Harvard Perspectives on Prostate Disease

Finding help for pelvic pain: A patient's story

In the spring of 1996, André James* was under a great deal of stress. Married, with a young family to support, he was finishing his medical training at a big-city hospital and anxiously searching for a job. One day, he suddenly experienced severe testicular pain. It was as if someone grabbed both testicles and kept tightening his grip.

*Editor's note: To protect his privacy, the patient's name and some biographical details have been changed. All medical details are as reported. Although Perspectives does not typically name the patient's physicians, James requested that they be included in this article.

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