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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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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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Condoms Less Painful?

Mon May 07, 2018 3:35 am by stillinpain

I'm just curious, has anyone found using condoms to be less abrasive to the skin than without? I just got off birth control and haven't stretched myself out enough post surgery to try sex yet, but when I do I am wondering how trying it with condoms with affect the sensation. I feel like for me the skin to skin sensation creates pain, not just at my entrance but internally, too, since I also have …

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Will there be an end?

Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:06 am by Krista2828

I go in and out of being okay and not being okay with this condition. I question often why me? I am a problem solver by nature and I feel so defeated that after tons of research and trial and error and doctors and tears that there still is no answer.

I am in my 20's.. it shouldn't be this way.

Id love to know what all has worked! I am willing to try anything to get my life back. I am curious …

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you can be healed so easy and quite fast.

Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:46 pm by pussycat

Hello everyone,
i am new to this forum. I wanted to share my personal "journey" with V with you and to give you a real hope you can be totally healed/recovered from V. Many years ago i was struck with V, it was painful and got worst and worst, eventually i could not sit, could not stand, could not walk, could not swim in a swimming pool anymore. I was becoming bedridden, it frightened …

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Hi Im from Australia :)

Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:08 am by emma

Hi girls... I live in Australia.
I am currently undergoing a new treatment for vulvodynia. Just wondering if anyone else here has tried it. It's Endep in the form of cream to apply directly on the area. I dont know if anyone else has tried this but so far evidently it has had a 50% success rate.
Anyway i feel at a loss. This new treatment is exciting but at the same time i just dont feel like …

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Q Tip test was not painful /but stil DX with vulvodynia?

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Post  Castle16 on Thu Apr 21, 2016 9:51 pm

I've been suffering for almost 6 months with burning - started out with frequency/UTI symptoms - so after months of constant burning (always worse with repeated UTI's) I was finally diagnosed a week ago with vulvodynia by they Gyno I went back to who I had initially seen last Dec 2015 - she diagnosed vaginal atrophy at that time - this time the opening to my vagina was very red - thus the vulvodynia diagnosis. However, when she did the Q tip test and probed the area, I did not feel any pain at all. But she still said it was vulvodynia. Every story I've read of this test, the woman all had pain. Has anyone not had pain from the Q tip test and were still diagnosed with vulvodynia. I don't want to distrust my Doctor, but it is strange that I didn't feel pain when it clearly looks very red all over that area and then some, to me. I am finally getting relief from saturated cotton ball of Lidocaine that I sleep with and placed at the entrance to my vagina. I can live for awhile without frozen ice down there now. (even slept with ice pack before) I am stopping aimtriptyline because of the rapid weight gain (posted about that!) as long as lidocaine treatment brought pain level done to a 2-3 after just a few nights on it. Also getting vaginal ring as prescribed by Gyno. (except it's $150 so have to wait a bit for that!) Just wondering anyone else's experience with the Q tip test with no pain? Thank you! Healing thoughts to all Smile

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Post  emalita on Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:49 pm

Vulvodynia is simply chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause. The diagnosis just means that you are in pain, and the doctors don't know why. From my research, some women's vulvodynia pain is nerve related, undiagnosed infections, undiagnosed lichen sclerosus or lichen simplex chronicus, undiagnosed inflammatory conditions, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, etc.

So, in my opinion, even if pain wasn't felt with pressure from a Q-tip, if you have unexplained pain, then you have vulvodynia. My doctor told me it was a diagnosis of elimination. Meaning that if she eliminated everything else, then it was vulvodynia. The pressure from a Q-tip did not cause me pain, but I was still diagnosed with vulvodynia.

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Post  Castle16 on Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:10 am

Thank you for your reply - yes that makes sense for sure. I just read on a different site about someone who had my symptoms diagnosed vulvodynia but then asked to be treated for candida yeast - even though her cultures all came back negative, as did mine. The yeast can be absorbed into the vagina walls causing the burning apparently - even if there is no itching or discharge.(which I don't have, only burning/irritation) I then just read an article about a doctor saying untreated candida yeast could be the cause of a lot of women's vulvodynia that are not getting relief from treatment - being they need treatment for candida yeast. This woman was treated with Fluclonazole and is now cured and no vulvodynia pain. I will ask my Gynecologist about it but I'm sure she will say no that's not it and not prescribe the med to me - so I will just try to treat it naturally with a candida cleanse - get it wouldn't hurt anything to try it. I'm sure there are topics on here about candida yeast so I will search those too!

