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  • How soon does the pain and numbness go away?

    I am 3 weeks after orchiometry and I still feel constant mild pain in the cut and area around it never stopped being numb. When does that usually go away?
    I also started feeling quite angry and depressed, I wonder if this is a side effect of low or changing testesterone. Is 3 weeks too early to check the level?

  • #2
    I think it took me at least a month or more for the numbness to go away completely. If you have redness or other signs of inflammation/infection then probably that might something you should tell your doctor about right away.


    Regarding emotional symptoms, I think it's wise to keep a log on it and let your doctor know. Low testosterone usually rebounds (depends on your age) but it may take many months. My impression is that unless you have and report symptoms your doctors probably won't test your levels. Ask your doctor what the plan is regarding management of your testosterone level. For me, I never got a straight answer but it wasn't my focus as I did chemo. What's your age? If you are in your early 30's my doc said 80% chance that testosterone level will return to normal (no hypogonadism).
    Last edited by mcintoda; 09-04-17, 06:19 PM.
    Age 31 - Portland, OR
    01NOV16- Pain in right testicle, palpable mass
    13NOV16- R I/O. Markers normal
    27NOV16- Stage Ia non-seminoma, 1.3cm, 100% EC, no LVI
    06DEC16 - CT scan clear
    09DEC16 - Started 1xBEP. Neutropenic at day 15; Worst part for me was bleo (allergic).
    03JAN17- Ended 1xBEP; start surveillance
    18MAR17-2nd pathology report shows 90% EC , 10% seminoma

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    • #3
      I am 34. My doc never even mentioned low testosterone as possible side effect.

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      • #4
        What's your staging at present?

        My impression is that low-T is not clinically relevant to the treatment of cancer so it's not a high priority. Unless you have really low-T the symptoms are subjective (irritability, lower muscle mass, lower libido) so it's hard to get know who to treat and who not to.

        A baseline of testosterone would have been nice BEFORE orchiectomy, but it seems many people including myself weren't offered that.

        Some more info you can read here:
        http://tcrc.acor.org/test-check.html
        Age 31 - Portland, OR
        01NOV16- Pain in right testicle, palpable mass
        13NOV16- R I/O. Markers normal
        27NOV16- Stage Ia non-seminoma, 1.3cm, 100% EC, no LVI
        06DEC16 - CT scan clear
        09DEC16 - Started 1xBEP. Neutropenic at day 15; Worst part for me was bleo (allergic).
        03JAN17- Ended 1xBEP; start surveillance
        18MAR17-2nd pathology report shows 90% EC , 10% seminoma

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        • #5
          I never had cancer. They removed testicle because they believed that it was. Pathology stated that what I had was an infraction.
          I feel like I had to endure orchiometry for nothing.

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          • #6
            Well, sorry for presuming.

            My understanding is that any hypoechoic mass in an ultrasound "has to come out" to rule out cancer. Tumor markers being negative don't rule out cancer. I don't think you endured it for nothing -- you ruled out TC. This kind of cancer if left untreated can be deadly.

            Try to find out who is a specialist in your area who deals with many TC folks with orchiectomy. I'm guessing they will be the best help regarding your situation.
            Last edited by mcintoda; 09-04-17, 09:14 PM.
            Age 31 - Portland, OR
            01NOV16- Pain in right testicle, palpable mass
            13NOV16- R I/O. Markers normal
            27NOV16- Stage Ia non-seminoma, 1.3cm, 100% EC, no LVI
            06DEC16 - CT scan clear
            09DEC16 - Started 1xBEP. Neutropenic at day 15; Worst part for me was bleo (allergic).
            03JAN17- Ended 1xBEP; start surveillance
            18MAR17-2nd pathology report shows 90% EC , 10% seminoma

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