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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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Relief !!!! Finally - I can help you

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Post  Ar77070 on Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:36 pm

I'm 19 years old and have gone through hell for the last year and a half. It started last summer with a urinary tract infection, and the doctors also noticed a dangerously high count of protein in my urine. A few weeks later I got yet another UTI and took antibiotics to treat it again. Then in September I had a mirena put in which is a form of birth control that blocks semen from going to your Fallopian tubes and traveling to your ovaries. This caused many problems for me: decreased sex drive, terrible mood swings, painful sex, etc so I had it removed a few months later. Prior to having it removed, I had yet another urinary tract infection. I started to get really worried that I had kidney problems but every doctor I went to told me everything looked fine. Then in march I had my most recent urinary tract infection which was so severe I had to go to an emergency room at 1 am and they said I had so many things including blood and minerals in my urine that I probably had a kidney problem. My protein count in my urine was also high still, and at this point I was experiencing the burning of vulvodynia every day, which began around the time I had my mirena put in. After blood work and more doctors they still couldn't tell me what was going on. At this point I had stopped having sex all together because the pain was so unbearable. I had so much trauma occurring to my poor lady areas that I could find no relief. I also had switched to the pill for birth control so I was taking hormones again. For the past four years I also was prescribed minocycline for acne which I took daily and only now realize how damaging that was to my immune system and body. So fast forward a few months and I have no more UTIS but still consistent vulvodynia burning and pain. I was suggested anti depressants but I knew that was a path I didn't want to go down. So here's where my story can help you. I decided that all the chemicals (antibiotics for years, hormones) were actually hurting and destroying my immune system, throwing off my pH balance, and causing hell for my sex life.

My holistic approach that I carefully compiled together from various websites that has finally given me seven days and counting of complete pain free living is as follows:

1) go without sex for two months. Your nerves are sensitive and damaged, they need to recover in peace
2) stretching!! I belief this had this biggest help by far. Stretch everyday!!!!!Regular work out stretches , especially that work your upper legs, glutes, and abdominal area help strengthen your muscles which most likely are weakened and having spasms your are unaware of that cause pain
3) eat a decently healthy diet, love your body!! It will do wonderful things and help regenerate and heal
4) when you feel the burning , tighten your vaginal muscles and release , repeat many times.. It ended up actually reducing burning quickly for me
5) extremely hot baths with oatmeal powder or baking soda give relief for flare ups
6) completely stopping all medication (birth control , anti depressants , antibiotics)
7) buy cotton tampons - available at heb in organic section
Cool sleep without underwear- this tremendously reduced my burning at night
9) once a month put baking soda suppositories up your vagina before bed for pH balance
10) avoid anything bumping against or hitting vaginal nerves
11) on weekend nights when I was drinking a few beers I noticed the pain was less intensified -- do not recommend relying on alcohol to ease pain
12) do this simple routine for atleast three months and I hope you can experience relief like I have. I have suffered and now your pain, I hope to help as many of you out as I can. Please try this holistic approach before further damaging your bodies with more medicine and treatments.

Stay strong, in time your body will heal itself if you let it!












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Re: Relief !!!! Finally - I can help you

Post  tinkerbelle2 on Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:24 pm


Are you still pain-free? I will definitely try out the things you mentioned such as the baking soda and oatmeal baths.
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Re: Relief !!!! Finally - I can help you

Post  Takver on Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:59 am

I'm so glad you found things that work for you. I'm taking notes of the ones I hadn't heard of. I'd never have thought of the technique for tightening and releasing muscles during a pain flare, for instance.

I wouldn't recommend tampons! Washable cloth menstrual pads are the way to go. You don't mention contraception: what are you using? I have a copper IUD. They're wonderful things, 99.6% effective and no hormones at all, but if you have heavy/painful periods they usually make them a bit worse, so they're not for everyone. Although an Omega 3 supplement really helped reduce the heavier periods for me.

Also please don't give out blanket suggestions to strangers to go off their medication. They probably need it, and you have no idea what other medical conditions they have.
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Re: Relief !!!! Finally - I can help you

Post  mary jane on Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:12 pm

go without sex for two months. Your nerves are sensitive and damaged, they need to recover in peace
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And do you have less painful intercourse afterwards if you respect this rule ?
I'd wait 6 months for them to heal, anything !
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Re: Relief !!!! Finally - I can help you

Post  Alana3 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:54 pm

Haha or you could just get surgery and be cured. I cannot get off birth control that's bad advice and not the reason I got vulvodynia. And for a lot of women tightening vagina muscles is a horrible idea. I'm glad it worked for you but don't say you can fix everyone half the stuff you listed I wad told never to try...

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Post  mary jane on Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:02 pm

@ alana 3,
surgery does work but not always, it might leave you with even more nerve damage.
Alas, it depends on the doctor you have
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Post  Alana3 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:28 pm

My point was just because going off all thqt stuff helped her my surgery helped me. Everyone's different I'm cured but I cant do half that stuff and recommendations of going off medication is maddening because I can't.

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