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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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which meds for what?

Post  yoginimom on Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:51 am

I have been reading through this forum and finding a lot of threads that mention various medications, but do not list what they are for. Is there a list of meds anywhere on this forum with a description of what they are for? Or matching certain symptoms with certain meds?

My Dr. has not suggested any meds aside from Fluconzole which is the no name for Diflucan, (a yeast treatment).

Can anyone help me with this? I really want to cure this. It's been basically a year of hell for me.

So far i have tried the gynecologist, who refereed me to the internal physio, and put me on fluconozole, which does not help. So far i am having the best luck with lidocane and coconut oil for the pain and burning. But nothing makes it go away completely.

What are your symptoms? What have you tried? What has worked?

Thanks in advance.


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Re: which meds for what?

Post  Alana3 on Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:23 pm

Medicine doesnt necessarily work with every case. I don't know why they would try diflucan, do you have yeast? I tried everything under the sun for 7 years before I said fuck it (sorry language) and went ahead and got the surgery as a last resort. But I tried Amitriptilin, Gabapentin (both for nerve pain), lidocaine, various forms of antibiotics, herpes drugs (which I dont know why they would even do that but ok), topicals, creams, suppositories, bull shit after bull shit. None of it worked for me. But that doesn't necessarily mean it wouldnt for you. Do you have pain all the time? Or just with sex? Is it nerve or muscles?

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Re: which meds for what?

Post  yoginimom on Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:37 pm

I think they are trying to rule out yeast. but i've been on diflucan for 3 weeks with no improvement. My symptoms are burning and sometimes stabbing pain in the vulva 24/7. If i try to have sex i'm in much worse pain for a min of 3 days after. So i guess i have unprovoked, as worse with provocation type V. So far i have tried lidocane, and that does help. Cocnut oil and Vit E oil do help as well as vaginal probiotics all give me mild relief. Nothing takes the pain away completely though. It's so frustrating. Sad

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Re: which meds for what?

Post  Alana3 on Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:41 pm

Yeah you don't have yeast, it would show up on lab work. Stop taking that drug you're going to build resistance to it and it wont work when you need it to. I only had provoked V, but I know of a bunch of people who had results with unprovoked. Drugs like Cymbalta, Amitriptyline, Gabapentin, are all things that could maybe make a difference for you.

When it became awful for me, I made a paste of baking soda and warm water, and left it on for 10-15 minutes. It would take the stinging out. But if you haven't actually tested positive for yeast, don't continue using something that you don't even have. If you did have yeast, your pain would be gone now. Do get tested for ureaplasma and strep B (they will probably tell you only pregnant women have strep B, but that's not true, I tested positive twice for it and have never been prego). It can cause burning, itching, etc. Same with ureaplasma.

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Post  yoginimom on Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:30 pm

Thank you Alana,

I have stopped the diflucan and using vit e topically along with coconut oil and lidocae. All of them work to take the edge off, but the lidocae works the best.

Is it normal to have a lot of redness with V? i use a mirror to apply the lidocane and i notice it's always very red in certain areas.

They have said they took swabs for "everything" on three different occasions and it all came back negative, but i will get them to test again specifically with those 2 you mentioned.

can i ask what you did that actually worked for you? Also what are the side effects of the internal botox? I am desperate enough to try anything, but that's always always the wise way to go.

Thanks for taking the time to get back to me.

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Post  yoginimom on Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:22 am

Alana3 wrote:Yeah you don't have yeast, it would show up on lab work.  Stop taking that drug you're going to build resistance to it and it wont work when you need it to. I only had provoked V, but I know of a bunch of people who had results with unprovoked.  Drugs like Cymbalta, Amitriptyline, Gabapentin, are all things that could maybe make a difference for you.  

When it became awful for me, I made a paste of baking soda and warm water, and left it on for 10-15 minutes.  It would take the stinging out.  But if you haven't actually tested positive for yeast, don't continue using something that you don't even have. If you did have yeast, your pain would be gone now.  Do get tested for ureaplasma and strep B (they will probably tell you only pregnant women have strep B, but that's not true, I tested positive twice for it and have never been prego).  It can cause burning, itching, etc.  Same with ureaplasma.  

I got the gyno to order the tests. But she's really convinced it's V at this point. She's prescribed gabapentin topical as well as Amitriptyline. i read the side effects of Amitriptyline and it's freaking me out. i'm not sure if i am going to try it or not. Sometimes i feel a lot like a guinea pig.

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Re: which meds for what?

Post  Alana3 on Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:08 pm

I had it done in a compound and that helped me a lot. No side effects thank god. You can always try it and get off you never know it might work!!!

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Post  yoginimom on Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:10 pm

Alana3 wrote:I had it done in a compound and that helped me a lot. No side effects thank god.  You can always try it and get off you never know it might work!!!


