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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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Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

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Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  Melina77 on Wed May 01, 2013 8:30 pm

hello. Just a quick hello. I only found these forums today. So I will have a lot of reading to do! I developed vulvodynia after the birth of my first son. I grazed during childbirth and this became infected and I have never been the same again. I am married and it has been tough. I feel like I can not be the wife I want to be as I can not be intimate in the way I wish nor the frequency. I am from the U>k but live in the USA now. whilst in the u.k I discovered bio fem which probably saved my life. I was in a horrendous way before with prickling and soreness-burning and I kept getting flora imbalance every time I was intimate. I kept being given antibiotics and then oral yeast treatment and it was an awful cycle. I have to order my Biofem from the u.K as there is nothing over here that has the same ingredients. It is great I do not have to visit the doctors for yeast or bacterial vaginosis for a very long time. My last gyno was pretty useless. Told me to try and enjoy the burning as normal love making-unbelievable it feels like acid!! The biofem has made it possible to have sex without getting bacterial vaginosis but I still find I get vulvodynia flairs when it is hot or if I eat certain foods.I can not tolerate fresh produce too much such as apples or oranges. I have had a good 4 years I would say but yesterday it has flaired up and it gets me down. I also notice if I am slightly in need of a bowel movement I get bad prickling, Before I left the u.k I managed to find help at a hospital vulva clinic that encompassed dietician, phsio , doctor and therapist but over here my insurance has not been very great, Unfortunately I have also been dealing with :Lyme disease so I say sorry if my typing is bad . Anyhow I am glad I found these forums. It is nearly impossible to talk about it unfortunately there is such a stigma to diseases affecting our private parts. Whilst I can openly talk about Lyme disease on facebook I can not talk about this. thank you any way for these forums!!!

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My first night on forum but 20+years with this hell!

Post  dreaming@jeans on Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:43 am

Hello there. I have been dying for a forum like this. Thank God we both found it. I understand all the same pains you do. I lately agree that sugar is the devil and is a possible huge reason why the pain flares-up. I have been taking a vaginal suppository from Whole Foods(organic chain) that I will check the name of. I believe it helped but I haven't taken it for a few weeks. I have a flare-up right now and wonder all the time why? I have been sitting a lot taking computer classes. How do you know about the fruit bothering you? Is it the acid? I've tried so many things over the years and one thing that has helped is taking hormones. I get them at a compounding pharmacy (creams) and I believe it has helped me. Do you know how you got it 15 years ago? Doctors are clueless. We have to help ourselves. I do also agree with the bowel movement pressure too. Calcium citrate is supposed to be helpful too. I never know what to do to soothe the area when I'm in pain? Any suggestions?

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Post  Marylynnreily on Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:08 am

Im tellin you guys, try the clindesse and gyne lotrimen..

the Acid Lovemaking, O yea..this has been my sex life in a nutshell. Ive been enjoying constant sex everyday for the last month , even 3 times, a day..never had sex like this before in my life..never thought it would be possible..but because I cured myself with massive doses of the creams, antifungal and antibacterial..a miracle happened..Im just sad that I wasted most of my sex life with this condition that turned out to be curable after all..and yea, I have done vaginal herbal suppositories and they dont do crap, and yes, most doctors are BS!! I took matters into my own hands..

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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  Sebby (Admin) on Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:07 am

Welcome to the forum Ladies, I'm glad you feel you have a space now to talk openly about this condition.

We also have a secret facebook group where only members can see posts and it will not show up in your group lists to anyone but members.

Message me if you would like to join.

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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  lonelyone48 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:44 pm

I found this forum a few days ago and I've been busy reading. I was diagnosed with Vulvodynia in 2005 and I also have recurrent Bacterial Vaginosis. The pain gets worse every day. I'm on Gabepentin, Effexor, and Lidocaine Ointment 5%. I'm thankful to have others to share with and learn from.

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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  jackie333 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:10 am

I truly can sympathize with you and I wish I had a full proof answer but I am still  searching for an answer myself.
I've been living with the pain for several years and as a lot of the ladies mentioned, the flares used to coincide with either bladder infections  or IC which I would get frequently. Now I get them all by themselves : (

I am seeing another doctor this coming week but I have found a few things that seem to help. One is keeping a spray bottle of cool water handy and using it after  urinating. I have a small 3 OZ. spray bottle that I found in the  drug store that fits in my purse for times I am out.
Today I took an Aleve,-(Naproxin) and I do think it helped a bit with the pain--and I also ordered Sudocream from Amazon as suggested by another member. At first I thought it was only for sale in the UK, but I  persevered and did find a dealer in the USA--and it is quite inexpensive!

Please don't feel things are hopeless-- we are in this together and the support and shared knowledge is wonderful--

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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  lonelyone48 on Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:10 pm

I was scheduled to see a new Gyn but due to bad weather it was canceled. Now I have to wait 2 weeks. I'm at the point where the pain is so severe I can't walk sometimes. It hurts from my vulva to my lower back and my thighs. I haven't been able to work since last April and this is really becoming to much to bear. I missed 3 dosages of my effexor and went through major withdrawal. I'll never take that again. Just needed to vent...I am physically and mentally drained.

