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Upper Left-sided Scrotal numbness, approximate onset of 4.5 hours,

At about 2am this morning, when I was laying in bed, I began to feel left-sided scrotal 'burning' (though not exactly painful), as well as numbness. I do not have any pain.

I sit for work at least 9 hours a day, five days a week, with frequent sitting afterward during the evening. Side note: a few months ago (two, I think), I went to Urgent care for suspected left testicular torsion. The PA there said it was not torsion. Rarely, my left testicle seems to tilt forward, but I manage this when it happens.

This morning, my scrotum is numb on the left side, particularly where it seems to hang loosely. I have been careful and have tried pulling on my penis a little to try to stimulate scrotal contraction, but have not had success.

Should I wait to see if this numbness subsides before seeing a specialist?

Thank you for reading. I can answer whatever questions you may have.
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Causes of scrotal pain/discomfort include testicular torsion, epididymitis/orchitis, hydrocele, varicocele, and/or hernia. Diagnosis involves clinical and laboratory correlation, as well as imaging correlation (scrotal ultrasound). Because testicular torsion is a medical emergency that cannot be ruled out over an online forum, you may want to seek medical attention sooner rather than later. In the meantime, please refer to the following article regarding workup of acute scrotum:

https://www.aafp.org/afp/1999/0215/p817.html
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Numbness would indicate something like torsion.  Or a nerve issue being compressed.  Any way you can get back to the doctor?  
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Here's an article about numbness of testicles or penis.  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322694  It does have sitting or laying in same position for long times and compressing the nerve can cause it.  Otherwise, if you can't find a reason or think of one, you need to go see your doctor.  They could do some blood work too as low testosterone can cause this, this article says. I'm more inclined to think it is a nerve problem with your previous problems though.  get checked again.
Thanks for both of your answers. Reporting back---on Saturday after I posted my question, my left testicle had begun swelling and burning, so I went into Urgent Care.

We did a Urinalysis and I am currently on Antibiotics for Epididymitis. However, the urinalysis was negative for bacterial cultures or any Sexual Transmitted Infections, so, with that in mind, I have no idea what the issue might be. All things considered, I feel fine now, if maybe just slight discomfort (though I am taking routine  pain medication every 4 hours if needed). I have been told to see a Urologist and complete the 10 days of antibiotics.

Again, if the urinalysis is negative for anything particular, and I'm not having very bad pain, I can't think of what it is... so weird. I wonder what I'll be able to find out with the Urologist.
BUMP for anyone reading this. I wanted to clarify. This may help others too.

When I say I feel 'fine', what I mean is that I have not had any major pain, any major numbness, or any alarming swelling. As for normal function, I will follow my doctor's instructions and not will not attempt a test of any sexual stimulation. I am still using ice routinely and avoiding any serious walking for now.
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