Whether the pain is the result of a rogue baseball at little league practice or a serious underlying medical issue , discomfort, swelling, and general pains in the balls are no joke, urologists confirm. Blunt trauma causes about 85 percent of testicular injuries, but the initial pain often resolves by itself, there are no physical changes, and men can get on with their lives — likely cuddling the same toddler that kicked them in the first place. Testicular torsion occurs when balls rotate, twisting the spermatic cord, and scrotal pain is typically accompanied by abdomen pain, nausea or vomiting, frequent urination, and a fever. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate surgery and, if untreated, could cause loss of a testicle and long-term fertility problems. Getting kicked in the balls is not the only way to end up with testicular torsion.
I talk about Matt's lack of balls as if I was there when he lost them. I was not. I actually hadn't seen him in the 10 years since high school during which, four years ago, he survived testicular cancer. But we'd been flirting over text message for three months, sending drunken haiku poems and jokes about eloping to Mexico. He was as slyly sarcastic as I'd remembered from high school. And attractive, and smart, and kind.
But most doctors agree that guys should be taking even more solo action—namely by performing monthly self-checks for testicular cancer. The American Cancer Society also estimates that about half of all cases of testicular cancer are in men between the ages of 20 and We Asked The Experts.
I had gone to watch Manchester City play in the FA Cup Final with my dad and brother, but the next day I woke up in our hotel room unable to move. Dad drove me straight to hospital. I was in so much pain I howled whenever a doctor touched me.