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Partial Vestibulectomy

Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:44 pm by JGD13

Hi all i am new here.
I had a partial vestibulectomy 21/7 for my provoked vulvodynia.
After a painful few days and feeling quite uncomfortable it seemed to get better. 1 week after i noticed some white stuff and gloopy discharge, it wasnt smelly or itchy but i got a check up at the gp surgery and the doctor said the stitches looked fine and i could just have a touch of thrush. He said this is …

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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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Anyone from the PNW?

Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:54 am by jungleclover

I'm located near Portland and I would be really cool to actually meet someone with this issue. I think my roommate in college technically had this problem. She had an overgrown hymen removed and can't deal with penetration as a result. But she is gay so it seems like it hasn't been a huge problem for her (although we didn't talk about it much so there was possibly more to it than she let on). …

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Constant pain, I want to die.

Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:29 am by Meggiemay

I posted on here a few years ago but my symptoms went away with the inflammation. I didn't get so lucky this time.

For over three months, i've had terrible rawness, burning, soreness in the urethral/vestibule area and pressure/hypersensitivity in the clitoral area. I've also had some lower abdominal pressure and burning on my butt. I can barely walk! My gyno hasn't been much help. I'm on …

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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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New to the site and just had a vestibulectomy

Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:19 am by Hopeitworks

Hello Everyone,

I have been suffering from vulvodynia for years! So I decided to go ahead and have vestibulectomy on July 28, 2017. I really wished I would of found this site before I went through with the surgery. Maybe I would have been more prepared to deal with recovering. I just need someone to talk and I dont mind hearing your story.

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Post Vestibulectomy

Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:15 pm by infinitelywondering

Heya,

I had my vestibulectomy (full) about a day and a half ago. I was very sick and poorly just after the op and experienced intense pain down there Sad

However, today I came home and have done the following things:

-washed with warm water
-applied manuka honey to the area
-ensured I wash at least 3 times a day and dab the area dry gently
-use frozen peas to stop the swelling

As of now I am …

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can anyone recommend a good dermatologist in LA?

Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:17 pm by saffron

Hi, I am wondering if anyone knows a vulvar dermatologist in Los Angeles? My problems seem to be external, but I'm having trouble finding a knowledgable doctor. My current dermatologist is pretty cosmetic based and I'm afraid all the products he prescribed actually made my situation so much worse!

I know there a few drs in Orange County/San Diego, but was hoping to stay local as even …

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Vulvodynia and IVF? Anyone done this? What does it do to the vulvadynia?

Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:03 am by Carolyn4

Hi everyone,

I have had vulvodynia since age 27--I am now 43 and it has been in pretty good remission.  I control it with acupuncture and herbs, and some cranial sacral therapy.  I have a 5 year old, had a pretty uneventful pregnancy which ended in a c-section.  My VV worsened after that, and I have worked hard to get it back under control (it took over a year to get it back into pretty good …

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Butt muscle clenching!

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Butt muscle clenching!

Post  cba321 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:50 am

Is it just me or is it common for women with pelvic floor dysfunction to clench the muscles of the butt all the time, I actually have the consciously tell them to relax. Interested to see if this happens to anyone else

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Re: Butt muscle clenching!

Post  Sarah001 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:58 pm

It's VERY common in women with sacroiliac joint dysfunction, have you had those checked? It is something some women do with stress too so it could be that. I do it all the time, my pelvis is very unstable so my tight pelvic floor is part of my brains effort to help but isn't enough so the brain searches for more muscles to recruit for more stability and the glutes are one of the obvious choices as they are technically a stabiliser as well as a mobiliser but gripping with them isn't how that's supposed to work so it causes more dysfunction. If you haven't had your pelvic stability checked I'd advise getting it done, it usually involves laying down and being asked to lift a leg at a time while they monitor your pelvis for movements and one leg standing where they monitor the ilium and sacrum to see how they move in relation to each other. Any physio should be able to check that but a Women's Health Physio will know more about it. If you clench the glutes they will also be weak and full of trigger points (much the same as the pelvic floor in pelvic floor dysfunction) so you should invest in a decent trigger point ball to work on those. The clenching can be consciously stopped but if instability is what's behind it the correct muscles (transversus abs and multifidus) will need to be worked on to replace the faulty stabilisation from the glutes. Clenching with the glutes also restricts the hips so your spine has to do all the flexion movements so it really is bad for us in loads of different ways!
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Re: Butt muscle clenching!

