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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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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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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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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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Newly diagnosed - and prescribed amitriptyline cream/physio/psychology

Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:38 am by sophiarp

Hi everyone,

I'm so happy to have stumbled across this forum. I have just been diagnosed and am really struggling emotionally. It's nice to find this forum and feel a little less alone.

I've been prescribed amitriptyline cream. Has anyone had success with this? I was happy to have avoided the amitriptyline tablets. I'm also participating in physio and have been told I need to see a psychologist …

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Somebody please help me...

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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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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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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Post  BpCookie on Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:37 pm

Hi girls, Was wondering what surgeries you have tried? What surgeries are there that can be done? i see a new Dr. next month and am going to talk about surgery options. Im so scared to have surgery but Im also scared to keep going as I have been.

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Post  Alana3 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:43 pm

I had a partial vestibulectomy in December I was terrified and it was definitely a roller coaster of emotions healing (took 6 weeks) BUT it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be I walked two miles a week after my surgery and the outcome is amazing. I look the same down there and the feeling is better too. If you're a candidate for that I definitely recommend it. Bit please please go see specialists who know what they are doing most docs are like here try this one wasn't even willing to operate when they thought I had endo! be careful with who you to to but im sure you know that Smile but vestibulectomy was a life saver no kidding

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Post  jen007 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:50 am

I had a full vestibulectomy in July of last year. I have PVD, which seems to have good results with surgery. I stayed confined to my/ couch for the entire 6 weeks of recovery, just to ensure I would do no harm to my area. It was so most frightening thing I have ever done, but for me 100% worth it. I was is constant pain for years and now I'm 99% cured. As long as I dilate regularly I'm never in any pain and I'm able to have sex. The only down side to a full vestibulectomy is they remove the glands that produce lubrication. I'm not dry, but I can't really get "wet" anymore....nothing a little lube can't fix though! I would say if you have nerve/ muscle issues, surgery is the way to go. If you have any questions about the details of the surgery or recovery please feel free to ask! I know how hard it is to find information about surgery and peoples personal experiences with it.

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:07 pm

Another thing, Jen lost her lubrication I did not. Please keep in mind that is way different for everyone! But both of us had amazing results and I can speak for myself that if I had to go thru it again I would. It's really not as big of a deal as I thought it would be! Don't be scared about any surgery because it will ultiamtely help you in the end. It was totally worth it I can't even emphasis how much it helped me. The 6 weeks was sort of a pain in the ass but I was off my pain killers by day 2. Seriously AND my stitches ripped. I was out of my house on Day 5 eating at a bar. Honestly, I was surprised by how easy it was!Even though I doubted it the entire time, the healing process is annoying so I thought I wasn't healing right, ask Jen I was talking to her everyday freaking out haha

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Post  BpCookie on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:31 pm

Alana hun, I was hoping you would reply. So what is a vestibulectomy? I wish that I could have your Dr. do my surgery. Im so glad that the surgery worked for you. Ive had enough of this daily Hell. Two yrs. is too long for me. I want to get on with my life.

You pulled your stitches? Did you have to go to the ER? For some reason, when ever I have stiches, I end up pulling them. I had vaginal surgery when I was in my 20's and I pulled my stitches and ended up bleeding for 10 days straight before the surgeon told me to go to the ER. I had to drive myself and by the time I got there I had already bleed through the folded wash rag that I had stuffed in my panties and bleed through my shorts. The ER Dr. had to wait for my surgeon to give her instructions. I Bleed so much that the ER ran out of maxi pads. Screamed bloody murder while the Dr. glued the skin to stop the bleeding and I passed out twice. It was a horrifying experience. So thats one reason why Im so scared.

Thanks for replying honey. It does give me hope.

Hugs to you.

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:40 pm

A vestibulectomy is just what it sounds like they remove your vestibule. Sounds a lot more scary than it is. It seriously wasn't that bad. Why don't you call my doctor and talk to them over the phone? They could maybe help you that way.

Ok I ripped one stitch out it just hurt, but I was already bleeding so it didn't really matter. I think I bled for 2 weeks after and then again when he took out the stitches (talk about something that did hurt!) I seriously don't think that will happen to you, but if it does it wasn't a horrible experience I just knew something wasn't right. I can't even find a scar lol he made sure to patch me back up to normal (whatever that is). But yeah for vulvodynia it worked well for me but again everyone is diffrent keep that in mind!

Now I'm worried I have IC, like flipping out which is stupid, but I keep peeing like crazy, always something Sad arent you one of the girls who has IC? can you tell me what it's like?

