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Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:05 am by Andlag

Hey everyone,

since I started being sexually active i often experienced burning in my vagina which was often worse during sex /around the time of my period or when using lubricants. I was never able to use tampons because the one time i tried putting them in it felt like acid was poured on my skin. Fast forward to 2 months ago when I got a UTI and an allergic reaction in my vagina. I thought it …

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7 years later and life looks bleak :(

Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:50 am by RainyShay77

So 7 years ago I had a case of BV...the antibiotic caused a horrible yeast infection which took 5 months to 'get rid of'. During this time I had allergic reactions to 2 of the yeast infection creams which magnified the pain. Over the past 7 years I've tried multiple rounds of physical therapy (they only slightly helped), chiropractic, nerve blocks, medications to target nerve pain (amitriptyline, …

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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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15 year old daughter with vulval pain

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15 year old daughter with vulval pain

Post  Ameliasmum on Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:17 am

Hi all,
Just joined as been searching google about my daughter suffering from pain in this area....it has happened on and off over a year lasting days then going....but this time its lasted over a week...i took her to our gp last week and explained her symptoms which are intense stinging burning in vulva area...but daughter was afraid to be examined down there.....gp suggested drinking lots of water....thats all she does drink anyway......then Monday and Tuesday this week she couldnt go to school because of it as she finds it hard to walk has to take little baby steps because of the pain....i made another appointment to see gp yesterday and she tried to have and exam but just the action of knees bent up and flopping them out caused terrible pain that she was bought to tears....she said that walking bending just to put underwear on can make it hurt more..... the exam couldnt go ahead although she really tried.........gps advice now is to apply ice pack and yogurt and take pain meds....she had taken paracetamol and it didnt help which we explained.........gp hasnt requested to see her again ... my daughter is a sensible girl and rarely complains so i know how bad this is for her....any advise would be gratefully received....many thanks
p.s. doesnt seem related to cycle and she suffers with eczema


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Re: 15 year old daughter with vulval pain

Post  Alana3 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:06 pm

Unfortunately to really know she needs an exam. But they should just have to look on the outside if its vulvodynia and not do much more (maybe the qtip test). If it's really that bad (which it probably is) ask for lidocaine to put on before the exam and to use thruout the day. V wouldn't be related to a cycle it just hurts. I remember the last time mine hurt was for the mapping for surgery, unfortunately that couldn't be numbed because they needed to know exactly where it hurt. Oh my God it was the worst pain I have ever felt and I couldn't sit for a while after. Try a probiotic, but honestly, if it is V you need something like elavil, gabapentin, or amitryptilene (sp?) to try and make it stop hurting. From my experience, pain killers don't do anything except make you tired. Take her to someone who does strictly vular pain. I had to go thru 10 doctors before I found one who was even willing to admit that I had a problem and then from there found the doc I have now. Not a good feeling but it can be treated and she can be made to feel better. You could also try physical therapy for her, it helped me for a little, and I still do it now to help with muscle spasms. Good luck if you have any questions let me know Smile

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Re: 15 year old daughter with vulval pain

Post  Kathy100 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:11 pm

Hi,

I feel so sorry for you and your daughter. I can understand her not wanting to be examined because of the pain, I had to have my last smear test under anaesthic! I would change your gp - some of them have no idea - one of the first doctors I saw also said take paracetamol and come back in three weeks time. Paracetamol (or any ordinary pain killers) don't have any effect this kind of burning pain. Ice packs do help temporarily. I had to see several doctors before I got a diagnosis - even then I had to ask her was it V?. The doctor should take swabs & order a blood test. I then went to see a pain management specialist who specialises in V & things started to get better. I also went to see a vulval dermatologist to rule out any skin conditions. I take notriptyline which for me helps a lot with the burning pain. I'm also having physio to help ease the tight muscles which has helped too. It's very difficult but I think once you find the right GP / pain management specialist who understands V things will start to get better for her.

Good luck, don't give up & don't let the doctors fob you off! xx

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Re: 15 year old daughter with vulval pain

Post  Ameliasmum on Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:27 pm

Hi Alana and Kathy

Thank you both for replying......i shall try one more time at our surgery (i dont hold out much hope) then take advice to seek another gp....Kind Regards x

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Re: 15 year old daughter with vulval pain

Post  Alana3 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:57 pm

Keep us updated!

