Hello, I'm 18 years old. When I was 16 I began having pain in my left testicle, sometimes quite severe. Throughout the years I have noticed that whenever I smoke marijuana the pain becomes extremely severe. Sometimes to the point where I'm on the floor writhing in pain. Because of this I have obviously cut back greatly on my pot smoking, but do tend to sometimes smoke a small amount as the pain increase is somewhat bearable if I only smoke a little, though it still can get quite painful.
Other things such as heavy lifting or ejaculation usually causes the pain to significantly increase. I've gone to many doctors and gotten many different diagnoses. My latest urologist told me that I had varicoceles on my left testicle and that that may be the culprit. After doing some extensive research it seemed to make sense.
I had surgery to remove these varicoceles a bit over a month ago and it did not help with the pain whatsoever. I'm starting to get really desperate and can't seem to find anyone that can help me! I've also been told that I have a few cysts on both my right and left testicle but I'm not sure if that could cause this severe pain. Is there any information on some sort of testicular illness that gets significantly more painful after smoking marijuana? I've spent the past 2 years doing research pretty much anytime I have some spare time and I just can't seem to find any help. It's been negatively affecting my life and I am just desperate to find some sort of solution for this problem of mine.
I too have been having a problem kind of like the one you described well exactly like the one you described. Mine has been going on for a few years and i have been going to the doctors a lot latly for it to get this fixed. first they treated me for epidytimitis with doxacilin i believe and that did not work. then i got blood work done came back like i was a normal healthy person. went to the urologist a couple weeks ago he checked my prostate and gave me an exam on my testicles didn't feel anything out of the ordinary so he thinks that maybe i have a pinched nerve in my lumbar region because that can cause testicular pain.
So soon i will be going to get either a cat scan or a x-ray of my lower back and see if that may be the issue its been like 3 years since i have smoked marijuana because of this and i used to smoke all the time and want to atleast be able to every once in a while.
If you have found anything out about your condition post back on this and i will do the same maybe we can figure this out because the issues you have sound identicle oh and a couple things
1.) do you smoke ciggarettes?
2.) do you have sinus issues? (just asking because i do)
3.) and when you don't smoke marijuana is it a dull aching in testicles that radiates to lower back and increases and deacreases in pain threw out the day?
Hello, sorry for the late reply. I hope you still read this.
Yes I do smoke cigarettes. I used to have sinus issues as a child but not really anymore.
My pain does increase and decrease in pain throughout the day but mine doesnt radiate to my lower back, it actually radiates through my left leg; mostly the thigh region(the pain is also in the left testicle, that may be why).
My current urologist says that my best chance is to completely remove the epididymis, but he doesn't want me to go through with it seeing as it wont be guaranteed that it will get rid of my pain. I'm currently trying to set up an appointment with anohter urologist so I can get a second opinion. Let me know how everything went and please keep updating me on any new information. I'll try and do the same.
I to suffer from severe pain in the testicles my dr said it was epidytimitis after a couple of ER visits convinced I had cancer because it runs in my family. I smoke cigs have horrible sinus issues almost year round and used to smoke heavily too. The latter now not really an issue my dr told me I could choose between it and pain meds for other issues.. Even being on heavy narcotics do not stop my testicle pain and it can double me over from time to time. The ONLY thing I have found to actually seem to help with this is taking some kind of anti inflammatory usually a large dose of naproxen upon onset and a few hours later it starts to subside. Aleve is the over the counter version of this and usually between 500 to 1000mg dose will help but be sure to take it with food or milk most have stomach issues from the dosage without it. Hope this helps your problem I do know how bad it can get since even being on morphine hasn't helped mine at all. Its not even something you really feel comfortable about talking to people about because they wouldn't understand anyway without going through it themselves. I have read countless articles about this some say an athletic supporter might help (empty jock strap) but who really wants to be forced to wearing one of those all the time. My pain issues with it are never consistent anyway but seem to be worse in the summertime however just two days ago I found myself having to take the naproxen again because Thanksgiving dinner with my family became another attack that made me miserable and not good company for a family event. After about two hours it started to subside but still mild throbbing pain for 5 or 6 hours later until the second dose. Good luck and I hope it gives you some relief too.
