Patient Comments: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Symptoms


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Comment from: Laura , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had pain on my left side, nausea, vomited once, fatigue, cramps, fever and missed my period. Pelvic inflammatory disease is also causing itchiness around the thighs and occasional back ache.

Comment from: Lucy, 45-54 (Patient) Published: May 22

Sometimes I get this constant pressure pain from my pelvic inflammatory disease. It hurts so much in between my legs, vagina, and up the front of left side abdomen. It's hard to get out of bed because of the pain, hard to go to bathroom or move around in bed. If I fall asleep or try to I can hear myself moaning even in my sleep because of the pain and pressure.

Comment from: Boi, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 14

I have been having severe lower abdominal pains accompanied by constipation and urinary retention. The pain comes out through the anus. I was admitted twice in April and treated for pelvic inflammatory disease. Sonographer saw the mass in the cervical area with impression of CACX (carcinoma of the cervix). I have bleeding using at least 4 or 5 pads in a day.

Comment from: boo38, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

My pelvic inflammatory disease started when I got admitted to hospital 3 years ago with sepsis. I had the copper coil fitted 3 months prior and since then urinary tract infections have been constant. I have pain and bleeding after sex, it is getting harder to urinate and I am always constipated. I have pain in my lower back, my abdomen swelled, and now I have swollen vulva and discharge, lots of it, dirty cream color. I need help, I am fed up of being ill.

Comment from: goingthruhell, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I am 18 turning 19. I have had severe bloating, abdominal pains, back aches, frequent urinating and pressure in the vagina and what it feels like to be my bladder. I have been tested negative for bladder infections. My vagina also has not been the same, it feels dryer and it also smells kind of bad and I have been getting weird colored thick discharge. I am so scared that this is never going to go away and I am going to have to deal with this forever. I wonder if I could have pelvic inflammatory disease, or if it could be bacterial vaginosis. I have been dealing with this for about 5 months now. The doctors and hospitals don't know what it is, I am really scared.

Comment from: Esther, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 10

I always have pain when having sex, and even if I am not having sex because of my pelvic inflammatory disease.

Comment from: Ray, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have a bloated lower abdomen but was diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) two months ago and was given some medications. I wonder if the PID is the cause of my bloating abdomen.

Comment from: Triza , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had HSG (hysterosalpingography) a month ago but since then have being diagnosed with STI (sexually transmitted infection). I am on antibiotics but no progress, every time I visit my doctor they do urine test and result shows pus cells and I wonder if I have pelvic inflammatory disease.

Comment from: 19-24 (Patient) Published: April 21

I'm 21 and just had a baby 4 months ago but hemorrhaged and had to have surgery. I had a Bakri balloon put in me, and 3 months later I started getting green discharge. Then just one day I started getting really high fevers, upper and lower abdominal pain, and blood in my urine. Finally I went to the emergency room and they pumped me with morphine because the pain was that bad. They finally decided to do the operation and it was pelvic inflammatory disease. They cleaned all the pus out, and I was on antibiotics through IV for 6 days, then oral for 10 days. Symptoms had gone for about 3 weeks and now all symptoms are back, and I've lost 10 kilos within the last 3 weeks. I have 2 little baby girls under 2 so I can't just go to the hospital, but if I do I have a feeling they will be doing more surgery. I have been living off strong pain killers.

Comment from: SARAH, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I normally have pain in the lower belly because of pelvic inflammatory disease. It can be very painful to the extent of bleeding even when I am not in my period. I did a scan and I was told that I have fluid in the pouch of Douglas. I need help.


