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Old 04-19-11, 12:52 PM   #1
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Too much in my pants (not what you think, girls)

I have been known to post here under a real pseudonym, but prefer to deal with this issue anomynously.

I'm pushing 60 and not particularly slender. About a year ago one of my testicles started to grow. No physical discomfort or other negative indications, just bigger. Scanning the net made me fear the worst so I beat it to a urologist who ordered ultrasound of the boys and the kidneys, then dismissed the condition as (apparently) not a problem. Now that the thing is the size of my fist it seems to have stopped growing.

But there is a problem in re riding. Having a big one does keep it from being squashed between saddle nose and thighbone, but now I can't lean forward very far without squashing it between saddle and abdomen.

If this is a normal condition for older men, has anyone else experienced it? and what can be done (short of castration, that is.. )?
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Old 04-19-11, 01:51 PM   #2
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Isn't this why there's a 50+ forum?
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Old 04-19-11, 01:53 PM   #3
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You probably have a hydrocele. Tell the urologist you want it drained even though it's not "medically necessary" it is interfering with your cycling.

Either that, or head on over to the recumbents forum.
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Isn't this why there's a 50+ forum?
Excellent suggestion. Welcome to 50+, I think you'll get better answers in here.

Since there was only one helpful post from the Road forum, the others have been deleted.
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Old 04-19-11, 07:20 PM   #5
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You probably have a hydrocele. Tell the urologist you want it drained even though it's not "medically necessary" it is interfering with your cycling.

Either that, or head on over to the recumbents forum.
We don't allow that kind of stuff in the recumbent zone. Just kidding.
Short of a medical solution, a 'bent might work better. Or not.
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Old 04-19-11, 07:24 PM   #6
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You probably have a hydrocele. Tell the urologist you want it drained even though it's not "medically necessary" it is interfering with your cycling.

Either that, or head on over to the recumbents forum.
A hydrocele can also be the result of a hernia or by some sort of inflammatory condition like an infection. Sometimes, they are caused by a non-specific inflammation in which case the fluid will be reabsorbed by your body. A hydrocele is not unique to men 50+. It can happen to any male at any time.
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Old 04-19-11, 07:38 PM   #7
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I'd find a new doctor and have him treat it properly. How could your current doctor possibly think something the size of your fist was "not a problem"?
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Old 04-19-11, 07:43 PM   #8
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I'd find a new doctor and have him treat it properly. How could your current doctor possibly think something the size of your fist was "not a problem"?
+1 I don't see how this could happen. also if this lasts more thasn four hours seek medical help. Hell I'd be gone after one hour.
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Old 04-19-11, 09:53 PM   #9
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reminds me of the Lewis C.K. routine where he asks his doctor if he can fix some condition, "no, that's just the way you are now." It just doesn't pass the smell test with me. Good luck
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My dad had something similar when he was around 60, When the surgeon cut in to relieve the pressure the poor nurse got splattered. Apparently there was some issue with fluid not draining out properly that was easily corrected. I agree with the dog, get a new physician.
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Old 04-19-11, 11:50 PM   #11
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Dear Nony,

Sorry for your pain. A hornless bike seat may help. Here is a site with a few:
http://www.exercisebikeseats.org/hor...bike-seats.htm
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I will be 59 in July, and ride with many others who are 55+ (all the way to the early 70's). I would absolutely get a second opinion.
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DITTO, had similar condition few years back, had pain with mine, treated by a UR & went away, get a 2nd opinion, quick."they ain't supposed to do that"

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Old 04-20-11, 02:44 PM   #14
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You probably have a hydrocele. ...
AHA! A magic word!

Here is the info I couldn't find before.

To be fair to the urologist, it wasn't that big when he saw it. Also to be fair, he seemed PO'd that I'd come to him without something more interesting. I did like the ultrasound tech, though. Nice hands.
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Old 04-20-11, 02:57 PM   #15
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Isn't this why there's a 50+ forum?
"A hydrocele is not unique to men 50+. It can happen to any male at any time."


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Excellent suggestion. Welcome to 50+, I think you'll get better answers in here.

Since there was only one helpful post from the Road forum, the others have been deleted.
Glad as I am that there are adult-type males here (thanks, guys), I was kinda looking forward to the smart-ass rants of the Road crowd. But in retrospect I guess it was the right move.


I wonder how much it would cost to have this drained? I'm "self-insured" and the office visit with ultrasound was over a thousand bucks...
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The problem with having a hydrocele drained-they will frequently come back. On the other hand its definitely cheaper than having it removed surgically. (They don't castrate for hydroceles)
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Hydroceles can also occur in newborns because of a minor hernia. One of my sons was born with that and all it took was some very minor surgery to correct the problem.

In older individuals it can be due to one of the many varieties of hernia. You may want to get checked for that.

Your urologist should have been more forthcoming with what he thought was the cause.
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I have a pannus that lays over my genitals and pushes them into the seat. I'm trying to have it removed for safe, painless riding riding.
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Glad as I am that there are adult-type males here (thanks, guys), I was kinda looking forward to the smart-ass rants of the Road crowd. But in retrospect I guess it was the right move.

They were asking for pics.
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Hmm. It's almost tempting...
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They were asking for pics.
I dont think so, CbadRider!
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Because of the ridiculous adoration our society has for physicians your doctor sees himself as an aristocrat.
Never go to that doctor again.
Time to find another doctor.
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I wonder how much it would cost to have this drained? I'm "self-insured" and the office visit with ultrasound was over a thousand bucks...
Sorry I have no suggestions about your condition but I do about the medical costs. Now that you have an idea of what is needed shop around for price of the procedure.You can also see if you can find out through a friend what rates insurance groups have negotiated and bargain with the Doc for that rate or close. Sounds crazy, but this is the world we live in.
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Hmm. It's almost tempting...
Other comments were advising you to use this situation to impress women.

And they think you are really patentcad.
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There are increasing numbers of Americans going to medical tourism doctors to save money. Doctors and surgeons in Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil are as modern and advanced as American doctors (most having gone to medical school in the States) but charge way less. In addition, you get to write off a pretty nice extended vacation as a medical expense!

At the age of 60 (I'm 64) I would be willing to just have the offending testicle removed. May be cheaper and better in the long run. And when in our 60s, our testosterone levels naturally drop a lot anyway. You would still have the other testicle and your adrenal glands (on your kidneys) to pump out plenty of testosterone. Just saying...

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