comfortable chair that is the right size for your body. You should also make sure to take regular breaks from sitting down, and to stand up and move around every hour or so.
If you are experiencing testicular pain from sitting down, it is important to take steps to reduce the pain and discomfort. Taking regular breaks from sitting down, using a comfortable chair, and wearing loose-fitting clothing can all help to reduce the pain. If the pain persists, it is important to see a doctor to determine the cause and to get the appropriate treatment.
The outlook for your testicular pain can depend on the cause. For example, if it’s an easily treatable cause like injury or infection, you’ll likely achieve relief for the long term. On the other hand, testicular pain caused by more serious concerns like tumors or nerve conditions that can require more long-term treatment. Your urologist will make sure you understand your care plan and what to expect going forward to achieve remission.
Testicular pain can be exacerbated when sitting for long periods of time. Desk jobs and truck driving can make testicular pain much worse, especially in men prone to testicular pain. Regularly standing up or going for short walks can help decrease this risk and minimize pain.
Testicular pain shouldn’t be ignored. To meet with Dr. Houman and learn more about your treatment options, we invite you to contact our office by calling (310) 854-9898 or filling out our online form.
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