Thanks again!

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Post  emalita on Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:15 am

Have you tried boric acid? That was the only thing that cured my internal burning. I was on 600 mg capsules inserted vaginally every night for 30 days, then twice a week for 2 more months (also using it every night during my period). My doctor originally had it made up at a compounding pharmacy in a fatty base suppository, but I found that the capsules I bought online dissolved better and caused less irritation.

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Post  Castle16 on Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:24 am

Ive done so much research for 6 months, and in it I would see boric acid but the word acid just freaked me out when I was burning all the time! ha! Okay, I will order some online from vitacost and give it a try. I don't mind living with vulvydnia if I can manage the pain with something and feel normal again down there. I have had to have frozen ice packs on me all the time for all these months. Have had minimal social life unless I was somewhere with a freezer...so depressing! And with my immune system shot from the pain/stress for 6 months I keep getting a re-occurring cold / cough. Sorry to complain, just frustrated, but happy that lidocaine is helping some, but not completely. I will try the boric acid and also do the candida cleanse. I will try anything! Thank you again so much! I really appreciate it...: Very Happy

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Post  emalita on Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:32 am

No need to be sorry! Venting about this frustrating condition is part of the emotional healing in my opinion Smile

I bought my boric acid capsules from the below website since I had no desire to be creating my own. I truly hope you find relief!

http://www.boricap.com/Boric-Acid-Suppositories1-p/boric-acid-suppositories1.htm

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Post  Castle16 on Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:47 am

Oh thank you! I'm going to order it now! It says free shipping even Smile Very Happy I will post after a week or so of using it and hopefully you will see my post and fingers crossed for good results! Can I ask one last question...are you completely out of pain now?

Thanks again!

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Post  emalita on Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:43 am

I'm happy to help in any way I can, and I hope this works for you!

Unfortunately, no, I'm still in pain. However, all of my internal burning, prickling, etc. is gone. Boric acid won't improve flora, except with helping with pH. So for me, I'm left with inflammatory vaginitis, which is not an infection. Basically my good bacteria took a pretty big hit with all the antibiotics I was on. I do have some lactobacillus bacteria, but the count is low. They just haven't been able to thrive, even though my pH is nice and normal/acidic (sometimes that's not enough). So, my specialist has me on an estrogen vaginal tablet to "fuel" the good bacteria and a hydrocortisone suppository to reduce my inflammation. But the boric acid did get rid of whatever infection was there and my internal burning! My pain is now on my vulva.

I would also recommend taking a probiotic orally, or if it doesn't irritate you too much, use it vaginally. I used Fem-Dophilus because it is supposedly proven to have strains that will colonize the vagina when taken orally (not all probiotics are good for the vagina). Below is the link for those too. Some people recommend using them while using boric acid, but I think if you do use it vaginally, wait until you are only using boric acid twice a week or something and on the opposite days of the boric acid.

http://www.jarrow.com/product/391/Fem-Dophilus

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Post  Castle16 on Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:48 pm

Hi! Thanks for the addt'l info. I'm so sorry you are still struggling in pain - always seems like it's something we have to deal with 'down there'. Guess I took it all for granted for my whole life because I never had so much as a UTI and I just turned 60 years 'young'. I always felt super young for my age, but holy cow this condition past 6 months has slowed me down for sure! Had another good night with the lidocaine cotton ball, so just feels more irritation now that burning most of the day until the evening the burning starts up a bit - until I do the cotton ball treatment again at night time. I know this is not curing me, it's only treating the symptom, so I am researching trying to find a cure!

I wanted to ask you again (sorry!) about the boric acid. You mentioned it helped your internal inflammation..my redness Doc said is at the opening of my vagina - which is the reason I get immediate relief when I put one of my little frozen square ice things against it (can walk around and go places, but the ice melts after about 35 minutes and I need to replace) or any of my cold packs. Do you think the boric acid could still help without the outside inflammation still?

