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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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painfree for 3 years!

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painfree for 3 years!

Post  ilseke on Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:50 pm

I'm from Belgium and I have suffered from vulvodynia since I was 20. Back then gynaecologists found nothing wrong with me. I visited a lot of them...When I was +/- 35 I watched "embarrising bodies" on tv and heard of 'vulvodynia'. I knew that was it. I searched for a doctor who was specialised in it. He prescribed PLO-gel with 4% gabapentine. I applicated it for about a year and it resulted in three ab-so-lutely painfree years!!!!! Now the pain starts again and I will use the gel again. We all deserve a painfree life with nice sex. Don't stop dreaming about it!

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Re: painfree for 3 years!

Post  A2015 on Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:04 pm

Hi Ilseke,

It is encouraging to read the words "pain free", as I don't see it written often.

I had VVS when I was on the Contraceptive Pill, when I stopped taking it, I was also completely pain free and normal.
This year, I have VVS again after a yeast and bacterial infection.

Could I ask if you could describe your symptoms in some more detail? Was/is your pain confined to the vestibule and did/do you have redness/inflammation?

How did your pain start when you were 20 and what has caused the pain to begin again?

I am from London and want to ask my Vulval Dermatologist if I can be prescribed Gapapentin cream here.

Thank you so much,
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painfree for 3 years!

Post  ilseke on Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:19 am

Hello

It started combined with my first sexual relation. My doctor (gynaecologist specialised in vulvodynia) says that's not uncommen. I had a lot of vaginal itch and pain: candida after candida infection and after several months it developed into vulvodynia but the vestibular variaty. I only had (burning raw) pain during intercource. If jou consider the vagina like a clock, my pain is located at 12h, where most women have it at 6h. The groep of 6h should be less resistent to therapy, according to my doctor. He said i had to use it for 4 or 5 months. With no result after that i should give up. But i just kept on using it for about a year and gradually the pain lessened and it stopped.

My gynaecologist was part of a multidisciplinary team with a psychologist, kinesitherapist and so on. But since i had experienced orgasms before my condition i didn't had to see them. And yes, after the pain subsided i experienced a lot of great sex and orgasms. cheers

I think it started again because i am vulnerable for it. I have a husband, so i have sex, wich often leads to mild candidasymptoms. And i didn't used the gel because the problem was gone.

It is still a less aggressive pain compared to when i was younger but i know it will become worse without the gel, so this afternoon my gel will be ready in the farmacy. Luckily i still had the original prescription and i just went to the towndoctor. I didn't have to pay him since he could copie my prescription and will give it to other paitients. I sent a mail to my gynaecologist. Should he say something valuable i will post it on this forum.

The gel is really expensive, but i need it. You have to buy a whole box of pills and you only need 1 or 2 pills to make the potion.

Gabapentine are pills for people with epileptica. They do something to the painreceptors in our vagina. (In Belgium that medicine is named Neurontine, but generic name is gabapentine)The pharmacist mix the pills (the powder) with a cream that is most often used for vaginal use: Pluronic Lecithine Organogel. My original prescription was 4% but there also was a note on it to prepare the gel 6%. My towndoctor prescribed me the 6% one. I hope to suppress the painreceptors rapidly... I wrote you the prescription below.

prescription for 100g gabapentine gel (4%):
take 10 pills Neurontine (or generic) 400 mg capsules gabapentine
make them into powder
look at the weight of the powder
calculate mass of pluronic hydrogel* (PLO)-fase=80% x (100g - weight of powder)
mix powdermass and PLO
add lecithine (ad 100g)
mix untill gell is homogene

for 6% gel use 15 capsuls of 400mg
* can be ordered at Fagron ( Fagron PLO kit 200g, code 2399350)


Don't give up on yourself. Get that gel and applicate it every evening. After all, what alternative do we have?
Ilse


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Re: painfree for 3 years!

Post  A2015 on Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:44 am

Hello Ilse,

Thank you so much for your detailed reply. It seems my symptoms are quite similar.

I have redness of the whole vestibule, slight inflammation, sore/raw/burn to touch, vestibule skin tears during sex because the skin is inflammed/delicate (I tear at the 6o'clock and either side just inside the opening), frequent on/off itching of the vulva (even when there is no candida found), prone to infections.

Did you continue to experience candida infections during the 3 years you were pain-free without using the gel?

Did you notice any visible changes to your vestibule skin?
Every doctor I see tells me my vulva looks "normal" to them, but I know for a fact it is red/slightly inflammed. I can say this with certainty because when I was cured from VVS after coming off the Pill, my vestibule skin tissues returned back to their normal colour & I knew I was 100% healed. When it started this time after an infection, I knew my VVS was back.
I am concerned that any nerve relieving creams won't reduce the redness so I'll never feel fully cured, but I suppose I have to start to accept that I may not be fully cured and any treatment can just help.

Could I ask if you are/were ever on hormonal birth control?

Did your pain start again without being triggered by an infection, it just started to burn during sex again?

I think mine started again (after being absolutely pain free when I stopped the Pill), because I am vulnerable to VVS after having it once before. Perhaps my body has a memory of how it responded to an infection (when I had VVS before), and that's why my symptoms have come back.

I very much hope I am able to get this cream in the UK and that my Vulval Dermatologist will prescribe it to me. I will bring your description with me, thank you very much.

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Re: painfree for 3 years!

Post  ilseke on Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:06 pm

During the 3years i had sometimes an itch or candidelike symptoms, but very mildly, nothing that couldn't be solved with cold wather. I didn't have to take any medication. When i was 20 i had some monstreous candideinfections and they discolored my skin permanentely. I know that, because i can compare it. Doctors think it is just normal.
I never took birthcontrolpills. Maybe condoms are better because there's less bodyfluid and less chance to invoke an potential infection.
The vvs just restarted like that. At first a very little bit of pain, i didn't noticed it wright away.
But here we go again Wink

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