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Hurting, Burning, Itching, and Worn Out

Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:55 pm by donnambr

This vulvodynia that I'm currently suffering with is so cruel. I hurt, I burn, I itch. When I first got this several years ago, before the internet, I though I was the only one with this awful disorder. Doctors couldn't figure it out. I felt so alone and devastated. Somehow it disappeared for a few years and now I'm suffering again. This dreaded V misery is back and I feel like I will be with …

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Hi girls! New in this forum

Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:31 pm by Gaby

Hi everyone!

Also joining the V club, Here my story:

It all started last year in september with a very bad throat infection for which i had to take antibiotics for about a month. This cause several yeast infections (candidia albicans).... one after the other!. I had them every month from october 2017 till march 2018. During this period i use an incredible amount of anti-fungal creams and …

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Newbie and feeling helpless

Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:52 pm by Taylor1

Hi, I found out a few weeks ago that I have this condition, started off at the end of April as a uti took strong antibiotics then got a thrush infection and now this.. My doctor has tried me on amitriptyline and gabipentin and both made me so poorly I couldn't take it plus I have seen what long use of these drugs has done to my mom for pain and its not good. I am using coconut oil which does …

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I'm new to this forum and would love some advice! :)

Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:13 am by anikita

Hi lovely gals!

I'm honestly hoping to get any bit of advice anyone might have to offer. I go from bouts of sobbing hysterically in my boyfriend's arms to feeling confident that I can beat this.

I haven't been actually diagnosed with vulvodynia but EVERYTHING under the sun has come back negative. I started having sex 4 years ago after starting Lo Loestrin, with my first and current boyfriend …

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From a concerned husband

Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:45 pm by ConcernedYorkieHubby

Hello everyone,

This is probably a little unconventional, but I’m a man who is here because his wife has been diagnosed with vulvodynia. The poor girl has been suffering with vulva pain for around 10 years now, and I’ve been by her side through the pain and tears and doctors misunderstandings the whole way, and we’re both exhausted and terrified by the whole experience.

I’m sure a lot …

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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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Gabapentin Gel. or other topical creams

Thu May 10, 2018 9:43 am by Rosie21

Hi I have been suffering for some years with this abominable pain. I have tried most of the systemic drugs , I asked specialists and Doctors if I could at least try a topical treatment but because this requires a special prescription have been refused Has anybody had a chance of trying these? Thank you I will try to put a link on to some of the research into Gabapentin Gel. Thanks.

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What has been helping ME (much less pain over time!!)

Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 am by leoscc

Hello everyone! I vanished for quite some time as my life became consumed by not only this but other daily responsibilities as well. Shortly after my diagnosis, my boyfriend f 3 years left me as he did not want to deal with this. It left me broken for a while but also gave me time to figure out what the heck was going on. So, I will write out a quick list of my symptoms and what helped me.

1. I …

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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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If you've ever broken your tailbone, this story is for you!

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If you've ever broken your tailbone, this story is for you!

Post  ksd on Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:24 am

I don't believe I have ever been on a site of this nature in my life. I have been a vulvodynia sufferer for 7 years now and I can sympathize with anyone who is overwhelmed from the intense, ok, excruciating, pain associated with it. I want to tell my story because perhaps someone else will have a similar situation and not even realize it. I'm sure there are many more reasons for vulvodynia than the reason I have it, but I want to give hope to anyone who has this same background.

When I went to my gynecologist about the pain he instantly said, "vulvodynia!" I had no idea what he was talking about, but he was sure of his diagnosis. However, he had no knowledge of how to treat it. He did know that no drugs could touch it. He began by referring me to a dermatologist to be sure it wasn't due to a skin condition. The dermatologist was dumbfounded, not having any idea what to do with me. I had no skin problem and he didn't even know what vulvodynia was. He referred me on to another doctor, who referred me to another doctor, and on it went. I thought we were getting close when I went to a urologist, because I was making so many bathroom visits in a day, and especially at night. I had no bladder problems, so he sent me to bladder therapy. All I learned from that was that my muscles are totally exhausted from fighting accidents around the clock. The treatments were no help at all so I stopped them.

