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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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Question about amino acid NAC 600mg. , Vit. C 2,000mg and 3 tablets of spirulina

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Question about amino acid NAC 600mg. , Vit. C 2,000mg and 3 tablets of spirulina

Post  mikan92 on Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:35 am

Hi all,

I have yet to be diagnosed but I believe I have symptoms of provoked vulvar vestibulitis since 2 months ago after being treated with lots of (redundant) medications for a vaginal thrush which I wouldn't think was a bad one.
Since then my pain remained and recently I've been to a gynae twice who treated me with a potent steroid that took away some inflammation and stinging feeling (according to the gynae my skin looks normal now, compared to the first time I saw him it looked inflammed and dry), but the pain is still persisting. I really do not believe that this is simply a dermal problem, there must be something wrong with the underlying tissue, either it's still irritated or there are some problems with the nerves.

While I am applying olive oil every day as what my gynae advised (I think it's helping, but only did for 2 days so not sure if it'll alleviate the pain in long term). But I am a bit skeptical about the natural healing part because my condition has not improved much and I wonder if it'll really heal on its own a this rate.
Sorry for rambling but I've read a couple of posts about how taking this combi- amino acid NAC 600mg. , Vit. C 2,000mg and 3 tablets of spirulina helped remove vulvar pain.
I would like to know the experiences of those who had tried this before and if it worked? I still don't really understand the science behind it, but I guess i'll want to give it a try.
Any advice would be appreciated Smile

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Re: Question about amino acid NAC 600mg. , Vit. C 2,000mg and 3 tablets of spirulina

Post  JulesB on Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:38 am

Be careful about dietary changes and supplements recommended for vulvodynia. For example, the low oxalate diet, tried by many with vulvodynia, is based on a single case! See: https://drjengunter.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/the-low-oxalate-diet-and-vulvodynia-how-a-case-report-becomes-snake-oil/
Perhaps dietary changes or supplements may work for the odd person, but there are many varied caused of vulvodynia. It won't do you any harm to try it, if you want to - I did. Spirulina and vit C are good for you anyway!

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Re: Question about amino acid NAC 600mg. , Vit. C 2,000mg and 3 tablets of spirulina

Post  mikan92 on Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:13 pm

Jules:

Thanks for the advice and article! Don't think I'll do the low-oxalate diet, I think I will try other remedies with less side-effects first! Will start with taking supplements that are good for my body anyway Very Happy
Do you mind telling me which supplements you took? I have a few in my mind but feel like I shouldn't overload my body with all these stuff so I want to select some to try first.

I saw from your previous posts that you did the manual de-sensitisation of nerves. How long did you do for an obvious effect to be seen? I've only done for a week but I don't feel much diff, the deep folds at the labia minor is still super painful to stroke! I've seen a post by a women who had significant improvement after 2 weeks, not sure if this isn't working for me?

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Re: Question about amino acid NAC 600mg. , Vit. C 2,000mg and 3 tablets of spirulina

Post  JulesB on Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:29 pm

What supplements do I take? Where do I start - I have got a kitchen cupboard full! I have problems with repeated thrush (persistent and repeated thrush, we think, was what caused my vulvodynia), so I take supplements for that. And also now in premenopause, so taking supplements for that! Anyway, I will weed out the ones I take for vulvodynia - basically anything that is good for the condition of the skin or has an anti inflammatory effect or is recommended to help with oxalates. So, that is: calcium citrate, zinc citrate, NAG (not NAC), B vitamins complex, hyaluronic acid, co-enzyme Q10, vit D, vit E, turmeric/curcumin, bioperine to help absorption of turmeric.
With the manual densentitisation you have to be patient and build up very slowly and gradually. It took a long time, but it worked. You need to retrain your nerves to register touch as touch, not as pain (which they are currently doing in their hypersensitive state). At the beginning even the slightest gentle touch meant pain for me. You do not want the touching to cause pain that continues afterwards. When I started it was just one very gentle stroke of the painful area every day, then I would add one stroke a week, very gradually building up the number of strokes until I could start adding a few more each day, then gradually build up the pressure. Very important: use lots of lube that doesn't irritate you (organic raw coconut oil is good, or Yes oil based lube). Eventually I got to 200 firm strokes and I was ready to try popping a finger in. One you gave got used to touch, you then need to progress to getting used to having something inside you again - you could use vaginal dilators, but those just looked like horrible hard plastic things to me, so I opted for the natural route - little finger, middle finger, little finger plus the ring finger part way in, then all the way, pointing finger and middle finger part way in, then all the way. Again, lots of lube. You want to push the finger(s) in and leave them there for a little longer each time. Later on you can move them in and out - only when I could do this without pain with two fingers was I ready to try putting my husband in - again, gradual build up - tip of penis first with no moving and keep in for a bit, then gradually deeper each time with no moving, once you can get him fully in with no pain he can then move a little - moving a bit more each time - loads of lube!
You can add pelvic floor relaxation and exercises too - once again the key is a gradual build up. The relaxation technique, exercises and desensitisation method can all be found in this book: 7 steps to pain free sex by Claudia Amherd. That's what I used. Much of the book is concerned with overcoming vaginismus (muscle tensing with penetration, and therefore pain), but it also applies to vulvodynia. You see, for those of us who have had vulvodynia we expect pain with intercourse, so even when the nerves have calmed down we expect pain, so tense up and so sex hurts (alcohol can help you relax). One recommendation with the pelvic floor exercises - the book recommends sitting on a soft juggling ball and squeezing that between you bum bones - no way was I going to sit on a juggling ball - I couldn't even sit on a chair! So I did the exercises without the ball - the book tells you how to do that.

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Re: Question about amino acid NAC 600mg. , Vit. C 2,000mg and 3 tablets of spirulina

Post  JulesB on Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:42 pm

How could I forget - omega 3, 6, 7, and 9. Basically Sea Buckthorn oil - that gives you all 4. Omega 7 is the new good guy - it is especially good for mucus membranes and keeping them naturally lubricated.

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Re: Question about amino acid NAC 600mg. , Vit. C 2,000mg and 3 tablets of spirulina

Post  mikan92 on Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:55 am

Wow thanks so much for the detailed advice, I really appreciate it Very Happy

Lots of supplements for me to try, I guess I'll start with some of them Smile definitely fish oil and calcium citrate! and probably multi-vitamins.
I believe manual de-sensitisation works, but I think my pain is due to tissue damage & thus inflammation (from using douche for the first time in my life, I know it sounds really stupid but I remember how it really hurt after using and the pain just lingered until now, I probably over-used it), so not sure if massage will aggravate the situation if my tissue is still repairing?
Atm I can put my index finger in but the vestibule is still painful so on entry I feel the pain. I'm trying to the perineal massage but don't think i'm doing it correctly haha. Massaging the inside bit gives me a bit of relief of tension I think! With the pain on vestibule I can't really add more finger because it means more touching of the vestibule:( I hope to get the pain less and then try your method Smile

Yes I totally agree with you! Even though I don't think my pain started with tight muscles, but I can feel that it's tight down there which gives me discomfort or sore even when the area is not provoked. I think it's because I've been feeling the pain and subconsciously tighten my muscles when I sit so that the area is kind of lifted from the chair & also my body weight.
Atm I'm trying to do some simple pelvic muscle stretches I've managed to find online, but I feel like these aren't enough to relieve my muscle tension. I was thinking of getting amy stein's heal pelvic pain video cause I feel like video is easier to follow. Does your book come with pictures (am really bad at following words instructions LOL)?
Maybe I'll do the pelvic exercises after my pain has decreased just in case it tightens my muscle more.

Atm are you able to do the exercises?

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