I take 3 probiotics every day and have for quite awhile along with a lot of other vitamins (I will check and make sure I have or get one for the vagina) - but I still got a relapse from a cold that lasted 3 weeks and now it's back again - had only about a 2 week reprieve - so I know my immune system is shot. I have a list of vitamins/supplements specifically for my immune system that I am ordering today.

Thanks for any more info on the boric acid again! I was going to order it but wanted to ask you this question. You seem so knowledgeable and I appreciate your input and suggestions so much.

Have a good day and weekend!
Joanna

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Post  emalita on Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:37 pm

Ask away! If I can help someone through the hours of research and dozens of treatments I've done, then it won't all have been a waste Wink

I'm honestly not sure how much we actually can feel deep in our vaginas (obviously we can feel things). Most of our nerves are at the vulva if I'm not mistaken, which includes the vaginal entrance. So it makes sense that your pain would be at the entrance even if it's an internal infection. All of my infection pain always felt like it was either at my urethra or right at my opening. I never really felt super deep burning. I had thought I had a really horrible untreatable UTI for the longest time, but it ended up being vaginal discharge irritating my vestibule, which caused me to have frequency, prickling, and burning.

So, if your issue is truly an infection, then I would say boric acid would be a good place to start Smile

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Post  Castle16 on Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:51 pm

Hi again!

My Gyno didn't call it an infection. She just said vulvodynia and that it was red at the opening. Is vulvodynia considered an infection? I am still so ignorant about it all! (Other things look red to me that I don't think should be that red!) The lidocaine 5% is helpful, but still am having some burning during the day, although slight improvement. (pain scale 3-4) I feel like I should be doing something to cure it and not just treat the symptoms! I just emailed her and asked for some 'cure' options. I am weaning off aimtriptyline after 15 lb weight gain and I am not eating that much! Besides, after more then 2 months it didn't help the burning at all. Maybe just using lidocaine just buys it time to heal or something. I made the mistake of putting on some lidocaine 2% cream that I had and OMG burned SO bad! I had to jump in the tub to get it off me. I had tried that before and had that kind of burning but for some reason thought I could use it during the day a little to save the 5% ointment for nighttime being the 5% ointment worked now and didn't burn (except for first few minutes). They must be completely different things!

So back to the boric acid - okay I am going to try it and order the suppositories now then! Scared it will burn..but I will hold my breath!

Thank you so much again!!

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Post  emalita on Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:50 pm

Well, vulvodynia simply means vulvar pain without a known cause. For some women that does mean it's an infection that hasn't been diagnosed for some reason. A lot of women do feel it is a chronic yeast/candida infection, but everyone's situation varies. Vulvodynia pain may not have anything to do with an infection for some women (true vulvodynia shouldn't)...some have overactive or damaged nerves, for example.

My pain has changed over the last two years unfortunately. Mine did start as an undiagnosed infection of some sort, and boric acid did get rid of that for me.

True vulvodynia should NOT be an active infection, but I've found a lot of tests done at a regular OBGYN office miss things. Or the doctors don't know exactly what test or lab to order. A pretty good book that walks through all sorts of down there lady issues is The V Book by Elizabeth Stewart. She goes into detail on how yeast cultures need to be taken using a special medium in order to diagnose the infection in some cases and how a woman sometimes needs to not have used any yeast treatments for weeks to get accurate results. I may not personally agree with everything she says, but it's the best resource I've had through all this. I wish she was in my state and insurance network! I would see her in a heartbeat!

Also, just in case someone is upset by me saying "true" vulvodynia, I mean no disrespect and am not diminishing the suffering of those who are struggling with a possible undiagnosed infection. However, the National Vulvodynia Association states vulvodynia is not caused by an ACTIVE infection. So, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't making up my own rules by saying vulvodynia could be caused by an undiagnosed infection Wink

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Post  Castle16 on Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:49 pm

Me again! Could you tell me how I could private message you on this site? If that would be okay? I'd like to keep in touch on this journey!

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Post  emalita on Sat Apr 23, 2016 12:23 am

Absolutely! Off to the right hand side of my replies to you under my username, join date, and location there is a little box that says "PM". Just click on that and voila!

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