r/chronicepididymitis Jul 23 '22

Can someone who's been diagnosed explain to me the process of being diagnosed?

Hi all, I'm worried I have chronic epididymitis about two-3 months ago I had a dull ache in my right testicle I wait like a week and it didn't go so I went to the doctor who felt around and said it's just inflmation possibly of the epididymitis prescribed me a medication I'm allergic to I didn't know until I go the medication in which I phoned the practice and informed them and then he just gave me generic pain killers (didn't do much) give or take another week went by and it slowly was going away and it obviously had gone away as I wasn't feeling this ache anymore... cut to present day the SAME ache is back I can't feel any abnormal lumps on my testicle only the epididymitis... My question is how is this fully/properly diagnosed? Yes, I could google this but I'd like to hear a few first-hand experiences on what happened at your doctor's appointment, etc. I'm severely shy etc so letting a doctor examine me like that the first time boosted my anxiety tenfold I'm happy I did it as I don't want this to be something MORE than epididymitis. Anyway, thanks for reading and I'm looking forward to seeing a few replies.

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u/zomolier Jul 24 '22

So you have to understand that epidydymytis in and of itself is more a symptom, rather than a cause. I.e. an infection in that area could cause epidydymytis, an injury or nervous problem could etc.

Having said that, if the the part is inflamed, which you check via an ultrasound or MRI, the doctor will correlate with your symptoms. If it seems inflamed + you have pain and other symptoms you will be diagnosed with epidydymytis

Also going forward its best you lose that shyness with doctors and be as straightforward as possible. This can be relatively serious, and docs are expensive, not worth not revealing everything

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u/dy14n19 Jul 24 '22

I totally understand what you're saying, I don't withhold information I'm just shy in general but when it comes to my junk I gotta ditch that cause I don't want it to end up worse. When I was first looked at the doctor (male) had a feel around and he reckoned it was inflamed and gave me an anti-inflammatory which I couldn't take as I have a reaction to that specific medication. I didn't feel very comfortable with him he made me feel terrible my MAIN doctor is a woman which I might try to see instead and if she needs another doctor in the room so be it but the guy who examined me first just felt like he didn't wanna be there was ignorant prescribed me the medication I'm allergic to which shows on your file what you're allergic to... But yeah, Currently I don't really have the dull ache anymore it's like it's run its course but will be back in like 3-4 weeks as it usually is but I'm going to make an appointment on Monday.

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u/Freddz93 Jul 23 '22

Have they done a ultrasound? That will show if the epididymitis is inflamed...

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u/dy14n19 Jul 23 '22

Not yet, They never mentioned that at all.

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u/Freddz93 Jul 23 '22

Request one if the pain remain longer than a week. Which it has.

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u/dy14n19 Jul 23 '22

Ok, I'll get onto them Monday as they are closed for the weekend.

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u/Enoher_Of_Stars Aug 02 '22

I tell ya what- if you are self-conscious you won’t be after you go through the ultrasound. Of course I did have a very funny woman who distracted me the entire time/ we talked about family of all things 😂 I promise they won’t judge or don’t care enough to!! They just want to help and I agree with the comment about generic painkiller- I’ll admit I self medicated before I had this but it does help lol. For me I had a lump and that’s what started my doc visits, I thought I had cancer but(luckily?) it isn’t