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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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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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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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7 years later and life looks bleak :(

Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:50 am by RainyShay77

So 7 years ago I had a case of BV...the antibiotic caused a horrible yeast infection which took 5 months to 'get rid of'. During this time I had allergic reactions to 2 of the yeast infection creams which magnified the pain. Over the past 7 years I've tried multiple rounds of physical therapy (they only slightly helped), chiropractic, nerve blocks, medications to target nerve pain (amitriptyline, …

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Newly diagnosed - and prescribed amitriptyline cream/physio/psychology

Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:38 am by sophiarp

Hi everyone,

I'm so happy to have stumbled across this forum. I have just been diagnosed and am really struggling emotionally. It's nice to find this forum and feel a little less alone.

I've been prescribed amitriptyline cream. Has anyone had success with this? I was happy to have avoided the amitriptyline tablets. I'm also participating in physio and have been told I need to see a psychologist …

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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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Amtriptyline, baclofen, gabapentin cream for provoked vestibuldynia

Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:15 pm by WVR00

Hello,
Has anyone had success with this cream in helping their vulvodynia? How long has it taken to help? I’ve had some success with it, but not completely better. I’ve been on it for a month. I️ was hoping to hear from some ladies who have had major success with this cream. I’m hoping for some encouragement here. This condition is so frustrating. I’m lucky enough to have access to two …

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New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist

Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:47 pm by Julesyjules

Hi,

I'm new here and wanted to ask for some advice whilst I wait to see a specialist nurse.

After urinary problems which lasted 7 weeks, I finally saw a urologist, who on examination discovered significant inflammation and called in a gynaecologist, who diagnosed vestibulitis. They referred me to a nurse who specialises in vulvar skin issues. That was 5 weeks ago, and I'm still waiting for the …

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I am new, want to share my story, it may help some of you

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Post  HARDROCKMOM72 on Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:27 am

Hi, my name is Michelle and I'm 43. My vulvar pain began nearly 2 years ago: cutting, searing, stabbing pains, unable to sit longer than 10 minutes without a donut cushion, mild pain after sex.

I went to an OB/GYN, checked for a UTI (negative), was told I had a mild prolapsed bladder, and a yeast infection. I treated myself for the yeast, but continued to have pain. I went back and asked for a complete Pap smear, and labs to check for all STD's (negative and Pap was fine). I had also had the Mirena for 4 years and requested it be removed in case that had something to do with it. The doc removed it, and after 2 of the worst periods ever, I had a new one put back in. It made no difference in the pain. That particular OB doc said he could do nothing more for me.

I scoured the Internet for practitioners who specialized in vulvodynia and chose a women's' health clinic that treated a variety of disorders. The doctor I established with there suggested pudendal neuralgia. Thus began a series of MRI's and consultations with an orthopedic specialist and a neurologist. I had some mild degeneration in my lumbar spine, all the others were normal. My blood was tested for many neurological conditions and a hormone panel was done as well. I was not in menopause and other than my pain, was fit as a fiddle. I was also tested for interstitial cystitis (neg) and a transvaginal ultrasound was normal.

My vulvodynia specialist had performed several Q tip tests and suspected possible vesibulitis along with vulvar pain and referred pain in my back. His suggested treatment was injections in my vulva to reduce pain.

The day I was to start injections, however, my husband accompanied me and asked my doctor if my constant arousal was due to this. I hadn't told the doctor about that, it was embarrassing. Then he said my problems were beyond his expertise as he determined I had persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) as well. He told me about Dr. Irwin Goldstein in San Diego, that he was a top expert in America and wanted me to be evaluated by him.

We live in Missouri, but with my parents' financial assistance, my husband and I flew there last week for a consultation. We met with a sex therapist first, then a pelvic floor therapist, then Dr. Goldstein, who co-authored the book 'When Sex Hurts'. After a very painful exam and vulvoscopy, I am now diagnosed with 'congenital neuroproliferative vestibulodynia'.

