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Conditions

Varicocele

The thought of a painful problem with their testicles is enough to leave most men cupping their balls and mewing like a newborn kitten, or a wounded footballer. Fortunately, whilst varicocele sounds serious, it‘s not life threatening. It is a caused when a collection of varicose veins form around the scrotum. These veins are present in the spermatic cord, which delivers sperm from the testicles to the penis, but occasionally a defective valve can prevent backflow of blood out of the testicles. The most common symptom is a dull ache at the top of the scrotum, but it is not a serious condition. Treatment can involve anti-inflammatory medication, or a minor operation to remove the varicocele. A dull ache in your testicles can be indicative of other conditions as well, most seriously testicular cancer. It is therefore extremely important to get checked out by your GP if you present any of these symptoms.

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Hi I got problem with my right blows it gets so big and hurts to much I couldn't even walk easily because of that the only way I get relief from it is to wank it off other wise the pain stays. Can anyone please advise me what should I do





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I have varicocele but have not been to the doctors,for years i have injected drugs into my groin,could you tell me if this is varicocele or some thing more serious





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Hello I am 21 years old and I have varioceles as well on my left side I too get a dull aching pain above my left ball and in my lower abdominal. I am too very worried about the shrinking and wondering if I should get surgery or not please can anyone advise me.





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well my questions would be do natural treatments like the ones recommended on www.varicocelehealing.com work? I've read a fair amount and am convinced that they might be effective! Please help.

16yr old boy has testicle varicose veins in both testicles.in agony but gp says live with it.cannot walk or stand for more than 10 minutes.





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The doctor is the only person who can counsel on varicocele and the correct course of action. But Vitamin C is known to help with vein walls and circulation, and there are penis health cremes available that contain C and other nutrients. These cremes are meant to be applied directly to the scrotum which will maximize the amount of C getting into the problem area.





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Since approximately July 2014 I have experienced a discomfort in my left testicle. After numerous courses of anti-biotics, open surgery, 2 ultrasounds and countless trips to my GP I was finally told I had a varicocele in both testes, with the most serious case on my left as it has now developed into a lump of significant size. I still experience some slight pain and discomfort, but have just learnt to deal with it now as I am used to the pain. It feels like a dull, stretching/pulling pain in my left testicle. The last trip I had to my GP was around 4 weeks ago and he basically gave me a print out on varicocele and told me to get back in touch if I required any further action. I found this quite rude to be honest but that was the last action. Does anyone have any advice or has anyone been through a similar experience with this? I've just got to a point where I've had enough of being fobbed off by my GP, but am also sick of the pain. Thanks, Ryan





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Yes I been on the situation long time ago,I dont know how big your varicocele is, but usually with time would grow, it happened to me, I never have a pain at all or anything but after some year the varicocele kind like botherme,no for pain like I said but the veins got bigger and been a swimmer and all around sport person so I did what doctor specialist told me SURGERY the only thing would make my varicocele go away but in reality I have two surgerys bcs the surgery make my epididimo swolen so I had a second bcs it. and after it no more problem I suspect at that time that my right testicle would have the same thing but after years I realize it was just it suspicious.A good doctor in one trip would tell you the problem, but the way my surgery was in a 3 world country but they were good. is ridicoulus that you spend so many trips for tell you what it is, you dont need ultrasound, by hand a specialist can tell you the problem in my country they call this kind of doctors urologistas.

Dont even bother with surgery, it will end up coming back years later! Its a bloody joke that they cant rid of dilated veins :$





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I dont think so the surgery work for me more than twenty five or thirty years later and no signs of it ever.

Jesus feel old 50yo in fact,went to my drs for check up dont worry its just vericos vien.The thing is its huge and alost cant feel my lef ball seems very small in fact,had 3 Girls so no probs that end just worried bout size of it alex





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Hi I'm 33 and 10 years ago I had my right testicle removed over torsion since the last six months I have felt a dull ache pain in my left testicle and I feel it has shrunk in size I have been for ultrasound but no varicocoel was found although I seem to have all the symptoms if it is a varicocoel will my testicle continue to shrink if I do not have surgery ? Or could my testicles shrink if I do a surgery ? I am desperately worried any information or advice would be very thankful





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Please does anyone experience slight pain on the left side of the lower abdomen as a result of varicocele.





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