What is causing my pelvic pain?
January 28, 2012 8:35 PM Subscribe
I'm having pelvic pain. You are not my doctor. I have an appointment next week, but would like to go prepared. Can you help?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (14 answers total)
Starting in October 2011, I started noticing a great deal of lower abdominal pain during my period. This pain occurs:
- While straining during a bowel movement
- While emptying a full bladder
- While moving around or being jostled (like driving on bumpy roads)
- While pressing on my lower abdomen
- During certain deeply penetrative sex positions
I saw my OB/Gyn about this, and she ordered a transvaginal ultrasound and blood tests and nothing unusual was noted. She diagnosed me with endometritis (PID), as I had switched from a Mirena IUD to a Paragard IUD in August and had a yeast infection not long after, which she said might have climbed the strings.
Over Thanksgiving, the pain was just as bad, if not worse. The doctor on call prescribed another round of antibiotics for me. The next week I went back to see my regular OB/Gyn, who told me there was no reason for my pain and asked me what I wanted her to do about it (as a sidenote, this left me stunned!). According to her, something like endometriosis would have shown up years earlier, and she ridiculed me when I asked about cancer. She removed my Paragard at this time to rule out all possible causes (RIP, little friend).
The pain remains. When I do not have my period, pressing on my lower abdomen causes mild pain (1-2 on a scale of 10) and is generally uncomfortable on the left side. When I have my period, my entire lower abdomen is tender and painful to pressure (5-7 on a scale of 10). The pain has decreased somewhat, perhaps 1-2 notches on the scale since removing the Paragard, but is still quite significant. I generally don't get pain with elimination when I'm not having my period unless I have a very full bladder.
I have an appointment with a new doctor next week, but would like opinions and knowledge to bring to the table. Any ideas on what's going on with me?
43 year old woman, 2 pregnancies/2 kids, both over 10 years old.