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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
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:33 pm by WVR00

» 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  daisiesfordays on Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:07 am

Hi all,  I love you 
I'm new here!
I'm a junior in college and was recently diagnosed with VVS. I had been taking birth control for the past year and 2 months before getting diagnosed, since it was the only thing that worked for my skin. Of course, I'm one of those people who hates hates hates blood, so I would always skip the sugar pills and start a new pack.
I got a yeast infection once, and didn't think much that the applicator hurt to use. The YI went away, but I went to gynecologist anyways. When she swabbed me, I nearly fell off the table! She was surprised and asked if I had any problems with tampons (I hadn't in the past).
Long story short, YI came back because of antibiotic she prescribed me. It was awful and the gynecologist couldn't even examine me because just touching the vestibule with a q-tip set me off the table.
By now, I'm on my third doctor. I just finished my period (had stopped taking BC pills) and the itching came back. I was getting really tired of taking Diflucan, so I looked for some home remedies. I tried Gentian Violet, which only ended up burning my vagina. Really fun! (I think that's why I'm having issues now).

I finally found a specialist in my city, nonetheless. I went to visit him, and he diagnosed me with VVS and secondary vaginismus. He said it was due to my BC pills. So basically, I can never take those bad boys again. I've been using estrace cream which helped a TON, but ever since I started on spirolonactone 2 days ago, it's been acting up again. I just feel burning on the left side, but it's not ALL the time? And it's not super painful, just annoying! Any advice?
Thanks! Nice to meet all of y'all

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Post  907hopeful on Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:51 pm

I just got a note that you posted on one of my old posts. I have not been on this forum for a while. I don't have time to write my whole story out, but you might be able to find it if you search for my old posts. In a nutshell I have vulvodynia which started out as irritation when I used tampons and through multiple creams and treatments later ended up as severe burning and vestibulitis. I found a dr in AZ and spent lots of money to travel and see him. He has been an absolute life saver. He retired from the Mayo clinic and opened up a clinic just to treat chronic vulvar/vaginal issues. I am on month 4 of treatment and would say I feel 75-80% better. Google him - Dr Fowler in AZ. His website seems a little quirky (more like a business than a dr's office), but he knows his stuff! He has me on a regime of anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and estrogen creams. Send me a message if you want to know more. And keep your head up. This is a nasty disease and it is easy to get depressed and feel alone and isolated. Ive joined another chat board that has been very helpful and has pulled me through this mess. Having a support network is priceless!

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Post  sailor_moon on Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:54 pm

Welcome to the forum! Smile

Do you have any other symptoms besides the vulvodynia? How old are you?

What makes the doctor say that BC pills caused the problem? Has the doctor done a 4 week blood test? Doind a blood test once a week to see what your hormones are actually doing? Hormone imbalance can cause a lot of issues, especially if you have come off the pill. I am just about to go through this test nyself after seeing over 10 useless doctors who would not check my hormones.

If it is on your left side only it may be nerves, or it could be to do with an internal issue. There are so so many different things that could be causing it.
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Post  daisiesfordays on Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:26 am

907hopeful -
I'll definitely send you a message! I go to Dr. Brooks at AZ Vulva Clinic.

sailor_moon -
Thanks!
Nope, this is it. I'm 19. I had never had any issues before I took BC, and after stopping it for a month and applying Estrace cream to the opening, the q-tip test no longer hurt, just felt a little sensitive when I was swabbed, but no way like when I almost fell off the table the first time!
I went in yesterday, (his nurse had seen me about 3 weeks ago and noted that the skin was looking much better) and he noted there was a lot of redness and tenderness now. I think it may be due to my taking of spironolactone (anti-androgen). It was only after I started taking it that I started feeling uncomfortable again down there (after a month of feeling GREAT!!! I was able to use the 5th dilator in the pure romance set with very little pain, just some discomfort from the stretching) and I was doing some research today, it seems that the vestibule needs a balance of testosterone/estrogen, and my theory is that my testosterone level was already low, so the anti-androgen therapy (again, for my face  tongue ) could've reduced it so much that it was near 0! I'm debating getting a hormonal blood test done when I go in to get a shot at my GP on thursday. Although, am going to go see specialist tomorrow, just going to request the estrogen/testosterone compounded cream. He seemed perplexed and couldn't figure out how it could be the spironolactone, but apparently it's a new procedure to do a compounded cream of both testosterone and estrogen.
Oh, before I forget -- he examined me and said the sore spot on the left is my muscles spasming, so was prescribed a valium suppository. Helped a TON.

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Post  emalita on Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:56 pm

907hopeful wrote:I am on month 4 of treatment and would say I feel 75-80% better. Google him - Dr Fowler in AZ. His website seems a little quirky (more like a business than a dr's office), but he knows his stuff! He has me on a regime of anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and estrogen creams. Send me a message if you want to know more.

907hopeful - How have things been going since seeing Dr. Fowler? I just started week three of his treatment.

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