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I usually wouldn't come on a sports board to talk about this subject but I'm not really sure what to believe on health forums.
The other day my 16 year old son came home and said he was experiencing some serious pain in his left testicle and it had been hurting for a few weeks so I decided to take him to the doctor. Long story short, he got diagnosed with varicocele veins.
I was wondering if anybody has had this, knows anybody that had this, etc. I'm reading all sorts of stuff about how it's the leading cause of infertility, it creates irreversible damage on the left testicle, etc. I'm obviously pretty worried about this. We have a visit with the urologist scheduled on January 9th(hopefully two days after Bama is crowned champs)
Anybody have any insight on this?
This post was edited by TJMMBuckeyes on 12/6/2012 at 8:26 PM
Nothing to worry about. It's actually more common than you think with boys around puberty and almost always happens to the left ball. His balls just grew faster than normal and it caused the vein to backup a bit. Usually corrects itself as puberty subsides but hardly ever affects his fertility cause there's easy ways to correct it if it doesn't get better. Don't ask me how I know this but it wasn't me that had the problem, haha.
The left testicular vein often travels all the way up to the renal vein to drain which is why it is most common on the left. Otherwise, agree with the previous post.
Thanks for the responses. Anybody know why some people need surgery and some don't?
I had the surgery n '96 but wasn't a 100% fix, it can get inflamed and become painful. I had a urologist perscribe antibiotics which were effective. I have three kids and haven't had any issues in years
Thanks for the comments guys. Appreciate them.
Hope your boy and his balls are OK. Hate to hear of any trouble involving the gonads especially at a young age.
Gotta love bucknuts. People come here looking for advice on the oddest topics here. With that being said good luck and I hope your doctor treats him well and he makes a full recovery.
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