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Hard left testicle, epididymitis?

Hello.  I've had a lump & discomfort in my left testicle for about 6 months.  When it first started I went to the doctor and I was told I had cysts on my epididymis.  He told me to come back in the future if I still had discomfort but assured me the cysts were normal.  

About 4 months later I still had the discomfort and now my left testicle was starting to harden.  I went to another doctor and he told me the same thing, cysts on my epididymis & that the pain was likely epididymitis.  He told me he could give me some pain killers but otherwise there wasn't much I could do.  

It's been about a month since and I'm starting to read up and I'm afraid I might have testicular cancer.  I am scheduling an MRI to check my testicle but in the mean time I would like to know if my symptoms sound like they match the diagnosis I was given by the doctors.  Thanks in advance.
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Hi

An epididymal infection  and cysts in the area may be present with your symptoms. However, was a baseline scrotal ultrasound done to ascertain that this was indeed a cyst? This could have aided the diagnosis as ultrasound may readily ascertain the presence of cysts.

If this is epididymitis were medications prescribed you ? Were you able to take antibiotics for this?
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I have not had an ultrasound done yet.  I am currently having issues with my insurance however I hope to schedule an appointment with the MRI lab next week.

The 2nd doctor offered to prescribe some antibiotics for the epididymitis, however, I never take antibiotics, so I declined the offer.  He said that would be fine as long as I didn't mind the ache.
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