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I'M NEW - Do I listen to my gyno who I feel has it wrong?

Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:17 pm by Tunes25

Hello!

I am a 25 year old woman and wanted to share my story here as I feel frustrated by the suggestions of my gyno and am hoping for some advice.

To give the context for this: in September 2016 I moved in with my long term boyfriend after living abroad a year and (nearly) abstaining from sex. Within a few weeks I had got a yeast infection which I treated myself successfully, but then 2 weeks …

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I cured myself 100% of vulvodynia twenty years ago--I hope this helps someone

Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:33 pm by totallycured

Hi,

Every so often I'm reminded of the constant, persistent, horrible pain I was in two decades ago, and I reach out to try to help others who are suffering. If someone had offered me a solution during that terrible time, I'd have jumped at it. I hope this helps someone.

Yes, I did have terrible vulvodynia. It felt like someone poured acid all over my vulva. My doctor confirmed it and was …

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Hi Im from Australia :)

Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:08 am by emma

Hi girls... I live in Australia.
I am currently undergoing a new treatment for vulvodynia. Just wondering if anyone else here has tried it. It's Endep in the form of cream to apply directly on the area. I dont know if anyone else has tried this but so far evidently it has had a 50% success rate.
Anyway i feel at a loss. This new treatment is exciting but at the same time i just dont feel like …

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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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Lidocaine with condoms?

Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:44 pm by AEM1

Hi everyone! My doctor just prescribed me a topical lidocaine to administer before sex, but I forgot to ask if it is okay to use with condoms. Has anyone else used this before and know it is safe to use with condoms? Thanks! Very Happy
Unrelated, but I just started Lyrica a few weeks ago...no changes yet, but I'm hopeful something will come out of it. 3 years with vulvodynia and unable to have sex …

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Constant pain, I want to die.

Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:29 am by Meggiemay

I posted on here a few years ago but my symptoms went away with the inflammation. I didn't get so lucky this time.

For over three months, i've had terrible rawness, burning, soreness in the urethral/vestibule area and pressure/hypersensitivity in the clitoral area. I've also had some lower abdominal pressure and burning on my butt. I can barely walk! My gyno hasn't been much help. I'm on …

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Recently Diagnosed which has motivated my research study

Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:54 pm by ebclose2free

Hi everyone,

My name is Eliza Barach and I was diagnosed with vulvodynia in October of 2017. I'm also PhD student at the State University of New York at Albany. I work several professors at SUNY, but one in particular, Dr. Mitch Earleywine researches marijuana and its possible efficacy as an alternative treatment. Our previous examined cannabis and symptoms of PMS/PMDD and found that women …

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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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New and desperate for advice

Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:37 pm by srbry

Hi everyone,

I'm new here and was told to find a support group because this is all getting a bit much really...

I lost my virginity when I was 18 and it hurt - that was normal. Loads of women had told me that it hurt so that was fine I didn't question that. I was with the same guy for a couple of months and each time after that it was uncomfortable and not great. I didn't tell him because I …

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Post  Ellie on Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:10 am

Hello! I am glad to have found this and I will be posting my story later, but reading through the other stories was quite refreshing and I am glad to have this opportunity to discuss with others about this within the forum. I have been suffering from this for almost 2 years now and only myself and my boyfriend know. It is really hard and upsetting when you have no one to talk to or understand what you are going through. Especially doctors! I just recently went to a different doctor (she actually did one of the pap smears I got out of the many within the last year) and she actually sat and listened and I searched the internet and found Vulvodynia about a month prior. I told her about it and after the exam she determined that I indeed had it.

She told me to get Tea tree oil ( I believe that is what it was called) and to call her in a month. If it is still bad she is going to send me down to a specialist in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ( I live in Saint Cloud, MN). So wish me good luck and I do with all of you! I am happy to meet you all! Very Happy
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Re: So thankful to have found this!

Post  Sarah001 on Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:33 pm

Hi Ellie and welcome to the forum. Just a quick word of caution though, tea tree oil can be a real skin irritant so be careful with it!
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Post  Ellie on Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:32 pm

Thanks Sarah, and actually what does the oil actually help? My doctor didn't really further explain it, she just told me to check it out =O
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Post  Sarah001 on Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:34 pm

Tea Tree oil is supposed to be anti-fungal and anti-bacterial so it will only help if you have a yeast or bacterial infection but to be diagnosed with vulvodynia those things should be ruled out first with swabs so as far as being a vulvodynia treatment it isn't going to help. It is however very irritating to the skin and I don't think I'd put it on my lady bits! Have you had infections ruled out? If not you can be tested for everything at a GU clinic, they're not just for STIs these days and they will be able to tell you if you have a yeast or bacterial infection.
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Post  Ellie on Thu Dec 09, 2010 1:36 am