Meanwhile, the pain that I thought was so bad only got worse. When the pain is at its worst, so is the tremendous urge to urinate. That, too, is very painful. I'm only telling this because it has totally disrupted my life and my days and activities are built around the very limited things I can do. The worst thing for me is that I can't travel more than about 30 minutes at a time on a really good day, so even shopping trips are a problem. Perhaps some of you can relate.

I observed myself closely, and I kept telling each doctor that I felt that somehow the pain is connected to my back. I looked at charts of the nervous system and saw that the nerves running from my very low back go to the bladder and the entire vulvar area. Doctor after doctor denied the connection. Only my chiropractor said it made total sense. When I wake up in the morning without pain, all I have to do is lean over to tie a shoe or pick something up and the pain hits hard. I found that sitting helps a lot, but I cannot handle sitting on a chair without a medical cushion. I tried many kinds, and finally found that the ones with a cutout for the tailbone are the best for me.

I had an MRI of my lumbar spine and have a number of problems there: bulging disks, spinal stenosis, arthritis, etc., so that area of my back is bad and I have had chiropractic treatments for that for years. At that time I was given Neurontin to take. Not only did it not work, but I had a bad reaction to it.

Finally, last year, I was referred to doctor number 15. I immediately told him that if he couldn't help me, I was through with my search. I was totally whipped. This doctor was an anesthesiologist who talked with me a long time and said he thought he knew what is causing my problem. He asked if I had ever broken my tailbone. I said I had when I was a young girl in junior high, and then had fallen on it again about 10 years before. He explained that it is not uncommon for a tailbone to heal almost completely, but there might be the slightest part that somehow didn't heal fully. Over time, it can cause this kind of pain. The best part is....They can help with the pain!!!!

I had a series of 3 injections in my tailbone, which is part of the sympathetic nervous system. Please don't hold it against me if I don't get this completely accurate, but the idea is correct (I'm not a medical person in any way). No oral medications can penetrate those nerves, therefore the pain communication between the nerves and the brain can't be interrupted. However, a steroid injection, at least a series of them, can do the job for the most part. I'll take any relief I can! I thought the injections would be horrible, but while they're not my idea of fun, it really wasn't all that bad. After the 3rd injection I felt I was at about 85% improved! The doctor was astonished at my good results because they usually don't see such results when the condition has gone on for so long. We decided I would have one more injection and see if I could get even a bit better. However, right at that time we had to move out of state and I couldn't get the last one.

The amazing thing is, I was able to make the 600+ mile trip both ways to find a home, and then make the trip again when we moved. I hadn't traveled more than 35 miles in 3 years. In between things I did a tremendous amount of heavy work to pack and unpack. My husband had just had back surgery and couldn't do much, so I did more than usual, and I had very little pain! How awesome is that??? We have been here for 5 months now, and the pain is back in all its glory. Only today, the 4 th doctor in my new area said he can repeat the injections and expects good results. I can hardly wait to get them! Also, they can give these throughout my life as needed.

I was also told that I will always have to be careful of my back, and always use my pillow. I carry that thing around like it's my baby blankie! But that's a small price to pay for comfort it gives.

The other factor in my improvement is that there was a tremendous amount of prayer that went into my healing as well. Will I ever be fully healed? I don't know. If not, just being tons better is good enough. Just being able to function normally will be good enough. Not having to get up up to 15 and 20 times in the night will be good enough.

I so hope there are others of you who will find this information a help. If you have ever broken your tailbone and have vulvodynia, please go to the doctor. The only ones I know of who can give those injections are in a pain clinic or are anesthesiologists. My new doctor is an anesthesiologist and works in a pain clinic. Extra good!

By the way, I am 70 years old.


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