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Hurting, Burning, Itching, and Worn Out

Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:55 pm by donnambr

This vulvodynia that I'm currently suffering with is so cruel. I hurt, I burn, I itch. When I first got this several years ago, before the internet, I though I was the only one with this awful disorder. Doctors couldn't figure it out. I felt so alone and devastated. Somehow it disappeared for a few years and now I'm suffering again. This dreaded V misery is back and I feel like I will be with …

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Hi girls! New in this forum

Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:31 pm by Gaby

Hi everyone!

Also joining the V club, Here my story:

It all started last year in september with a very bad throat infection for which i had to take antibiotics for about a month. This cause several yeast infections (candidia albicans).... one after the other!. I had them every month from october 2017 till march 2018. During this period i use an incredible amount of anti-fungal creams and …

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Newbie and feeling helpless

Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:52 pm by Taylor1

Hi, I found out a few weeks ago that I have this condition, started off at the end of April as a uti took strong antibiotics then got a thrush infection and now this.. My doctor has tried me on amitriptyline and gabipentin and both made me so poorly I couldn't take it plus I have seen what long use of these drugs has done to my mom for pain and its not good. I am using coconut oil which does …

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I'm new to this forum and would love some advice! :)

Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:13 am by anikita

Hi lovely gals!

I'm honestly hoping to get any bit of advice anyone might have to offer. I go from bouts of sobbing hysterically in my boyfriend's arms to feeling confident that I can beat this.

I haven't been actually diagnosed with vulvodynia but EVERYTHING under the sun has come back negative. I started having sex 4 years ago after starting Lo Loestrin, with my first and current boyfriend …

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From a concerned husband

Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:45 pm by ConcernedYorkieHubby

Hello everyone,

This is probably a little unconventional, but I’m a man who is here because his wife has been diagnosed with vulvodynia. The poor girl has been suffering with vulva pain for around 10 years now, and I’ve been by her side through the pain and tears and doctors misunderstandings the whole way, and we’re both exhausted and terrified by the whole experience.

I’m sure a lot …

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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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Gabapentin Gel. or other topical creams

Thu May 10, 2018 9:43 am by Rosie21

Hi I have been suffering for some years with this abominable pain. I have tried most of the systemic drugs , I asked specialists and Doctors if I could at least try a topical treatment but because this requires a special prescription have been refused Has anybody had a chance of trying these? Thank you I will try to put a link on to some of the research into Gabapentin Gel. Thanks.

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What has been helping ME (much less pain over time!!)

Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 am by leoscc

Hello everyone! I vanished for quite some time as my life became consumed by not only this but other daily responsibilities as well. Shortly after my diagnosis, my boyfriend f 3 years left me as he did not want to deal with this. It left me broken for a while but also gave me time to figure out what the heck was going on. So, I will write out a quick list of my symptoms and what helped me.

1. I …

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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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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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Re: Acupuncture gave me my life back!

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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Re: Acupuncture gave me my life back!

Post  Bx11 on Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:25 pm

Can anyone tell me where they have the needles placed as just starting to explore this option with my Physio

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