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Comment from: Theodora, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I am 55 I have not had yeast infection for approximately 6 to 7 years. A few weeks ago during the night I noticed what I thought to be a discharge but different from the normal. I am no longer having my periods, and had no real problems while I had menstruation cycles, this clear type discharge continued. I purchased medication from drug store, 1 day cure Monistat. I was not having any pain. This did not work. I next called my family doctor and received a urine test and they said yes, to a urine infection this was a 5 day antibiotic, but 4th day of treatment I started having lots of lower abdominal pain and very frequent urination with little or small amounts of urine. I then went to an emergency clinic, they took another urine test. This text was negative and no fever. The doctor then said I have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). I am now on a new antibiotic along with Vesicare. It has been 3 days today, I can still feel smaller pains and the urine is getting a little better, but urination is still very small amounts. I hope this helps someone else. I am doing better, it is a little slow but at least things are better. I am not sure if anything else has to be looked into at this.

Comment from: sarahjane, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I was diagnosed with PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) the day after my 20th birthday. I had gone into the emergency room about 3 weeks before with severe stomach pains in my lower right side, a fever, uncontrollable shaking and I had tachycardia, nausea with some vomiting. As they thought it was appendicitis, they opted to remove my appendix that day, as they said it didn't seem they had very much time to run tests. About 4 to 5 hours later I was being prepped for surgery; I was so happy that they were going to fix my pain, but didn't feel much better after the operation. But they said it would take up to 8 weeks to heal so I didn't think much of it, until my birthday, when I was in tears from the pain, lying in bed feeling sick. I thought it may pass, but then I started vomiting so I went back up to the hospital. A few tests and an ultrasound later I found out I had 90ml of fluid in my right tube, so in for surgery I went again, they flushed out my tube and I felt so much better as soon as I woke up. But I have since then been having irregular bleeding, which my doctor said was from the operation, but it’s been two months. Also, the infection that caused all my pain was an e-coli infection, so it’s not always an STD/STI.

Comment from: tessa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I had been suffering from period pains for years and I never bothered about it. Seven years ago I bled and had pain during intercourse and I never took it seriously, but the pain continued for months until I decided to see a doctor. He tested me for STI (sexually transmitted infection) and HIV and it was negative but the pain continued. I had pain the day before or after my periods and also during intercourse, mainly pelvic. When now and then I had irregular periods and every time I would go to the doctor, he would only tell me about the bladder infection and he’d tell me it is normal at my age and I am not the only one, and treat it, until he told me to use cranberry as I was spending money unnecessarily by consulting him all the time for bladder infection. I even went to do Pap smear many times and my results were okay. Early this year in January I had unbearable pain that was like labor pains, during my periods and I also had clots. I decided to see 3 different gynecologists to get different results and the first one told me I had endometriosis and cyst and the second one told me both ovaries had cyst then the last one said left endometriosis cyst. I went for laparoscopy hysterectomy only to find out I had PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) and my left ovary was blocked and I also had Fitz Hugh Curtis syndrome and they had to separate my uterus from the glands. But now I am fine and 6 months after the operation after years of sickness and no one knowing what I was suffering from.

Comment from: Jaybaby, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I was diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) two months ago. My husband and I were given medications but just 5 days after the treatment we made love because I am trying to conceive, and we were asked to do so by the doctor. When I saw my period I felt stomach pain again just like before the treatment but have had no discharge before and after the treatment. I am still feeling the pain till now and it increases after I eat food.

Comment from: lovelylinz, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I just found out I might have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). I have been burning so bad inside my vagina for 2 whole weeks, it is nonstop unbearable pain I just want to crawl in a hole. I"m missing work and can"t enjoy time with my kids, it"s taking over my life. I have had urinary tract infection (UTI) and yeast over and over for the past 2 years and I have no idea why. This burning and pressure I feel inside my vagina is no joke. I went to the emergency room and they gave me tramadol and ibuprofen and it still isn"t working. He said you’re going to burn down there, nothing much you can do and cream can make it worse so I guess I"m going to have to suffer with this and be miserable. It"s making me go crazy. I wouldn"t wish this pain on anyone and it may sound like it doesn"t hurt but it"s the worst pain I have ever had in my entire life.

