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Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain

Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:46 pm by katycrawford

Hi there,

After years of being misdiagnosed etc as most women have on this forum I have finally been diagnosed with vulvodynia (yay) and have been given the lowest dose of an antidepressant called Amitriptyline. Has anyone been on this before and has any positive (or negative) news to give me? Im feeling down already and I've only been taking it for a few days, I don't have much hope of it …

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New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist

Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:47 pm by Julesyjules

Hi,

I'm new here and wanted to ask for some advice whilst I wait to see a specialist nurse.

After urinary problems which lasted 7 weeks, I finally saw a urologist, who on examination discovered significant inflammation and called in a gynaecologist, who diagnosed vestibulitis. They referred me to a nurse who specialises in vulvar skin issues. That was 5 weeks ago, and I'm still waiting for the …

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Vulvodynia help

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:27 pm by Katiej

Hi guys new here and newly diagnosed. So I had bv and then after alot of antibiotics and home remedies I still continued to have weird symptoms despite swabs being negative. Two seperate gynes have told me I have vulvodynia as a result of the area being overwhelmed. So first gave me lidocaine which xidnt do much. No I am on amitriptyline for the past 5 days. Seems to be kicking in a little (im a …

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New w/ Secondary Provoked Vestibuldynia

Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:46 pm by Birdy

Hi everyone,

I'm here because I'm pretty sure I have secondary provoked vestibuldynia, even though my gyno is still "optimistic" it is not.  My problem started six months ago when I got my second UTI in as many months (after going 25 years of life without one) and then ended up with a bad yeast infection (also my first one ever) thanks to the antibiotics.  Ever since the yeast …

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Newly diagnosed

Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:37 pm by Brevispink

Hello everyone. I have recently been diagnosed with unprovoked vulvodynia and would really appreciate some advice and support. I have had a chronic urine infection for 16 months and was on antibiotics for 9 of those months. I have been very uncomfortable for the entire time, but now I have absolutely unbearable stinging and burning all day with itching too. The infection has just about gone, …

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Recent "Poke" Pain - So Confused/Losing My Mind

Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 am by kelseybeth23

Long Story, but I am losing my mind and getting really depressed, so if I tell the full story maybe someone can help me.

Back in August I started to get an itch down there. Normally, in the past, when this would happen, I would change the way I wore my clothes, take more baths instead of showers, and use Monistat. This time, after about two weeks of no relief, I started to get concerned. I was …

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Does anyone else experience this?

Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:21 pm by Angelmegs

Hi— im new here. Im incredibly desperate so if anyone has any suggestions i would greatly appreciate it. Im a 20 year old female with vulvodynia and vaginismus. I was on the birth control pill (junel fe lo estrin) from age 13-18 because of severe menstrual pain. I used the xulane patch for a few months when i was 18 but eventually stopped BC altogether because it interferes with my med for …

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Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

Tue May 02, 2017 6:18 pm by jen007

Hi All,

It's been awhile since I've written a new topic on the forum. Wondering if any of the same ladies are still here. I've come back to update you all on my post vestibulectomy results. I can't remember if I've done an update on my current state, so forgive me if this is repeated information... I can't remember how to view my old posts! Anyway, let me get on with my update.

For 4 years post …

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Do you ever worry that you're making it up?

Fri May 27, 2016 6:50 am by Lucci

Hello,

I was diagnosed with Vaginismus and Vulvar Vestibulitis 10 years ago. I was 18 and scared and moving across the country for college, but luckily was able to find a doctor who specialized in 'Women's Health' who immediately put me into physical therapy. Long story short, I've been in and out of the system ever since.

A few years into treatment, I had the diagnosis of PTSD added on for …

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New Here so Frustrated!

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New Here so Frustrated!

Post  Alana3 on Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:40 pm

I have been having problems since I was about 15. I had erratic, heavy periods which would stay for 2 weeks every 2 weeks. I was taken to a gyn who lectured me the entire time (while telling me that I was making it up so I could have free sex without the chance of getting pregnant). None of this was true, I was in a lot of pain and wanted relief. She never told me what she was doing and shoved the spec in me where I tensed up and freaked out and did the whole finger in butt thing (which I have never had after). So my first experience was horrible, but I got BC. And now I tense up whenever anyone goes there.

After being on ortho and enjoying an amazing sex life for a while, I decided that I wanted to switch to a different BC which made me crazy and bleed for forever, here is where sex started becoming impossible. I made excuses saying I never have it that's why it hurts, later I was put on Yaz which I had the same sex issues. I have since gone thru other birth control and have been on Seasonique (bled for 10 weeks straight), and Mircette, my current one.

Fastforward to about a year ago. I had supposedly an infection after infection where I was treated 27 times with different antibiotics where NOTHING went away. Finally, a urologist told me to go to a physical therapist who helped me like no other. I went to a doctor in Orlando and she right away said that I had endometriosis and IC and she wanted to do surgery for the endo and a Potassium Challenge for the IC. I wasn't convinced that this was for me. I knew that my skin there hurt, and felt like hell when I had sex not really endo related (a guy cant get past the opening-OUCH!)

So I went to a new doc last month. She put my on acyclovir (which is for Herpes but I don't have that). The pain went away somewhat but I ended up breaking out in hives. I have been on estrace, a compound of estrogen and lidocaine, benadryl, muscle relaxers, the acyvlovir. This doctor said that the only other thing I could do was take antidepressants, which I really don't want to do. That's a lie, I'm scared out of my mind to take them. She also said that this wasn't hormonally related, which I heard it was. I am so confused and so scared to take the antidepressants. I do want to feel better, but I feel like there has to be something more than those.

