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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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    Post  raffles32 on Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:58 pm

    Hi there- I am a 30 year old based in the UK. Since I started having intercourse at 19 I have had issues with painful sex. I finally got to the point where I would tell boyfriends I simply couldn't have sex and lost a lot of relationships that way.

    I am with a guy now and we have been together for 4 years. I was upfront with him but after 4 years its driving him mad and yet another relationship is on the rocks. I simply have no libido due to sex hurting and avoid it when possible..this obviously hurts him even though he knows its not his fault.

    Anyway- I have been to the GP, tried lidocane, steroid cream, aqueous cream, different lubricants etc..nothing works...so she sent me to a Gyno..who poked and prodded me- soo painful! and concluded I have vestibulosis or provoked vulvodynia. He explain two of the four glands were extremely sensistive and caused pain at the lightest touch and that modern medicine sadly couldn't help me as there is no cure!

    I feel totally lost...I feel like I have been handed a death sentence for my realtionship and any future ones. I mean who would want to spend the rest of their life with someone who can't have sex..I know I wouldn't want to!

    I feel so very low. I have been on the depo injection for 10 years and I was hoping he would say it was that. Although he said there would be some merit in changing birth control, he didn't say that was likely to be the problem :-(

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    Re: Help- just diagnosed

    Post  Loulou on Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:31 pm

    Hi Raffles

    So sorry to hear that you are suffering and feeling low. We can certainly empathise with you here. And i must admit i feel like slapping your gyno! Being defeatist about this condition isn't helpful. Its not a straightforward condition so agreed, there isn't ONE cure that fits all but it is possible to improve and some women do find their 'cure'. (you just hear less about these cases as they are presumably getting on with their lives rather than participating in forums like this)

    On a practical level, I don't have the vestibulitis form of vvd so am not best placed to give you any pointers on that but reading other women's comments here it seems some have found some relief and progress through densitisation techniques with dilators (i'll let the 'experts' here comment more on that). Also have you had yourself checked by a women's health physio? A tight pelvic floor can be a factor.

    So don't give up hope - it doesn't have to be a death sentence for your relationships. There are good men out there - some of us here can testify to that.
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    hi

    Post  raffles32 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:56 pm

    Hello

    Thanks for this. I am pleased there are forums like this or it would be even worse not knowing others understand. Its not really the best topic f conversation with your friends and family!!

    I have absorbed a lot of info over the past 24 hours on the internet and you are right, I shouldn't give up hope and I am going to fight. I am going to go back to my GP and insist that she looks further into a specialist in this area as opposed to just a general gyno and she is actually a very good GP and has been doing her own personal research so I am sure she will be receptive!

    As for the relationships- I guess I have to face that my current one is likely to end as we have already nearly broken up so many times over this ad having a 'no cure' solution could be the final nail. I suppose I am just scared of the concept of dating again and havingto drop the bombshell! Its not the most appealing characteristic in a girlfriend..but also I feel sad because I see all the movies and Tv shows I love and see scenes with sex and the passion etc and know I will never have that

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    Re: Help- just diagnosed

    Post  Alana3 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:44 pm

    Have you tried any sort of treatment yet? When did yours start? And where are you from?

    A change of attitude will help (I am saying that nicely not bitchy). If you say never it really NEVER will happen. But if you arm yourself with as much information as possible more than likely you will find something that will help. I have had this for 4 years and was enjoying sex for a few months until we broke up. But please be as positive as possible, it will not help if you sit around and mope (coming from someone who has been there). There are "cures" surgery being one of them, but try all the little things before the big thing. I hear surgery is good (and am going in for mine in December).

    That being said, I know what you're feeling and it does suck, this isn't easy and it's frustrating and it hurts! So I do understand... But you can let it control you or you can control it. You're both living in the same body so... you get the point I'm sure.

    Changing my attitude really helped, and I started exericse and eating better my pain factor went down. Don't listen to that doctor there ARE things you can do and you WILL feel better and yes, enjoy sex again. Right now I'm in the same boat, and it does hurt, my last pelvic was absolutely horrible! But we were at the end of options so I voted for surgery after he suggested it. Remember, there is ALWAYS something you can do and you CAN fight it! Please don't give up!!! This forum is also good for the morale because you realize you aren't alone. And you aren't you can message any of us anytime and we're happy to help you.


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    hi

    Post  raffles32 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:16 pm

    hi

    thanks for the reply. I am trying to stay positive but its hard as don't have a very supportive boyfriend . I am in bristol and have tried steroids, lidocane, tablets and aqueous cream but nothing worked. definitely going to talk to the gp about surgery and estrogen as not gone down those routes

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    Re: Help- just diagnosed

    Post  tandaschroeder on Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:31 pm

    raffles32 wrote:Hi there- I am a 30 year old based in the UK. Since I started having intercourse at 19 I have had issues with painful sex. I finally got to the point where I would tell boyfriends I simply couldn't have sex and lost a lot of relationships that way.

    I am with a guy now and we have been together for 4 years. I was upfront with him but after 4 years its driving him mad and yet another relationship is on the rocks. I simply have no libido due to sex hurting and avoid it when possible..this obviously hurts him even though he knows its not his fault.

    Anyway- I have been to the GP, tried lidocane, steroid cream, aqueous cream, different lubricants etc..nothing works...so she sent me to a Gyno..who poked and prodded me- soo painful! and concluded I have vestibulosis or provoked vulvodynia. He explain two of the four glands were extremely sensistive and caused pain at the lightest touch and that modern medicine sadly couldn't help me as there is no cure!

    I feel totally lost...I feel like I have been handed a death sentence for my realtionship and any future ones. I mean who would want to spend the rest of their life with someone who can't have sex..I know I wouldn't want to!

    I feel so very low. I have been on the depo injection for 10 years and I was hoping he would say it was that. Although he said there would be some merit in changing birth control, he didn't say that was likely to be the problem :-(

    Hey Raffles! I didn't read any of the replies--maybe I should have so I don't repeat anything anyone said. however, I just want to tell you not to give up. There are SO MANY doctors that are unaware of this condition. I've been to plenty of them who tell me there is no cure. I found a specialist that is amazing. In every way. I have also been talking to some ladies on here that have told me that surgery brings 85-90% of women a cure. THERE IS a cure. I have heard so many amazing cure stories. You WILL get through this. But maybe in the UK, doctors aren't as aware? I'm not really sure. But I am currently questioning surgery.

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    hi

    Post  raffles32 on Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:53 pm

    Thanks- I am definately going for a second opinion...the gyno I saw was rubbish but my GP has been amazing. i would be really interested to hear from any women who had success with surgery- dis you say you spoke to them on here??

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    Re: Help- just diagnosed

    Post  tandaschroeder on Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:00 pm

    raffles32 wrote:Thanks- I am definately going for a second opinion...the gyno I saw was rubbish but my GP has been amazing. i would be really interested to hear from any women who had success with surgery- dis you say you spoke to them on here??

    I have mostly read. Here is a forum section I found helpful:

    http://www.vulvodyniasupportforum.com/t702-i-got-the-surgery#4590

    I am in your same boat. And am seriously miserable.

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    Re: Help- just diagnosed

    Post  kalinikta77 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:49 am

    Go find a new doctor. Now. Find one who specializes in sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, etc. When my gyno gave up, she recommended a sex therapist who diagnosed me almost instantly (provoked localized vestobulodynia) and got me started on a treatment plan right away-including taking me off my birth control, which was associated with vulvodynia. You DO have options. You just need to find a doctor who can show you what they are. Keep trying until you find that person.

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