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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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Acupuncture gave me my life back!

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Acupuncture gave me my life back!

Post  earthbalance on Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:25 pm

Hello everyone!

I was diagnosed with vulvodynia in January, after 5 visits to various doctors, gynos, and even a urologist. The pain set in during the second week of December, and was DEBILITATING. I was unable to do almost anything- work out, WORK, go to class, and I was entirely unable to have sex with my boyfriend. I felt like everything I loved (I was training to compete as a powerlifter so losing the gym was a devastating blow) and my basic human functions (sex with the person I love) were being taken from me and I was, of course, miserable. During my last gyno exam I asked when I would be able to have sex again and my gynecologist said, "I can't even get a finger in you, do you think you can even HAVE sex?" Of course I didn't mean as I was, I was just hoping for a sunny vaginal forecast for the future. But my future (from her perspective) was grim.

I received my diagnosis (the end of the world aka vulodvynia) and information about applying for disability (because my pain was so intense) and was told "This pain won't be the rest of your life, but it will be your life for the next little while--maybe a year or so. Your life isn't over, it will just be different. Is your partner understanding? You may not be able to have sex again soon, or maybe at all. But there are other ways to be intimate. You should get health insurance because you'll need to go frequently to a gynecologist and try different methods of pain management until you find one that works for you. Hopefully it won't be a long process."

I left feeling total helpless, my life snatched away by endless burning and pain. I'm 30 years old, fit, and prior to this vulvodynia, was healthy and happy! I was visiting my Dad when I received my diagnosis and he asked if I would be willing to try acupuncture. I told him I was willing to have my leg cut off to make the pain stop, so he made an appointment.

I will preface this by saying that my results (time-wise) are not typical, but the outcome (being pain free after acupuncture treatments) IS.

My vulvodynia has two kind of pains: an external burning that feels like acid had been thrown on me, and an internal pain that feels like open, swollen wounds--almost like the inside of my vagina was used as a scratching post for cats. Both types of pain were constant. I could barely SLEEP. Sit. Walk. Do ANYTHING.

Every day I used to rate my pain to let my boyfriend/parents (who were very worried about me) know how I felt. I went into my first acupuncture appointment at a 7. I explained this to my acupuncturist, and at some point during the treatment, she asked me to rate my external burning pain. I instantly started to say 7... but then I realized I barely felt ANY pain. I rated it at 2, and she was delighted and got to work on my internal pain.

Unfortunately, the internal pain stayed throughout my treatment, but I was SO HAPPY to be rid (even temporarily) of the burning that I considered the session a huge success.

Over the next couple of days my pain (burning AND internal!) diminished more and more, much to my disbelief and delight! 3 days later I came home. That night as my boyfriend and I laid in bed, I told him all about my treatment, how I felt my pain start to prickle and then... just evaporate off of me, and one thing lead to another and WE HAD SEX... WITHOUT PAIN! It felt great! We hadn't had sex in two months, and I was so happy and relieved and overwhelmed that I cried. I had thought that part of my life was gone forever. I felt like a human again.

A few days later, my pain came back. But long story short: I found a local community acupuncture clinic where I live. For the next 2 months I went twice a week ($35 a week), and each session would keep me pain free until the next. I was able to have sex, work out, use tampons, and be more or less normal.

Now I go only every week and a half, sometimes less. I still get pain when I'm stressed out, but it goes away within a day or two.

If you've made it through this story and relate, pleeeeease give acupuncture a try. Don't expect a miracle at the first session, but, I was told, generally within 7 sessions there should be change. Before you pump yourself full of drugs or do anything drastic, see what acupuncture can do for you! You don't have to believe in it for it work, just like anything else. (Just like you can disbelieve that 5 cups of coffee won't wake you up but if you drink them your belief won't stop you from bouncing off the walls!)

Acupuncture gave me my life back, and I hope if can give you yours! Very Happy

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Re: Acupuncture gave me my life back!

Post  Finch on Sun Jul 28, 2013 1:52 pm

Thanks for sharing - this is a great success story. I'm so pleased you found something that works Smile
I have often wondered about acupuncture, as many people with vulvodynia have certain trigger points that can be linked to other parts of the body.
What was it like? Did it hurt or feel odd?

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Re: Acupuncture gave me my life back!

Post  Sebby (Admin) on Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:51 am

Thank you for this, I'm definitely thinking of trying acupuncture. Is it better to try and find someone with some understanding and experience with vulva pain?
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Re: Acupuncture gave me my life back!

Post  tinkerbelle2 on Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:31 pm

Hi, earthbalance!

Acupuncture is something I've been considering. My gp has mentioned it a couple of times. Not sure if you still post on here but has the pain still stayed away? ! Glad for you.
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Re: Acupuncture gave me my life back!

Post  Alana3 on Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:55 pm

I tried it it works but the pain comes back unless you do it consistently at least for me but it relaxes you like no other give it a go cant hurt

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Post  mary jane on Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:03 pm

interesting- I'll list it down
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Re: Acupuncture gave me my life back!

Post  young.sufferer on Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:51 am

This may we a silly question, but are you just receiving normal acupuncture or are you getting acupuncture on your actual vagina? Wondering what I should prepare myself for!

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Acupuncture help for V

Post  neesegjohnson on Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:41 pm

So, I have had 4 acupuncture treatments. Before I went I specifically told her I had vulvodynia so she would focus on the V area. After the 1st visit it felt better for a couple of days then returned. After each time, it has increasingly gotten better. I have had a one day flare up in the last 2 weeks and I believe it's a combination of things but definitely believe acupuncture helps cure vulvodynia. My girl said she has helped other women with V as well. I am now going every other week and as needed. I have had vulvodynia for 5-6 months. My plan is to gradually go down to once a month at some point. She puts only a few needles in, they do not hurt. She puts one on each side of the vagina close to that area but def. not in the vagina. Try it. I have done a lot of research on the problem and acupuncture stimulates your bodies natural healing abilities. Btw..I have pretty much tried everything!

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