Prostatatis (testicular pain, occasional lower back pain)
hey all dont know if anyone still reads this. i struggled with this for 3 years. i used to be a big head (helps a ton when i get depressed, i prefer it to taking a bunch of meds) but like both of you had to stop anytime i smoked. over 3 years i saw probably 15 doctors 3 or so of which were urologists. they suggested epidytimus but seemed not to take it too seriosly prescribing docycycline and naproxen. finally a couple weeks ago i went to the emergency room. they sent me to a urologist who sent me to a more specalized urologist who felt he knew what i had. it sounds to me like both of you may have it too. it is called prostatitis, some sort of bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the prostate. i have been in treatment for a month or so with a very good doctor in tucson arizona. i go three times a week or so. he is one of the chief specalists in the US, patients have come from every states and hundreds of countries to be treated by him. so far as i know he is the only doctor in the country who takes the course of treatment he takes. prostatatis is not too well understood but he gave me one book on it. you may be able to find it online. it is called the prostatitis syndromes by Bradley R. Hennenfent, MD. he told me the doctor who wrote this book was an emergency room doctor whos father had he condition for 27 years or something like that. it really is horrible and it seems like an ugly thing to talk about "my balls hurt like hell" you know. no one really understands what your going through. i was skeptical about the treatment because it is somewhat unpleasant but with the cultures he took he isolated 3 bacteria and as he suspected i have prostatitis. i didn't have health insurance for the longest time (im 21 years old) so this was a big thing, i got all messed up on opiates, finally got off them and now i actually get prescribed them. funny how that works. anyhow i would say go see a urologist and ask them about prostatitis. a lot of doctors dont seem to understand it or what causes it but it seems like my doctor and whoever wrote this book understand it. he says he has an %80 rate of complete cure and 96% or so of at least getting rid of the pain. again the treatments are somewhat unpleasant but if you all are going through the same thing i went through i would take semi painful treatments 3 times a week anyday over a life of drug dependance and despair cause your nads are killing you. if you dont have money for treatment the book i have suggests one herb called saw palmetto that is supposed to greatly help. you can get it at health food stores. maybe give that a try. id imagine its better for your body than taking 5 aleve a day (which i also used to do) or drinking to kill the pain.
Hmm that sounds interesting. I'd love to hear how that went. I hope you check back and reply. What kind of treatment is it? How exactly is it unpleasant? I just ordered some saw palmetto online and we'll see how that goes. I'll try to talking to my urologist about Prostatitis as well.
I have had this same problem since i was about 16, and I have visited multiple urologists, been diagnosed with varicocele on my left side, taken medications all to no avail. One doctor suggested i also had epididymitis, but tests proved otherwise. I am 20 years old now and smoke lots of pot daily and it still causes me pain to this day, but I have found a strategy/technique that i use sometimes that drastically reduces the pain, and I believe through practice it can become easier to perform the technique to hopefully one day end my/our pain!
It involves visualization of bright white light energy. While performing the exercise I have no pain and it seems to have residual effects which eliminate the severity of the pain even after i perform the exercise(s).
I will not got into detail on this forum but PLEASE PM me and I will be happy to share with anyone who is interested in the information I have come across. Even if you do not smoke pot, I would still recommend these exercises if you are having pain.
Hey guys thought i would chime in here. I had the EXACT same symptoms as you guys experiencing this. What i found out was that it is directly related to sciatica or sciatic nerve pain. I had this problem after my varsity year in high school i pinched a nerve somehow in my lowerback and started experiencing lowerback/down the leg pain/numbness. The lowerback pain also affected my testicles at first i didnt really think anything of it but i noticed that when i smoked up i started experiencing SEVERE testicular pain. I consulted my doctor and he told me i had SCIATICA problems and that i may have a slipped disk or something due to playing football. Turns out i did.
Long story short to reduce pain you gotta WALK as much as possible. Dont run as the weight forcing down on your lower spine can cause more uncomfort. Just walk regularly and avoid sitting down at the computer for long periods of time. If you are overweight it is imperative you stay as active as possible to allow the lowerback to decompress.