That's interesting about that oil then. I have been tested for yeast, bacterial and urine infections at least once a week when I first was getting symptoms about a year and half ago. More recently I have been getting tested but it has been coming back fine with no infection, but I still feel irritated. She did do a swab and would know in about a week, but it will prob come back negative like it has lately. That is strange though, when she had my test results right there describing what I just told you.
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Post  Sarah001 on Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:27 pm

It's typical behaviour from the medical profession unfortunately, they don't know what it is so they tell you to use things for yeast etc. A nurse at our practice told me to use Canesten cream which was a terrible idea because it burnt really badly and as I ddn't have a yeast infection was just making things worse. This is why us ladies have to research as much as we can and know our stuff when we see people so we don't get sent on wild goose chases.

Do you have other symptoms? Urinary symptoms or any other conditions?
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Re: So thankful to have found this!

Post  Sebby (Admin) on Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:46 pm


Hi Ellie and welcome..I do second Sarah's words of caution with the tea tree oil..I am actually quite allergic to it! I cannot use it anywhere..used it on my face once and was itchy and stinging! I would not recommend it at all for the vulval area!

I have not found creams to be soothing and find its best for me to use nothing down there! I only rinse the vulval area with water and use no soap or creams at all.

I would also recommmend not wearing knickers when you can as it prevents them from rubbing and its good to get some air to the area!

I would recommend asking to see a vulva specialist..ask your dr to refer you to a vulval clinic as well as a pain clinic to look at controlling the pain

Good luck and keep posting

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Re: So thankful to have found this!

Post  Ellie on Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:52 am

I appreciate your warnings about it! I have found also that creams haven't really helped much down there and have been more bothersome. Sad The only meds I use from time to time now is Boric Acid that was prescribed by my Urologist. I have taken it after sex to help prevent any further pain ( itching, soreness, causing an infection). Lately it has been sharp pain around the entrance and just hurting in general on and off. I might take your advice about no underwear though because I have noticed it to be a bother at times >.<

Oh and my doctor said if I'm still hurting (which we all know I will be) at the end of this month she will refer me to a vulval specialist. I am very excited to actually see someone that might point me in the right direction. Smile
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Post  jules on Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:16 pm

Ellie,

Welcome. I live in Minnesota. I would love to talk w/ you about the docs here (St. Paul) and meds. I sent you a private message w/ my e-mail address. Just look at messages. Let me know if you can't get in. I have seen doctors in St. Paul.

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Post  cosette51 on Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:28 pm

Hi!

Your post intrigued me. I've been suffering for 15 years jumping from specialist to specialist with no success, with each doctor managing to make things worse. I am in dire need of finding an amazing specialist. I live in St. Paul MN. Do you have someone you can recommend.

I'm a 30 year old who is now at the point of afraid of dating because it causes too much anxiety due to past relationships. I'm willing to try anything. I've done 15 different creams and oils, acupuncture, nerve pain medications that have made my whole mind numb, allergy testing... I need someone who is willing to be more aggressive who won't just stick me on anti-anxiety meds for 2 years telling me each month that we should wait another month to see if it starts to help. I want a family and children and my symptoms are so bad that sex is not a possibility in my life.

ANY HELP would be appreciated!!!!!

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Re: So thankful to have found this!

Post  noni on Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:11 am

Hey Cosette

I havent seen Ellie post here in a while....maybe if Sebby could give you her e-mail you would have better luck getting through to her.

Good luck

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Re: So thankful to have found this!

Post  Sebby (Admin) on Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:18 pm


Hi there

In case Ellie has opted out of recieving emails when posts are replied to I have emailed her myself to let her know

I can't give out any members email addresses without their permisson

I will let you know if I get a reply

I will also contact Jules as she is on our Facebook group and she has also seen drs in St Pauls


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Post  jules on Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:24 am

cosette51

hello, Sebby got a hold of me via facebook. i live in St. Paul and of course, have done EVERYTHING you have. there is one doctor at the University of MN. Women's health clinic who has experience in treating women w/ V. Her name is Dr. Jane Van Dis. It took me two months to get in w/ her. She was OK. I recently saw a doctor named Dr. Feldman at the U of M sexual health center. I did need a referral. I liked her a lot better than Dr. Van dis. I go to MAPS pain clinic in Midway. I have had the most luck there. I am on a few diff. meds that help w/. the pain. I also will be going back to a physical therapist at Sister Kinney in Bandana Sq. I'm going to send you my e-mail in your box so we can talk further. I'd love to chat.

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