Bag of Worms (Varicocele)

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Bag of worms is a condition characterized by enlargement of the veins within the scrotum. This condition does not have anything to do with worms, but it is often called bag of worms because the scrotum can often feel like carrying a bag of worms. The clinical name for this condition is “Varicocele” pronounced (VAR-ih-koe-seel). According to the Mayo Clinic:

Varicocele is similar to a varicose vein that can occur in your leg. A varicocele may cause:

Shrinkage of the affected testicle (atrophy). The bulk of the testicle comprises sperm-producing tubules. When damaged, as from varicocele, the testicle shrinks and softens. It’s not clear what causes the testicle to shrink, but the malfunctioning valves allow blood to pool in the veins, which can result in increased pressure in the veins and exposure to toxins in the blood that may cause testicular damage.

Infertility. It’s not clear how varicoceles affect fertility. The testicular veins cool blood in the testicular artery, helping to maintain the proper temperature for optimal sperm production. By blocking blood flow, a varicocele may keep the local temperature too high, affecting sperm formation and movement (motility). Most varicoceles develop over time. Fortunately, most varicoceles are easy to diagnose and, if they cause symptoms, can be repaired surgically.

Symptoms of bag of worms include dull discomfort, feeling of heaviness, sharp discomfort, increased discomfort with sitting, standing or physical exertion (especially over long periods), symptoms worsen during the course of the day, and relief is felt when lying on your back. The condition itself can worsen over time as the varicoceles enlarge.

Varicocele can often “sneak up” on the individual. As a result, the condition is often discovered during a routine physical exam or fertility evaluation.

How Does Bag of Worms Develop?

Varicoceles or bag of worms typically develops between the ages of 15 and 25. It is unclear exactly what causes varicoceles, but medical professionals believe a varicocele forms when the valves inside the veins in the cord prevent the blood from flowing properly. The resulting backup causes the veins to dilate (widen). Varicoceles typically occurs on the left side. This is likely because of the position of the left testicular vein. Unfortunately, a varicocele in one testicle can affect sperm production in both testicles.

Bag of Worms Treatment

In some cases, bag of worms won’t require any treatment. In these cases, the varicocele might not cause pain, testicular atrophy or infertility. If it does, you may have to undergo
varicocele repair. During varicocele repair, the affected vein is sealed off in order to redirect blood flow into normal veins. Repair methods include open surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and percutaneous embolization.

There are several things you can do to relieve pain and discomfort at home until you get to a doctor. You can take over-the-counter painkillers such as Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin and you can wear an athletic supporter.

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  1. Would it be absolutely ludicrous to theorize the varicocele (bag of worms) condition (or nightmare) as an actual infestation of some type of “invisible” worm? Because I’m sorry but I’ve got this situation going on with me and it resembles an actual bag of worms way to much. I am somebody who has Morgellons without a doubt based on my other 101 symptoms that would demonstrate a human being completely taken over by a parasite. I am not a hypochondriac, nor am I crazy. I am open minded and a smart enough individual who knows my own body and carries along with me medical knowledge that I posses from the great all mighty information super highway as not dellusional! I have a grapefruit sized mass of this “moving” obstruction that is “breaking my balls” literally, that they are calling a rare type of hernia. My story is identical to any morgellons story (nightmare) seeing doctor after doctor and being severly disappointed with their frightenly blind approach to this ailment I call the invisible plague. Every time I’ve had a doctor explain to me with way to much confidence that this is all in my head, they always sieze to look me in the eyes when they tell me. I dont have not even but one doctor under my belt who has actually looked at my skin, as they are too quick to diagnose me with what they are brainwashed to say after looking at the lesions on my face with a good slice of judgement. I’m sorry but I am not a drug addict who is either nervous or depressed and taking it out on my face. Our skin without a doubt feels like it is coated with something from the future and to not pick at this shit is to not be human. Every person who says that, I simply flatter them and bite my lip and stop picking out of courtesy. I forgive them because I am certain that if they had what I have – they would pick at it! I am also certain that if any healthy human being with my level of infestation out of nowhere with all my physical symptoms in its entirety, they would most likely go crazy from it. I cannot believe the symptoms that I carry, where as I am past the onset of Morgellons and am actually starting to get used to some of these outrageous symptoms that seem like science fiction are not delusional at all. Everyday these creatures remind me who is in charge of my body by making there presence known. I am way past any so called doctor telling me that what I am going through is “dellusional”. Pardon my expression, but that’s fuckin’stupid! Why do we not listen to or believe in our brothers and sisters anymore when we are in distress?

    I am going to my consultation in 2 days for my hernia operation and I am terrified of doctors who are absolutely clueless on this matter and who simply cannot think outside the box as far as I can see. I am a fiction writer and the idea of an invisible parasite (theory) has still not yet been “bunked” in my 24-hour, 7-days a week self-test troubleshooting project of staying alive. I am the most in tune with my body and mind these days despite how I am being jerked around by these monsters and doctors who are fucking blind. Its obvious to me that they are not even using their own imagination to imagine an invisible parasite. I always think that the idea of an invisible human parasite would cause a chain reaction in the medical industry and history would have to rewritten from my prospective.

    Thank you if you read this entire thing. I am absolutely tired of all this close-mindedness and terrified of what my future has in store for me. All I known is that I really need this operation since basically my guts are falling out. The product of these little fuckers moving inside me and treating my body like an amusement park.

    So that’s my story (in a nutshell)…

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