Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Symptoms

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What are the signs and symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease?

Many women do not know they have PID, because they do not have any signs or symptoms. When symptoms do happen, they can be mild or more serious. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain in the lower abdomen (this is the most common symptom)
  • Fever (100.4 F or higher)
  • Vaginal discharge that may smell foul
  • Painful sex
  • Painful urination
  • Irregular periods
  • Pain in the upper right abdomen

If you think that you may have PID, see a doctor or nurse as soon as possible.

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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.

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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.

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