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» 7 years later and life looks bleak :(
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:37 am by sarisbaris

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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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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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If this will help anyone...My triggers

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If this will help anyone...My triggers

Post  Rainy Day on Mon May 06, 2013 9:00 pm

I developed vulvodynia in Feb 2012 after 1) a massive kidney infection 2) Then, I got a bacterial/yeast infection from the antiobiotics, 3) I fell on my pelvis the same month. After a year of this garbage, I finally figured out what my trigger is. It's totally STRESS related. Anytime I have an anxiety attack, or if I get extremely angry, I flare. For some reason, sadness doesn't flare me though. When it first started, I had a flare that lasted 6 straight months- hardly considered a flare since it was constant 24 hrs a day. My symptoms caused me not to be able to wear undies or pants AT ALL. Only skirts. When it started, I had just lost my dad to cancer and mom got diagnosed with cancer shortly after he died. They were 59, so it was all unexpected and happened fast. I was so bad that I even couldn't sit over a few minutes. My legs were the worst symtom. The backs of the legs just burned and burned. My vagina area was very sensitive too, but the legs bothered me more.

I tried Gabapentin for a while...and it worked great until my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I didn't completely understand it was triggered by stress at that point. Upped my Rx of Gaba, and it didn't help...mom was going through surgery, radiation, etc...was still VERY stressed. Changed my Rx to Desapramine 75 mg and 300 mg of Gaba too. Slowly I started to improve, but my biggest improvement was when I took a leave of absense from work for about 4 months. My mom helped me/hubby during those 4 months by holding my daycare spot (paying for it) and paying for Pelvic Floor Therapy (not covered insurance--out of network). Slowly got better. I still have flares, but they are only caused by stress. Am now taking anxiety meds to prevent anxiety. Works pretty good, but my life is still pretty stressful with other stuff.

I have got to the point where I can gradually lower my dosages and still not flare. I am down to 75 mg of Desapramine only. Will try going down a dose in a month.

Other things that help my symptoms:

Yoga

Meditation

Counselling (I went through counselling on my dad's death for about 5 months)

Anxiety Medications

Moisturizer for vagina (Slippery Stuff) when I feel dry (I get dry at the start of a flare)

When I feel like ants are crawling around my vagina or butt--Rub the area with a rag to desensitize, then, ice cubes on area for 1 minute, I rub with a rag for 1 minute, then do ice cubes on area, then hot rag on area. I read this in Amy Stein's pelvic book...and my phsyio recommended it too. It helps a LOT when you feel the ant crawling thing.

When I have the symptom around 'butt' area, that is totally related to a muscle on top of my sit bones. Physio can fix that in about 24 hours by massaging it...then I do the rub with rag, then ice, then hot rag. Also, I do a lot of stretches to help this.

Tens unit- This is helpful with the 'ant crawling' feeling. Not as helpful for the burning feeling.

RIght when I start flaring, stop wearing undies/pants.

I don't put 'anything' down there...besides moisturizer. Everything else makes me worst.

I am still not recovered, but I am much closer to figuring out this beast. I have times where I feel perfect. I think I could wear jeans sometime in the future if I could control my stress.

I hope this helps someone....





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Ice/Heat

Post  Rainy Day on Mon May 06, 2013 9:02 pm

Realized I wrote that wrong. I use rag for a minute on area. Then, ice cube on area for a minute, then hot rag on area for a minute. This helps desensitize areas for me.

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Forgot Physical Therapy too!

Post  Rainy Day on Mon May 06, 2013 9:12 pm

Physio was a must for me! I still go once every 3 weeks to maintain my healing. I get sacro-iliac joint dysfunction during a flare, and therapy helps TONS with that. When I first started going, all my muscles were in a state of constant spasm. I would think most people with V would have that problem...since one problem causes many other problems with the pelvic area.

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Ants crawling

Post  noelle2530 on Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:46 pm

Hi I am new to this site and everything else and I get that feeling like bugs are crawling around down there too... Is this a common symptom?

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