Can testicular "ache" occur before surgery?

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   Posted 12/7/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm scheduled for robotic prostatectomy on 12/30. My cancer is small and has been caught very early. DRE reveals nothing, but my "boys" ache, like I had been hid hard there 3 days ago.

I've switched from tighty-whities to looser drawers, to no avail.

Is this normal? Could it simply be anxiety?

I don't know and would appreciate any/all advice.

52 yr old, newly diagnosed. PSA 3.5, Gleason 6 with 3 of 4 top nodes (0%;1%;10%;1%) cancerous. Bottom 2 floors are clean.
Da Vinci surgery scheduled for 12/30/10

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 12/7/2010 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Does something like Ibuprofen help?

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   Posted 12/7/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
No, Ibuprofin, aspirin and Alleve do nada.

Again, it isn't a real BAD ache, just an aggravating annoyance.

I read about "twisted ball" (my phrase, not the medical one) syndrome on Wikipedia. That scared the crap out of me. Unless treated within 12 hours, the testes die, turn gangrenous and kill you.

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   Posted 12/7/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't judge your condition, but in the weeks before surgery I experienced all sorts of unusual pains, all of which I interpreted as cancer eating away my insides.

There is a fundamental rule here -- if you are worried call your doctor and let him make the call. He can't care for you if he doesn't know what is happening.

Don K.
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   Posted 12/7/2010 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I had that exact same thing too prior to serious talking to my Doc.
Besides the DRE he checked my testicles  and all he could come up with was "Probably referred pain" (from my sore back).
It lasted for 4/6 weeks and then went away by itself. Wierd.Hoping yours does the same.
Don K.
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