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Hello all, I've been reading these forums and just had to add some new news to the boat. About a month ago my fiance thought he had a stomach ache and took a shower to relieve the nausea. Ended up on the floor w/ extreme pain and was rushed to the hospital. They diagnosed him with epididymitis and just gave him ibuprofen 600mg and 100mg of doxycycline. He took it for the duration he was told to and still had this pain. The pain was from his left testicles all the way up to his abdominal area. His left testicle is as if a golf ball is in there...extremely hard. We went to another hospital where he was told that he was misdiagnosed and he really has a testicular torsion, which is a torsion that basically twists the vein in his testes. This could have been prevented by manual detorsion in the hospital 6-8 hrs after he initially felt the pain. But since the first hospital misdiagnosed him, he now has to have his left testicle surgically removed because that vein that was not untwisted, has now cut off all circulation and blood flow in his left testicle. He was given Ciprofloxacin HCL 500 mg and 10 mg of Ketorolac and is going to see a urologist to be confirmed he needs surgery. I recommend to all of those who think they have epididymitis and have been diagnosed with that to do some online research for testicular torsion. The effects are mostly the same, with fever and frequent urine trips. He also has lower back pain and pain in his left leg. Mention this alternate diagnosis to your doctors to make sure that is not what u have, b/c if it is...then surgury is mandatory. Otherwise, the infection that casued the torsion can go into the other testicle and the penis as well. That will be a bigger problem. Good luck!