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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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Did anti-depressants help anyone with generalized vulvodnia?

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Did anti-depressants help anyone with generalized vulvodnia?

Post  AspenMarie14 on Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:02 am

Just wondering!

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Re: Did anti-depressants help anyone with generalized vulvodnia?

Post  stewie on Sat Sep 19, 2015 4:06 am

I was wondering the same thing. I'd really like to know if they have helped anyone. I was just diagnosed with vulvar pain and was given zoloft. I had a lot of side effects and was only able to take half a pill. I took it for a month and had no results. On my return visit my doctor prescribed wellbrutrin and he wants me to take it with the zoloft. I haven't started it yet but I hope I don't have any more side effects. My doctor also told me you have to be weaned off anti depressants because you can have problems similar to withdrawal and I wish he had told me before I started.

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Post  HealingandDealing on Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:42 pm

It sounds like the problem may be that you've been prescribed SSRIs, which are not as effective at managing chronic pain than SNRIs or Tricyclics. I don't know everything about this because I just started researching it, but I found a helpful article about it. I can't post a link because I'm a new member, but if you go to the Mayo Clinic website and search "antidepressants for pain" it should be the first one.

I'm planning on trying an SNRI soon, as I'm not ready to resort to something as intense as a Tricyclic anti depressant. I've tried anti depressants in the past and have had some pretty bad side effects, so I'm trying to find the one with minimal ones, which sounds like what you need too! I'm looking into Pristiq, which has great reviews so far but also doesn't seem to be covered by any insurance carrier so...we'll see. My second choice is Effexor, which I have reservations about because it's known to dampen some people's sex drive (I have to be honest, I'm holding out for a cure that lets me enjoy sex and life again, so this is a dilemna). The good news is that anti depressants can be prescribed in lower doses for pain than for depression, so that should help for those of us who are sensitive to side effects.

I'll keep you guys updated and please do that same. Hope that helps!

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Re: Did anti-depressants help anyone with generalized vulvodnia?

Post  PainBlogger on Sat Dec 05, 2015 3:47 pm

I'm having some success with duloxetine (an SNRI). I think I need a bigger dose than the 60mg per day I am on, but the specialist said I can go up to 120mg.

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Side Effects

Post  HealingandDealing on Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:01 pm

Ok, cool I just looked that up. Cymbalta is the brand name. Have you had any bad side effects with it? From what I'm reading, they seem pretty minimal in most people, but I prefer to ask people about their actual experiences with drugs.

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Re: Did anti-depressants help anyone with generalized vulvodnia?

Post  PainBlogger on Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:33 pm

No side effects - and I feel much better on it than I did on tricyclics. I have way more energy, no constipation, and no dry mouth. It's helped my low mood a lot as well.

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Re: Did anti-depressants help anyone with generalized vulvodnia?

Post  WaahwaahUK on Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:27 pm

I'm on a tricyclic called nortriptyline 30mg at the moment and haven't felt it ease my pain so far about 3 months in... I've also had side effects of agitation and anxiety through the roof for some reason, along with dry mouth. I'm hoping my GP may try me on pregabalin / lyrica this week.

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Re: Did anti-depressants help anyone with generalized vulvodnia?

Post  PainBlogger on Sat Dec 05, 2015 11:18 pm

Hope your GP agrees to a switch, Waahwaah. I'd say three months is long enough to know if something is promising or not. Pregabalin is actually also used for treating anxiety, so hopefully you wouldn't feel anxious on it.

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Re: Did anti-depressants help anyone with generalized vulvodnia?

Post  WaahwaahUK on Sun Dec 06, 2015 3:13 pm

Thanks PainBlogger. Yes I'm seeing him tomorrow and hoping he will let me switch. He said last time if 30mg doesn't work he will look at something stronger but didn't specify so I'm going to ask for pregabalin I think. The anxiety is awful, and making even slightly better days hard to handle as I'm so anxious all the time... Fingers crossed! Really glad to hear you're getting something from the duloxetine.

In respect of this post about antidepressants and this condition - you'll find some people have had success with drugs like amitriptyline or nortriptyline, while others haven't, or have had success with other drugs like lyrica / pregabalin etc.To anyone reading this post thinking of trying medication, I would say look at your options and give it a try. Lots of people have felt much better after finding the right meds, the right dosage. Don't be put off by one persons response to a particular drug. Vulvodynia is caused by so many different and combined, complex factors that we are all individuals and will respond in different ways. I say this because I have done this myself - looked at what did or didn't work for others and felt down about it. But I know, I just need to find what is right for me.

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