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Post  Loulou on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:44 pm

Yikes BPcookie that sounds traumatic you poor thing! Was that surgery related to your LSC or did that come after?

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Post  BpCookie on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:51 pm

Hello Jen hun, I just noticed that you had a full Vestivulectomy and Alana had a partial. I dont know what a Vestibulectomy is, let alone what a full one or partial one is. Can you please explain? Also what is PVD? I have Lichen Simplex Chronicus which is the thickening of the vulva skin. Just looking at the area you would never even know there was anything wrong. My LSC only covers an area about the size of a nickel but the burning pain covers my entire vulva area, labia minora, labia majora, butt cheeks and inner thighs. I believe that if they could fix that small area of my vulva that it would fix the pain felt every where else. Also, I am 48 yrs old, going through menopause and am already dry,so surgery wouldnt be a problem in that area. Ohhhhhhhhh I hope the Dr. will approve surgery and I hope they dont botch it.

Any info on the surgery and recovery would be great.

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Post  BpCookie on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:56 pm

Lou Lou hun, The surgery was for a shelf of skin that was up inside my vagina. The Dr.s could not agree to what exactly the skin was, only that it should not be there. I opted for surgery and totally regret having it done and regret not suing the stupid surgeon. I had it done over 24 yrs ago, way before this vulva pain started.

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Post  Loulou on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:11 pm

So doesn't sound like that surgery caused your LSC, but i can totally understand why you're nervous about surgery now. But I know from your posts that you've tried a helluva lot of things so maybe surgery is an option now, especially if its just a small area of skin affected??? Just do your research (I know you will!) and keep us up to date wont you?

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:19 pm

I responded on top don't know if you saw it or not... Smile

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Post  BpCookie on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:41 pm

Hi Alana hun, I just now saw your reply. No I don't have IC, thank God. Don't need another problem. Oh honey, I sure hope you don't have IC. The only problem I have is that I pee myself when I sneeze or cough. Soooo embarrassing.

So, are you sure that you don't just have a bladder infection? I'm so sorry darling. All you need is to finally get over the vulvodynia and then get another problem. I will keep my fingers crossed.

Take care honey

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Post  BpCookie on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:48 pm

Alana hun, I forgot to ask, can you please tell me your Dr.s name, location and if possible, his phone number?
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Post  Alana3 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:10 pm

Shit, I dont know, somedays I wake up in the middle of the night to pee others I dont I really only pee a few times a day and this may sound gross but I feel like its related to my GI because if I cant poo it makes me pee? I don't know. But no foods I eat trigger it (except for cider beer but a lot of people I talk to have this problem and they're healthy so maybe I'm flipping out for no reason!) Listen, I have lidocaine patches that I used for a while, ask for a prescription and you can do whatever you want! No joke. Today I've peed like 5 times already is that healthy? LOL!

My doctor's name is Dr. Jay Trabin in West Palm Beach, Florida (take a tropical vacation while you're at it and you can meet me! jk) His phone number is 561-687-5000. Seriously, they are the best ever- I called them freaking out many times and they listen like no ones business.

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Post  jen007 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:41 pm



Hi BpCookie,

The difference between a full and partial vestibulectomy is with the partial they only remove part of the vestibule...with a full they remove the entire vestibule. With a partial you still have your glands. I honestly think I could've had a partial and still had the same results I had from the full, but my Dr. wanted to ensure I wouldn't have to go back for a second surgery since my pain liked to switch sides every once in a while. PVD is Provoked Vestibuldynia, which means I only had pain when I was touched "down there"...specifically on the inner ring, to the left. I still have pain, but only if I don't dilate. If I dilate regularly I'm 100% pain free! It's pretty amazing. I had my surgery performed by Dr. Goldstein in New York. He has other offices too, but I'm not sure where. I wanted him to be the one to do it because of his book "When Sex Hurts." Plus he had a pretty high success rate and has done the surgery over 500 times...So he has a lot of experience. I felt like I could trust him with such a delicate part of my body.

Here are the exact recovery instructions that I followed:

http://pelvicpainnewyork.com/about-us/Post%20Operative%20Instructions%20for%20Vestibulectomy11_11.pdf

Also here is Dr.G's website:

http://www.cvvd.org/

Hope this was helpful!

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Post  BpCookie on Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:15 pm

Alana hun, thank you so much for the info. and your never ending support.
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Post  Alana3 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:01 pm

No problem let me know what you decide to do!

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Post  BpCookie on Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:05 pm

Jen hun, thank you so much. Im looking at his web site right now.
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