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Question: Pain In The Lower Left Side of Stomach
|romeosviper - Mon Jul 12, 2004 10:57 pm|
My 16 year old girlfriend had very sharp pains in the lower left side of her stomach that extended to her back yesterday. They were so bad that she couldn't lay on her left side. Her period will start in a few days. The pain that she had was not the cramping pain that she usualy feels before she started to have a period. It was much, much more painful and was on the lower left side of the stomach. Also, she never had this kind of pain before. She also had a very bad headache and felt like throwing up. The pain went away today, but she still feels sick in her stomach and has the headache. I am wondering what it could be. I am so worried!! Please help!
|Dr. Tamer Fouad - Tue Jul 13, 2004 4:12 pm|
It could be pelvic inflammtory disease. Click on our PID page below:
Pelvic inflammtory disease (PID)
There will be no substitute for direct physical examination by her doctor, s/he alone can determine if its something more serious or not.
|romeosviper - Tue Jul 13, 2004 4:41 pm|
Thank you for your responce. Is it possible to have PID without any sexual intercourse?
|Dr. Tamer Fouad - Tue Jul 13, 2004 6:37 pm|
PID does not always result from infection with sexually transmitted diseases. Other bacteria or germs also can cause PID. If an infection in the genital tract does not get treated right away, it can cause PID. The infection spreads from the cervix into the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. It can take anywhere from several days to several months after being infected to develop PID.
Infection can spread into the upper genital tract by the following methods:
Douching. Women who douche once or twice a month are more likely to have PID than those who douche less than once a month. Douching also may ease symptoms of an infection, thus causing a delay in seeking effective treatment.
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