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Vulvodynia help

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:27 pm by Katiej

Hi guys new here and newly diagnosed. So I had bv and then after alot of antibiotics and home remedies I still continued to have weird symptoms despite swabs being negative. Two seperate gynes have told me I have vulvodynia as a result of the area being overwhelmed. So first gave me lidocaine which xidnt do much. No I am on amitriptyline for the past 5 days. Seems to be kicking in a little (im a …

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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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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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New w/ Secondary Provoked Vestibuldynia

Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:46 pm by Birdy

Hi everyone,

I'm here because I'm pretty sure I have secondary provoked vestibuldynia, even though my gyno is still "optimistic" it is not.  My problem started six months ago when I got my second UTI in as many months (after going 25 years of life without one) and then ended up with a bad yeast infection (also my first one ever) thanks to the antibiotics.  Ever since the yeast …

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Newly diagnosed

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

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

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

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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