Wow, this is crazy. I've been having testicular pain after smoking, and I always assumed that it was all in my head, since I have huge amount of anxiety anyway, and before this I've thought that all sorts of bad things were happening when I smoked.
Anyway, it looks like there are three things here that could be the cause: a Varicocele, Prostatitis, or a slipped disk.
Now, here's my question, from what I hear, if you tell your doctor that you smoke, they might treat you like some sort of drug addict, and it'll be on your medical record forever. So, what can I say that'll be basically the same as saying "it hurts when I smoke," but without ruining my medical life forever?
Did you guys get a CT scan? i had a Very similar problem and my urologist had me do a CT scan to eliminate the possibility of a small hernia, which in some cases can cause pain in the testicle. It turned out to be a varicocele, but you should definitely get checked for a hernia. Sometimes they cant detect them by the "turn and cough" method if they are small
Went to the doctor for testicular pain that I started noticing after I was smoking and masturbating, turns out I had a torsion of the appendix testis. Basically there is a vestigal appendage in over 50% of all males, located on the testicles. It can cause pain and swelling and goes away usually within a week. Not very serious at all. But like you all, I had pain within the testicle
Anyway, from what I've been seeing all across the internet, I've self-hypothesized what the reason. I could totally be wrong, but check it out.
When you smoke weed it increases your heart rate, which in turn increases blood pressure. When you have issues that deal with inflamation or infection or something of the nature, the increased blood flow to the inflamation will cause it to flare up and cause more pain, swelling, etc. I've noticed this not only with my testicular inflamation, but also other infections that I've had at all different parts of my body. My friend who had epididymitis had the same happen to him, so I'm almost positive this is what's causing the pain; the increased bloodflow.
Basically, until the problem is sorted out, it's going to hurt when you smoke weed. So chill for a little bit with the ganja, and resolve the issue at hand.
Again, this is just my hypothesis based on the minimal information I've accumulated through biology, anatomy, and physiology classes that I've taken over the years and all the weed that I've smoked. I could be completely wrong on this one, but it seems to make sense to me.
And if it's just all in our heads, looks like I found a good way to trick myself into not feeling any pain
If my experience is any indicator, you're not far off. Back in December I started experiencing a dull pain in one of my testes, which in turn felt somehow link by pain to the upper leg on the same side. Months later we finally figured out that I had a varicoscele, and just underwent surgery to help correct it a few weeks ago.
The thing is, the dull pain surfaced not long after my marijuana use became more regular. While it does not appear that smoking caused my varicoscele (they are supposedly congenital), I have a feeling it might have been what brought it to light. As time went on I eventually got very pronounced swelling and a noticeable pain when I smoked large quantities, and at the very least some swelling when I smoked at all.
Marijuana is a vasodialator (the opposite of a vasoconstrictor, like caffeine), which basically means that it widens your veins and increases blood flow. I eventually smoked after surgery and experienced less swelling, but enough ominous tingling that I've decided to take a break from smoking and give it a try in a month or so once things have healed and calmed down some. I will definitely smoke in much smaller quantities in the future, if I continue at all. If it's any additional indication, my wound (they went in in my lower abdoment and essentially rerouted flow away from the affected vein) would swell if I smoked as well.
Point is, I've done a lot of searching and, as best I can tell, no hard research has been done on the correlation. None of my doctors have been at all committal about the connection (I've been up front about the situation from day 1), but they've all at least admitted that it was a possibility. In any case, if you are experiencing pain when smoking, give the smoking a rest for a bit. I've smoked here or there for years, but the issue only surface when it became habitual. My advice would be to let things calm down, and if you still want to smoke, take care with the quantity and frequency. And for the love of god, stay away from hash. I swear I was swollen for a week.
Hello I have just hade this pain in my nuts since yesterday rafts smokeing some weed only took 3 puffs, I hade very servier pain and agent to a&e who sent me to a urologist who said I have gotto take some pain killers and inclination tables which will tackle care of the problem, I am still in pain today and not sure if this is going to work? I haven't hade any scans as the doctor just said it coz I smoked some weed. He did t really seem to care to much and sent me home with loads of tablets, if any1 can help me to overcome this I would be very great full