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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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Chronic come and go itchiness - vulvodynia? Will Cymbalta help?

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Chronic come and go itchiness - vulvodynia? Will Cymbalta help?

Post  julie8495 on Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:35 am

Hello,

Like many of you my story is long, complicated and frustrating so I'll try to condense it to make this more efficient.

As of now I have suffered from chronic vulvar and vaginal itching for 11 months as well as the occasional discharge (suspiciously like yeast). Originally I was diagnosed at a free clinic with BV and a yeast infection. Without knowing  the ph scale for both of these diseases is on opposite ends I took flucanazole and a week's worth of antibiotics. I felt some relief from the itching and discharge that I believe was a yeast infection however it never fully went away. Now I have seen nearly a dozen doctors without relief. The tests for yeast have been coming back negative for the past couple of months but I feel no change. Below are more details treatments I've tried and their results but overall I have tried every variation of traditional azole treatment as well as antibiotics as well as changes in diet to cut out all forms of sugar.

Now my new doctor believes I have vulvodynia as tests for BV or yeast come back negative. I have significant tenderness particular around the vestibules but my main symptom is on again off again itchiness and possibly correlated discharge. She suggests Cymbalta because my nervous system has been rewired to associate touch with pain or itch. What is your experience with this? I'm nervous for the symptoms of such a serious medication - I'm in college and have never had to deal with anything this complicated. Will this help with itching? Are there are tried and true remedies?  

I really have no idea if it's a result of stress, newly developed food allergies or what. It's had an enormous toll on my emotional well being and so stress has been a near constant part of my life for the past year. Dealing with college, this and letting it destroy my relationship has eaten away at me for so long that I don't know how much longer I can deal with it without finding a cure.

April 28th 2013
Symptoms: Clumpy white discharge and severe itching
Diagnosis: BV & Yeast Infection
Treatment: 1 week of antibiotics 2x a day & fluconazole
Result: Significant decrease in discharge and itching but still present – has remained at this level ever since.

2nd Week of May

Symptoms: Off and on again itching, slight clumpy white discharge
Diagnosis: BV
Treatment: 1 week of antibiotics x2 daily
Result: No change

3rd Week of May - \
Symptoms: Off and on again itching, slight clumpy white discharge
Diagnosis: Yeast infection
Treatment: Fluconazole
Result: No change

June
Symptoms: Off and on again itching, slight clumpy white discharge
Diagnosis: Yeast Infection
Treatment: Fluconazole every three days for a week and topical treatment
Result: No change

July
Symptoms: Off and on again itching, slight clumpy white discharge
Diagnosis: Yeast infection – specifically candida albicans
Treatment: Marigold suppositories for 1 week x2 daily & Vitanica Yeast Arrest suppositories 2 weeks x2 daily.
Results: Some relief but eventually returning to off and on again itching, slight clumpy white discharge

August:
Symptoms: Off and on again itching, slight clumpy white discharge
Diagnosis: Yeast Infection
Treatment: Fluconazole x1 per week for 6 months.
Results: No change

September – Present
Symptoms: Off and on again itching, slight clumpy white discharge
Diagnosis: Hormone levels – normal, ultrasound – normal, Multiple tests for STIs & STDs – negative, Multiple tests for yeast – negative, Multiple tests for BV – positive
Treatment: Steroid cream daily then x2 week. Antibiotics for 1 week, x2 day. (Slight allergic reaction)
Results: Decrease in discharge, remaining itchiness

Additional treatment:
Dieting from August to December: Only meats, nuts, eggs and vegetables to avoid any forms of sugar
Results: Inconclusive

Colonic - March '14
Results: Inconclusive - better for a few days after but returned to symptoms

Additional supplements: Probiotics
Results: Inconclusive – does this help or harm the BV diagnosis?

Symptoms generally worsen at night or in the morning, after drinking, and when there is more discharge.
- After sex there are symptoms of severe itching and some swelling for several days.
Symptoms are generally relieved when loose clothing is worn.

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Re: Chronic come and go itchiness - vulvodynia? Will Cymbalta help?

Post  aspaceodyssey on Wed May 07, 2014 6:19 pm

I came here to post about a similar issue. I believe I am having some recurring yeast issues and I doubted for a while that it was yeast because my doc did a test and said it was negative, but one day I broke down and bought an otc yeast kit and got significant relief from it. so I am at the point where I would not necessarily believe the test; from what I've learned here, yeast can persist under the skin and so a culture wouldn't necessarily come up positive even if there's yeast present (although someone please jump in and correct me if I'm wrong).

I would actually suggest giving the antidepressant a try. you could have neuropathic pain resulting from the initial infection--the infection could be gone but your nerves are still firing as if it's there, so you need to rewire them, as your doc said. I don't know much about cymbalta but if you're nervous about trying something like this, you could ask your doc to try something like nortriptyline instead, as you can start at a very low dose (10 mg, whereas a normal dose for depression is around 100 mg) and move up as needed to see how you tolerate it. I decided to try this recently because knowing it was such a low dose made me feel more comfortable, and I have noticed some improvement for it and very few side effects.

of course, if the yeast is still there, this won't be a full cure. that's a tricky issue and I'm still not quite sure what to do about it myself. I've tried garlic supplements, probiotics, eat yogurt every day, and none of that has really knocked it out, but I might keep trying different supplements and try to be more careful about my diet, which it seems like you have also already tried...

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