General Question

rockfan's avatar

NSFW: I'm extremely worried about a health issue, and I'm not sure whether to contact a doctor. Help?

Asked by rockfan (3021 points ) March 26th, 2014

4 or 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with testicular torsion, and had surgery for it three years ago. And last week, I had a physical exam and everything was ok. But today, I noticed that when my bladder is full, and I really have to use the bathroom, my testicles shrink and get firm. Is this normal? Does this happen to any other guys?

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

9 Answers

Pachy's avatar

Never happened to me but I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to get yourself checked out again by a doctor… if for no other reason than because you are “extremely worried.” It would be wise to know one way or the other, and wouldn’t you be relieved to find out it was nothing serious or at least easily treatable?

pleiades's avatar

Testicles shrink and expand all the time. When I’m cold they shrivel, when I’m hot they expand. When the “blood is flowing” ;) I really really expand.

Anyways I too need to get checked up. I’m starting to feel a dull pain since the middle of last week. I got checked as a child and what I thought was torsion was ruled out as normal but it may actually be torsion now…

What were your symptoms before getting the surgery? And aren’t you due for a check up anyways?

josie's avatar

If you have a health issue, whom else are you going to contact if not a doctor?

livelaughlove21's avatar

@pleiades And aren’t you due for a check up anyways?

OP said, “And last week, I had a physical exam and everything was ok.”

CWOTUS's avatar

I second what @josie said. The fact that you had a checkup last week is immaterial unless this topic was addressed to your satisfaction at that time. I take it that this wasn’t the case. In that event, the short passage of time is immaterial. Make the appointment tomorrow.

rojo's avatar

@josie Fluther
evidently

jtvoar16's avatar

Well, I’m not a doctor…

However, if your scrotum is shrinking up to the point of pain, then, yes, something is probably seriously wrong. But, if it is just shrinking a little bit and shriveling up, like a rumbled blanket, with no pain, or discomfort, then it is probably normal.

I personally have this happen a lot to me, ever since puberty (when my balls descended). If I have to go very badly, and can’t, they pull up against my body, regardless of temperature. But that only happens if I have been holding it (urine or otherwise), for an extended period of time. This usually happens if I am “in the zone” working, and don’t realize to I stand up hours later.

I know it is not normal for some men, and for others it is. It’s possible the effect was smaller before surgery, or you never noticed. It is also possible that something is wrong.

If you have the means to see a doctor, I would do so, no matter what. You know your body best, and if it is worrying you, then you should get it checked out. As others have said above, it would be better to know, rather then find out the hard way.

creative1's avatar

call the dr aside from the shrunken scrotum issue which being a women I know nothing about but it sounds more like a possibe urinary tract infection which are less common in men but can happen. Either way call a DR!!

syz's avatar

If you’re concerned, contact your doctor. Always.

Answer this question

Login

or

Join

to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
or
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther