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» Coping with Vulvodynia
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Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04 pm by infinitelywondering

Dear all,

Today has been the day I've been waiting for. The day something FINALLY makes sense.
I've been told countless times that I've got nerve damage or a muscular condition, yet none of the specific treatments have helped me. My GP suggested attacking this from a different angle so referred me to a dermatologist specialist

after having a vestibulectomy with no success, I decided to visit …

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Newby not sure where to turn

Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:32 pm by Cerjo87

Hi this is all very new to me , well the talking about it bit is , the pain while having sex and also the uncomfortable feelings after and feeling like I have  sistitus most of the time I’m very used to , I’ve suffered for 7 years now I’m only 30 . Finally after all this time the doctors or should I say my gp has said I have Vulvodynia and have givin me gabapentin to try .i told her I’d …

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Looking for a friend..... and new problems

Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:38 pm by infinitelywondering

Hi everyone,

I hope you're doing well.

I hate to say this, but I feel beaten down and terribly alone. I had a vestibulectomy surgery about 6 months ago and I was absolutely praying it would work. It didn't.

6 months later and here I am, sitting on my bedroom floor crying my eyes out because I know I'll never be able to have painfree sex. I don't know what to do and just need a friend Sad

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Newbie to the site

Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:16 am by Ksa

Hello. Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm currently under the care of a dr in Phoenix that specializes in vaginal disorders. I will probably be on a suppository of estridol the rest of my life and I am currently on medications for a rare form of vaginitis that's pretty unheard of for my age. My vagina literally hates me. I've struggled with vulvadynia for 20 years, the duration of my …

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Vulvodynia from #metoo media coverage

Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:01 pm by dooleyhornberg

I am wondering if anyone else in this forum has experience an increase or flare up in their vulvodynia as a result of the coverage of the sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, DC, and the recent gymnastics scandal. I have definitely had a flare up.

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So frustrating!!

Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:15 am by Hannah77

Well I'm back in pain after 7 years of pain free days.
I was diagnosed with vulvodynia when I was 17. I suffered for three years with horrible burning all day, painful sex with my boyfriend and just pure misery Sad I went into a spontaneous remission when I was 20. I'm still not sure how the pain stopped but all the sudden I could go an entire day without thinking of my vagina, sex started to …

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Looking for suggestions or encouragement

Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:10 am by ryn207

Hi there. I'm 25 and have been dealing with this for over a year and a half and I'm really starting to lose hope this will ever stop.

In July of 2016 I had a yeast infection. When Monistat didn't work I went to my gynecologist who prescribed Diflucan. When the itching didn't stop she retested me and found that my yeast infection was gone, but I now had a bacterial infection. After taking the …

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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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vulvodynia and pcos

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vulvodynia and pcos

Post  angelfangs on Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:49 pm


i'm having a lot of issues related to vulvodynia and pcos, i'm going to bullet point so its easier to read.

*diagnosed with pcos at 12 after ultrasound and blood test.

*on different pills for 7 years until i was 19 years old, both combined and mini pill.

*always had heavy/painful/irregular periods.

*saw 3 different gyns at the local hospital from 2005-2009 when i was taken off all medication and told i was discharged.

*had some very traumatic examinations by evil unsympathetic gyns and gps. i found this was due to them not being able to get inside my vagina only last year when my history of not being able to use tampons at all and the exams just clicked with something i read on the internet.

*was referred to new gyn at the local hospital, saw gyn in december 2011 and was examined to confirm i had a microperforate septate hymen that wouldn't let anything into my vagina. this was painful and i had sore burning a pain afterwards that wouldn't go away. a few days later took and canestan tablet and used the cream for "thrush".

*symptoms stayed so i visited a gp who examined me and took a swab and a urine test. negative for bv, thrush and urine infection but the dr told me to take another canestan tablet and eat probiotic yogurt.

*early january had a hymenectomy under general aneasthetic. only needed one stitch.

*early february i started having random bleeding, tummy pain and clots of endometrial lining (so far 1 in february, 1 in march and 1 in october). went to gp again and tested ok for thrush, bv and urine infection. burning vulva pain still there and by now i'd had 4 canestan tablets, 2 tubes of canestan cream and a ton of yogurt. gp said the tummy pain was my cervix and i was healed ok from the hymenectomy.

*refered to gyn and had appointment in june, she examined me confirmed again it was cervix pain and sent me for an ultrasound scan.

*had ultrasound in july, an abdominal one because i was bleeding and it would have been way too painful for a transvaginal one.

*ultrasound was clear and so was the swab and urine test the gyn did.

*august went to another gp as i still had all these symptoms and and the burning pain in my vulva had go to the point were i couldn't wear trousers anymore. she diagnosed vulvodynia and gave me amitrptyline, i went up to 50mg but it did nothing.

*saw same gp as last point again in september and october, have been refered to newcastles rvi vulval clinic. dr couldn't give me the pill to control the bleeding because of my weight, even though i'm the same weight i was when i was on the pill for 7 years and my weight was never an issue then, i was never weighed and my blood pressure was only measured 2 or 3 times in 7 years. gave me a tiny tube of lidocaine cream, utter heaven but i can't have anymore! Crying or Very sad

*went to family planning clinic because of gp recommendation to try to get the pill. was refused there too because of my weight even though i created imaginary boyfriend and imaginary sex life. the nurse there said some mean things about over weight people/steralisation/sex.

*saw another gp, this time trying the pcos that hasn't been treated for 3 years angle to try to get the pill because i really can't cope with all the bleeding, the tummy pain and vulvodynia at the same time. was refused again because of my weight, this gp sent me to another gp that has an interest in gyn matters.

*saw the next gp on tuesday (its friday night/saturday morning now) and she is the worst dr i have seen in my entire life and i've seen some terrible ones (including a gyn who thought all of his patients diagnosis were wrong so everyone had to be retested and he shouted at me because i hadn't had a period and made me cry, one of the nurses told me i was the 6th person that week who had cried because he was so mean to them). according to her all my problems are due to my "emotional state" and i need counselling or psychotherapy as this is the only thing that will rid me of my problems! she confirms my vulva hurts, my cervix is the tummy pain and i actually have a urine infection that is totally symptomless. after a long lecture about how medicine like the pill can't help me and how shedding clots of endometrial lining (thats what she called it, it looks like fleshy chicken breast stuff and hurts like utter hell when i'm passing them) is totally normal and it happens to everyone. she asks me to phone the gyn i saw in junes secretary as i have not been discharged.

*phoned hospital, gyn secretary says i have been discharged. chaos and a dozen phone calls ensue. drs practice is now having to appeal to the gyn to see me again but gyn is currently refusing as my ultrasound was normal. yeah, my hooha burns, i keep bleeding, the pain in my tummy is terrible and i just feel like crap, but totally normal because an ultrasound says so. Mad

anyone have any ideas/suggestions or know of any good gps in the north east of england? its so bad, i think i'm secretly dying and no one will tell me. i'm taking so many painkillers its not funny and they are only taking the edge of the pain off. and i'm sick of running out of sanitary things, i can't use internal methods because they are so painful but pads make my poor hooha scream. i haven't been able to do pelvic floor excercises since december because it hurts so badly, so now i leak wee every time i sneeze or cough. i can't keep living like this.

sorry for the long rant. i'm 22 years old, a virgin and i want my life back.


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Re: vulvodynia and pcos

Post  Ceriane on Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:44 pm

You poor girl!!! What you've been through is awful, and really quite traumatic.....There's not a lot of advice I can offer as my problems sound different from yours....I just have vulvodynia which for me I think is secondary to a condition I have called pernicious anaemia which was untreated for a long time, and I think because of the damage to my nervous system, minor infections like thrush triggered a pain condition....I'm hoping I won't always have it, or that I can learn to manage it and it won't always be as bad as it is now....

Not sure if you've had an ultrasound or a laparoscopy, but in your case, it seems that they need to be looking into things like endometriosis, and then helping you to be able to manage your condition, at the moment your up in the air as you don't have a diagnosis.

I'm incredibly shocked by the way you've been treated by gynaecologists and medical professionals, these things need to be handled with care and sensitively.....everyone deserves to be treated well in hospital or in clinics etc....it's absolutely shocking, and I don't understand why they would be like that as they are paid to help!!! It's not the first time I've heard of it either....

To be honest, I've been to loads of people about my condition and they've all been really lovely towards me, touch wood I've never had a bad experience with a medical professional regarding this yet, I think I'd be traumatised if I had. However I'm just self treating for now, and managing myself, I'm pretty sure what's wrong with me now, and what I'm dealing with, so the rest is going to be self care, management. The only thing is with vulvodynia there are no easy solutions, so I have a list of what I'm going to try and I'm working my way through it. I'm not going to let it put me off having a relationship if I meet someone I really like (cos I did for such a long time) because I know I can work around it and manage it, and if a guy isn't understanding...I don't think I'd want to be with someone like that anyway, whether I had this condition or not!!!


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Re: vulvodynia and pcos

Post  Loulou on Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:22 pm

Hi angelfangs

I feel for you. You do seem to have been very unlucky to have come across so many unsympathetic GPs and consultants. Would the hospitals in Sunderland be another option or the Wansbeck? - might mean further travel but would be worth it if the staff there are more sensitive and helpful. (unfortunatley i've only used the Physio dept at Wansbeck so can't comment on their or Sunderland's gyno dept/staff. The physio i had at Wansbeck - Jane Thompson - could certainly help you with your pelvic floor) Alternatively have you tried your local GUM clinic - that's another option for getting some advice and suitable referrals (you can make an appointment without having to go through your GP)

One important thing, it seems like you have some very specific definable issues (pcos, problem periods, hymen and, i agree with ceriane, endometriosis might also be a factor?) so its not surprising that you are having vulval problems and pain. My understanding of vvd is that it is 'unexplained' vulval pain and it seems to me that a lot of your pain CAN be explained and therefore treated (so this should be a good thing if you see what i mean). If you can get your specific issues treated your vvd pain may go away if they are the root cause. Don't let them fob you off because your ultrasound was normal - so was mine but i still had problems.

Couple of practical things - from personal experience i would recommend you steer well clear of canesten cream if you do not have a thrush infection. I think it was canesten cream and suppositories that made my vvd worse - stop using these and you may find your vulval pain decreases to some degree.

Also, i would recommend using organic cotton sanitary pads if you aren't already - they're called Natracare. You can get them in Oxfam shops, Waitrose or on-line. These will help to minimise irritation as they don't have chemicals in. I read somewhere that Boots also do a similar own-brand version but i haven't tried those.

Hope you find that sympathetic doctor that can start you on your path of getting better.


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