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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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Clitoris Issues

Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:17 pm by January

I am going crazyyy trying to figure out what's wrong. Please does anyone else have an issue similar to mine? I'm only 22. So, basically when my clit is lightly rubbed, there is no feeling. However, when rubbed vigorously and directly, the burning and tingling sensations shoot down my legs and feet as if coming to the end of an orgasm but with no good feeling leading up. It's so strange. What …

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Cured of Vulvodynia

Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:39 am by angelique2016

I used to post on this forum a long time ago and told everyone of how I was cured of my vulvodynia by a (Melbourne Australia) female dermatologist, she put me on very low doses of Nortriptyline (Allergron) for pain management about 10mgs I believe it was, and she also had me use Advantan Fatty Ointment (not the cream) (although I saw the cream for sale on ebay from germany) so it might help, as …

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Vulvodynia and IVF? Anyone done this? What does it do to the vulvadynia?

Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:03 am by Carolyn4

Hi everyone,

I have had vulvodynia since age 27--I am now 43 and it has been in pretty good remission.  I control it with acupuncture and herbs, and some cranial sacral therapy.  I have a 5 year old, had a pretty uneventful pregnancy which ended in a c-section.  My VV worsened after that, and I have worked hard to get it back under control (it took over a year to get it back into pretty good …

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Partial Vestibulectomy

Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:44 pm by JGD13

Hi all i am new here.
I had a partial vestibulectomy 21/7 for my provoked vulvodynia.
After a painful few days and feeling quite uncomfortable it seemed to get better. 1 week after i noticed some white stuff and gloopy discharge, it wasnt smelly or itchy but i got a check up at the gp surgery and the doctor said the stitches looked fine and i could just have a touch of thrush. He said this is …

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My story, so far...(lengthy)

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My story, so far...(lengthy)

Post  haybay on Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:23 am

I'm Hailey, and I'll be 28 years old next month. I've worked retail management and customer service most of my life, and I'm currently a full time student. I've been exposed to high stress environments for the last ten years, and I'm not the type to worry much about anything. I've always believed everything happens for a reason, and in time, "even grass will turn to milk."  

The experience I've had with what *might* be vulvodynia is something that goes against everything I stand for. How can there be a reason that I, as well as all of you, can be challenged with something so painful, and so invisible to anyone who can help. This discomfort, these symptoms, with no outward signs made ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE to me.

As a child, and throughout my adolescence, I was incredibly prone to UTIs and kidney stones. After several UTIs during my youth, I was hospitalized with a severe kidney infection and dehydration. I also maintained a fever of 104.something for several hours. Every time I had a UTI, I was given amoxicillin, and every time I took amoxicillin, I got a yeast infection. Eventually I started requesting Diflucan with amoxicillin to combat the yeast infection. More recently, doctors prescribed antibiotics less likely to give me a yeast infection, because I can't imagine a yeast infection on top of whatever this is.

I can remember having vulvar discomfort since I was 24 years old. I had been sexually inactive for 2 years at that point, and it began with a very localized itch. I had one very small, skin colored bump at the opening of my labia majora. The bump itched incessantly, and if I pinched it, it would bruise and discharge a small amount of blood from the nearby hair follicle. The wound would stay open for days and it seemed to infect the other side of the opening of my labia majora, at the exact spot it rested against with my legs closed. The bumps were sensative to urine and water. The bump would fade and return, never with any outward visibility. Even when the bump wasn't present, I began to develop a chronic itch. After my monthly period, it would clear up for days, weeks, and once or twice, a month or more.

I waited until the symptoms were incredibly discomforting before going to the local heath department. They gave me tests for the most common STDs and everything showed negative. I remained sexually inactive for another year, but still experienced itching. The itching became so intense that I was ripping my skin with my fingernails and damn near scrubbing myself with toilet paper because it felt so good. Of course, I developed a bacterial infection that caused the itch to become even MORE intense.

I returned to the health department several months after my first visit. I no longer had the invisible, itchy, swollen bumps that it seemed to start with. Just an embarrassing, uncomfortable itch. The doctor I saw that time around informed me that my previous STD tests never included a test for herpes. I never knew a special culture was done to test for herpes, and was always under the impression that I'd been tested every year for everything since I was 16. Evidently, I'd never been tested for herpes, and I about had a heart attack right then and there. I know if that's the direction it went in, I'd be okay - the world wouldn't end - but I was TERRIFIED.

The doctor took one look, for a few seconds, and told me that she thought I had herpes. She said, "I really usually tell people that I'm 90% sure without a culture, but for you, I'm only 80% sure. You don't have a classic case, that's for sure." That day, at 26 years old, I went home and cried in my momma's lap. I blamed God, my exboyfriends, the health department and myself. The woman prescribed me with cream and medicine for herpes, but I did not take it. I'd researched enough about my symptoms at that point, and women existed with my symptoms! Women that didn't have herpes! And actually, some of these women experienced extremely intensified symptoms after treating them with herpes medicine. I thought I'd get a second opinion.

I scheduled an appointment with an OB/GYN in the medical district. The doctor examined me and gave me tests for bacterial infections and STDs. She did not give me a test for herpes, because there was nothing to culture. There was no outbreaks, no pimples, nothing with a discharge; everything looked fine. She did notice high levels of bacteria, and gave me an Rx for Flagel and a steroidal topical cream. The cream burned, and did not help at all. The Flagel seemed to help while I was taking it, but as soon as I stopped taking it, the itch returned.

Without the money to keep going to doctors and buying perscriptions, I tried to find a home remedy. I started using different lotions. Lotion seemed to help because it made scratching more satisfying and less traumatic to my scarring skin. I did go back to the gynecologist approximately 8 months later. My symptoms hadn't improved since I finished my antibiotics. I was starting to experience swelling and burning, as well as stabbing pain in and around my clitoral hood and glans. I've never felt any pain or itch any closer to my vaginal opening than that. But, when my clitoris is swollen, it feels like there is a splinter firmly wedged somewhere in there. It makes underwear and sex completely uncomfortable. I was still scratching so hard I was breaking skin, and the gynecologist was able to see that. She could see that I was raw in the area around and above my clitoris, and extending through my hairline at the opening of my labia majora.

She said she could culture the area of skin I broke scratching for herpes (to ease my mind), but it may not be enough to render results. It would be expensive, and its accuracy could not be guaranteed because the skin was broken from a scratch, not an outbreak. I declined the culture and agreed to come back on a day where my symptoms were any worse or more visible, at least. She suggested I look into the symptoms of lichen sclerosis to see if they matched my own.

I finally began discussing my symptoms with a friend, who told me her sister and her best friend had vulvodynia. She said her both her sister's and her friend's symptoms were provoked by using the ONE-TIME USE MONISTAT for a yeast infection. I began researching vulvodynia and found that it more accurately describes my symptoms than anything else I've looked at. Also, in regards to my doctor's suggestion of lichen sclerosis, I found another source that talked about lichen simplex, which also closely matched my symptoms. My doctor also said that our nerves can develop a lifelong "itching" sensation after situations that cause serious, long term itching. In other words, she said if you scratch long enough, you'll itch forever.

So - anyway, that's my story so far. I've found ice and sleeping pills help at night, wearing seemless underwear (regardless of the material) helps during the day, and SPECIFICALLY, Queen Helene's Cocoa Butter Face & Body Cream keeps the area from becoming raw.

Wow, this got long - but it feels great to have it all out in chronological order. I'm going to keep this as a record and bring it with me to my next appointment to see if there's something I forgot to tell my doctor!

Time for a nap.
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