Thanks Alana, i had a major flare up from the topical gabapentin. Did you mean that the amitriptyline can be used topically? I may try that next. Some of the side effects listed are freaking me out. I think my next move may be the oral gabapentin.

Can i ask which surgery you did?

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:43 pm

Yes I used both topically with lidocaine it didn't do anything for me whatsoever. But mine was provoked. I had a vestibulectomy 2 years ago in December best decesion ever, but not to be taken lightly. It's very last resort, and doesn't always work. Though most people I have talked to have said the surgery was the best thing they did (me included). If you have any other questions, let me know Smile

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Post  yoginimom on Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:13 am

I have a gut feeling the ami isn't going to work for me. I really really don't want to go on it for nothing with all those side effects. Though it seems to be getting worse by the day and nothing helps. Did you do anything for pain when you were at your worse? I'm starting to seriously consider the surgery option. Though i know it will be horrible. How much pain were you in right after? And do you find you have any dryness issues now? I'm already dry, so i can't imagine losing more, and i am so hyper reactive to anything i doubt i could do something like replens. Did they give you ideas for dryness? Or is it a non issue? Thanks so much for answering!

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Post  Alana3 on Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:59 pm

You are going to have to try a lot of stuff before they will do surgery on you- unfortunate but truthful. I tried a million meds, physical therapy, oral, topicals, lidocaine, antibiotics, the list goes on. The surgery wasn't that bad, it hurt to sit for like a week but I went out to lunch 3 days after my surgery and was fine (except I ripped some stitches which honestly probably would have happened anyway and it didn't hurt). Lots and lots of ice is what got me through and rest. That too. You're really tired after surgery. I have absolutely no issues with dryness, but I didn't have it before, so it wasn't an issue or concern or something I really even asked about to be honest. The only thing that was somewhat awful was vomiting right after surgery, the rest was just an annoyance. And it wasn't that painful. I didn't wake up in pain or anything. I just took my painkilelrs exactly when I was suppsoed to and switched to Advil after 2 days or so. It really wasn't that big of a deal and completely 100% worth it.

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Post  Alana3 on Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:00 pm

And just to let you know surgery is not recommended for people who have unprovoked vulvodynia.

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Post  sailor_moon on Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:11 pm

I get red raw in certain areas. The more itchy and sore I am, the redder my skin flares up.
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Post  yoginimom on Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:53 pm

Sailor moon, do you have provoked V? Have you had success with any treatments as of yet? I'm still leery of the antidepressants, but the pain is making me more open minded. :p

I just discovered i also have 'mast cells' in the vulva. Not sure what i am allergic to but antihistimines do help.

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Post  yoginimom on Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:56 pm

Alana3 wrote:You are going to have to try a lot of stuff before they will do surgery on you- unfortunate but truthful.  I tried a million meds, physical therapy, oral, topicals, lidocaine, antibiotics, the list goes on.  The surgery wasn't that bad, it hurt to sit for like a week but I went out to lunch 3 days after my surgery and was fine (except I ripped some stitches which honestly probably would have happened anyway and it didn't hurt).  Lots and lots of ice is what got me through and rest.  That too.  You're really tired after surgery.  I have absolutely no issues with dryness, but I didn't have it before, so it wasn't an issue or concern or something I really even asked about to be honest.  The only thing that was somewhat awful was vomiting right after surgery, the rest was just an annoyance.  And it wasn't that painful.  I didn't wake up in pain or anything.  I just took my painkilelrs exactly when I was suppsoed to and switched to Advil after 2 days or so.  It really wasn't that big of a deal and completely 100% worth it.  


It's nice to know the surgery wasn't a nightmare for you. That kind of gives me hope. Smile Though ... good to know that they don't do it with unprovoked V, which is what i have ... so they tell me. So may not even be an option in my case. Did you have any success with managing your symptoms while you waited for surgery?

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Post  sailor_moon on Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:22 pm

Unfortunately my V is unprovoked.  I itch almost 24/7 and I burn and get sore too. I have found it gets worse with movement. Exercise is out of the question.
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Post  yoginimom on Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:03 pm

sailor_moon wrote:Unfortunately my V is unprovoked.  I itch almost 24/7 and I burn and get sore too. I have found it gets worse with movement. Exercise is out of the question.

Oh OK, that's the same for me. Is your pudendal nerve involved? I know when i get my sacrum adjusted it helpes a lot. But most of the time it's hit and miss for what works and what doesn't.

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Post  sailor_moon on Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:38 pm

I have no idea what nerves are involved.  Im under investigation ATM... I have a LOT of hormone problems and suspected endometriosis.  Im on a 3-6 month waiting list to have an operation,  a hystoscopy and laparoscopy,  he is going in to look at all my insides and fixing any problems he can find.
I hope its not nerve related coz on here most people with nerve issues never get fixed. How do you gix nerve lroblems? SadSad
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