Post  cba321 on Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:33 am

Thanks for the info Sarah! I do currently see a women's health Physio but she hasn't done anything to check all the other muscles supporting the pelvis, just my pelvic floor muscles...i will ask her to check it over. I am seeing a chiro and a massage therapist who specialises in myofasical massage. I am seeing a Chiro who has said my pelvis is twisted and after 5 sessions, she can't make the adjustments stick which she said is unusual, so that is why I started seeing a massage therapist to look at all the muscles and attempt to release them and stop them pulling at my pelvis. The massage therapist said my glutes are weak as well. It is funny though, i don't get any back pain currently, even though the muscles are all screwed surround my pelvis! Guess that will change as I get older, my spine can only cope with so much!

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Re: Butt muscle clenching!

Post  Alana3 on Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:45 am

I had muscle issues likes that too but as soon as I got the surgery the muscle pain went away. Idk if that's an option for you but it worked for me. The only thing that still hurts is my hip but I was im an accident a few years ago and it'll never be right. I did pt but honestly that always made me feel worse because of the affected skin/nerves. I really feel that if you're in pain day in day out your muscles start compensating and you begin to hold yourself different putting even more strain on your body. Just a theory. I go for my 6 week appointment today so hopefully I know more but my muscles honestly stopped bugging me a few weeks after.

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Re: Butt muscle clenching!

Post  Sarah001 on Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:15 pm

cba321 if your chiro can't make the adjustments stay put you have pelvic instability, you need to work on your core strength (minus the pelvic floor) to stabilise things. The massage therapist needs to be careful not to release anything that is trying to stabilise you or it will make matters worse so if it's your right side that won't stay put (it usually is) have her avoid alot of that side and treat the other side which will be tighter and more stable (one side is always more stable than the other). Your pelvic floor is likely doing what mine is and attempting to stabilise you so it might take more stability first before your PF will release, your WH physio needs to know all about what the chiro is doing and where you can't stabilise. And no offence to Alana but surgery will not help when you have pelvic instability issues! If you want to chat more feel free I know tonnes about pelvic instability after suffering it for 8 years and counting!!
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Re: Butt muscle clenching!

Post  Alana3 on Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:29 pm

No, it wont but it made it significantly better for me. But that's me, everyone's different, so I don't see how you can say it won't make a difference. I still have muscle issues, but with the surgery, they have significantly decreased because I don't have constant pain. I have no idea what your treatments are like, but for me this worked, so it was just a suggestion. And obviously it won't work for everyone... I still see a PT specialist, but at least its better.

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Re: Butt muscle clenching!

Post  Sarah001 on Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:56 pm

Calm down Alana, my point is PELVIC INSTABILITY can't be helped by having the surgery not that nobody can be helped by it. Pelvic instability is caused by the pelvis not being stable and muscles hanging on to stabilise it which wouldn't be helped by a vestibulectomy, do you see what I mean? If your surgery has worked I'm very pleased for you but pelvic instability relates to alot more than just the pelvic floor and vulvar so needs a different treatment and if your surgery has worked then pelvic instability obviously wasn't your problem. We're at cross purposes here I think because we're discussing different causes of vulvar pain.
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Re: Butt muscle clenching!

Post  Alana3 on Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:03 pm

I'm calm, thanks, just pointing out that different things can cause it to diminish that's it. I don't know what pelvic instability is, but it wasn't mentioned in the first post, all I was doing was adding my opinion to the first post. But yeah, I get it, I'm over this whole deal, it sucks

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Re: Butt muscle clenching!

Post  cba321 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:47 am

Thanks for the info. I might speak to the physio first before going back to the massage therapist. My chiro has been talking to the physio, im seeing the chiro in 2 days so will ask her more about it.

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