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» How I cured my Vulvodynia!
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» Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain
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» Needing some reassurance
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:28 pm by Katiej

» Amitriptyline Success and new-found love
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» New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist
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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


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


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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I am so confused.

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I am so confused.

Post  Leslieg on Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:37 pm

I just wrote a very long entry here and somehow it did not save.  Ugh.......I will try again.  This is an abbreviated timeline.
-April 2008- gave birth via C-section following extensive back labor.
-June 2008- vulvar symptoms began. Doctor said BV.....treated with antibiotics....2 rounds and diflucan proactively.  no relief.  Doctors said hormonal irritation form breast feeding.  Continued to feel irritated and raw.
-July 2009.....went back to work and got a bowel infection (c-diff) caused by overuse of antibiotics.  Treatment for this is ironically more antibiotics.  It took 5 months to go away.  Horrible experience, but funny enough I do not remember having V symptoms during that time.  Stopped antibiotics in December 2008.
-February 2009 had sex with husband.....developed stubborn yeast infection.  OTC treatment didn't work.....given boric acid suppositories.....yeast gone.....V symptoms persisted.  
-July 2009 found vulvar specialist......biopsy done 1st visit revealing chronic inflammation.  Nurse practitioner eluded to lichen planus or lichen sclerosus.  So my desperate mind went with that.
-used prescribed cortisone ointments with little relief for a while.
                (-june 2010 baby #2 via C-section with thin thin uterus wall.)
-I was trying to cure lichen and with research spent about $1000 on homeopathy.  I did this for over a year and had a few months of glorious relief so I thought it was working.  Then they switched medicines and V symptoms of pin pricks, irritation an rawness came back. gave it about 6 more months but didn't work again.
- I started using pure aloe ( a valid treatment for lichen planus per research).  Ongoing appointments at vulvar clinic offered just changing strengths of cortisone ointments.
-Aloe started to cause weird itchy bumps after a few months........I thought this was just progressing lichen.  I went to clinic ...... this prompted referral to vulvar dermatologist within clinic.
-june 2013......Vulvar dermatologist tells me I do not have lichen.  Feel good about that but with a bit of WTF? feeling.  I am recommeded to get allergy testing.
-October 2013 allergy testing reveals significant sensitivity to cocamidopropyl betaine.  It's in my body soap and shampoo.  yeah!!!  I thought I had answer.  I got some but not complete relief from changing products.
-end of October 2013 back to vulvar dermatologist.  they see scarring from tearing from intercourse.  
-throughout 2013 I have had intermittant right side sore groin, numb feelings, kind of numb right labia and tenderness in groin area difficult to pinpoint.  This comes goes and is mostly mild.
-Doctor recommends drug doxipen (tryicyclic and PT.
-So scared to take drug. so scared.  I don't want to.
-willing to go to PT......will this hurt?

What is the relation to vulvar skin and pelvic floor????   I struggle to understand.
anyone try doxipen?  Will I gain weight..... 10mg-30 mg.

Again, my first entry had more detail and feeling.....this is much abbreviated......I guess better for you lovely ladies.  Any insight, comments or advice in relation to my story is greatly appreciated. thanks!!!
Hoping for healing for us all.


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Re: I am so confused.

Post  Sarah001 on Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:38 pm

Hi Leslie, a very simplified explanation of the pelvic floor and vulvar skin connection is the tight muscles do not allow proper blood flow to the vulvar and something that caused an irritation cannot heal without correct blood flow. That's a very simplified version and if you need more detail look up Howard Glazer online and read his explanation. I'm tempted to think tight muscles and trigger points with you, the way it started screams of abdominal and likely hip flexor trigger points so I think PT is a must. Sessions may increase symptoms temporarily at the beginning but it really depends what they find. i was told I had Lichen Planus by my GP at the time and a few months later a vulvar dermatologist immediately said I didn't have it, I think doctors grasp at anything they can give treatment for and of course the pelvic floor and trigger points aren't what doctors understand so it's quite common for them to get it wrong! I can't answer the drug question I'm afraid because I haven't taken that one but I gained 28 lbs from the drugs I was prescribed however I have slowly got rid of half of those and am working on the rest so even if you gain weight you can get rid of it without stopping medication. Perhaps someone else will know more detail to give you. But definitely give PT a chance, alot of ladies on here have had good results with it. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Re: I am so confused.

Post  Leslieg on Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:00 am

Thank you for your reply Sarah! I'm trying to stay positive! I'll keep you posted......


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