What do you girs do for this? Are there any other treatments? I am so sick of this, I want my normal sex life back. I cant get off the pill because I'll have my period for 2 weeks and I can't handle that either. I am sick of itching, burning and the feeling of having to pee sometimes. Is there hope that I can find some kind of treatment that won't make me gain weight, change my mood, have my hair fall out, etc, etc. Any advice will be great!!! (Sorry I know this is long and I'm complaining a lot, but I'm at my wits end)! Thanks!

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Re: New Here so Frustrated!

Post  LillyK on Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:33 am

Acupuncture is what worked/works for me! That and getting off all pills. It may not be what you want to hear but it's worth it to clean up your diet and not put any meds into your body so that you can heal. Acupuncture could also address your endometriosis and IC issues as well. I would recommend looking for an acupuncturist who is trained to deal with female issues and can prescribe herbs. The other thing that works for some people (including myself) is to do an anti-inflammatory diet or a low-acid diet. Eat organic and healthy foods as much as you possibly can. You can beat it. It may take time but you can do it.

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Thanks!

Post  Alana3 on Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:43 pm

Thank you! Yeah I want to get off everything for sure (except the pill I can't I've tried and bled for 6 months straight haha nice). I mostly take supplements, my diet isn't bad, and I'm at the gym or horseback riding at least 4 days a week. I am just so sick of feeling like I have a UTI all the time! Not to mention the burning, itchy ugh! I def don't want to go on anti's- they really scare me not only the dependency but the side effects too.

I actually am going for accupuncture on Friday. She isn't exactly for this, but said she was doing a lot of research for me and I trust her 100%. On top of that looking at a new doctor who actually specializes in v on Monday, we'll see what he says! I'm just so excited to possibly be taking a step in the right direction. I'm happy to hear that accupuncture works for you! Do you know what points she does and how often do you go? (Hope this isn't too personal to ask!)

The sad thing is, this doctor looked at me and automatically said surgery without taking the time to try other things first. So I don't really know for sure that I have endo or IC, but I'm sort of assuming I don't. I said no way, I don't want to go drastic when other things may help. But I'm adament about no anti-depressants (I swear they only put you on them so you don't care anymore). I'd be willing to try Estrace again or some other hormone in as little quality as possible, but nothing too crazy!

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Re: New Here so Frustrated!

Post  BpCookie on Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:49 pm

Alana, I really feel for you hun. Ive tried many creams, many ointments, many pills, Ive ordered things that I saw on the internet, bought things at health food stores, if they said it would help I bought it. Nothing ever worked. I was so depressed. After about a year and a half of this Hell on earth, I was put on Lyrica and I thought that I had finally found the miracle pill. For about 1 and a half months I was out of pain and then it came back. uuuggghhh I just recently had a Pudendal Nerve RCA ablation done. I will know with in a few weeks whether it worked or not. If it doesn't help, then I'm back to square one. I will then cry, be depressed, be pissed off at the world, etc. Here is a small list of some of the things that I have tried. Maybe one or more of these may help you. Smile

Clobetasol ointment

Protopic ointment

Amitriptyline gel (this I recommend because it numbs the skin)

Neogyn

Gabapentin

Amitriptyline tablets

Emu oil

Vitamin E oil

Boric Acid suppositories

Ice packs (which does help)

A and D ointment (this helps a bit also)

Ive been on so many different meds that I can't remember their names. My best advice is, NEVER GIVE UP!!!! Always continue the search for relief. When it comes to your Dr.s, don't be afraid to speak up. Don't just follow your Dr.s orders blindly. Do research. There is something out there that will help you, you just haven't found it yet.

Hang in there. hugs

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Re: New Here so Frustrated!

Post  Alana3 on Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:49 pm

Well am I being stupid for not wanting to be on antidepressants? I will look into all of your meds! Now all of a sudden my bladder hurts, I really hope its not IC cuz that sounds even worse! But this is a new symptom as of last week how annoying. :/ do you ever feel like you need to pee a lot? haha

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Re: New Here so Frustrated!

Post  Alana3 on Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:50 pm

BpCookie wrote:Alana, I really feel for you hun. Ive tried many creams, many ointments, many pills, Ive ordered things that I saw on the internet, bought things at health food stores, if they said it would help I bought it. Nothing ever worked. I was so depressed. After about a year and a half of this Hell on earth, I was put on Lyrica and I thought that I had finally found the miracle pill. For about 1 and a half months I was out of pain and then it came back. uuuggghhh I just recently had a Pudendal Nerve RCA ablation done. I will know with in a few weeks whether it worked or not. If it doesn't help, then I'm back to square one. I will then cry, be depressed, be pissed off at the world, etc. Here is a small list of some of the things that I have tried. Maybe one or more of these may help you. Smile

Clobetasol ointment

Protopic ointment

Amitriptyline gel (this I recommend because it numbs the skin)

Neogyn

Gabapentin

Amitriptyline tablets

Emu oil

Vitamin E oil

Boric Acid suppositories

Ice packs (which does help)

A and D ointment (this helps a bit also)

Ive been on so many different meds that I can't remember their names. My best advice is, NEVER GIVE UP!!!! Always continue the search for relief. When it comes to your Dr.s, don't be afraid to speak up. Don't just follow your Dr.s orders blindly. Do research. There is something out there that will help you, you just haven't found it yet.

Hang in there. hugs



And OMG that is overwhelming! haha

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