I am a 21 year old male nurse practitioner student without any other significant medical histories and currently take zero medication. I had a sports-related scrotal/bilateral testicular injury in high school (5 years ago) that got better acutely but has now progressed into a chronic condition. Long story is below, short story is that my urologist finds a normal testicular exam and professionally thinks that my testicular ultrasound is normal despite the radiologist impressions of bilateral varicoceles, bilateral hydroceles, a trace left epididymitis, and a right 2mm cyst. His plan was to start me on a low dose of amitriptyline (an antidepressant) nightly. I instantly refused the medication as I am sure there is more of a physiological element at play than nervous/neurotransmitter-related. Should I get a second opinion, perhaps from a more trusted or higher rated urologist?
Pain characteristics range from dull and achy to sharp if the swelling and associated activities are demanding. The location of the pain depends on which testicle is inflamed. For instance, sometimes an activity might jerk or bump my left testicle and therefore the pain may be radiate from that centralized location that is then relieved by medicine or light icing. Additionally, I noticed pain along the lower abdomen running vertical, wondering if that has anything to do with a potential varicocele. The pain is relieved by over the counter NSAIDs and Tylenol but those are not a long-term solution obviously. Upon self-testicular examination, I find a 'worms-like' texture on my left testicle that becomes more apparent as my activity level increases.
I finally bit the bullet, as nurses are stubborn, and visited a Urologist. The first appointment consisted of a urine analysis (normal) and a testicular examination (normal). I was almost in shock that the Urologist determined my testicular examination was normal since I can definitely feel the 'worm-like' sack at all times. He pressed down arguably hard during the exam and caused decent scrotal pain for the next few days. He also ordered a testosterone level (normal) and a testicular ultrasound (abnormal but normal to him which is the reason biggest reason for this post). As stated above, the results are bilateral varicocele, bilateral hydrocele, trace left epididymitis, and right 2mm cyst.
He explained to me that the varicoceles are normal and that 15% of males have them. He denied significant importance of the trace left epididymitis, and the right 2mm cyst. He also didn't talk about the bilateral hydroceles either. In short, in his professional opinion, my testicular exam is normal, my testosterone is normal, my ultrasound is normal (despite the pathological indications) and let's try and antidepressant.