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Chronic Boner Syndrome is no laughing matter. (via ThinkStock)

When it initially started, Cotton asked to be taken to the clinic, since his pen-15 club was hurting. The guard wouldn't let him go, since it was a holiday weekend. Cotton then faked having chest pains so he could see the doctor immediately. When he finally saw the doctor, he was only given ice packs and Tylenol.

A few days later, the prison finally realized that Cotton wasn't just a weirdly erotic hypochondriac. He had to be taken to the hospital for surgery that would relieve the swelling. The surgery was botched because of a problem with the stitches, however, and Cotton suffered pretty bad injuries. According to the lawsuit:

Sources: New York Daily News | New York Post | RT