Comment from: Anonymous20, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I am 20 years old. I was tested positive for chlamydia. I was treated and my test of cure was negative. I believe I have only had the chlamydia for 3 months. I am still experiencing itching inside the vagina, an occasional discharge. I got another STD screening just to be sure. I"m waiting on those results. I have been having lower back pain and a pain in my left lower quadrant. I have no fever, nausea or vomiting. My primary care provider did a digital exam and moved my cervix. I felt no pain. I have no pain during sex. I have an appointment on Friday for an ultrasound to see what"s going on. I"m terrified. Just hoping it"s not pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). But then again I"m terrified as to what it could be. I also took 100mg doxycycline BID for 7 days; just in case it is PID. But that was almost a month ago. I"m still having pains. I"m worried I"m resistant to the antibiotic since I used to take it regularly for acne.


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Comment from: chic1234, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I am 24 years old and I was just diagnosed with PID last night and now I'm wondering how. My husband and I only sleep with each other and we both don't have any STDs. The only reason I can think how this happened is from when I got my tubes tied just two months ago. Thank goodness, I was blessed with three beautiful children before being diagnosed with this. But if ladies have any kind of pelvic pain, please go get checked by your doctor. It’s not normal to have pelvic pain (outside of your monthly cycle). It was confusing to me, since the pain started just after my monthly cycle and the only symptoms I had were lower back pain, nausea, and a sharp stabbing pain on my left pelvic side (around my left ovary). Please ladies, if you have one or more of the symptoms of PID (especially pelvic pain), go get checked out by your doctor. I know I'm going to have to deal with this for the rest of my life and I don't mind the infertility part (I already had my tubes tied so I’m not worried about that). But it can cause other issues – so don't be afraid to see your doctor.

Comment from: yeah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I noticed this, because I had this a long time ago, and when the doctor told me, I asked what it is. He said it is like a cold. He gave me medication and that was the end of it. However, many years later, I am reading this now, and see how it you can get it. If I had known then, what I know now, I would have probably gotten a divorce. I was dumb and didn't know he was cheating because I was not sleeping around!

Comment from: Gemini, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I am 38 and have been diagnosed with PID two days ago after about a month of vague symptoms that included low grade fever, extreme fatigue, lower back pain that spread to legs on occasions, and lower abdominal pain. My fear is that I have had PID for much longer than a month, as I had had some of these symptoms over the course of the last two years. I was given two antibiotics to take over 14 days, hopefully this will clear it altogether. I am now worried about potential damage to organs caused by this condition. It may be worth mentioning that several GPs completely misdiagnosed me, and I was persistent enough to eventually find one that would listen and actually put some thought into the whole case. One of the wrong diagnosis included "irritable bowel syndrome"! The full onset of PID can - from my experience - make you feel beyond miserable. I have been listless, unwell, exhausted and sleepy all along. Can't wait for the antibiotics to kick in! I am still waiting for the results of a full scan to STDs, but presumably it is clear as my partner's came back clear. Earlier this year a bacteria (Ureaplasma urealyticum) was found in my vagina, and I wonder whether the onset of PID has to do with this particular bacteria.

Comment from: brittanypowell, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I was recently told I have PID and I’m only 17 and it scared me and my boyfriend because I thought I was pregnant because I had nausea, decrease in appetite, and minor lower stomach pain one night. the next morning I woke up crying cause I was in so much pain I could hardly move I ended up falling on my way to the restroom cause I felt like I was going to vomit, but got to dizzy before I got there I had to call 911 to get me to the hospital where I found out I have two cysts on my ovaries and I have PID and I might not be able to have kids which is depressing to me and my boyfriend, but we are still trying to find a way to get around the pain and we are still talking to the doctor for help.

Comment from: sososad, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I was diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) three days ago. I had all of the symptoms: bleeding in between periods, chronic pelvic pain, discharge, etc. I also was checked and have no STDs. But my boyfriend spoke to his doctor about this, and we realized it came from us having anal sex. It was my first time, and I didn’t know that you’re not supposed to go back and forth without having the man "clean himself off." So, the bacteria went through my uterus. If you have anal sex, make sure he cleans himself.

