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So frustrating!!

Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:15 am by Hannah77

Well I'm back in pain after 7 years of pain free days.
I was diagnosed with vulvodynia when I was 17. I suffered for three years with horrible burning all day, painful sex with my boyfriend and just pure misery Sad I went into a spontaneous remission when I was 20. I'm still not sure how the pain stopped but all the sudden I could go an entire day without thinking of my vagina, sex started to …

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Looking for suggestions or encouragement

Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:10 am by ryn207

Hi there. I'm 25 and have been dealing with this for over a year and a half and I'm really starting to lose hope this will ever stop.

In July of 2016 I had a yeast infection. When Monistat didn't work I went to my gynecologist who prescribed Diflucan. When the itching didn't stop she retested me and found that my yeast infection was gone, but I now had a bacterial infection. After taking the …

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Looking for a friend..... and new problems

Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:38 pm by infinitelywondering

Hi everyone,

I hope you're doing well.

I hate to say this, but I feel beaten down and terribly alone. I had a vestibulectomy surgery about 6 months ago and I was absolutely praying it would work. It didn't.

6 months later and here I am, sitting on my bedroom floor crying my eyes out because I know I'll never be able to have painfree sex. I don't know what to do and just need a friend Sad



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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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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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Newly diagnosed - and prescribed amitriptyline cream/physio/psychology

Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:38 am by sophiarp

Hi everyone,

I'm so happy to have stumbled across this forum. I have just been diagnosed and am really struggling emotionally. It's nice to find this forum and feel a little less alone.

I've been prescribed amitriptyline cream. Has anyone had success with this? I was happy to have avoided the amitriptyline tablets. I'm also participating in physio and have been told I need to see a psychologist …

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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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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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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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Post  mollyashlie on Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:20 am

Hey ladies,
I just got diagnosed with vvs after seeing countless doctors and finally a gyno. All my swabs for yeast and bv have come back negative in the past 6 months since my symptoms started... although sometimes (like now) my symptoms feel more like a yeast infection than vulvodynia. I just wonder what you ladies have for symptoms..
I certainly have the tell tale signs like intense pain during intercourse - but sometimes it subsides if I "ride it out" (pun not intended), I also have localized pain in my vaginal entrance, which can be really severe.
but then I have intense intense itching almost non stop... and sometimes I even have a white discharge, nothing bad just... not normal.
My gyno gave me a lidocaine prescription which I will start tomorrow... I've been applying coconut oil but it barely does anything, still taking probiotics just to be sure... was taking them when doctors kept telling me "its probably yeast", even had one doctor assume bv so treated myself for that too. Boric acid would help me for a little bit before... maybe a day before I started feeling itching, but now that doesn't work. Baking soda baths help for a couple hours, I even had three whole days without any symptoms last week, which I think was thanks to two baking soda baths in two days. But mostly trying to keep away from applying to much gunk to my lady parts, because I've been doing that for 6 months straight and nothing has been effective in the long run. My gyno says she thinks its a nerve problem because it started 6 months ago which was when my and my partner got together - and she thinks it was a "traumatic vaginal event" which would make sense because my new partner gave me genital HSV-1 (which is pretty traumatic vaginally and mentally.)
I'm just at a loss and was hoping you could give me feed back on your symptoms!

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Re: New and unsure!

Post  alessandria on Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:14 am

Hey mollyashlie!

Everyone with VVS has unique symptoms, to the point I'd think that each person on this site probably has a slightly different story. For me, I currently have provoked vaginal opening pain only, and only with penetration (however, I used to be much different, and had generalized pain with inflammation at all times). VVS has a zillion different etiologies, with the only common feature being that it results in pain. A few considerations for your specific case, though:

1) Have you ever gotten your vaginal pH assessed? A too-low vaginal pH can indicate an overabundance of the ordinarily good vaginal flora, lactobacilli acidophilus, and cause something called cytolytic vaginosis. This is a disorder in which the surface layer of vaginal skin (epithelium) is irritated so much by the excessive acidity of the bacteria, it becomes chemically burned and sloughs off. Discharge in this condition looks a lot like yeast discharge, but for an entirely different reason -- it is full of dead epithelial cells, which also have a white and chunky appearance. This is alleviated by sitz baths, which work to elevate vaginal pH. I'd consider finding out if you have any alterations in pH or lactobacillus, if the sitz baths work for you.

2) HSV-1 can be a source of nerve pain, because all herpes viruses make neurons their home upon infection. I don't think there's any body of research on HSV and vulvodynia, but it would make sense for it to cause inflammation to the nerves upon first infection. This may clear up on its own depending on how HSV and your body interact (it is almost always most intense on initial flare, and will stabilize over time; though there are exceptions).

3) Find a doctor you trust and who doesn't trivialize your symptoms, VVS is a challenging experience and you need a good team to work with. Don't be afraid of trying new things, like physical therapy, acupuncture, or changing your diet, because every single person will have a different trigger and therefore most likely a different solution, too. Some people also use surgery, and this is amazingly effective for some women. There is help out there and a light at the end of the tunnel, the key is not giving up.

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Re: New and unsure!

Post  tinkerbelle2 on Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:42 am

Hey molly,

Welcome to the forum! I don't have much to suggest to you yet as but im in the same boat as you hun. I've not been able to shed much light on the cause of my own pain (unprovoked burning in vaginal opening & a little inside). It really is horrible, the fact it is constant and a really burning stinging acidic sore pain. It almost feels like a wound. Sad I'm so sick of living with it now. Just know you are not alone and we will get answers. Above poster had some really great suggestions! , I too will take those on board.
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