Womens Health

Left-sided pelvic pain and unicornuate uterus

I have been on a seemingly never ending quest to find a cause for left sided pelvic pain. The most recent finding through MRI and hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is a left unicornuate uterus with a noncommunicating right horn.

It seems that I have a normal right ovary as well. The MRI also checked to see that I have both kidneys and I do. My first question...as long as the MRI says I have two normal kidneys, is there any other things concerning my kidneys that I should be tested for?

Sometimes there can also be duplicate ureters that are either connected to the kidney(s) or end blindly. MRI may miss these. They are diagnosed by a retrograde IVP in which the dye is injected into the bladder and then up the ureters.

Since your pain is on the left, it may be worth having that done. They can get infected and cause pain and sometimes they just cause pain for no obvious reason.

Thanks for alerting me to this. I will ask the doctor about it!!!

Secondly: is there any evidence that there are any other non- pregnancy related risks with the unicornuate uterus? I mainly ask this question because I will be having a diagnostic lap, and want to be informed of any risk that might make me consider having the uterus removed.

No non-pregnancy risks that I know of except the non-communicating horn is often the site of pain.

Also could this anomaly be causing the pelvic pain?...it was noted by the doctor that the noncommunicating horn could be part of the problem, although it being on the opposite side from where the pain is, seemed to be somewhat perplexing.

It is more likely that there is something else such as duplicate ureter, endometriosis or adhesions causing the pain. The dilemma at surgery is whether to remove the normal horn along with the blind horn.

There probably is no answer to this and the decision should be made preoperatively rather than intraoperatively about removing all uterine tissue.

Severe right-sided pain and dizziness

Over the past 4 months, the day I get my period I have severe pain on my right side. The pain gets so bad I have to leave work. I feel like I am going to throw up. I get dizzy and very sweaty.

This sounds like a "vagal" response (vagus nerve in the abdomen), which can happen with severe pain. It is probably caused more by the pain than by whatever is causing the pain.

Table of Contents
1. Pelvic Pain Overview
2. Left sided pelvic pain
3. Upper quadrant pain
4. Abdominal bloating
5. Adenomyosis
6. Ovulatory pain
7. Bicornuate uterus
8. Pain after a c-section
9. Pain and orgasm
10. Causes of painful sex
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