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» What helped (and practically cured) my Vulvodynia
Today at 4:43 pm by Katiej

» How I cured my Vulvodynia!
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» Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:33 pm by WVR00

» Needing some reassurance
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:28 pm by Katiej

» Amitriptyline Success and new-found love
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:24 pm by Katiej

» New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:57 am by jungleclover

» Vestibulectomy today and no pain
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:28 pm by Dsrt16

» vestibulectomy success
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:41 am by Hopeitworks

» MY STORY & Vestibulectomy 2/8/17
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:06 am by Jgreen81

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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New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist

Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:47 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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Vulvodynia help

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:27 pm by Katiej

Hi guys new here and newly diagnosed. So I had bv and then after alot of antibiotics and home remedies I still continued to have weird symptoms despite swabs being negative. Two seperate gynes have told me I have vulvodynia as a result of the area being overwhelmed. So first gave me lidocaine which xidnt do much. No I am on amitriptyline for the past 5 days. Seems to be kicking in a little (im a …

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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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ALMOST CURED....

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ALMOST CURED....

Post  mac2011 on Fri May 20, 2016 2:22 pm

Hi,

I've just joined today. I was finally diagnosed with Vulvodynia a few months back, after I'd had it for over a year. A year and a half later I feel I am 99% cured. I just want to say that it can get better because for long time I didn't believe that.

I sympathise with anyone going through this because it's hard to discuss with anyone as it's such a sensitive topic. These forums were the only thing that helped me; doctors, gynaecologists, dermatologists seemed uneducated about this condition admitting 'knowledge of this condition is still in its infancy' and could not empathise with the pain. Luckily my partner was a great support.

For the first few months I tried aloe vera creams, apple cider vinegar, ice packs, cold showers, baking soda baths, canestan cream, each providing only a small bit of relief. As it got worse and I could barely walk anywhere I was put on dermovate, a steroid cream, that didn't have any effect. I put on a stone because it was painful to walk or move which also made it difficult to work : how to sit in a chair for hours, what to wear that was both professional and loose, and having to try to walk 'normally' around people even though it hurt.

I felt very fed up as the pain seemed endless, and it affected my sleep, distraction is always good- if you can be distracted by a book or a film ... I ended up changing my diet, not drastically, but I cut out as many processed foods as I could e.g frozen pizzas, noodles, potato chips, takeaways, alcohol and coffee and started eating more fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, water. I also forced myself to go on a walk every day, even just for 10 minutes, when it was painful and embarrassing because I was walking like I had a limp. Often I'd wait til it was dark outside to go walking to avoid embarrassment. After a couple of months little walks became longer walks, I was eating healthier and I was using silcocks base daily, washing my underwear in baking soda, and had started on licodaine. The combination seemed to work and now the pain is gone. I feel no pain and I am out running three times a week now, which I never did before. Sometimes running felt easier than walking, if that makes sense, because you can do it slowly, only moving your knees and get a bounce going, whereas walking involves the vulva more.. in my case anyway. My advice is keep a positive mental attitude (even though it is impossible sometimes) and try different things to see whichever one takes, or works for you.

So basically what worked for me, and what I am still doing (mostly) is:

1) washing my underwear (cotton of course) in baking soda to avoid any allergens from detergents.
2) I use silcocks base (no prescription needed) as a soap substitute daily.
3) I also use diprobase cream (no prescription needed) if needed.
4) I wear lose clothing and comfortable footwear. Avoid Converse shoes.
5) started eating healthier/going on walks
6) try to distract your mind with something for even an hour's relief e.g a book, a game, positive mental attitude
7) I used licodaine for a while but have since stopped because I no longer feel the pain.

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Re: ALMOST CURED....

Post  emalita on Fri May 20, 2016 4:06 pm

Thank you for sharing this! It is very much needed to hear that women do recover.

I wish I could use ointments to protect my skin, but unfortunately my skin does not handle their lack of breathability  Sad

I wish you the best of luck getting beyond that last 1% of pain sunny

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Re: ALMOST CURED....

Post  kell on Tue May 24, 2016 2:16 am

I agree! It's encouraging to hear that someone is getting better - I can't wait to get through this board more (going on vacay, so won't be able to for a while)  and just hear more ideas - I've already taken some of you guy's suggestions and am trying my new "therapies" -  I am hopeful.

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