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Re: 15 year old daughter with vulval pain

Post  Loulou on Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:31 pm

Hi Ameliasmum

A few things struck a chord with me from your description of your daughter's pain as they mirrored my own pain in the early days of my vulvodynia ie painful to walk (having to take baby steps), pain when adopting the position for an internal exam, and the actual pain of my doctor trying, and failing, to insert the speculum. In my case this was due to tight pelvic muscles and tight adductor muscles in my inner thighs (which was caused by a misaligned pelvis). At the very least if you can get some help for your daughter to release these muscles it should help reduce the pain, and maybe enable an internal exam to take place.

Whatever the primary cause of her vulvodynia it is very likely that pain is causing her to tighten her pelvic floor and surrounding muscles causing additional secondary pain. So please get a referral to a women's health physio for her and have a look on here for some of my previous posts where i talk about the 'frog pose' which helps to release tight adductor muscles, this will enable her to drop her knees more comfortably. Also a great book which gives exercises for releasing the pelvic floor is 'Heal Pelvic Pain' by Amy Stein.

Another thing you can check for is whether she has any sore spots (trigger points) which indicate tight/contracted muslces in her bum, down the outside of her thighs and across her abdomen. Trigger points in her bum can be found and massaged with a friendly elbow! (just press the elbow firmly but gently into the sore spot for 30secs or so - or you can use a tennis ball). Thumbs and fingers are best for massaging abdomen (a typical vulvodynia related sore spot is in the psoas muscles - when lying flat, imagine a line from the knobbly hip bone (bit that sticks up) to the belly button and around the middle of that line feel around for a tight band or sore spot and massage gently. You might need to press quite deeply here to feel the muscle/sore spot. Outer and inner thighs can be massaged with thumbs, fingers. Or you can buy a 'knobbler' hand held massager. Repeat the massages several times and throughout the day. If your daughter has any tight muscles these should definitely help.

You say your daughter has eczema - hopefully if she can relax her muscles enough for an internal exam they will be able to identify if her pain is caused by vulval eczema. Another thought has your daughter ever had any back or pelvic injuries at any time? e.g falling off something? a slip in dance/gymnastics etc? If yes then structural or muscular problems in the pelvis might be the primary cause of her vulvodynia.

Hope this helps while you find some answers for your daughter.

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Re: 15 year old daughter with vulval pain

Post  Ameliasmum on Tue May 07, 2013 7:20 am

Hi Loulou

Thank you so much for info...daughter has episodes of really bad leg/calf muscle cramps so will check areas you mention too...many thanks

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Re: 15 year old daughter with vulval pain

Post  Alana3 on Tue May 07, 2013 10:19 am

Is she on birth control? If so mention to a doc asap about the.cramps

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Re: 15 year old daughter with vulval pain

Post  Delilah1 on Tue May 07, 2013 3:02 pm

I can't imagine being 15 and having to deal with this. Dealing with the pain and burning can be so stressful. The anxiety that it provokes only adds to the problem. The pain, worry and anxiety make the muscles in your whole body tense. You wonder why me? Will this ever go away? Do I have a sexually transmitted disease or something the doctors are missing? I am in no way saying the pain of vulvodynia is all in your head but emotional issues, stress and anxiety add to it. Has your daughter been through a particuliarly stressful event recently? Is she having issues with boyfriend, friends, school....etc. When my V first started I was going thru a stressful time in my life. I thought I would go to the doctor get some medicine and be on my way feeling better in a few days. When this didn't happen the anxiety started. I think it made all my symptoms worse.
What you can do for your daughter right now is help her to find ways to relax. Give her a back massage, play a movie that will help her get her mind off of it for a while or make her laugh, assure her that she can talk with you about anything that is bothering her. Warm baths in Aveeno Colloidal oatmeal are very soothing. And all of the exercises, stretches and trigger point techniques LouLou described are so important. One of the most important exercises I believe is learning how to breathe filling your lungs using your diaphragm muscles. Amy Stein's book "Heal Pelvic Pain" teaches you how to do this. It really helps. Whatever the cause of her V these things will help. I wish her well!!

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Re: 15 year old daughter with vulval pain

Post  Alana3 on Tue May 07, 2013 3:15 pm

All that is great if the pain is muscular, with mine it was mostly skin and nerve related and it drove me up a wall it made it a lot worse. Just make sure you have a doctor tell you if its muscular or nerve. Now that I had the surgery and removed all the skin and such that was affected I can get thru PT (because I have a little bit of muscle spasms) a lot easier.

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