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Will there be an end?

Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:06 am by Krista2828

I go in and out of being okay and not being okay with this condition. I question often why me? I am a problem solver by nature and I feel so defeated that after tons of research and trial and error and doctors and tears that there still is no answer.

I am in my 20's.. it shouldn't be this way.

Id love to know what all has worked! I am willing to try anything to get my life back. I am curious …

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you can be healed so easy and quite fast.

Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:46 pm by pussycat

Hello everyone,
i am new to this forum. I wanted to share my personal "journey" with V with you and to give you a real hope you can be totally healed/recovered from V. Many years ago i was struck with V, it was painful and got worst and worst, eventually i could not sit, could not stand, could not walk, could not swim in a swimming pool anymore. I was becoming bedridden, it frightened …

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I'M NEW - Do I listen to my gyno who I feel has it wrong?

Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:17 pm by Tunes25

Hello!

I am a 25 year old woman and wanted to share my story here as I feel frustrated by the suggestions of my gyno and am hoping for some advice.

To give the context for this: in September 2016 I moved in with my long term boyfriend after living abroad a year and (nearly) abstaining from sex. Within a few weeks I had got a yeast infection which I treated myself successfully, but then 2 weeks …

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I cured myself 100% of vulvodynia twenty years ago--I hope this helps someone

Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:33 pm by totallycured

Hi,

Every so often I'm reminded of the constant, persistent, horrible pain I was in two decades ago, and I reach out to try to help others who are suffering. If someone had offered me a solution during that terrible time, I'd have jumped at it. I hope this helps someone.

Yes, I did have terrible vulvodynia. It felt like someone poured acid all over my vulva. My doctor confirmed it and was …

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Hi Im from Australia :)

Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:08 am by emma

Hi girls... I live in Australia.
I am currently undergoing a new treatment for vulvodynia. Just wondering if anyone else here has tried it. It's Endep in the form of cream to apply directly on the area. I dont know if anyone else has tried this but so far evidently it has had a 50% success rate.
Anyway i feel at a loss. This new treatment is exciting but at the same time i just dont feel like …

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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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Lidocaine with condoms?

Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:44 pm by AEM1

Hi everyone! My doctor just prescribed me a topical lidocaine to administer before sex, but I forgot to ask if it is okay to use with condoms. Has anyone else used this before and know it is safe to use with condoms? Thanks! Very Happy
Unrelated, but I just started Lyrica a few weeks ago...no changes yet, but I'm hopeful something will come out of it. 3 years with vulvodynia and unable to have sex …

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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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Recently Diagnosed which has motivated my research study

Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:54 pm by ebclose2free

Hi everyone,

My name is Eliza Barach and I was diagnosed with vulvodynia in October of 2017. I'm also PhD student at the State University of New York at Albany. I work several professors at SUNY, but one in particular, Dr. Mitch Earleywine researches marijuana and its possible efficacy as an alternative treatment. Our previous examined cannabis and symptoms of PMS/PMDD and found that women …

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The perfect doctor.

Post  Jordanlynnea on Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:46 pm

I am 19 years old and I have been suffering from vulvodynia for the last 9 months. It has been an uphill battle. I am beyond lucky to have an amazing man who is supportive and has been my rock. I understand the physical and emotional strain the condition has on you and your relationship.

It all started with what I thought was a normal UTI. I treated it with antibiotics and it went away for a while and then returned 2 more times couple with an intense yeast infection. So I thought. After about 15-20 appointments with my obgyn I was beginning to lose help and feel hopeless. The only treatment I was given was a steroid cream. When my condition worsened I was told to back off and return in 3 weeks (repeatedly). I finally had enough and went to my primary dr who immediately recommended me to a specialist.

The moment I talked to Dr. Georgine Lamvu I knew my life had changed. Dr. Lamvu spent four hours with me that day. She listened to my story whole heartedly and did a THOROUGH exam. After the exam, Dr. Lamvu took her time in analyzing the results. She returned to explain to me the anatomy of the vagina and what she figured was the problem.

First off, it's my extreme displeasure to say that most obgyn's can't do much besides delivering a baby. My obgyn was wrong in prescribing steroid creams - which thin out your skin and cause irritation- and collecting my money. Dr. Lamvu explained that the vagina and the bladder are interconnected. If something is wrong with one it can cause problems with the other. I have a cystoscopy scheduled for one week followed by other tests. In the mean time she prescribed me a cream that seals the skin and allows it to re-grow. Once we determine the underlying cause I will start physical therapy to correct the muscle problems (which cause strain on the bladder causing pain and problems with the bowels). Dr. Lamvu promised me that she would fix this and I would return to a normal life. I believe her because she sees 25-30 patients a day with the same condition you and I suffer from.

She wrote out all of her notes for me with CLEAR instructions and a plan of action.

My biggest advice is to STOP listening to dr's telling you that you're crazy and nothing is wrong. I am 1 in 14,000,000 who gets to a specialist in time. I am one of the lucky ones. Next, STOP having sex before you permanently damage your body. Please, DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE.

The past week has felt like I have been reborn as a new person with hope and promising future of health and happiness.

There are only TWELVE doctors like Dr. Lamvu in the Unites States. Dr. Lamvu is located at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fl on North Orange Ave. Call, make an appointment, and change your life for the better.


I have long road ahead but it is a road that leads to being free from this awful condition.

I wish all of you luck and hope that you make this first step in calling Dr. Lamvu to recovery.

