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Embarassing but Serious question. Swollen lymph node?(6 posts)

Embarassing but Serious question. Swollen lymph node?aarontoy
Jun 17, 2003 9:29 PM
I'm freaking out because while doing my regular nutsack exam in the shower, I found what feels like a cyst in my perineal area. Not in the sack, per se, but below it. Basically right on the part that hits the top of the nose of the saddle when riding. It's about the size of a pea and does not hurt at all. Feels like it's attached to something, not really floating around down there. Of course my first thought was cancer. Maybe a swollen lymph node. Anyone else have one of these? Are they common to cyclists? I did a bit of searching since on the web and read that Cipo had something cyst-like removed from down there. Please...if you guys (or gals) know anything about this, please reply. For the record, I have been riding a lot lately (for me anyway), averaging around 20 miles a day during my lunch hour 5x a week. Thanks. Aaron
re: Embarassing but Serious question. Swollen lymph node?randell
Jun 17, 2003 9:38 PM
i would go see your doctor a.s.a.p. , not trying to scare you but this needs to be checked.
re: Embarassing but Serious question. Swollen lymph node?Ash
Jun 18, 2003 3:31 AM
Hi,

I think I know what you are talking about. Please forgive my lack of terminology I am looking it up as I type this, as I've forgotten the words. But at the bottom of the testicle there is a part of the testicle called the epididymis. A tube runs from here And I think where that tube connects to the epididymis is where you have the lump.

In the past my epididymis has felt like a pea sized nodule and at other times has even been painful to the touch.

Go get it checked it for sure.

the below link has some info. Hope that helped. Also I might not have a clue what I am talking about either, so better talk to an expert.

http://www.tc-cancer.com/anatomy.html
Also, since testicular cancer is associated with the germ cells, lumps or masses in the scrotum or on the epididymis, but not on the testicle, cannot be testicular cancer!
Not in the scrotum...(Warning)-technical medical terms...aarontoy
Jun 18, 2003 5:00 AM
Thanks for the info. Goes without saying I'm gonna get checked out, unfortunately I'm not in my hometown until until Friday evening as I'm on a business trip (Santa Clara)right now. The little "pea" is actually not in the scrotum (where the testicles are) but in the area below, at the spongy tissue right below the pelvic bone. Technically it's in the perineum area. Think of it this way, when you're sitting on your saddle, it's the part of your body that rests not on the wide part of the saddle, but on the top of the long slender part toward the nose of the saddle. Thanks for replying. At least at this point, I'm not like Lance riding with an *orange* in my pants!
Better to be safe than sorry...See a Doc! nmAsphalt Addict
Jun 18, 2003 6:25 AM
nm
Do more than see a doctormoo2
Jun 18, 2003 10:11 AM
I don't want to scare you, but I'll tell you my story anyway.

About 3 years ago I started getting recurring night sweats and fevers for no reason, and my neck started to swell and feel like it was sprained. I went to see my "doctor", but he didn't know what to make of it, and ordered some blood tests.

Nothing was found in the blood tests so I went back to see him again. He still didn't know what to make of it, but didn't think it was anything serious. Grudgingly, he ordered more blood tests. Those also showed nothing. We went back and forth like this about 5 or 6 times. I would go to the doctor, he would say "It's probably nothing, but we'll do some bloodwork. Come back in a week". I beleived him. After all, he's a doctor, so he should know.

Well, one day my neck swelled up like a pumpkin, overnight. I went to the doctor, who wouldnt see me because his staff lost my appointment. His staff made me set a new appointment for the next day. I got quite upset, but left and went back the next day. Again they said I didn't have an appointment. Understandably, I got quite irate and he finally saw me. He sent me to a specialist, who did a biopsy and determined that I had Hodgkin's disease, cancer of the lymphatic system.

Well, long story short, after a year of chemo, and another 9 months of radiation, I'm fine. Stronger than ever actually.

Anyway, the moral of the story is that you know your body better than any schmuck that calls himself a doctor. If the doc says you're "probably fine" but you still don't feel right, get a second opinion. Get a third opinion. Don't settle for a shrug of the shoulders and some bloodwork when your life's on the line.