There are certain types of testicular problems that sound about as bad as they are. You can add to that list testicular rupture.
There's a protective membrane that surrounds the testicle known as the tunica albuginea. A testicular rupture is caused by a rip in this membrane that causes blood to leak into your scrotum. What would cause the membrane to rip? Generally, ruptures are caused by external trauma -- a sports injury, car crash or a prize-winning appearance on "America's Funniest Home Videos."
You have 72 hours to get your ruptured testicle surgically treated -- there's a 4 out of 5 chances that your testicle can be saved if you make it in time.
Making an appointment with your doctor should be at the top of your to-do list any time you experience lingering testicular pain. Because it when it comes to testicular pain, treating it and doing so quickly is the key to recovery.