I am preparing to embark on hormonal treatment and correction and, after 6 months if I have little relief, I will have surgery to remove my vestibule. I have decided I can live with the PGAD, as I have since the age of 5.

My preference is surgery, but Dr. Goldstein begins the more conservative approach instead. At times, before being diagnosed, I suffered bouts of depression and even suicidal ideation. Dr. Goldstein is very skilled and compassionate, with a long list of credentials.

I have agreed to speak at a conference in the spring made up of medical professionals, to share my condition(s) to educate. It helps that I'm an RN myself. I left no stone uncovered. My advice is to seek out specialists, if your finances allow it. And to never give up.

I'm glad I found this forum and I'm sure I will have many questions as I start my treatments.

God bless!

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Post  PainBlogger on Mon Oct 26, 2015 5:18 pm

Good luck to you and thanks for sharing your story. I agree with your advice to seek out specialists whenever finances allow for it and to never give up. I'm sure that there are effective treatments out there for many sufferers, but finding the right treatment can be a real marathon.

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Post  WaahwaahUK on Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:33 pm

It is so good to hear a positive story. Thank you for taking the time to write it here. May I ask what hormonal treatment you are having? I have suspected pudendal nerve issues but I also can't help feeling there is a hormone issue too.... My GP has only done a blood test to check my oestrogen which was apparently fine. Anyway best of luck with your recovery! x

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Post  HARDROCKMOM72 on Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:54 pm

Weekly testosterone injections, a compounded estrogen/testosterone cream directly to my vagina, potentially both oral estrogen/progesterone combination in a low dose so as not to increase risk of cancer.

But for now, testosterone injections and hormone levels every 10 days for a month, to determine whether or not I need the other oral hormones. But the injections and cream always.

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Post  WaahwaahUK on Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:07 am

Have they determined you have a hormone imbalance then? If so, how was it diagnosed? Excuse my ignorance, I'm often walking in the dark with this condition! Wishing you lots of luck moving forward with your treatment.

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Post  HARDROCKMOM72 on Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:28 pm

A random hormone panel showed everything in normal range. Except virtually zero testosterone. So I start testosterone injections today, then he's drawing panels on me every 10 days for a month to see where I am in my cycle. I typically don't have periods because I have the Mirena, and I'm not menopausal. After reviewing my labs, he will determine the dosage of hormones I need.

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Post  HARDROCKMOM72 on Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:30 pm

And, ask any questions. If I can help even one gal to not have to suffer more than a year to the extent that I have, then it's a good feeling, a purpose.

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Post  WaahwaahUK on Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:08 pm

Thank you. My GP only checked my oestrogen I think. He said I'm too young (I'm mid thirties) to have a hormone problem which I sort of felt fobbed off by. My gut feeling is there's more than one factor to my pain, but it does flare at certain points in my cycle. So I feel there may be a hormone issue as well as nerve issues (which I'm seeing an osteopath for). When I told my GP that my pain flares when I'm ovulating he looked perplexed which only served to make me feel even more like a medical anomaly!

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Post  PainBlogger on Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:56 am

WaahwaahUK wrote:When I told my GP that my pain flares when I'm ovulating he looked perplexed which only served to make me feel even more like a medical anomaly!

On the subjected of perplexed GPs: my consultant told me that about 8% of women have vulvodynia. Now, I'm not sure if he meant at some point in their lifetime or that at any one time, 8% of the female population is experiencing vulval pain. Either way, that's a lot of women. GPs really shouldn't be so unknowledgeable about the condition, should they? I'm not blaming them - I know they have to know a fair bit about thousands of conditions so can't be experts in everything (that's what consultants are for) - but one would think they should encounter women with vulvodynia fairly often, and, if so, should know more than what the average GP seems to!

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Post  WaahwaahUK on Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:06 pm

Yep I agree PainBlogger! Two gynaecologists so far didn't seem to have a clue either which is so disheartening. I don't understand this all too common attitude of - well you don't fit the box, I don't know what to do with you, you're not dying as far as I can tell, so off you go!! Meanwhile many of us are left in pain and researching our own way around it!

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