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Today at 4:43 pm by Katiej

» How I cured my Vulvodynia!
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» Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain
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» Needing some reassurance
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» 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

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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Post  cremeans24 on Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:57 pm

Hi there,

I found out while I was pregnant with my son about having vulvodynia. I always had trouble having sex but couldn't ever figure out why and it wasn't and still isn't anything I feel like I can talk to any one about. All I am ever told is that I just have a low pain tolerance and nothing is wrong because all test came back normal. In 2012 I got married to my husband after being together for a year and to this day we still have a little bit of issues because we didn't know what was going on but I didn't like sex at all I mean who would like pain that made you cry and so we were surprised when I got pregnant because we hadn't been really trying and not having regular sex but it was a really happy time for us and my son was born on June 13th of this year he is perfect but now I wonder where we go from here. About half way through my pregnancy we stopped being intimate because it hurt me so bad and I have had a history with depression and boy is it back now. I'm working with my OBGYN once i reach the 6 week mark to see if I can get back to a more normal intimate life with my husband, I guess what I"m trying to find out is did anyone else feel like less than a normal woman or am i just plain crazy. but i feel like I don't know what to do and I know my husband doesn't fully understand what I am going through and I'm just trying to find a way to feel better about myself and have people to talk to that understand and can help me through this time as i have no one in my life i feel i can talk to about this that won't essentially make fun of me.

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Post  Alana3 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:47 pm

Did you have your baby yet or are you still pregnant?

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Post  cremeans24 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:41 pm

Yeah my baby was born on june 13th. Overall once i had the epidural the birth was not as bad as the doctors thought but i did tear pretty bad and had to get more meds so i couldn't feel them stitching me back up. I couldn't get out of bed that first 24 hours on my own though they think that was the meds. But i will say the discomfort after birth was pretty bad and is just starting to lessen after two weeks but if i move too much i feel it.

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Post  Alana3 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:56 pm

Supposedly after a vaginal birth (and the recovery), your vulvodynia becomes less intense.  Maybe wait and see what happens after?  Where exactly does it hurt? And is it all the time or just upon penetration?

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Post  cremeans24 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:02 pm

Its only ever been during sex, or exams it is why i never really knew there could be something wrong because i had heard that for some women sex was always painful and i never had any abnormal results, utis or infections no stds so i just thought it was normal because no one had answers for me and i had never heard of vulvodynia before

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Post  Alana3 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:33 pm

It sounds like you have provoked vulvodynia, like me.  Basically meaning that the only time you have pain is when you have sex.  And only in one spot.  I would go to a specialist and not your obgyn as their primary focus is babies and not really problems.  The good news is you can be fixed but you're going to be doing process of elimination- creams, pills, etc.  I had the surgery back in December 2012 called a vestibulectomy, but this is a last resort surgery and pretty much ONLY for provoked vulvodynia.  But they are going to want to try a less invasive treatment before they come to that.  You can also try women's physical therapy and see if it helps.  Some people claim acupuncture works.  But my best advice is to see a specialist who works closely with vulvodyna.  Where do you live now? 

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Post  cremeans24 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:29 pm

I live in michigan, and the obgyn only caught it after i went to her for being pregnant so im less than a year into this and couldnt do treatment while i was pregnant so i am just trying to figure this out as i go with help from someone who understands what i feel and i can stop feeling so hopeless

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Post  Alana3 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:17 pm

Don't lose hope I suffered for about 7 or 8 years before I got my fix so totally understand.  Maybe try someone at the University of Michigan if you're close or if there's a Cleveland Clinic near by you could try them- I just went to the one down here in Florida for a second opinion on something irrelevant to vulvodynia, and they were great!  Keep in mind that this isn't a disease no one knows about, it's just difficult to find a doctor who's not an idiot.  I would google vulvodynia specialists + Michigan and see what comes up.  I actually did it and I saw there was a vulvodynia clinic! (see below) maybe go that avenue!  Very Happy 


https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=vulvodynia+specialists+%2B+Michigan+

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Post  cremeans24 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:11 pm

Thank you that helps

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Post  Alana3 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:38 pm

No problem- let me know what you decide to do Smile But when you're calling around make sure they put some kind of emphasis on the vulva! I can show you my doctors website so you can get an idea

http://www.jaytrabinmd.com/home.html

Notice how vulvodynia is the first thing you see on the page.  My doc took a special interest in it and he's been my lifesaver!

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