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Pain and Size Concerns About Left Testicle

Published: April 27, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Reasons for pain in of the left testies and bigger in size as compared to right one
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Dear Pain and Size Concerns About Left Testicle,

TeenHealtFX cannot know the exact reason for the difference in size between your testicles and the pain you are experiencing in your left testicle. According to the Mayo Clinic:

Testicle pain has a number of possible causes. The testicles are very sensitive, and even a minor injury can cause testicle pain or discomfort. Testicle pain might arise from within the testicle itself or from the coiled tube and supporting tissue behind the testicle (epididymis).

Since TeenHealthFX cannot give you a definitive diagnosis, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or an adolescent medicine specialist so you can find out exactly what is going on and receive any needed medical treatments.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Simply because it is good to be aware of possible medical issues that can arise with the testes, TeenHealthFX wants to take this opportunity to educate you about testicular torsion because this medical condition requires emergency medical care. KidsHealth provides the following information about symptoms of testicular torsion for parents to be aware of with their sons:

If your son has testicular torsion, he'll feel a sudden, possibly severe pain in his scrotum and one of his testicles. The pain can get worse or ease a bit, but probably won't go away completely.

If your son has sudden groin pain, get him to a hospital emergency room as soon as you can. Because surgery might be necessary, it's important to not give your son anything to eat or drink before seeking medical care.

Other symptoms:

  • swelling, especially on one side of the scrotum
  • nausea and vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • one testicle appears to be higher than the other

 

Sometimes, the spermatic cord can become twisted and then untwist itself without treatment. This is called torsion and detorsion, and it can make testicular torsion more likely to happen again in the future.

If your son's spermatic cord untwists and the pain goes away, it might be easy to dismiss the episode, but you should still call a doctor. Surgery can be done to secure the testicles and make testicular torsion unlikely to happen again.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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