Comment from: gdfhjfg, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I am 19 and was recently diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). My doctor kept telling me it was stress or cramps or constipation making my stomach hurt. I got a new doctor. They diagnosed me with bacterial vaginosis and later realized I actually had PID. I’m absolutely distraught to think I might not be able to have children. If you have any stomach pain get it checked out ASAP. Also, I didn't have any symptoms whatsoever except the pain in my stomach.

Comment from: Mrs Chavis, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and it's very unnoticeable. It's like one day I wasn't feeling well, and I woke up with a fever and a headache that was out of this world. I went to the hospital, and they told me that I have PID. They gave me medication, and it’s OK, I guess. I have to follow up with my primary doctor and see if it was caused by my abortion I had earlier this year because I don't have the two STDs they say it comes from. I was tested for those in the hospital.

Comment from: AJB, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

The symptoms I had of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) were mainly stomach pain and a diminished appetite. I had no discharge, bleeding or any of the other symptoms mentioned. My episode was caused by the bacteria from my skin and an STI. I should also mention that I am nearly 40 and not in the more vulnerable under 25 group.

Comment from: Jenny, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had pelvic inflammatory disease when I was just married (1995). I was treated with antibiotics to clean what the doctor described as a ball of pus inside my uterus. I remember going to the hospital to see him every week for almost a month. I was scared because he told me it probably was going to cause infertility. I was lucky a year after I was pregnant. I went immediately to my obstetrician/gynecologist to be treated, the treatment was very aggressive so I think that, and my faith that everything was going to be fine made the difference.

Comment from: Moonqueen, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 24

I cannot believe these poor women here suffering and ending up in emergency. See your general physician, then get the antibiotics, and follow up as necessary to beat this awful disease that is so painful.

Comment from: mariex, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I feel sharp pain all over my stomach and especially my lower abdominal area. I feel pepperish when I urinate.

Comment from: andi0517, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I was diagnosed with PID almost exactly a year ago. Since then I have had it going on the 3rd time. I was extremely confused as to how I got this becuase I did/do not have an STI. My general doctor never figured out what was wrong with me after 2 months of going in to see her. FInally I went to a walk in and the Dr. figured it out in the first 5 minutes. She said I may be getting it simply because of stress but now I'm concerned because this is the 3rd time in a year. I am going to see the doctor again on Friday. Is there any reason for chronic PID?

Comment from: Kp, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

The only thing I can say is that I am in so much pain! Pain meds don't even numb it. I can't seem to get away from it and it's ruining my life. I just want to curl into a ball and cry. I've suffered for 5 months seeing different doctors. Finally I tested positive for chlamydia but after treatment my symptoms are still present. Now I'm on yet another round of antibiotics for pid. And if it is pid I just want to say to all my fellow sufferers, I understand the pain and if you feel like you're rotting from the inside out you're not alone.

Comment from: behaved1, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I was diagnosed with severe chronic pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) when I was 20 years old caused by a sexually transmitted disease (STD). I went to many different doctors, and they never found it. I had it for so long that I am infertile. I suggest to anyone having intercourse to get checked for STDs regularly and make your doctor listen to you. I am now damaged for the rest of my life, and I am now 27 and still having complications with this!

Comment from: 12345, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I am 31 years old and was recently diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). I did my yearly pap smears, but nothing was found from them. I recently had surgery. My doctor removed my right ovary and tube. He also made an incision on my left tube to drain the fluids and hopefully unblock the tube so I can get pregnant in the future. The surgery was very painful, and I have to be off work for eight weeks.

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

When they first told me I had pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), I was scared out of my mind. I don’t have any STDs. They still are trying to figure out why I got PID. At first, I felt sick. I couldn’t eat; I had really bad pain in my lower stomach; I had pain in my legs, back, and pelvic area; and I had discharge but no periods.

