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» Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain
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Amtriptyline, baclofen, gabapentin cream for provoked vestibuldynia

Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:15 pm by WVR00

Hello,
Has anyone had success with this cream in helping their vulvodynia? How long has it taken to help? I’ve had some success with it, but not completely better. I’ve been on it for a month. I️ was hoping to hear from some ladies who have had major success with this cream. I’m hoping for some encouragement here. This condition is so frustrating. I’m lucky enough to have access to two …

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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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question about the surgery

Post  riag on Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:50 am

So I'm hearing a lot about the surgery on this website. It sounds scary to me. I understand it takes away the pain and you are able to have sex again. Question, what does the surgery exactly do? Does it remove the nerve endings? When you are able to have sex again, are you able to feel pleasure.? Sorry to sound naive, but I really dont know anything about the surgery. I am truly considering it , if it is recommended to me. I am seriously considering calling Dr Goldstein. It is going to be so hard for me to pay for it though. But I am getting so depressed over this , i sometimes feel like i just dont want to live anymore.

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Post  jen007 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:01 am

Riag,

I had written like a full page of information for you to read, but then somehow it go erased :[ I'm way to frustrated to re-write it, but I have written my experience on here before so what I will do is copy and paste it below. Then I will answer your particular questions. I'm so so sorry that my entry got erased!!!


Here is my story/experience with Dr. G. I've edited to answer some of your questions towards the end:


Like I said I have gone to at least 4 doctors, only because some of them had never had a patient with my problem. I was properly diagnosed about 2 years ago with PVD (provoked vestibuldynia). Sex was absolutely impossible. My current doctor at the time said that she couldn't really do much more for me, accept look for another doctor/ surgeon to pass me on to. She found me one of most highly praised surgeons who deal with vulvodynia and vestibulectomys. I was ecstatic to know that I'd be in such good hands. (Doctor Andrew Goldtein) After speaking with him over the phone he decided that I was definitely a candidate for surgery. I met with him for an examination. He explained to me that I was born with too many nerve endings in that area. He went on to tell me that he's done this surgery many times and know exactly what he is doing. He also gave me the opportunity to contact other women who have had the surgery (I didn't but it was good to know I could).

A few weeks later I had the surgery (a full vestibulectomy, which I recommend because if you only get the partial one and still have issues you're not going to want to go back for another surgery). When I went in they had me put on a gown and sit in a gyno chair. Shortly after they had me knocked out and began surgery. The surgery only takes about 45 minutes to an hour. They have you wake up and get dressed. Before you leave the surgery center or hospital they make sure you can urinate before leaving. The reason behind this is because they want to make sure you aren't too swollen or have an infection. Now I had the experience of not being able to urinate after the surgery and my nurse told me that I could still go home. Not the best advice! If you do go through with the surgery please make sure you stay until you go to the bathroom. I had gotten swollen, which is common after the surgery since they catheter you. If this happens to you just put ice near the area. The swelling will go down and you will be fine! Urinating will NOT hurt! The thing you need to be aware of is going #2...I know its gross, but I didn't really think about it until after the fact. You need to take stool softeners during the first few weeks of recovery. You don't realize all the muscles you use down there for other things and you will be sore.

I didn't have very much pain after the surgery, just a little soreness. The doctor advised me to do sitz baths everyday 3 times a day until I saw him again to keep the area clean and infection free (If you don't know what a sitz bath is, it's just a mini tub pan you put on your toilet, you fill it up with water and sit in it). You just use warm water and that's it! In addition to the sitz baths I laid in bed most of the time. You need to refrain from spreading your legs through out your whole recovery. (This means little to no walking, bending,sitting or stairs.) You can't sit directly on your bottom for some time. Most of the time you will be in bed or laying down. Also you need to ice the area constantly for the first week or 2. I used ice through out the whole period of my recovery so it would numb out the area. Also during the first 2 weeks of recovery you will be bleeding, nothing like a period flow or anything. It's very very minimal. I used those giant pads and some old towels to lay on. You can't put anything directly on the area, this includes regular pads. Everything needs to be very very clean. You can't wear underwear during the first 3 to 4 weeks. It can cause stitches to pop and the rubbing is just uncomfortable. I suggest only wearing long dresses or over sized sweat pants.

