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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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