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:33 am

Ugh I went to her didn't have a good experience she diagnosed me with stuff I didn't even have. But im glad she helped you! Are you from Florida?

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Post  Jordanlynnea on Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:08 am

Yes I am. She's been great.

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Post  Jordanlynnea on Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:10 am

I think she moved away from Lockhaven gynecology to Fl hospital which seems to be a big difference

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:26 am

Yeah I wouldn't go back to her after what she did to me and said to me but I found a doc down in west palm who works for me she wanted to.do a potassium challenge test and a laprascropy for endo when those weren't even by symptoms than treated me like I had v when that was never mentioned weird but like I said if she's helping you that's good

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Post  Jordanlynnea on Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:34 am

Yeah, I have vulvodynia so she's doin the right steps.

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Post  Alana3 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:22 am

Yeah I do too and she mis diagnosed me twice and told me I needed these horrible surgeries when in fact come to find our she was treating me for vulvodynia. Sorta seemed like she wanted money and than pretended not to know anyone down here who had experience. Which was a lie cuz they knew each other.

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Post  Alana3 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:13 pm

Why are you getting a cystoscopy for vulvodynia? Or do you have ic too?

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Post  Jordanlynnea on Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:25 pm

Cystoscopy first then physical therapy. Ill be sure to keep an eye out any money sucking situations. I went through that with my last obgyn. What is the new doctor doing differently for you? And is it less expensive?

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Post  Alana3 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:03 pm

I'm not trying to trash her, if she's working for you that's awesome! But I don't understand why she is sending you for a cystoscopy if you don't have IC or bladder problems? This sounds eerily similar to my experience with her. This was my story with her:

My physical therapist sent me to her, so I went thinking she would be awesome and at first I thought she was. She did the qtip test and I almost passed out on contact. She spent a lot of time with me blah blah blah same thing as you. Than she told me that I maybe had IC and endometriosis. She explained the same thing to you as she did for me with the anatomy and all. She wanted me to come back for the IC challenge test where they shoot potassium into your bladder and you rate the pain via catheterization (this test is deemed as unnecessary and barbaric she never once mentioned cystoscopy) and than she wanted me to do a laprascopy. She sent me home with muscle relaxers, an estrogen compund with lidocaine that she had me put on my vulva and Naproxen. None of this made any sense to me so I went on-line and did my research. The stuff she sent me home with was for treatment of vulvodynia which I had the symptoms for, but it was never mentioned. The endo and IC I had never complained about one symptom (except the pain with sex, but OK that's a lot of conditions). So I just felt like she was after me for money and that after all those things (painful things mind you) came back she would be like oh hey guess what you have vulvodynia. So I cancelled all my appointments with her.

Fast forward 6 or so months later later and thousands of prescriptions and useless doctors later, I found Dr. Trabin in West Palm Beach. The initial appointment was over 300 (but it gets cut in half after you go to him after). He looked at my vulva and was like I can SEE (funny huh?) exactly what is ailing you. So he took pictures of it and showed me where my problems were. From here, he said you have 3 treatment options. 1. I can write you a topical compund 2. Physical therapy (I was already doing that) and 3. surgery. We decided to continue with the compound and physical therapy. He took a swab and found out that I had strep too so he wrote me a prescription for that. For 6 weeks everything was great with the compound and then it started hurting again. I decided to proceed with surgery- a partial vestibulectomy. I will tell you I was terrified and second guessed myself up until the second they knocked me out. But NOW I am so thankful I did it as I can be penetrated with little to no pain. The only pain I really have is muscular, which my physical therapist is helping me with. But I haven't had to go back for ANY pain (except a yeast infection, but come on normal people get those too) since my surgery. The recovery and pain from surgery wasn't nearly as horrible as I imagined either.

Is it less expensive? After the surgery (although it was covered by insurance) I had spent about 30K with him. I don't care about the expense though he knows his stuff and I'm like a new person with more confidence in myself because my vagina is functioning. I don't remember what Lamvu's initial appointment was (or how much), but Dr. Trabin spent about 2 hours with my mom and me showing me other people's normal and vv vaginas and mine and where exactly MY particular problem was. I just felt like it was a completely different experience. Please PLEASE find out why she is doing a cystoscopy on you before you do it. From personal experience, unless you have IC or are suspected to have it, that isn't going to do anything for your vulvodynia. Physical therapy I totally agree with I do it it helped me, but my saving grace was the surgery (and I am not in any way advocating that for you, just saying what happened for me). There's another girl on here who also goes to Lamvu, maybe you could compare notes with her too.

Another thing I didn't like was that she claimed she didn't know any specialists in my area, when in fact, Trabin and Lamvu go to conferences all the time together. That was weird to me. Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you, but like I said, I'm not trying to cause problems, just my experience wasn't a good one, and wanted to express it. And again, if she's helping you that's AWESOME and I'm happy for you Smile But no more compounds, no more pills, just dialating (sp?) which isn't that big of a deal once or twice a day when I can fit it in now. New person!

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Post  Jordanlynnea on Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:08 pm

Yeah! Thank you that helped a lot. We are doing the cystoscopy because I had a lot of UTI's when I was younger and had UTI's right before the vulvodynia. So I wouldn't be surprised if I do have some bladder issues but I will talk to her more when I go in for pre op just to double check. Thank you for your honesty and if I don't get better i will look into the dr you mentioned! I appreciate it a lot!

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Post  Alana3 on Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:05 pm

No problem! Do you live in Orlando? Best of luck let me know what happens! Find out side effects too from that

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