I didn't see Dr.G until 6 weeks after my surgery. Once it's been about 5 to 6 weeks you should be able to go back to normal routines, but I'd suggest taking off from work, school or any activity that doesn't involve laying down and relaxing. When I went back to see the doctor he had done the dreaded Q-tip test on me and I was stunned. I had no pain in any of my once painful areas! Just minimal pain on where skin had been removed. After surgery you must must must used dilators. They come in 5 different sizes. You need these to stretch out the area. If you have a little pain after surgery the dilators will help. He tries to sell you dilators in his office. They are made out of glass so they glide in real easy and can be sanitized better. Plastic ones are porous so they can harbor bacteria. His cost $500 which I thought was a total rip off, but they are amazing. I'd suggest buying them if you can. If you can't you can get the plastic ones online for about $45.

You also need to know that this surgery isn't for everyone. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I'm pretty sure that no one has every been 100% cured by this surgery, but you will get very close. I'd say at this point I'm about 95-98% cured. If you know the pain then you'll understand that is a very good out come.

Answers to your questions:

Q: What does the surgery exactly do?
A: They cut out the horseshoe shaped area around your vagina- the vulva. Here is an image of the area cut out during a full vestibulectomy:

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=N&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=582&authuser=0&tbm=isch&tbnid=ACIGBFcTzIOctM:&imgrefurl=http://www.fibroid.com/vulvar-pain/&docid=DPk7GoOKnE4pJM&imgurl=http://www.fibroid.com/site/pics/850/88192/316492/433933/understanding_vulvodynia_1.jpg&w=294&h=307&ei=0EfuUMuZKIS10QHs1IGgAQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=110&sig=111817685211999146650&page=1&tbnh=146&tbnw=146&start=0&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0,i:100&tx=98&ty=72


Q: Does it remove the nerve endings?
A: Yes it does.

Q: When are you able to have sex?
A: It's different for everyone. For me it took about 4 months from the surgery to attempt sex. (From July to mid November)

**My personal disclaimer...This surgery is not for everyone. In some cases it works and in some it doesn't or can make it worse. If you use an experienced doctor more than likely you will have good results (Dr. G). This surgery is a last resort. Meaning you have tried all methods of treatment which all have failed. You need to do your research before making this decision. Read up on it as much as possible. If you do meet with Dr.G he will give you names and numbers from women who have had success with him. I'd suggest taking the time to do that.

Also, if you have a husband or significant other I'd suggest bringing them in the examination room with you. I always went alone and Dr.G tends to be a little too touchy sometimes. Also he tends to make inappropriate jokes to try and lighten the mood, but really all it causes is awkward silences...Honestly I just ignored all this because he really helped almost cure me.

Here are some links you should check out. I used all of these websites to do my research:

Dr. G's website:
http://www.cvvd.org/

Dr. G's book...I'd suggest buying this, It really helped me pin point my pain:
http://www.amazon.com/When-Sex-Hurts-Womans-Banishing/dp/0738213985

This is another forum I have used. It has been dead for a while, but has a 6 year long conversation of the subject of vestibulectomies. This ultimately helped me decide that the surgery was right for me:
http://www.hisandherhealth.com/sexual-health-forums/Sexual-Pain-Disorder-and-Gyn-Topics/19505-Vestibulectomy

These are the exact instructions Dr.G had me follow during recovery:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpelvicpainnewyork.com%2Fabout-us%2FPost%2520Operative%2520Instructions%2520for%2520Vestibulectomy11_11.pdf&ei=pkvuUPGzK8WY0QGtlICYBA&usg=AFQjCNF5b5Rti6BjpP3HGEdtllfh17_gvw&sig2=9aQqW9HNnwPe4Okazop7iw&bvm=bv.1357700187,d.dmQ

Please let me know if you have any questions about surgery! I know how hard it is to find information about all of this so feel free to ask me anything!

-Jen

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Post  Alana3 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:19 pm

I had a partial done, my doctor said there's like a 10% of it coming back, and he thought it was too drastic to do the whole thing because mine was very localized. My experience was a lot like Jen's except I saw a doctor down in South Florida where I live. I have no idea what the outcome is going to be like because I'm only 5 weeks in, but I had tried everything under the sun and I was done with it. It's honestly not as horrible as you may think it sounds. The only thing that went wrong is a popped stitch, and my stitches are still in and are driving me nuts. BUt they're coming out Monday. I felt around the area and yeah the skin feels different but no pain like before so I'm hopeful right now. I say make a consult and see what whoever doc you see says- you may not even be a candidate for it. But if you are it's really not that bad just a lot of emotions riding along which sucks.

