Patient Comments: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Symptoms

Please describe your symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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