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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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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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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

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


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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At war with my own body

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At war with my own body

Post  DreamingClouds on Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:06 am

Hi all,
 As you can see I'm a new member. I found this forum looking up support groups and thought it might help to talk to people who get it where nobody I know might see. I'd been comparatively pain free for a while but it has flared up again and I can already feel myself sinking out of the little bit of positive I had built up. Sad

I first started getting a bit of the pain when I was 16, didn't really register what it was and I was treated for UTIs a few times. It kept coming back more and more often and by the time I was 18 I had a spot just under my vaginal opening which is absolute agony to touch. It's only fairly small, and sometimes it is only sore on contact (I think it's more I'm used to it than it isn't hurting at all), but other times the pain is unbearable agony that makes going to the bathroom, sitting, lying, walking, anything just sheer agony. I went through a year of different GP tests (UTI, yeast, STI etc, the anti fungal cream left me screaming) before being referred to a gyno. The first one was pretty awful and used a larger sized speculum despite me being in pain and a virgin (to "prove" I wasn't tight) and was generally not very sympathetic, all I got out of that was a confirmed PCOS scan and diagnosis and some not overly nice comments about how obvious it was I had it from my appearance. I didn't really want to go back after that but eventually saw another lady who had no clue, then finally after a lot of fighting saw somebody else. I was tried on tablets to try and block the pain signals (gab something and amitryptiline (sp)), birth control, steroid cream and topical lidocane, none of which helped, and to sum it up was eventually told I needed to exercise more to lose weight (i'm hardly large and even walking is agony) and that they didn't know how to help me. They also said I wasn't a typical case since the pain is permanently there on touch then flares up as generalised. :/

I'm now 21 and since then I haven't seen anyone. Being poked and prodded and given tablets that mess with my depression just makes me feel worse mentally and it takes weeks to see a normal doctor let alone get a referral so I have been trying to cope. That had been going better, car journeys in particular cause flareups but as long as I don't overdo movement and am careful I get bigger breaks than I would otherwise. I'm single now anyway but since this flareup started it's really hit me, I don't even dare try to date anyone and how much it hampers me has all come back. I don't really have a social life because I struggle to go out and fear it starting up when I do and my family that do know are the "just get on with it" brigade as though I can help being in agony or how bad it makes me feel. Being in so much pain its driven me to becoming suicidal in the past is bad enough. I just feel really crappy and need to be saying this to people who don't think I'm mad or judge me. Sad

EDIT: I should probably say what methods I am using. I'm only using 100% natural (mostly homemade) shampoo, soap, everything now. No SLS or anything else that may remotely irritate. Cotton underwear, doughnut cushion (makes it worse sadly). Healthy natural diet, vegan. Baths with oats when it flares up help a bit sometimes. Painkillers never made the slightest difference and I try to avoid that stuff anyway. Cool water rinse when urinating during flareups. Lots of water daily, no citrus anything. I think that is everything, not slept all night so my brain is kinda fried.


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Re: At war with my own body

Post  Sparkle on Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:55 am

Hello dreaming clouds,

Do you only get pain in one spot when touched or is it Ther all time aswell? Or a mixture on different days?

I get provoked pain but I can get an ache and pain all day if I wear too tight trousers or Ther is too much pressure (down Ther) im newly diagnosed but I will say since being diagnosed my symptoms have reduced with the methods I am using.
I use an organic vitamin e oil everyday and night on the area that gives me pain, I use lidocaine in eve after a bath. In the bath I am only using aqueous creme and vani soap to wash. And I wash my hair over bath not when I'm In Ther. I'm also taking vitamins, fish oil, magnesium and calcium citrate. I only wear leggings to work and at home a lose pair of shorts and no knickers. I wash my knickers seperatly and use non bio washing tabs and no softener. Since starting to do all this about 3 weeks ago my pain has reduced. It's not gone away though but I can feel it's getting better each day. Maybe you should (if u aren't already) use my methods and see if they work for u? I know everyone is different so I don't wanna get your hopes up but I got my ideas from different girls on this site. U just gotta find out what works for u.

I'm sorry you've had such rubbish doctors and feel like u don't want to see anyone else now and are feeling low at this point. It does help to talk to women on here who going through same or similar thing.
I would go back to your GP and ask to be refered to a vulva specialist or a gynocolagiest. I know waiting times can be long but best to get on the list as soon as u can. Not all doctors will brush u off u gotta keep trying different ones till u find one who listens. My gyno is nice she wants me to go on ami beg of nov so depending on how my symptoms are then I hope to start on a low dose. How did u get on with ami?

I hope you find your solution soon x


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Re: At war with my own body

Post  Sparkle on Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:00 pm

Also you need to try and work out why u get flare ups, that's a good step towards finding out what will help reduce your pain. Stress at work? Clothes u wear? Change in washing powder? It could be anything. Somthing has cause this flare up for u this time. My last bad flare up I worked out was stupid jeans I wore to work. Too tight! I was in pain all day and eve and next day. I thrown them away now lol and just wear leggings at work.


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Re: At war with my own body

Post  zarli on Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:06 am

Hi sweetie
I feel you need to make contact with Alana. She is one of the lovely girls on here and she would have great advice for you as I think by reading your story surgery would be something to think about. I believe yours can and will be fixed by going down the right road.
Kindest thoughts sent your way Smile


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