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» How I cured my Vulvodynia!
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» Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain
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» Vestibulectomy today and no pain
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» MY STORY & Vestibulectomy 2/8/17
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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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Does anyone else experience this?

Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:21 pm by Angelmegs

Hi— im new here. Im incredibly desperate so if anyone has any suggestions i would greatly appreciate it. Im a 20 year old female with vulvodynia and vaginismus. I was on the birth control pill (junel fe lo estrin) from age 13-18 because of severe menstrual pain. I used the xulane patch for a few months when i was 18 but eventually stopped BC altogether because it interferes with my med for …

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Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

Tue May 02, 2017 6:18 pm by jen007

Hi All,

It's been awhile since I've written a new topic on the forum. Wondering if any of the same ladies are still here. I've come back to update you all on my post vestibulectomy results. I can't remember if I've done an update on my current state, so forgive me if this is repeated information... I can't remember how to view my old posts! Anyway, let me get on with my update.

For 4 years post …

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Do you ever worry that you're making it up?

Fri May 27, 2016 6:50 am by Lucci

Hello,

I was diagnosed with Vaginismus and Vulvar Vestibulitis 10 years ago. I was 18 and scared and moving across the country for college, but luckily was able to find a doctor who specialized in 'Women's Health' who immediately put me into physical therapy. Long story short, I've been in and out of the system ever since.

A few years into treatment, I had the diagnosis of PTSD added on for …

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My Poor mum

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My Poor mum

Post  Paula on Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:31 pm

Hi everyone,
Looking for any help and advice for my 70 year old mum, who has been diagnosed with vulvodynia 2 years ago, she has been put on huge amounts of meds and has seen a gyna, pain clinic but nothing is giving her any relief at all. The strangest thing is that this started with no warning, no uti, no thrush nothing, when i read about others and this problem, uti's and thrush are normally spoken of.

The worst problem she has is sitting down, she cant sit to eat her dinner or to watch tv or when out with friends has to keep standing up as she is so uncomfortable, she also has copd and gets very tired, so all this standing and pain is ruining her life, it is breaking my heart to see her cry and says she does not feel she can spend the rest of her life like this,i just want to find somethin that might help her, has anyone got anymore ideas, doctor is now thinking perhaps to try injection therapy in london? has anyone tried this, or tens machine or acupunture???
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Re: My Poor mum

Post  Sarah001 on Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:33 pm

Hi Paula, a couple of things spring to mind. With your Mum being post menopausal there's a chance it's hormonal. If she's not on HRT it might be an idea to try it and if she is already on it perhaps it needs changing? As she's 70 if there's anything to see on the skin it should be examined by a specialist dermatologist, lichen sclerosis is common in older women and if there's any suspicious lesions they should be biopsied to rule out cancer (not common but if there are any it should be checked in a woman your Mum's age). The last thing is as we get older our muscles get weaker so she may have some pelvic floor issues which a women's health physio will be able to test for. I hope some of that is of help and good luck.
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Re: My Poor mum

Post  tweety on Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:54 am

Hi Paula,

What kind of symptoms is she experiencing?

For short term relief have you got her sitting on a donut to help relieve stress on her body? I also agree with Sarah's suggestions too.

Let us know... we'll help figure out something...

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Re: My Poor mum

Post  Sebby (Admin) on Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:25 pm


Hi Paula, what meds is she on and what has she tried so far.

Also what is the injection therapy I am due for a nerve block injection soon and another lady who's husband is on here is trying botox injections.

The foam doughnut idea is a great idea..had a quick look on Amazon and this one looks good

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CUSHION-Moulded-Excellent-OPERATIVE-Relief/dp/B001RBZ54C

Sum things that I have found that have helped are:

Not sitting in a bath at all and only showering. I do not use any soaps down there at all only cool water
Wearing only white cotton knickers, no tights no man made fabrics
Wash the knickers on 90 degrees to kill bacteria and do not use any washing powder at all
wear only skirts or leggings as these are soft and do not rub vulval area
Im currently using a TSE/TENs machine..its early days yet but am finding it good...have a flare up at the moment so am seeing in the next few days if the machine will take off the flare up..this is the one im using

http://www.acticare.com/

It is more expensive than a normal tens but it is suppossed to be better..maybe try a cheaper tens for a bit to see if this kind of treatment is beneficial as Ive only just started using it

I do not wear knickers indoors only a long skirt
If pain is bad I take some co-codermol temperarily 15mg - this is cos at present I am already on meds for panic attacks and the anticonvulsants/amitriptalyne may not mix well with these. (sorry cant spell the medicine names well!)

I would also suggest a visit to a womens physical therapist

I do hope your mum can find some relief

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Re: My Poor mum

Post  Paula on Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:31 pm

Hi
Thanks for taking the time to answer, she is on gabapentin 800mg a day, amitriptyline 30mg at night co-codamol dont touch the pain tried tramadol, pregabalin no good have bought her a donought to sit on
, i think she should try acupuncture, anything would be good ?????



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Re: My Poor mum

Post  jules on Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:18 am

Paula, i know your mom is older so, i don't know how high of a dose they will go on the gabepentin. it took me 3000 mgs for pain relief. it did help, but 900 mgs was not nearly enough for me. I am trying lyrica as well..on 300 mgs..the increase to 100 mgs's gave me relief, but not so much anymore. the donut at all times is a must. she is sitting on her pelvic muscles rather than her pelvic bones..the muscles are wrapped in nerves. besides the biopsy etc.. (i'm guessing they check on all of that if they gave her the Vulvodynia diagnosis? but, you never know). Physical therapy has been helpful for some women. i am seeing a p.t. right now who measured my pelvic floor resting rates, checked my walls etc. (btw..my walls and resting rates are very good) we are working on toning external muscles and i got a prescription for a tens unit (never tried one). so..insurance will pay for one and i will bring it home once the p.t. shows me how to use it. cold gel packs kept in the refrigerator can give instant relief for burning pain. I feel you..i would hate for my mom to feel pain like this.(yes i'm from the U.S. we don't say mum here :-) ) good luck.

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