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Post  Alana3 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:20 pm

Just to add something else my doctor told me absolutely NO to dilators, so I guess that depends. Honestly, discuss this with your doctor because just like the treatments we do, the surgery is different for everyone. OMG number 2 was horrible and I couldn't for 3 days and when it happened it hurt and THAT WAS ON STOOL SOFTENERS omg ugh! Another thing was he told me not to do sitz baths, so every doc is different he just had me start doing them now. I actually had to pull myself off here and the internet and talk to my doctor directly about what was approrpiate for me! It's so different for everyone. Jen and I have been talking for a few months and our experiences have been very similar, but our doctors are having us do different things. But we seem to be healing the same way, I've been comparing myself to her lol. Let us know what you decide Smile

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Post  riag on Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:13 pm

i cant thank both of you enough for all your information. surgery sounds scary to me. I just call the center and they are booking mid february. Im going to talk to my husband tonight about making an appt and how to finance it.

I hear that the pain is gone after surgery and i know this is a very personal question but if they are removing nerves, are you able to feel pleasure and orgasms after surgery?

When i was on the neurontin it numbed be so much there was no pain and i was able to have sex. But i may have just as well been visiting the dentist because i felt no pleasure either. I dont want to go thru surgery and not be able to experience any pleasure. I know I am jumping the gun here, I dont even know yet if the dr is going to suggest surgery. Thank you so much for all your insight. sometimes i feel so alone with this illness. No one really understands what you are going thru unless they have it.

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Re: question about the surgery

Post  Alana3 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:20 pm

No clue about the sex, I still have stitches in, and the pain is definetely not gone all the way after surgery so don't think you're gonna wake up do a back flip and have sex. It's a very long recovery. The pain goes away after a while, but my stitches are still in and cause v-like pain. It brought me to hysterics which jen can tell you about I was freaking out that it made me worse. But it was only temporary, I still do have pain, but it's bareable especially if they (well they said) it's temporary. But you definetely will not be pain-free after the surgery. That being said, IT WAS NOT THAT BAD or at least not as bad as I thought it would be. It hurt like hell to pee after and I could only get comfortable laying down for the first few days. It was impossible to sit and I had to kind of lean forward and balance on my elbows if I wanted to sit at all. Don't go in there thinking it's going to be a breeze because you will be miserable after. Surgery really wasn't that bad, I promise, I was freaking out about it, but it really wasn't the horror story I envisioned. I just don't want you to go in expecting to be vulvodynia pain free when it's over, and then you have pain, for the first few days I didn't have anything, but then it hit and has stayed ever since, but as my stitches have come out it's been a little better. That being said, I stopped using painkillers by the second day.

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Post  jen007 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:59 pm

Did you call for Dr.Goldstein?

I had the same question and Dr.G told me that you shouldn't loose that oh so good sensation down there after surgery. Most of those good feelings are from the G spot which is not touched during surgery. On a personal level I've still yet to feel that good feeling during sex, but only because I'm still working on it. Sex feels good/ okay at this point, but it's new to me and my boyfriend. We're trying to figure it out together Smile . If you're experienced with sex and know what you want then I think you'd be fine after.

Alana and I have had different experiences. Sadly I think she has been in more agony than I was Crying or Very sad , but I'm confident she'll be good after those awful stitches are gone. The surgery isn't even the scary part, which is what most people assume it is. The recovery is the worst...at first, but it gets better everyday! You just need to know what to do and how to do it is all, which if you do go through with it Alana and myself will be happy to guide you along the way Very Happy .

On a scale of 1-10 my pain right after I woke up/ all the anesthesia wore off was about a 3 or 4. I only really felt a pressure like feeling really. If you moved funny or are in a bumpy car that makes it like a 8 or 9. If you stay still and keep your legs together all will be good. I only took meds for about 3 or 4 days maybe. They give you a strong asprin like medication and then oxys which make you stupid, haha. I only took the oxys before bed to help me stay asleep. If I took them during the day they made me loopy. The surgery pain stopped bothering me around week 3 or week 4, but then you start to get an itchy burning feeling that is non stop which you can do nothing about. I put ice on it to numb it which did the trick. Other than that the recovery wasn't so bad. Also for me going to the bathroom was not a problem what so ever. It didn't hurt me or anything just pressure. You just need to take stool softeners.

Let is know all your questions/ concerns if you have any! It's so hard to find information online about all this. I searched the internet for weeks not able to find nearly anything. I had to learn a lot on my own, but I'm really happy to help someone else find all this stuff out Very Happy

-Jen

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Post  Alana3 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:53 pm

Ugh yeah it feels like a yeast infection I have it now it's terrible

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