How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. D. Love Your Own Question

Dr. D. Love
Dr. D. Love, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 17519
Experience:  Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
21597572
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr. D. Love is online now

On the 26th of December 2013 i gave birth to my second child.

Customer Question

On the 26th of December 2013 i gave birth to my second child. I had retained placenta which had to be removed after birth. My periods started back in March 2014 and they have been ok, no heavier than before. In recent weeks maybe months I have been getting pelvic and groin pain every single day, its a throbbing and heavy feeling underneath mixed with a dull ache. I'm experiencing backache, pain in my legs mainly at the top and throughout the day on my left leg, at night they both ache at the top and start going down the legs. I also have a sweating feeling at night without actually sweating. I have been getting a brown discharge and occasionally irregular bleeding, the discharge doesn't smell. I had a clear smear test in April 2014 but bled at the time. Im really concerned about the daily pain i am getting in my pelvic area, its appears to have got worse in the past few weeks. Im not sure if this is normal post pregnancy especially after the process of removing the retained placenta.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.

It is not normal to be having these symptoms more than a year after a delivery complicated by a retained placenta. It also would be unlikely to be directly related to the retained placenta, with onset of symptoms so many months after the fact.

The primary concern with the pain that you have been experiencing along with a brown discharge and irregular bleeding would be an infection.

It is true that a retained placenta is a risk factor for developing an infection, but the infections that occur because of a retained placenta will typically happen much sooner than you have experienced. So, even if this is an infection, it is unlikely to be related to the retained placenta.

At this point, it would be appropriate for you to be seen by your doctor for a proper evaluation. The doctor will typically be able to determine if there is an infection based on the findings on physical exam and examination of the discharge.

If I can provide any further information, please let me know.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Should i be concerned about cervical cancer? are these similar symptoms? I understand that you can't make a judgement without proper evaluation but whilst waiting for an appointment should i be concerned about this?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
I assume that the smear test in April was a Pap smear. If so, it would be very unlikely that cervical cancer can arise in less than a year after a normal Pap smear, which is why we no longer are doing annual Pap smears. So, if the smear was a Pap smear, then cervical cancer is not something over which you should be concerned.

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
< Previous | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Family Physician

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DO/DoctorRich/2012-9-12_72454_Doctorweb.64x64.jpg Dr. Natasha's Avatar

    Dr. Natasha

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    7887
    American Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Ivy League trained
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrK99/newpic2.64x64.jpg Dr. K.'s Avatar

    Dr. K.

    Board Certified MD

    Satisfied Customers:

    255
    Board certified with experience in primary care.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/JACUSTOMERjtu60wne/2011-2-14_183449_passportphoto2.64x64.jpg docwithheart's Avatar

    docwithheart

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    0
    Board certified pediatrician, with special experience in general pediatrics, hospital pediatrics, and pediatric cardiology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/TA/tazechip/2012-6-7_135230_drpic.64x64.png Dr. Chip's Avatar

    Dr. Chip

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    12373
    20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
 
 
 

Related Medical Questions