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New and need some help

Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:30 pm by LindafromNJ

New to this site ad trying to figure out how it works.  I am trying to post as a new member so I am hoping this goes thru.  I am a senior adult and have just been diagnosed by the Drexil Vaginitis Center to have vulvodynia along with Vestibulitis (not sure if spelled correctly).  My symptoms are vaginal burning, itching, soreness around the vaginal opening with one spot in particular.  Some …

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MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE- PLEASE READ

Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04 pm by infinitelywondering

Dear all,

Today has been the day I've been waiting for. The day something FINALLY makes sense.
I've been told countless times that I've got nerve damage or a muscular condition, yet none of the specific treatments have helped me. My GP suggested attacking this from a different angle so referred me to a dermatologist specialist


after having a vestibulectomy with no success, I decided to visit …

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NO PAIN DURING SEX

Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:18 am by rockylife

I HAVE NO PAIN DURING SEX, BUT I FEEL THIS BURNING SENSATION ALL DAY JUST BESIDE THE VAGINAL OPENING. DO I REALLY HAVE A VULVODYNIA? I'M CONFUSED.

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Newby not sure where to turn

Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:32 pm by Cerjo87

Hi this is all very new to me , well the talking about it bit is , the pain while having sex and also the uncomfortable feelings after and feeling like I have  sistitus most of the time I’m very used to , I’ve suffered for 7 years now I’m only 30 . Finally after all this time the doctors or should I say my gp has said I have Vulvodynia and have givin me gabapentin to try .i told her I’d …

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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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Newbie to the site

Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:16 am by Ksa

Hello. Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm currently under the care of a dr in Phoenix that specializes in vaginal disorders. I will probably be on a suppository of estridol the rest of my life and I am currently on medications for a rare form of vaginitis that's pretty unheard of for my age. My vagina literally hates me. I've struggled with vulvadynia for 20 years, the duration of my …

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Vulvodynia from #metoo media coverage

Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:01 pm by dooleyhornberg

I am wondering if anyone else in this forum has experience an increase or flare up in their vulvodynia as a result of the coverage of the sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, DC, and the recent gymnastics scandal. I have definitely had a flare up.

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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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Post  Niknak on Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:21 pm

Well at last I think I may have an answer to my problems! Things started 5 months ago when I got what I thought was cystitis - quick call to the doc and I got prescribed antibiotics, the burning urine feeling went but I was left with a constant soreness - I was prescribed more antibiotics, then 2 lots of thrush treatment (even though I had no symptoms of thrush) steroid cream then more antibiotics for BV (even though no signs of BV). I finally had enough so luckily through work I have private health care so I got referred to a urologist/gynecologist - he put me on 3 month course of antibiotics to stop bladder infections and had a look in my uretha/bladder with a camera, he said everything looked fine but after performing a swab/smear he said I was very dry so it could be down to a lack of estrogen (I had recently come off the combined pill and went on the mini pill - all these problems started after I started the mini pill). So I am still on the antibiotics (not really sure why as I don't think it's cystitis related) and I'm now back on the combined pill and on estrogen cream - i don't think it's working, I'm constantly crying with frustration as I don't know for sure why this pain/soreness is happening - after breaking down in tears numerous times in the docs I just keep being told it could take months for my hormones to get back to normal. I thought I was mad but having just found this forum today I think it may be vulvodynia...so I'm next seeing the consultant in 3 weeks where I'll mention vulvodynia. What is the normal first go to treatment for vulvodynia? Does anyone else have a similar story to mine with contraceptive? Did your hormones balancing out help? Thank you for any help you can offer xxxx

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Re: New member - did your problems start with a UTI

Post  PainBlogger on Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:12 pm

My problems started when I got a UTI and thrush at the same time last year. I'd never had thrush before and wasn't particularly prone to UTIs. I wasn't on any type of contraceptive pill. I had antibiotics and antifungals (cream, pessaries and tablets) and the infections went but I was left with pain, particularly after emptying my bladder but also on the surface of my skin and internally.

Normal first go to treatment - I think it very much depends on the doctor. I was given lidocaine gel (local anaesthetic) to use for six weeks at night on a cotton wool pad. When that didn't break the pain cycle I was given cimetidine (which is an interstitial cystitis treatment) to try. I was already on amitriptyline for nerve pain elsewhere in my body, but the doctor suggested I try increasing the dose of amitriptyline. I think amitriptyline is possibly the most popular first line oral treatment for nerve pain as it is so cheap and has been used for decades. If you end up seeing a pain management specialist they may be more likely to suggest drugs such as pregabalin or gabapentin for nerve pain. I'm not sure that a gynaecologist/urologist would have so much experience at prescribing those. My gynaecologist basically told me there was nothing visible and discharged me from her clinic, which is how I ended up under the care of a pain management specialist who has more experience of dealing with chronic pelvic pain issues.

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Re: New member - did your problems start with a UTI

Post  Niknak on Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:27 pm

Thank you for responding...that's really helpful, I was prescribed lidocaine gel after begging for something but was told to only used it twice a week so gave up on it, it's been prescribed in small syringe type applicators that I put onto cotton wool pads and wipe into the entrance of my vagina...I've only been prescribed 14 doses but now I might try this nightly to break the cycle? So it's safe to use every night?

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Post  PainBlogger on Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:53 pm

It is safe to use nightly, but it's best to check with your doctor before altering the dose of anything. Presumably you'll need to get another prescription for more applicators? I don't think nightly for fourteen days would be long enough to break the pain cycle. It's usually 6 to 8 weeks. I had the 11ml size syringe applicators (Instillagel) and was able to get two days use per syringe. It's ever such runny stuff, not the easiest thing to apply...

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Re: New member - did your problems start with a UTI

Post  sgw11 on Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:16 am

Yep I am the same. Mine started with what felt like a UTI. I kept going to the doctor and getting urine tests done. No bacteria ever cultured but they prescribed me antibiotics anyway. Sometimes the feeling would go away, but it always came back. I was eventually put on macrodantin by my GP which is a preventative antibiotic for UTIs (mind you they still had only grown culture once). I was also treated for thrush and swabs were taken, but nothing would come up. The feelings kept coming and I finally decided to go to a gynaecologist. That's when I was diagnosed with vulvodynia.

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Re: New member - did your problems start with a UTI

Post  sgw11 on Sun Dec 20, 2015 7:05 am

Just a quick question, were you guys having sex when the symptoms started? Or was there no event that triggered it? I'm just curious because mine started when I was having sex, however I have previously had pain-free sex before all this happened.

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Post  PainBlogger on Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:06 am

It had been a few days if I recall correctly. Then I got the thrush symptoms first (which I'd never had before ever) and the UTI symptoms (which I'd only had very rarely in the past and not in relation to sex necessarily) a couple of days after those. I also had previously pain-free sex.

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Post  sgw11 on Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:11 am

That's interesting. I had had a few UTI symptoms in the past but nothing major either. But same thing, it felt like a UTI but kind of itchy as well, but with no discharge to indicate it was thrush. Yet over and over again I was prescribed antibiotics (when no bacteria was ever cultured except once) or I was told to go buy fluconazole, yet the swabs also never picked up anything. Thanks for replying.


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Re: New member - did your problems start with a UTI

Post  tinkerbelle2 on Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:54 pm

Hi Niknak! Welcome to the forum, but sorry as well that you're here... No I think mine started with a UTI too, but around a similar time I also had thrush and was on the pill! And I was on antibiotics for the UTI. So it could've been any of the above that disrupted things. Mine has a lot of similarities with yours by the sounds of it!
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