When Nature Calls, You Had Better Answer
It happens all to often, you are in a hurry and you rush into the gym. You start to lift and you are not taking the time to prepare to exercise. Not only did you not stretch, but you also didn't stop by the men's bathroom to clear that bladder before you toss the heavy weight around.
Now you are going to struggle and strain and likely cause some of that urine in your bladder to be forced into an area that it shouldn't go.
A quick look at the diagram below; shows how the urine can be forced into the Vas deferens tubes and then enters the testicles. In most cases this amount is small. In other cases, the amount is more significant. Either way, if the urine has any bacteria associated with it, you have just formed the perfect breeding ground for infection.
The National Institutes of Health define Epididymitis as Caused by spread of infection from the urethra or the bladder.
The most common organisms involved in the condition in young heterosexual men are gonorrhoea and chlamydia. In children and older men, typical uropathogens, such as coliform organisms (E. coli), are much more common. This is also true in the case of homosexual men.
Common Symptoms Of Epididymitis
- Painful testicles
- Swollen testicles or lump
- Testicular pain during bowel movement
- A fever, even mild
- Pain with urination
- Pain during intercourse or ejaculation
- Discolored urine or blood in semen
- Groin pain or lower back pain
The swollen testicle can get roughly the size of your fist. I am speaking from first hand knowledge and it still hurts to think about it. My pain was so bad that taking a simple step caused pain. I had to get a handicapped parking pass at Ohio State for a couple of months. I had to walk with crutches due to the pain when I would rise up on the one leg.
This kind of pain can cause several weeks and even months of "NO TRAINING." Once the infection has set in several weeks of antibiotics are necessary to clear the infection. This is due to two major facts. The blood supply to the testicles and specifically the epididymis is very small (pun intended).
Another complicating problem is that antibiotics only stop the growth of new bacteria. Contrary to popular belief, antibiotics do not kill bacteria. Once you take antibiotics, it can take several weeks for your body to catch up and remove the bacteria in the testicles.
What Doctors Will Look For & Tests They Will Run
- Urine Test, after a prostate massage (hurts like hell).
- Possible STD Test, for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
- Blood Test, to rule out lots of other problems.
- Doppler Test, to rule out Testicular Torsion, another nasty problem that causes the testicles to be strangled by themselves.
- Physical Exam, physicians will look for enlarged lymph nodes in the groin area and/or discharge from the penis.
- Nuclear Scan, Testing for abnormal blood supply of the testicles.
Your physician may run other test depending on your case and history.
Medications to treat the infection. Key note here, if you are on steroids tell your doctor. The presence of steroids will cause many antibiotics ineffective and must be delt with accordingly. Your partner might need to be treated as well if it is determined that the source of the infection is an STD.
No Cipro For Me Thanks!
Ask For No Statins, they result in tendon and ligaments tears. I have written articles about this topic. There is lots of research to prove how level 2 antibiotics are very dangerous for young and older male athletes.
Other treatments may include, bed rest, elevation of the scrotum, pain medication, ice packs to the family jewels and abstenence from sex. In the words of the physician who told me,
"If you have an orgasm your nuts will blow off!"
Of course he was joking, but trust me, you will not want to take that chance.
It is very important to have a follow-up visit with your health care provider to evaluate whether the infection has completely resolved.
Prevention Is The Key
- Practice safe sex or no sex
- ALWAYS GO THE BATHROOM BEFORE YOU LIFT
- Treat any infection immediately
- Get regular examinations
- Keep your system clean drink lots of water
Now at this point you are likely holding onto the "boys" and you should.
Keep in mind that you have only one set of testicles and that your potential offspring are resting in there, so be kind and take the time to run to the rest room before you lift to prevent serious conditions from forming. Pick your partners carefully and if you do have some form of discharge or lump, see your doctor immediately, don't think it will just go away.