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» Coping with Vulvodynia
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:55 pm by NaughtyNanny

» Newby not sure where to turn
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:10 pm by sarisbaris

MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE- PLEASE READ

Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04 pm by infinitelywondering

Dear all,

Today has been the day I've been waiting for. The day something FINALLY makes sense.
I've been told countless times that I've got nerve damage or a muscular condition, yet none of the specific treatments have helped me. My GP suggested attacking this from a different angle so referred me to a dermatologist specialist


after having a vestibulectomy with no success, I decided to visit …

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NO PAIN DURING SEX

Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:18 am by rockylife

I HAVE NO PAIN DURING SEX, BUT I FEEL THIS BURNING SENSATION ALL DAY JUST BESIDE THE VAGINAL OPENING. DO I REALLY HAVE A VULVODYNIA? I'M CONFUSED.

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Newby not sure where to turn

Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:32 pm by Cerjo87

Hi this is all very new to me , well the talking about it bit is , the pain while having sex and also the uncomfortable feelings after and feeling like I have  sistitus most of the time I’m very used to , I’ve suffered for 7 years now I’m only 30 . Finally after all this time the doctors or should I say my gp has said I have Vulvodynia and have givin me gabapentin to try .i told her I’d …

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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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Newbie to the site

Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:16 am by Ksa

Hello. Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm currently under the care of a dr in Phoenix that specializes in vaginal disorders. I will probably be on a suppository of estridol the rest of my life and I am currently on medications for a rare form of vaginitis that's pretty unheard of for my age. My vagina literally hates me. I've struggled with vulvadynia for 20 years, the duration of my …

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Vulvodynia from #metoo media coverage

Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:01 pm by dooleyhornberg

I am wondering if anyone else in this forum has experience an increase or flare up in their vulvodynia as a result of the coverage of the sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, DC, and the recent gymnastics scandal. I have definitely had a flare up.

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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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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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Do I have vulvodynia?

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Do I have vulvodynia?

Post  Mvp1022 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:10 am

So, I have been to only 1 gyno (multiple times) for my symptoms, with no relief. So I took to searching on the internet. Right now I only have access to the one gyno I have been seeing. As of May I should be able to able to see other specialists. Please tell me what you guys think in the mean time.

First, i guess I'll start with the fact that i didn't get my period until freshman year of high school. And it was anything but normal i wouldn't get it for months and then I would get it for weeks at a time. I started the birth control my senior year to help regulate.
I didn't feel any symptoms. A couple months after I stopped taking them, I suppose just out of laziness and I was rarely, if ever having sex. I also don't believe ive ever had a uti or yeast infection. I don't know if this is relevant but I thought it was worth the mention.

I began seeing in my boyfriend in sept 2011. We began having sex in dec and by jan I began birth control pills again. After about 3 months of the pill I decided to try the depo shot.

February 2011 is the first "flare up" I can remember. I actually thought it was a uti (bc I never had one and just associated vaginal pain with utis. I also did have the urge to urinate frequently but nothing came out.) I took your standard uti medicine and within a couple days I felt better.

Until I felt the pain once again. The pain would be horrible and it would wake me up all through the night while I sat with a warm rag down there, crying my eyes out. It was occasionally a burning, raw feeling. Other times it felt like extreme irritation. This persisted until July which was the first time I saw my gyno about my pain. All she did was give me the standard talk no scented soaps and laundry detergents, cotton undies, etc. she also told me to try some light cream that was for irritated skin, not even specifically for your vagina, which worried me. I tried it anyway. The cream didn't help, but changing all my soaps and laundry detergent did help slightly.

I saw my gyno a couple more times, none of these visits helped at all. She would give me the yeast infection tests and all that good stuff. They all came back
Clean. She gave me a dose of yeast infection medicine "just in case." No surprise it didn't help. About a year later I got suspicious that depo shot made it worst, so
I decided to switch back to the pill. My gyno insists that if it was a reaction to my bc I would be seeing symptoms in other areas too. I think this helped a lot. My symptoms seemed to lessen from a pain scale of a constant 9
Or 10 to an occasional 7 or 8. I still feel the pain every day, but sometimes feel manageable, other days not so much

At the worst point of my pain I was irritated down there ALL THE TIME. Then at some points it would burn and feel raw down there. I've tried to look for triggers but honestly besides the depo I can't find a constant one. Also my change from thong to cotton under wear seemed to help. I always have used plain dove soap anyway. I try to use sensitive skin detergent but sometimes my laundry gets mixed in with the rest of the laundry and I notice no difference. Sex actually doesn't hurt that often. Though sometimes the day after it gets worst, but that's only sometimes. The final big thing I've noticed is it gets worst right before and in the beginning of my period. It also seems to get worse if I get very stressed and anxious. Oh and I have one last symptom that makes me question if I do have vulvodynia bc I haven't seen anyone else mention this system. Sometimes my pee smells very much like ammonia. I've been using Rephresh vaginal gel that's supposed to Help with balancing ph levels. This sometimes works.
Sometimes doesn't. This is ruining my life though. I rarely ever want sex. Work is miserable many days. I feel antisocial. I never want to go out bc that involves me wearing underwear and pants. Sometimes it
Makes me so sad that i might have to deal wth this pain forever.

I will go to a different dr when I am able until then what do
You think? I start my first full time job Monday and I'm literally terrified I'm going to be in pain all day.

Sorry this is so long and I probably seem
Illiterate. I'm tired and on my phone but I wants to get some feed back. Thanks in advanced.

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Re: Do I have vulvodynia?

Post  Delilah1 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:26 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum. There are many wonderful ladies on here. Read through all the posts. I'm sure you will find hope and encouragement. I have been dealing with this condition for 18 months. I have been improving slowly. When this first started the pain and burning was constant at a level 9 or 10. Sex felt like being cut with razor blades. Now the rawness and irritation come and go. I have some days when I feel normal for hours. I continue to do the stretches and exercises, internal massage with dilators, Crisco for moisture, deep breathing, healthy diet. There are good books out there to read. Ending Female Pain by Isa Harera was most helpful to me. I am on no medication but continuing to get better. Don't lose hope. This is not a life sentence! Baking soda sits baths helped a lot too. Read some of my previous posts. Take care
Delilah

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Post  Delilah1 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:28 pm

I forgot to add that my urine had an unusual odor too!!! No one else mentioned that. I no longer have that frequently. But once in a while it happens.

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Re: Do I have vulvodynia?

Post  LegendOfAspen on Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:29 am

I realize that this post is very old so you may not see it, and it's very possible you have vulvodynia, but given all of your UTI-like symptoms, habe you considered intersistial cystitis?? That also seems like a likely probability. Hope you're well by now!

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