Unexplained testicle pain in 12 yr old

Carrie - posted on 03/18/2012 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is 12 now and for the past 2 or so years he's been having pain in his testicle. Took him to a urologist at Children's Hospital. They did an ultrasound and found nothing. Had another ultrasound at a local hospital a year and a half later (about 2 months ago) and found nothing. He's not in extreme pain but it does hurt him. My ex-husband (his father) has the same problem and has been to drs and had several different tests run. Nothing. Anyone have any ideas what this might be or what's causing it? My unprofessional opinion rules out a torsion b/c it's not extreme pain, goes away fairly quickly (30 minutes to a couple of hours), happens every so often (once every couple of months, sometimes more often sometimes less often) and ultrasound would have found it. There's no swelling and no heat when it hurts. He says the pain goes from his testicle up into his lower stomach. I thought it might be pre-puberty hormones but his dad is in his 30's and still has this problem. Thanks in advance for all your help and ideas.

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Dee - posted on 05/24/2013

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my son had the same symptoms for over 10 months before we finally had a breakthrough. After inconclusive MRI's, his neurosugeon suspected that with the pocket of fluid inside his spinal cord and the fact he had spina bifida...he suspected tethered cord syndrome. He did a tethered cord release 1.5 years ago and until recently, it made the scrotal/testicle pain stop.

Fiona - posted on 03/20/2012

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Hi there, sorry to hear about your problem I hope this helps. My son was rushed to hospital with a suspected leassion of the testes (twisted testes). When they opened him up, they found nothing! The doctors could offer no reason. So I went to visit my local iridologist to see if she could see any-thing in his eyes that may give a clue to this mystery. My son was still in great pain at this stage, but very brave. He was 12 at the time. She took one look in his eyes and said, does you son throw the ball around the back yard - well yes! The cricket season was coming and bats and balls where flying every-where. What had happened was that through the constant motion with his left arm bowling he had pulled a muscle and that muscle was pushing on a nerve which in turn caused him to have great pain in his testes. With a few little exercises, no more fast bowling he is now right as rain! My son is now 15. I really hope this helps. We also had some physio for him and Bowen therapy just to make sure. Good Luck

Gloria - posted on 03/20/2012

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Honestly, I have a 19 year old son who suffered the same issues. Aside from your son's father's issues, of definitely say it is normal pre teen boy pains. Especially with the testing coming back with no immediate problems. I used to have my son lay on his back with his knees bent & legs open to avoid any excess pressure from his legs & offer him an ice pack with a couple towels wrapped around it so it want too cold. I know it sucks to see your kids in pain, but I really think this is a natural phenom for some boys/men. Good luck! The occurrences may get worse before they get better due to the full 'dropping' into his manly size. Tight undies will help too. =/

Katherine - posted on 03/19/2012

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Inguinal hernia: This condition occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through a muscular defect in the groin area and slides into the scrotum. This may cause scrotal swelling and testicular discomfort.



Orchitis (inflammation of the testicle): This inflammatory condition of the testicle generally occurs because of an infectious process. It is sometimes found along with epididymitis (epididymo-orchitis), especially when epididymitis has gone untreated for several days. Most cases of orchitis are caused by a viral mumps infection, though other viruses and bacterial organisms can also cause it.



Testicular tumor: A tumor rarely causes testicular pain. It is important to conduct regular self-examinations of the testicles to locate any lumps or masses, as early detection improves the prognosis for testicular cancer.



Kidney stone: The pain from kidney stones may sometimes radiate into the testicular area.



Infections or bleeding in the abdomen: This rarely causes testicular pain.

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/testicula...

