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Help? My bf found a weird lump on his testicle

My boyfriend found a weird lump on his tactical today-- the problem is he doesn't have insurance. Since I'm not much help being a girl and all, I was hoping someone could offer some insight into this matter. My bf doesn't have insurance and so if this is a rather common thing it would be nice to know before spending hundreds of dollars.

This is the situation: The "lump" is located on the bottom right testicle kind of on the left side. It is located on the surface of the testicle, not loose in the scrotum. It's rather small... about the side of a half dried pea and feels almost like cartilage. It's not smooth or round. It feels kind of like a hard vein on the surface of his testicle. There is no pain (well, additional pain) when the testicle is lightly squeezed.

I think that's about it-- sorry boys, not real good at determining what may be important and what's not. Any suggestions would be helpful- BTW, he obviously considers this abnormal since he mentioned it in the first place.

Thanks ahead of time!

Tue. Aug 15, 12:42am

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cysts are usually pretty uniform in shape and so is a backed-up hair follical. You might want to try warm compesses on it for 1/2 hour at a time for a few days. See if it softens. If it is a cyst, this will help the body reabsorb.

Unfortunately nothing substitutes a doctor. Perhaps a free clinic? I've never been to one (been really lucky during my bouts of no insurance). My thoughts are with you.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 1:30 AM

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I'm a woman so I don't have useful info from firsthand experience. But the NIH has really great consumer health info on its web site.

Check out the link -- there are several links within it having to do with testicular disorders.


Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 4:22 AM

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i highly recommend checking out the clinic situation in your area-ask at your local hospital for locations. the clinic is very useful to those without insurance, not just for this particular problem, but for any other health issues that may now or in the future concern your boyfriend. establishing a relationship NOW will help in getting seen by the clinic doctors when he needs to, rather than having to evaluate the sliding scale fees, residency requirements, previous health concerns, and other typical info they need before they can see him.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 9:30 AM

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Oh my gosh... when I read your post it was like you were speaking for me. My boyfriend just recently noticed a lump in his testicle as well... He said that it doesn't hurt at all but his other testicle is noticably larger at this point and he said it almost feels as though there is a vein or something twisted in there... and he also does not have any insurance and so we're trying to figure out what to do.... Any information that anyone finds out would benefit me as well... thanks OP for posting this, it came at just the right time!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 9:43 AM

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I second the thought that you should go to a free clinic in your area.
Good luck!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 10:03 AM

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Call your local Planned Parenthood - that's the first place that girls go when there's something wrong down there. They could certainly at least tell you where to go!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 10:29 AM

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A doctor visit is really called for, but you might look up spermatocele and varicocele and see if either seems to match. What you descibed doesn't sound quite right to me for either, but I'm not really qualified to judge. You didn't ask about cancer but yes, such a thing is possible. Most cyst or vein things are simply left alone unless they cause pain or some other inconvenience. Surgery would be typical for cancer. I don't know how to tell them apart so unfortunately I can't help you further.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 10:40 AM

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Look up "hydroseal" to see if the symptoms match that description. It's similar to a hernia, and there's not much they can do. It's not dangerous. My brother has had one for 15 years.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 11:24 AM

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"Hydroseal" won't get you too far, that's the pronunciation, not the spelling -- try "hydrocoele."

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 11:59 AM

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Get it checked out, NOW. Even young men can get testicular cancer. One of my clients, who is now in his mid-fifties, had his original bout with it at 24. Treatments have come a long way, but the best treatment is still EARLY treatment. Don't let fear or budget hold you back from getting it checked out now. If it's nothing, you know it. If it isn't, you get it taken care of before it gets to be a big issue. Lack of insurance is scary, but not as bad as the alternatives.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 12:11 PM

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if it is testicular cancer, the beautiful thing is that it is highly curable if found and treated early enough. So, if he just found this lump-odds are it's very new and he will be just fine with treatment.

