BE ON THE BALL
I am a regular reader of your magazine Health & Nutrition. I commute in the local train daily from home to office to home, one hour each way. During this period if I get a place to sit, I keep my bag on my lap for safety. Now I am experiencing pain in my testicular region. Sometimes it is in the left testicle, sometimes in the right or sometimes both sides. It comes and goes and sometimes it is there in the morning when I wake up. If I pick up a bucket of water the area hurts. I am a diabetes and high blood pressure patient for which I am on medication. Could this pain be due to diabetes or due to keeping the bag on my lap? Please clarify and also provide a solution.
Pratap Kumar, Mumbai I t is hard to say what is the reason for your testicular pain without actually examining you. Some of the causes of pain in the testicle area include testicle inflammation (epididymitis), hydrocele (fluid buildup that leads to swelling of the scrotum), inguinal hernia, testicular torsion (twisted testicle), urinary tract infection, and diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage caused by diabetes). Sometimes, what seems to be testicle pain is caused by a problem that starts somewhere else – for e.g., kidney stones. For starters stop keeping your bag on your lap. See if that helps you. Consult a doctor if the pain continues.