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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

Hello,
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

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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A Sulphate Allergy - My Story of Provoked Vestibulodynia

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A Sulphate Allergy - My Story of Provoked Vestibulodynia

Post  web96 on Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:02 am

I have had Provoked Vestibulodynia (also known as VVS) since I was at least 12, which I first became aware of while using an Always period pad that I had a reaction to. I experienced pain upon even slight provocation (tampon strings, ointment application, ect.) the entrance of my vagina. The pain I experienced was an instantaneous, severe, and hot burning/stabbing pain that partially subsided after pressure was removed but could still linger for up to an hour+ after. The only immediate relief I found was to douse the area with icey cold water from the shower. Since the onset of my condition I had always experienced painful periods because the excess moisture caused chaffing, exacerbating the condition.

Since bringing the issue to my GP and being referred to a Gynaecologist, I have had countless yeast swabs performed, test for various infections done, and creams and vaginal suppositories prescribed. I tried going on hormonal birth control, and off again. I tried switching feminine hygiene products. Neither my Gyne nor my GP had been able to provide me with much relief. I had never had penetrative sexual intercourse because I knew that the pain I would experience upon penetration would be unbearable. Tampons themselves was a game of angles. I was starting to look into multi disciplinary programs and options such as surgery (vestibulectomy), though if found some of the treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, hard to swallow. Being treated psychologically before my physical symptom were resolved seemed as though my pain was not being sufficiently validated.

Here’s the good part; sunny

Late 2014, after much desperate internet searching, I happened upon a blog of a woman who had very similar experience to mine (see link below). She stated that, after unassumingly switching to natural, detergent-free shampoos, conditioners, body washes, etc. that her pain had gone away. She was able to have pain free intercourse and live a normal life! At the time, I had been using an Aveeno Skin Relief body wash, drugstore shampoo and conditioner and I believe Dove bar soap. Nothing that seemed out of the ordinary. But, given my history with failed treatments (and sensitive skin), I felt as though I didn’t have anything to lose in trying!

So I switch ALL my products to natural, vegetable oil based ones, and within 1 month I noticed about a 50-60% reduction in pain/irritation! At the same time I also switched my laundry soap to an natural brand. About 3 months after the switch, I saw a private MD that prescribed an HRT Estriol compound that I apply locally three times a week (Estriol helps to repair vaginal tissue - *discontinued this treatment summer of 2015*). My pharmacist was able to compound it in coconut oil, as to a regular cream base to insure that it didn’t irritate my skin. It has been about 5 months since I first switched my bath products and the pain is about 80% gone.

So, in conclusion, I believe my PVD has been caused by a sulphate allergy to the detergents in the soap products that were making contact with and keeping the glands/nerves in the vestibule (entrance to the vagina) in a persistent state of irritation.

Here is the link to the blog that I gained my information from:

http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Have-Vulvar-Vestibulitis-Syndrome/1324024

This is a list of the products that I have used:

• Dr. Bronners Pure Castille Soaps
• Carina Organics Shampoo and Conditioner
• Mountain Sky Soaps
• Naty feminine hygiene products
• Organyc feminine hygiene products
• Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soap

There are many other brands that would be suitable to use also. Just remember to read the ingredient label! A lot of labels such as “mild” and “contains natural ingredients” can be misleading.

Best of luck to every woman and girl out there reading this! Let me know if you have any questions! Like a Star @ heaven


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Re: A Sulphate Allergy - My Story of Provoked Vestibulodynia

Post  web96 on Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:19 am

Update!

Like I mentioned before, I have seen about an 80% decrease in pain, and happily continue to use my natural sulphate free bathing products (faithfully packing them with me on all trips!). But I still currently have some burning discomfort with direct pressure to the area. Now that the source of irritation is gone, I am left with a residual nerve pain (allodynia), as the name Provoked Vestibulodynia or Vulvodynia suggests. Applying Lidocaine is a temporary solution, but isn't 100% effective and relief wears off after a half hour.

So, I plan to undergo Prolotherapy/Nueral Therapy, that is, injections (ouch!) of dextrose solution with Lidocaine over the next few months as a final treatment to this problem. In treating this now as chronic nerve pain, I am feeling quite hopeful!


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Re: A Sulphate Allergy - My Story of Provoked Vestibulodynia

Post  emalita on Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:28 pm

Hi web96,

I wanted to see how you've been since your last update.

Do you still use estrogen? That's the only treatment my specialist has prescribed for me at this point (bioidentical Estradiol and Estrone in a compounded tablet since I don't handle other bases well), and I'm not really seeing any improvements after about 3 or 4 months of using it. He just keeps telling me to "give it more time" and ups my dosage Crying or Very sad

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Post  web96 on Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:52 am

Hey emalita!

I'm doing pretty well thanks. Unfortunately my gyno said it wouldn't be possible to treat me with the injections, which was disappointing. I no longer use the estrogen cream. It helped bring down the initial irritation, but now that that's gone and the tissue is healthy it doesn't do much for me. Things remain relatively the same, I suppose progress has plateaued a bit. I can't complain to much though. I am able to live a normal life now, with the occasional help of lidocaine! I've also very recently switched my toilet paper to a natural one free of bleach, dye etc. because I had heard that it helped some women. Worth a try anyways. I'm open to whatever could improve things.

How are you doing with your estrogen treatment?


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Post  emalita on Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:05 pm

The estrogen I use is a vaginal tablet. I think it has helped with my internal health, but it doesn't seem to be having any positive impact on my vulvar skin unfortunately.

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Re: A Sulphate Allergy - My Story of Provoked Vestibulodynia

Post  web96 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:38 am

UPDATE:

After a year long wait I've been admitted into a vulvar pain clinic in Vancouver for a 12 week program! I'm really hoping it will give me insight in how best to deal with my residual pain. Appointments include exams by specialists, physio sessions, and group support/counseling. I'll be able to meet and share with other women who suffer from the same condition in person for the first time! Travelling to and from the clinic will be an ordeal so I do hope it's worthwhile.

I started using the topical estrogen again when needed (estrone 0.1%) and continue with occasional application of lidocaine gel, usually after intercourse if the nerve pain happens to be triggered. In the odd very bad case I've taken to icing the vestibule Exclamation Things haven't gotten worse or better but I am perhaps more inconvenienced by it now because my sex life is more active.

I also started taking an SNRI antidepressant (for unrelated reasons) and am wondering if that may help my PVD in some ways as they can also be used to treat nerve pain. Would be a nice side benefit is all Razz
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Post  web96 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:44 am

Products I'm currently using flower

Nature's Bounty Herbal shampoo/conditioner
Mountain Sky vegetable oil soaps
Fresh face cleansers/moisturizers
AVEDA and ABBA hair styling products
ECO laundry detergent w/dryer balls
Naty feminine hygiene
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Post  web96 on Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:55 am

Update!

I had my first appointment with the Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program at the Women's Clinic in Vancouver! It consisted of a consult with a Gyne, an exam and a sit down with the program coordinator! I have been approved for the program and will be starting hopefully February of 2018.

In the mean time I've been given a compounded Rx of lidocaine 5% in a galaxal base (supposedly non irritating) for use twice daily to calm the vestibule nerves. I've never used a daily treatment of lidocaine, nor one this strong (usually use lidocaine 2%) so I'm excited to see if, with regular use, it will help.

Other than that things have been consistent. Still at about 20% of the original pain level, avoiding sodium laurel/laureth sulphate and derivatives in my soaps and washes. I've also stopped consuming diary because I've learned that it flares my eczema. I think maybe this diet change has helped a bit? *sigh* Maybe I'm just being optimistic Wink
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