not trying to worry you-it probably is just a cyst of some sory . . but get him to go for the checkup w/ or without the insurance.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 1:50 PM

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SHould be tested for STD's

I think it could be epididymitis. WHich is infection of the tubes leading from the testicles to the vas deferens travels by the bladder, through the prostate gland and finally to the penis. It can be from sexual transmitted disease so this may concern you as well and you should both be checked for STDs, it also may be from urine backing up and nobody can know for sure, so the best thing is to see a health professional at least in a clinic.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 3:07 PM

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Planned parenthood isn't just for women, as I recently found out, so I'd definitely go there.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006, 5:41 PM

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well, has he seen anyone yet? how is he feeling?

Friday, August 18, 2006, 1:34 PM

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OP Here- Update

Yes he did see someone-- I was able to track down a sliding scale clinic that only charged him $20 for the visit. WOW!

They checked him out and everything seemed to be ok.... it's not cancer and seems to have gone away on it's own- the doc said it was a distressed vein or something. Of course my boyfriend's explanation was that we just need to have a little bit more "alone" time... silly boy!

Thanks for all the concern and support for those that posted!!!!! Your comments really helped a lot!

Monday, August 21, 2006, 1:40 PM

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i'm so glad your boyfriend got himself checked out!! a periodic exam is probably a good idea, now that he has established a relationship with the clinic. this can help prevent any problems before he or you show symptoms. stay healthy and i'm really happy for you!! (my boyfriend used to tell me that my headaches could be cured with "a little more time alone, ahemm". what a riot!)

Monday, August 21, 2006, 2:00 PM

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the OP... again

LOL 2:00!!! I needed that! :)

Monday, August 21, 2006, 6:01 PM

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lump on boyfriends testicle was cancer

I noticed a lump on my boyfriends testicle and didn't even mention it to him. He didn;t notice it and said it didn' hurt either. I first noticed it while we were having sex and it got larger over a period of several months
He finally started saying his testicle was heavier feeling but didn't hurt. He began having dull pains in his sixpack and finally his mom took him to their doctor. He had testicle cancer and they had to remove the whole testicle and all.
I felt bad about it because I first noticed it over a year earlier and didn't mention it to him and continued to apply pressure and massaging the testicles while we were having sex ultimately unaware that I could have been making it spread I quess. The cancer had spread and he still is fighting it. He is taking chemo and such. Don't hesitate getting these things checked out.

Saturday, August 06, 2011, 2:04 AM

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sounds like the epididymises

All boys/men have two other sac like organs that run the backside of their testicles and grow in size because it is where sperm buildup before being ejaculated. They get large and lumpy like on top and on the bottom if they don't ejaculate for a while especially.
My boy friend was in training during football and weightlifting and wouldn't have sex all the way. They would swell and the testicles would too. The sacs would get smaller when he would ejaculate/sex and then build back up. The sacs would get real big and the cords that ran behind each ball will get thicker and firmer too. When a guy ejaculates sperm doesn't come from the testicle it comes from the epidyimises and mixes with several other fluids from his other glands then comes out.

Saturday, August 06, 2011, 2:17 AM

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for the- OP

So glad your bf went to the clinic and all is ok!

Monday, August 08, 2011, 12:42 AM

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oh! goodness I feel really stupid. The OP happened over 5 years ago!!! blond moment!

Monday, August 08, 2011, 12:44 AM

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Nah it's fine it actually helped bring lIght to my situation right now. Thanks fOr the info! My pain actually occurs when I get extremely aroused and not "dealt" wIth.. Then subsides after Awhile, even if I don't get off.. I just kinda goes away after a couple hours. But it happens every now and again. Glad to know others have opinions :)

Monday, February 20, 2012, 5:39 AM

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Its always scary when you go to the doctor and they say something is wrong. I don't think anyone takes tha well.

Monday, February 20, 2012, 11:32 AM

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