Comment from: Margie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I have been having urinary infections, until last May. I was given this Cravat 10tabs 500 Antibiotic for 1 week. Besides this I have been taking Postern 2tabs for unprotected sex. My last period was in April 2 days prior to this I will have spotting like its going to come. This month, my period did not come, but I thought it would come last week I have the same discharge of reddish colour like its coming. I don’t have swelling in my breasts, vomiting or nausea, my feelings tells me its coming. I wonder whether the Anti biotics that I took gives an impact on my period. I do have this pain in my lower right pelvis, and sometimes the pain affects my right leg too. I’m 42 and I thought probably the busy weekends caused me to feel tired.

Comment from: Kristel, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I have had pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) for nearly three years, but I was always misdiagnosed with bladder infections, etc. I found out today that I have PID caused by two sexually transmitted diseases that I got as a result of rape three years ago. My symptoms are severe sharp pain in my lower abdomen, irregular bleeding, pain with sexual intercourse, discharge, nausea, and I am very tired all the time. I still don't know if I am infertile or not, and it is a horrible thought that I may never have kids, as I am only 19.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I went to the doctor today and found that I too have PID. My symptoms were really bad stomach pains, back pain and I couldn't walk. The part that saddens me the most is the possibility of me not getting pregnant in the future. I was with this same man for four years and later found out he has cheated the entire time.

Comment from: no_l, 25-34 Female Published: August 12

I was just diagnosed with PID this week. I spent almost a week being misdiagnosed with a UTI. When I went back to the doctor twice because the medications weren't working, they didn't believe me, and just put me on something else for the UTI. Finally, I went back a third time and the doctor finally listened to me. They tested me for the two STDs, but I don't have them. My abdomen and lower back are constantly in pain. As far as they know, I got PID from the UTI.

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I was diagnosed with PID yesterday and I'm terrified I could never be able to have a baby, I'm 19 I didn't even know something like this could happen and I don’t know how to deal with it. The doctors are unsure of the cause, but not unsure of the damage that has already been done to my reproductive organs. I have severe scarring in my fallopian tubes that will more than likely leave me infertile, they said surgery could help, but just be safe make sure you and your partner both get checked and make sure his penis is washed and clean if you are going to have unprotected sex, you don't want this for yourself, but it could happen to anybody.

Comment from: Tbbrackins, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I have strong pain in my lower and middle abdomen. I had PID before a few years back. It hurts to move around or even sitting is painful. It feels like someone is twisting and shredding my stomach. It’s excruciating.

Comment from: lilsexyct, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I am 42, my cycle is normal 28 days bleeding 3-5 days. I had a tubal (tied, clipped and burned) 19yrs ago, I had unprotected sex 2x's in June. Since July, I've had continuous cramping. My cycle was only 1 day. I'm always exhausted and have uncontrollable sleeping. The doctor stated that STD’s and pregnancy tests were negative and to come back in 4 weeks with a journal.

Comment from: hurley0327, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I was in the hospital 2 nights ago and they told me I have PID and a couple of other things. I have only been with my boyfriend for 8 years so I shouldn’t have an STD is there anything else that can cause this?

Comment from: choctaw, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I was diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease, and went through a DNC, and heavy antibiotics. I was 35, and I only had one sex partner, my husband at the time. I did not understand it like I do now. My Question is could it mean I received this from my husbands unfaithfulness?

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I am 30. I have just been diagnosed with PID. I have never had an STD and I have been in a monogamous a relationship for 7 years. So how did this occur? Numerous bladder infections I think.

Published: May 20

I have been having lower back pains constantly for the past three years. I have abdominal pain and pain in the pelvic area. My periods are never regular and I have this white yellowish creamy looking discharge.

Comment from: higo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I have a waist pain with a biting pain in my lower abdomen. The waist pain continues even with Doctor prescribed medication.

Comment from: tosin, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I have had serious pains in my lower abdomen for about 9 months, but I was just diagnosed with PID.