Extreme pain in right lower abdomen a month after IUD insertion, what should I do?

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Hi!

I'm seeking some help in figuring out how to address a problem I'm having with ( what I believe is ) my IUD. 

A little under a month ago, I had a surgical abortion and right after the procedure I was fixed with the Mirena IUD. I've never used it before, or any other kind of IUD.

I had lots of pain and cramping at first, but assumed it was just because of my procedure. The cramps and tenderness I experienced after that is completely gone, but a new, very sharp pain has developed on my left lower belly and it's severe enough to stop me in my tracks. I'm able to feel the strings of my IUD, and when I spoke to my clinic they informed me that meant the IUD was in the right place. 

The pain isn't stopping and is not made better with ibuprofin, rest, or heat and comes with nausea occasionally. And this is kind of embarassing, but I find when I bear down while using the rest room, or do anything which puts pressure on my belly, it hurts a lot worse.  I'm really concerned

The pain never spreads to the other side of my lower abdomen, which is making me worry that one of the arms of the IUD isn't where it should be.

Am I jumping the gun, and would I still be very tender and crampy after my procedure even a month later, or could my IUD be causing me problems? 

I don't have great access to health care currently, so I'm trying to avoid going to the doctor unless it seems extremely necessary.

Any advice or experience with this issue would be so, so helpful.

Thanks!

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    Sorry, I made a typo there and just wanted to confirm the pain IS on my left side. Thanks!
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    Hey! I also had this problem when I had my IUD fitted. I had cramping etc as normal but once this subsided I was left with a constant pain in my lower abdomen ..which was there all the time but the intensity would fluctuate. Sometimes I could just notice it and others it really hurt. I went back to my doctor and he suggested it may be due to the 'model' of IUD I had. Some are T shaped and on others the arms didn't stick straight out like a T - they curved round on the ends meaning they end of the arm was less likely to be 'digging in' the side of my cervix. I was baffled as to why the T shape one even existed if this happened?! But anyway I decided to try the one with the rounded ends to see if this made a difference - with the intensions of having it removed if it didn't. The relief was almost instant...and replacing it only took 5 minutes. The feeling and pain has now completely gone and I can't even tell I have the IUD in..other than the strings obviously! Maybe try and find out which model you have and ask if you could have it replaced for a different one! Hope this helps!
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      I just wanted to ask if you found out if it was normal to have these symptoms after your coil fitting? I am having the exact same feelings although mine is on the right side and had the copper coil fitted about 3 weeks ago
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    Hi Jadeycakes, I just wanted to ask if you found out if it was normal to have these symptoms after your coil fitting? I am having the exact same feelings although mine is on the right side and had the copper coil fitted about 3 weeks ago
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