Kellie - posted on 03/20/2012

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my first thought was torsion of the testicle. U say you've ruled it out because he's not in extreme pain and it hasn't shown up on on ultrasounds. I just wanted to say that you shouldn't necessarily rule it out yet. My fiance had minor pain in his testicle for his entire teenage yrs, and nothing showed up on any ultrasounds or any tests that were done. He was diagnosed with urinary tract infections and all sorts for yrs. It wasn't until he was 21 that 1 morning he woke with extreme pain, screaming and all and we rushed him to the hospital. Then he was diagnosed with the twisted testicle and rushed to emergency surgery. Because it had been twisted for yrs without being diagnosed, the testicle in question was black and dead. they were unable to save it. They explained that the reason he didn't feel it earlier was that as it was twisted it was numb, like wen u sit on your leg, as it cut off the circulation. The minor pain was like wen u first get off your leg and it tingle a little, but then the testicle would twist back up and go numb again. It wasn't until it fully untwisted that the blood rushed back to it so quickly, he got "pins and needles" sensation in th testicle causing the extreme pain... Something to keep in mind...

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Pamela - posted on 03/21/2012

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Bodies send us signals for a reason.....most of the time. It seems that this signal is not about something that can be detected by the usual modes of medicine.



I would suggest consulting someone who does psychic counseling on medical problems. Search online. I am sure you will find someone. There are a number of psychic healers that work online and otherwise, often at a distance.



I listened to an online seminar today that was done through Healing with the Masters that had a medical healer who does energy work to clear pain. Her name is Donna Eden. You might want to look her up online. Or you can go to www.healingwiththemasters.com and look up her name.



the highest and best to you and your son!

Carrie - posted on 03/21/2012

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Thanks so very much to each one of you! I'm definitely taking these to the dr so we can rule the out or find the problem. If they still don't find anything we'll keep a close check on it and hope it doesn't become a torsion. My current hubby had that as a teenager and said it's the worst pain he'd ever felt. Fortunely, they were able to save his testicle. Varicocele (sp) is the only thing the dr have mentioned that it MIGHT be. Thanks again to all of you!!!

Sara - posted on 03/21/2012

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might check into varicocele, which is a sort of varicose vein of the testes that can cause pain. It's not cause for concern generally, though some believe it may reduce fertility. Unless it's really severe it is usually not treated, but you can have surgery to correct it. I had a client who had it and thought it was related to a back injury. After seeing umpteen doctors someone finally got the diagnosis right.

Terri - posted on 03/20/2012

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My nephew had the same thing. The doctor asked if he wore boxers or briefs. Long story short- get him briefs (even boxer briefs) and see if it helps.

Jennie - posted on 03/20/2012

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I think you have some good ideas to look into here. Just one note regarding the suggestion of tumor.... the lady said they "would not" show up on the X-ray. That is not necessarily true. I believe your urologist should know this, and would have ordered blood tests for tumor markers. Testicular cancer would most likely not be the cause of something two years in the making and no tumors present on X-ray or in blood work.... IMHO. Now I am not a doctor or a nurse, but I didn't want you to be scared that it could be cancer just because of the pain. My son was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 17, he did in fact have a tumor and it was clearly visible on the x-ray..... others had tumors elsewhere in their body....but the fact remains that these tumors raise the levels in the blood of certain hormones, easily detected by blood tests. I pray it is simply kidney stones and you find your answer soon.

Suzy - posted on 03/19/2012

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cranberry juice and lots of water - keep hydrated, once puberty sets in erections during the night (and day) are common and it may be getting a little clogged but not enough to cause obstruction hate to say it this way but I don't know the medical term we always called it blue balls only it seems to happen not to that extreme. I found with my husband it was a sign of dehydration.

Terrie - posted on 03/19/2012

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My son was having pain off and on and my husband sugested that his undies may be to small. I yried that before I took him to tje doc and he hasn't complained since.

Lisa - posted on 03/19/2012

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My first thought was a tumor. Those won't show up in xrays. My brother-in-law was diagnosed with testicular cancer 1 1/2 years ago. He noticed pain in that area as well. Highly recommend checking into that to rule it out. Also, his sacks could be twisting. That's painful too. Just because he isn't experiencing a lot of pain doesn't mean it's minor. He could have high tolerance to pain. I do.

Bethany - posted on 03/19/2012

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DH has kidney stones and has never had back pain with them. Only testicular pain when the kidney stone is passing through the urinary tract.

Carrie - posted on 03/19/2012

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Thanks! I hadn't thought about kidney stones b/c he's never complained about his back hurting. But I will mention it to the dr and see what she thinks.

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