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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  jackie333 on Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:25 pm

I am leaving on a two week trip next week and am so nervous about a bad flare up. Taking a little spray bottle of water with me--Cipro in case I get a bladder infection--Lidocaine and a lot of prayers.
I also scheduled an appointment with a physio therapist affiliated with my HMO. That appointment won't take place until I return from the trip--but I have been reading about physio and Vulvodynia--- I seem to fit the profile-- IC-- irritable Bowel--lower back instability  etc. From what I am seeing it appears that one cause may be associated with muscles in the pelvic region.
Please don't give up-- I truly know how you feel.
Try to relax, as tension causes stress which makes things worse. Rent a funny movie--try to do something that makes you happy. I also bought a  natural relaxant from the health food store.    http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Balance-HTP-Calm-60-Count/dp/B000K2AUCQ
It is called HTP CALM and you can find it on Amazon too--I bought extra bottles for less $$$ on Amazon when I saw that it helped the tension.  It helps in a very gentle way---

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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  lonelyone48 on Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:44 pm

Thanks Jackie for the encouraging words and information. Have a safe and enjoyable trip.

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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  zarli on Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:53 am

Hey Lonely one, I have been suffering for years too although I get much relief from Lyrica and Nortriptyline. They quite literally saved my life, I suffer from neuralgia type pain constantly with out medication. I hope you can get some relief soon. Being able to live a normal life and return back to work is all you probably wish for....it will happen just never give up trying I know that is easier said than done but its important for you to stay positive. Are you on any other Meds ? You are not alone we are here for you xx

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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  lonelyone48 on Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:58 pm

Hji Zarli I'm only on the lidocaine and gabapentin for now. The gabapentin(1200mg) doesn't seem to help much, so I'm sure it will be increased soon. Now on top of this I now have IBS and need a hemorrhoidectomy. I'm scheduled for that on March 13th. All I can do is laugh to keep from crying.

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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  zarli on Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:24 am

You poor bugger...All will get better from here on, take one day at a time. Use what ever you can to get you through to your next appointments. I know all the natural stuff is great but sometimes we need to depend on other meds just for a short time. Your specialist should be able to try new meds as different things work for different people. Is gabapentin Lyrica ?
I drove myself to an after hours clinic years ago when I wasn't having any luck with pain and they put me on amiltriptyline and valium in low dose to help me relax. I know a lot of people don't agree with valium and I am not telling you to go get it but it just helped my nerves and anxiousness, now a days I only take them when my bladder is causing me grief or if I have extreme stress.
We are all different please remember this and know in your MIND that you will get better and better from this day on.
I loved Jackies advice about a movie or something you used to find that made you happy. I will never forget my early days of legs apart and up in the air with an ice pack on my privates while I watched 'Under the Tuscan Sun', my son walked in on me and he said," what the hell are you doing ??" I said nothing sexual I just got bitten by a bee in the wrong place, makes me laugh now.
My thoughts are with you xx

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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  lonelyone48 on Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:52 pm

Thanks for making me laugh. Gabapentin is neurotin commonly used for epileptic seizures, but also used for nerve pain. Patience is key and I'm working on that. Have a great weekend!

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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  sarisbaris on Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:30 am

I have struggled with vulvodynia for the first time 15 years ago and it recently came back with my pregnancy.  During the first round in my twenties, changes of my diet helped as well as my acupuncturist and herbalist.  But during this recent flare up nothing helped.  Pain would reach up to 8-9-10 levels, to the point when the doctors wanted to give me morphine even though I was pregnant.

I figured out a green drink I created takes my pain away in 25-30 without fail, atleast for me.  Then I finally found an acupoint nutritional therapist and while taking her stuff the pain over the past few months the pain has dissipated.  For the past month, the pain never gets above a 1 or a 1.5.  Now, most days I am pain free. I am deeply grateful.

I've been married for 10 years and I completely understand.

Here has been some saving graces:

Screw You Vulvodynia - Green Drink (for me personally... this would alleviate my burning pain in about 25 minutes. Not sure why)
1 bushel of cilantro
½ cucumber
1 celery
2-3 lemons
1 lime (optional)
Filtered water
1 Orange or ½ orange juice (this might have too much sugar for you but if you are still acquiring the taste for veggies in a cup, add some orange)

Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar Drink  - 1T in glass of filtered water (helps vaginal burning but I found the green drink worked faster)

Also, if I don't eat sugar, fried food, anything that is acidic, my vagina is much happier and of course, sex much better. Do some research about the akaline foods in contrast to acidic foods. That helps a lot.

Shuangliao Houfeng San (to use internally, keep it in your purse and use it during sex... my vagina loves this stuff)
My acupuncturist recommended this to me when the inside of my vagina gets too hot. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) doctors usually recommend this for a sore throat. Use a little bit of organic sesame seed oil (not toasted sesame seed oil or your vagina will smell like Chinese food… I learned that the hard way) and a little little bit of this powder on your finger, insert into your vagina, rub it around and wait a few minutes. Another freakin God-send! When you are doing this for the first time, please use just a little bit of the powder. It’s really really strong.  The first few times, make sure you are next to a hot bath so you can soak if you use too much. The powder smells something awful but who freakin gives a sh-t if your vagina stops burning.  When my vulvodynia subsides enough to have sex (with intercourse) we put a little of this stuff on my partner and it is still freakin awesome. You can buy Shuagliao on amazon.

Everything above (including acupuncture/TCM herbalist) helped but wasn't a cure.  I found a practitioner of Acupoint Nutritional (or Integrative) Testing who finally pinpointed the cause of my pain and alleviated my pain in a few months. It was a slow progress but it seems like it's a permanent fix, so that's been great. (This won't allow me to add a link but just google Dawn Dolan in Cotati, CA) Basically, she uses applied kinesiology to figure out the cause of my the problem and the remedy. Sounds crazy but it worked!

Take care!

PS - It's funny but my western Kaiser doctor has encouraged me to spread my vulvodynia story because of my progress over the few months. So there you go Smile


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Re: Hello.New to forum but had Vulvodynia for nearly 15 years

Post  Leslieg on Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:35 pm

Thank you for taking the time to share your story and recipes!!!
So glad to hear the positives! Smile

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