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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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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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Just diagnosed / Aimtriptyline weight gain!

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Just diagnosed / Aimtriptyline weight gain!

Post  Castle16 on Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:44 pm

Hello:) So glad to find this online support group site! My symptoms started almost 6 months ago (Nov 2015). Woke up one morning with frequent urination (I've always had frequency since menopause) and never had a UTI before. Fast forward...after seeing urologists, a gynecologist, urogynecologist, NP who specialized in Interstitial Cystitis, 2 cystoscopies, many ecoli UTI's....I feel the final diagnose is correct - vaginal atrophy (started premarin cream 4 months ago) and vulvodynia (just diagnosed with this couple days ago by gynecologist). Symptoms went from frequent urination, to severe burning, to a CONSTANT horrible urge to urinate, to a steady burn (still some frequency, especially when another UTI) on a pain scale from 4-6. I couldn't tell if it was my urethra or my vagina where the burn was coming from! Gyno the other day said there was redness around the outside of my vagina most likely causing the burning (said urethra and vagina inside looked good). Vaginal was not sensitive to touch at all, but I was burning badly after the vaginal exam was over.

She prescribed a vaginal ring, liquid lidocaine that I am to soak in a cotton ball and sleep with it pressed against my vaginal opening at night, and she wanted me to continue on the aimtriptyline I was put on 2 months ago by the NP I saw. I told her NO WAY! Reason being, in 2 months I have already gained 14 lbs! It causes carb and sweet cravings and I am trying not to indulge, but I read that the weight gain from it could also be hormonal related. I know over 50% of women gain weight on aimtriptyline. After 2 months on it and still have irritation/burning (I have frozen ice down there 24/7) I don't think the aimtriptyline is even helping (other then I sleep great). She said it could take longer, but I would like to try the ring and lidocaine without the aimtriptyline because I refuse to gain any more weight! Has aimtriptyline really helped anyone with my kind of burning? Thank you!!

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Re: Just diagnosed / Aimtriptyline weight gain!

Post  emalita on Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:44 pm

Hi and welcome!

Don't you hate that everything is so darn close down there that it is hard to tell exactly what hurts! I've had the same issue with not knowing if it was my urethra or vagina that was causing the symptoms. I refused antidepressants and anticonvulsants from my OBGYN. I was on them as a kid for migraines (including amitriptyline), and I hated the way they made me feel. So, unfortunately I can't speak to them for vulvodynia, but I know a lot of women have given them a try on here.

Have you ever tried a powder supplement called D-Mannose for prevention and treatment of your UTIs? Two of my Naturopaths recommended it to me when I was having UTI issues. It only works on UTIs caused by E coli, but there are studies on its effectiveness on PubMed. So it's not just fluff that only Naturopaths use. It is a little sweet and a little bitter but super easy to take (just mix it with a little water). I bought mine on Amazon for pretty cheap.

My current specialist has me on a bioidentical estrogen tablet vaginally every other night (among other things), but I'm only starting my 5th week of treatment. He said it will take about 2.5 to 3.5 months for me to feel a difference; so I can't comment on how well it's working yet.

I assume all of your tests come back negative for everything? The only thing that stopped my urethra/vaginal burn (also had a weird prickly feeling at my urethra as well) was boric acid suppositories. However, that did nothing for my current pain, but at least I can check one thing off my list.

I hope the ring and lidocaine relieve your pain!!

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Re: Just diagnosed / Aimtriptyline weight gain!

Post  fairlight10 on Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:08 pm

Castle 16 Go back to your doctor and ask to be put on nortriptyline 20mg at night.I have been on this since June 2012 with a diagnosis of vulvar vestibulitis. Your story is very similar to mine. It takes a longtime for these meds to work but eventually I hope you will notice a difference. Persevere with the side effects.

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Re: Just diagnosed / Aimtriptyline weight gain!

Post  Castle16 on Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:29 pm

Thanks for your reply about nortriptyline - did you have weight gain from this med? I know it's just like aimtriptyline. I was hoping the vaginal ring and the liquid lidocaine/soaked cotton ball would be enough treatment because the weight gain has been emotionally upsetting Sad. Really appreciate your responding. I'm new to this site, so not sure how to navigate it all. Not sure if I'm supposed to re-type my subject line in the 'post title' section under Post a reply -so sorry if I didn't do this right! I hope you are feeling better Smile

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Re: Just diagnosed / Aimtriptyline weight gain!

Post  fairlight10 on Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:55 pm

Nortriptyline is a more advanced drug and more expensive than amitriptyline. It has far less side effects and suited me more than amitriptyline. I have been on 20mg until last September when my dr up it to 30mg to help with my migraines that I also have. That extra 10 has helped both conditions. I have put on a few pounds. Yes it does give you the munchies as someone else said on this forum.

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