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Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04 pm by infinitelywondering

» my rock bottom, psychological effects of vulvodynia, I told him he can leave me
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» NO PAIN DURING SEX
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:33 am by Athena

» Coping with Vulvodynia
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:55 pm by NaughtyNanny

» Newby not sure where to turn
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:10 pm by sarisbaris

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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NO PAIN DURING SEX

Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:18 am by rockylife

I HAVE NO PAIN DURING SEX, BUT I FEEL THIS BURNING SENSATION ALL DAY JUST BESIDE THE VAGINAL OPENING. DO I REALLY HAVE A VULVODYNIA? I'M CONFUSED.

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Newby not sure where to turn

Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:32 pm by Cerjo87

Hi this is all very new to me , well the talking about it bit is , the pain while having sex and also the uncomfortable feelings after and feeling like I have  sistitus most of the time I’m very used to , I’ve suffered for 7 years now I’m only 30 . Finally after all this time the doctors or should I say my gp has said I have Vulvodynia and have givin me gabapentin to try .i told her I’d …

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Looking for a friend..... and new problems

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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Newbie to the site

Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:16 am by Ksa

Hello. Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm currently under the care of a dr in Phoenix that specializes in vaginal disorders. I will probably be on a suppository of estridol the rest of my life and I am currently on medications for a rare form of vaginitis that's pretty unheard of for my age. My vagina literally hates me. I've struggled with vulvadynia for 20 years, the duration of my …

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Vulvodynia from #metoo media coverage

Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:01 pm by dooleyhornberg

I am wondering if anyone else in this forum has experience an increase or flare up in their vulvodynia as a result of the coverage of the sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, DC, and the recent gymnastics scandal. I have definitely had a flare up.

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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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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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