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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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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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Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain

Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:46 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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Post  Antaea on Wed May 11, 2016 6:06 pm

Hi, very glad that I just found this forum. Today my fears became confirmed: The burning, itching everlasting pain in all parts of the vulva and the labia major is indeed generalized vulvodynia.
But let me introduce myself:
I am writing from Northern Norway, only a few hours drive south of the North Cape. Born German, I live there for nearly 30 years, teaching music at the local School for Culture. I am 66 years old and shall retire at the end of this year. I live alone after a marriage with an alcoholic long ago. I have no kids (due to heavy migraines all my life), but a precious cat-family of 5. Antaea is my pagan name, I am eclectic witch and deeply rotfasted in our subarctic nature - or in nature generally. But next year I shall move to the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic to live there with my sister for the rest of our lives.
I had an episode of nerve-pain in 2007/2008, when the doctor found out that my estrogen levels were extremely low. After 9 months they were normal and the pain ceased.
In March this year I had a cystitis and was treated with 3 different antibiotics. I got problems and pains in the vulva, but meant, it was due to the cystitis. But it never got away, it only became worse. Now I have it 24/7 and no painkiller, no topical treatment works.Only Tramadol takes the top of the pain at night and gives me a day with little pain the morning after. I observe all the general advices like no soap etc. But I have to admit: Pain will be a part of my life until I die. On Friday i'll start with Gabapentin, and a fortnight later I shall meet my doctor for an evaluation.
I need therapy suggestions and, first of all, input in how to live a good life in spite of the pain. I am open too for alternative therapies.
I also hope to be able to give something back to you. You can find me under my user name on Facebook too.
Whishing you a painless day in your part of the world. Here it is 8 pm.
God kveld (Good evening) from Antaea

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Post  emalita on Wed May 11, 2016 6:26 pm

Hi Antaea!

Those darn antibiotics are what do a lot of us in unfortunately. My pain was caused by 4 rounds of very unnecessary antibiotics that I had trusted my doctors to prescribe appropriately (I know better now).

I'm absolutely no expert, but I've been around the block more than once trying to relieve my pain the last 2 years. So, I'm happy to share what has and hasn't worked for me so far. Can you provide more details on your pain? You mention it is burning and itching on your entire vulva. Are any areas worse than others (e.g. inner labia, vaginal opening, etc.)? Are there any physical changes to your vulvar appearance (e.g. whitening, scarring, etc.)? Is the pain worse at any particular time (e.g. going to the bathroom, after showering, etc.)? What conditions have been ruled out for you (e.g. yeast, bacterial vaginosis, etc.)? Do you have excessive discharge that makes your pain worse?

Sorry for all the questions, but the more details you can give, the better suggestions we can provide without boring you with some that probably won't be relevant to your pain. Obviously only provide information for what you are comfortable sharing. Nothing is too much information here...we've all heard it before Wink


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Post  Antaea on Wed May 11, 2016 8:44 pm

Hi Emalita,
thank you for asking. That's the reason why I am here.
I have no discharge at all. After the menopause I am very dry. The pain is mainly and worst in the vestibulum and the clitoris, but can change to the inner labia. The outer labia feel like sitting on a brush. All other conditions had been ruled out. No vaginitis, no bacteria, vira, no herpes or papilloma-virus. No lichen sclerosus. The vulva looks just fine. I use estrogen-cream (Ovesterin) which is not availalbe in the States, only in Canada. I used hyaloronic acid too, but it made things worse after a time. Just now I rinse with water only every time I am in the bath room and use almond oil. I also use Lidocain topical at night and Tramadol every second day. I shall start with Gabapentin and I am very afraid of the side- effects because I shall travel 2300 km by car on June 15th with the caravan and my cat-family. More about that in a second thread.

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Post  emalita on Wed May 11, 2016 9:55 pm

Hmm...I'm just going to start rambling off ideas, and I hope some are helpful Very Happy

Since your pain started after taking antibiotics, have you tried supplementing with a good probiotic meant for vaginal health? I use Fem-Dophilus, but I'm not sure if that's available by you.

One of the first things my Naturopath and Functional Medicine Practitioner focused on was improving my gut health because a large part of your immune system is in your gut. They gave me all sorts of supplements, which did nothing, but a diet rich in whole plant foods as well as fermented foods or things like kefir can help. Unfortunately none of that made any difference for me, but it doesn't hurt to give your immune system a good boost with a healthy diet.

My specialist recommends rinsing (not spraying) the vestibule with Gordon’s Boro-Packs after every urination (I believe the brand Domeboro is basically the same thing). It comes in a powder that you mix with water in a squirt bottle. I believe one packet should be good for the whole day. I personally haven't used it yet, but the other patients of his that I spoke to said it was a life saver. It is supposed to reduce inflammation, itching, and irritation. This may be worth looking into.

Now I'm sure you know this already, but I have to add it all just in case. Eliminate all chemicals that are coming into contact with your vulva. This includes: flushable or feminine wipes (they are the devil in wipe form), shampoo (my OBGYN has me washing my hair in the sink - he says it only takes a single drop in the shower to set off a reaction), laundry detergent (I make my own, but my OBGYN recommends All Free & Clear or Cheer Free & Gentle), shaving cream (my OBGYN recommends Vanicream Shaving Cream), super soft or scented toilet paper (lots of chemicals go into making super plush TP), douches, etc.

I hope you find relief soon! Hang in there, this doesn't have to be forever Smile


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