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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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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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Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain

Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:46 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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7 years later and life looks bleak :(

Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:50 am by RainyShay77

So 7 years ago I had a case of BV...the antibiotic caused a horrible yeast infection which took 5 months to 'get rid of'. During this time I had allergic reactions to 2 of the yeast infection creams which magnified the pain. Over the past 7 years I've tried multiple rounds of physical therapy (they only slightly helped), chiropractic, nerve blocks, medications to target nerve pain (amitriptyline, …

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Newly diagnosed - and prescribed amitriptyline cream/physio/psychology

Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:38 am by sophiarp

Hi everyone,

I'm so happy to have stumbled across this forum. I have just been diagnosed and am really struggling emotionally. It's nice to find this forum and feel a little less alone.

I've been prescribed amitriptyline cream. Has anyone had success with this? I was happy to have avoided the amitriptyline tablets. I'm also participating in physio and have been told I need to see a psychologist …

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Somebody please help me...

Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:05 am by Andlag

Hey everyone,

since I started being sexually active i often experienced burning in my vagina which was often worse during sex /around the time of my period or when using lubricants. I was never able to use tampons because the one time i tried putting them in it felt like acid was poured on my skin. Fast forward to 2 months ago when I got a UTI and an allergic reaction in my vagina. I thought it …

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Amtriptyline, baclofen, gabapentin cream for provoked vestibuldynia

Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:15 pm by WVR00

Hello,
Has anyone had success with this cream in helping their vulvodynia? How long has it taken to help? I’ve had some success with it, but not completely better. I’ve been on it for a month. I️ was hoping to hear from some ladies who have had major success with this cream. I’m hoping for some encouragement here. This condition is so frustrating. I’m lucky enough to have access to two …

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New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist

Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:47 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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My (extremely long) Story

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My (extremely long) Story

Post  e31190 on Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:23 pm

Hi guys! This is going to be a long story but if it helps someone feel like they're not alone or offers the opportunity for someone to help me it'll have been worth it.

A little background on the situation: I am 22 now, will be 23 later this year. Things started happening around October/November of 2014. At this time I had been with my boyfriend for about 6 months. I've been going to the gyno since I was 18, get a Pap smear every year, never had any STDs and I am not unusually prone to yeast infections or UTIs, maybe one infection every few years that cleared up quickly. I am still with the same guy I was with then so I've been with one partner throughout this whole process. I was on birth control. I very recently just quit taking it this month to see if it would help. (I am not advocating or trying to convince anyone to go off your birth control or anything like that. I'm just saying I feel comfortable coming off of it and I wanted to see it if helped my situation out any, which I think it has a slight bit) I had been on BC for 3 years at the time this started happening. I had no problems with it whatsoever and never switched brands or anything.

Now on to the story. I wish I had kept a detailed journal of what exactly was going on but I honestly was so scared and had no idea what was happening. I also had no idea that this was still going to be happening years later. Therefore, my time frames and memories of when exactly these events happened is fuzzy and that's so annoying because I can't seem to pinpoint exactly what may have caused this. So with that said, there are two instances I can think of what may have caused this. One, I fell down concrete steps and severely bruised my tail bone. I know some ladies on here have said their vulvodynia problems have started with a back injury so that is plausible to me. The other instance is a little graphic but my boyfriend and I were having sex. We were using a condom [side note: we use condoms almost every time even though I was on BC, if that's important to what may have caused this] We use condoms because it seems even though after plenty of foreplay we still have a harder time inserting even if I am lubricated. On this particular day I'm not sure if we jumped the gun before I was ready or what but it was especially hard to insert, different than other times. While we were inserting, he was going slow as not to hurt me but it was especially painful after complete insertion.

Around this time, the vulvodynia starts but I had no idea it was vulvodynia (still don't I guess) and so I was freaking out. It started out as a tingling feeling all over the vulva. Naturally I go to Google with all my problems and what do you think comes up if you google 'tingling in the vagina area'? Herpes. So I am freaking out, wondering how I could have gotten that and googling what else it could be blah blah blah. I had been with one person and one person only at the time but I was made aware it could lay dormant for years and then pop up so that extra freaked me out. I told my boyfriend. He was calm, told me to calm down, it's probably nothing. So days go by and I swear I looked at my vagina in the mirror at least 50 times a day just waiting for something to show up on my skin. It never does and the symptoms were still there. Then came the burning. A constant burning pain in my vagina that would not go away.

I noticed however that I felt NO pain when I went to the bathroom or when I had sex. Honestly, sex helped. I guess I was focused on other things and I didn't hurt at those times. Then as months went by with no change I noticed that I had absolutely no pain or symptoms during my period. I have never looked so forward to my periods in my life. It was the only relief I had. Naturally, my sex drive went down to about 0. I was constantly worried about what it was, I was in pain and sex was the last thing I wanted to do. My boyfriend was very supportive and understood but still he didn't and couldn't understand. I had no one to talk to until I came across this page. I've read and not participated for a good year now and I finally decided to just join and put my story out there. I still have pain but my symptoms really vary.

Sometimes I feel an inner dull ache, sometimes I feel a concentrated pain in one particular area of my vulva on both sides at different times, sometimes I feel perfectly normal. I still feel fine during period time and sex. But any other time during the day, pain. I have had bouts of pretty heavy white discharge but my discharge goes back to normal after a few days. It doesn't have an odor when it is heavy, it is just a lot. I have been to the gyno but of course 'nothing was wrong'. I know I should keep insisting something is wrong and advocate for myself but it's so disheartening. I don't want to waste money just to be told everything looks fine and that there's nothing they can do.

I try to stay positive and honestly the pain is just a part of me now. I notice it and it hurts but I try to stay positive and continue on with life as normal. Some days are much better than others. When it's especially bad all I want to do is wear baggy sweatpants and cry. I just hold out hope that one day it feels better and stays better!

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Re: My (extremely long) Story

Post  emalita on Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:26 pm

Thanks for sharing your story!

Have you considered the conditions Cytolytic Vaginosis or Lactobacillosis? The only reason I suggest them is because you mentioned the pain is gone during your period, which is when your pH is elevated. These conditions are basically too much good bacteria, and the treatments are either baking soda sitz baths or suppositories to raise your pH (killing off the overabundance of lactobacillus bacteria). Some articles reference using it in a douche, but I think that's just asking for more issues.

Some doctors don't believe in this condition, but there are MANY articles published about it. Also, one of the OBGYNs I saw said she didn't care if the medical community didn't believe it or not because she saw it under the microscope many times and relieved patient's suffering by treating it. This was not my issue though, even though she had initially suspected it (my pain is worse during my periods). So I can't comment on the treatment's effectiveness.

If you can't find a doctor who is willing or able to check for this, just be careful before self treating because if that's not your issue, killing off good bacteria will only make most issues far worse.

I hope you find relief!

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