Why do I have testicular pain after lifting a heavy object?

Q. I have a dull pain in my testis after lifting something heavy. What do you advise?

Answered by
Dr. Pratyush Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 22, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jun 20, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am a 28 year old male. I have a dull pain in my right testicle leading to my abdomen. I believe it started when I lifted something heavy. At the moment, it is a dull pain but, if I feel it, then it is worse. I am currently out of my home country on work and do not want to go to a local hospital as I am concerned about the hospitals here. If you could advise, I would be grateful.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern regarding a pain in the right testicle after lifting a heavy object. It would be helpful to know some more details. Does lifting the scrotum relieve you of the pain? Is there a history of fever? In the case of an acute onset pain, it is advisable to immediately visit a hospital and get a scrotal ultrasound with Doppler done, to rule out testicular torsion, which is a surgical emergency and needs to be managed as early as possible. The other possible causes are epididymitis or orchitis. For pain relief, you may take tablet Paracetamol. Avoid lifting heavy things for now. Best wishes.

Thank you doctor,

Lifting the scrotum does not really affect the pain much. It has been about five days now since this happened and I am not currently in my home country and would rather not visit a hospital here. If I need to, I could get a flight back. Is there anything that it could be, that is not bad?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Since it has been five days and the pain seems to be mild with no fever, I suggest you continue taking Paracetamol. It is safe and will help in reducing the pain. The other possibilities could be a muscular pain apart from an epididymitis or orchitis. But, I would suggest that if it persists for long, you go back as quickly as possible and get it checked. Regards.

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