You need to see a doctor right away about this. Do not play around. Don't by shy about he doc thing, that's what they are there for. But your symptoms suggest there is an infection. Go have it checked out.
See the doctor before you try any home remedies like douching. If it is an infection, he or she will need to test to find out what kind, and so you can be treated properly. It sounds a little like gardnerella because of the smell you mentioned. Good luck, and really, don't be shy of they doctor. They HAVE seen it all.
Yes, I would definitely have the gyn follow up on this. He/she may even suggest a trans-vaginal ultrasound - not painful - that can show if there is anything in there or not.
All is well, it "WAS" an old tampon so ladies beware it can happen!! No infection thankfully. Pammy Sue, your comment was discouraging and incorrect, you assumed I was playing around, I can assure you nothing is more serious to me than my health and the health of my family, if you cant be encouraging I suggest you keep your opinions to yourself. Annie and Fae I thankyou for your informative help and support.
mother I really don't think Pammy was trying to be rude at all here and was being very helpful and caring. She was trying to tell you it was best to go to a doctor and didn't want you "playing around". I say that sometimes and what I mean by it was it's nothing to take lightly that you really should seek medical help. I am positive that she ment nothing rude by it at all and just wanted to see you get the help you need.
Hi, glad to hear that is all it was, and also that there was no infection! I can remember women actually getting toxic shock syndrome (and a few died!) from a brand of ultra-absorbent tamps with a polyfilament string that were made a while ago. Thanks also for the nice compliment on the helpfulness of our responses. I tend to agree with SweetP that PammySue was probably just using the slang for "don't wait" when she encouraged you not to "play around." I don't think she thought you were taking your health lightly. I read her remark as something akin to: "do it sooner rather than later." I'll bet no other implication was intended. Again, excellent news about the tampon, and I'm delighted to be proven wrong on the gardnerella suggestion! Annie