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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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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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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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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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Lidocaine with condoms?

Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:44 pm by AEM1

Hi everyone! My doctor just prescribed me a topical lidocaine to administer before sex, but I forgot to ask if it is okay to use with condoms. Has anyone else used this before and know it is safe to use with condoms? Thanks! Very Happy
Unrelated, but I just started Lyrica a few weeks ago...no changes yet, but I'm hopeful something will come out of it. 3 years with vulvodynia and unable to have sex …

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Constant pain, I want to die.

Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:29 am by Meggiemay

I posted on here a few years ago but my symptoms went away with the inflammation. I didn't get so lucky this time.

For over three months, i've had terrible rawness, burning, soreness in the urethral/vestibule area and pressure/hypersensitivity in the clitoral area. I've also had some lower abdominal pressure and burning on my butt. I can barely walk! My gyno hasn't been much help. I'm on …

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Recently Diagnosed which has motivated my research study

Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:54 pm by ebclose2free

Hi everyone,

My name is Eliza Barach and I was diagnosed with vulvodynia in October of 2017. I'm also PhD student at the State University of New York at Albany. I work several professors at SUNY, but one in particular, Dr. Mitch Earleywine researches marijuana and its possible efficacy as an alternative treatment. Our previous examined cannabis and symptoms of PMS/PMDD and found that women …

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MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE- PLEASE READ

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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New and desperate for advice

Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:37 pm by srbry

Hi everyone,

I'm new here and was told to find a support group because this is all getting a bit much really...

I lost my virginity when I was 18 and it hurt - that was normal. Loads of women had told me that it hurt so that was fine I didn't question that. I was with the same guy for a couple of months and each time after that it was uncomfortable and not great. I didn't tell him because I …

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Vulvodynia is ruining my life

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Vulvodynia is ruining my life

Post  amy124 on Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:33 pm

Hi everyone. I've read through a bunch of your stories and I am so glad I found this forum. I've felt so isolated in my issues but it's reassuring to find a group of people who seem to be experiencing something similar to what I have been experiencing...although I would never wish this on you all because it sucks.

I'm 18 years old and I've been struggling with all sorts of bladder/vaginal issues for about a year. Experienced no pain, sensitivity, or any issues and had painless sex for about a year before all these issues started. I started getting urinary pain and soreness every month around my period and after sex. I went to numerous doctors who all told me I had UTIs and treated me with antibiotics (I tried cipro, bacterium, nitrofurantoin, macrobid, etc.) ...I was treated 8 or 9 times within 6 months. All these courses of antibiotics gave me yeast infections (of course) so I was also treated for those too. I finally went to a new doctor with yet another UTI. She did a urine culture and told me I didn't have a UTI this whole time and she wasn't sure what was causing the pain. She gave me antibiotics anyways and, like all the previous times, the symptoms went away for the most part. However, since I began treatment for all the UTIs, the burning pain when I pee has not completely gone away. It is bearable and I can live with it but it's definitely annoying. I feel like I'm not really emptying my bladder all the way. My symptoms seemed to, for the most part, go away for a month or two (minus the burning when I pee). The past 3 months however have been awful as a whole new set of issues have emerged. Now, I have intense burning in my vulva area that randomly happens for days at a time then goes away for days or even a week or two. It usually happens closer to my period. Sometimes so painful I can't walk or it wakes me up at night. It feels raw and on fire and it burns to pee but definitely doesn't feel like a UTI. It seems to be an external skin issue as I don't have much burning inside my vagina. I have visited 4 doctors who tested me for all sorts of STDs, yeast infections, UTIs, bacterial vaginosis, did pelvic exams and told me they can't find anything wrong. I changed my clothing detergent, I drink more water, I wear cotton underwear and avoid tight clothing, I use vaseline on the area, I try to limit processed food and sugars, I don't drink caffeinated drinks, but nothing seems to be helping. I am in a relationship and I have pretty much stopped having sex entirely because I am terrified that it will cause more pain (also, my boyfriend got tested for STDs too and came back clean). I'm only 18 and its so frustrating that I am already losing my desire to have sex at all due to all these stupid issues. All my doctors told me this is just something I will have to live with. I feel like I'm going crazy because no one believes me since all my tests come back negative and physically I look fine. I was so relieved when I found this forum because all the problems described here are exactly what I'm experiencing. So glad Im not alone in all these issues.

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Re: Vulvodynia is ruining my life

Post  emalita on Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:11 pm

Hi amy124,

I'm so sorry you're having to go through all this.

You had a lot of antibiotics and yeast medications in a short period of time. My issue was caused by being over prescribed antibiotics for what I thought was a UTI that wouldn't go away. I had a confirmed UTI that was cured during one of the initial rounds of antibiotics, but the pain continued because the antibiotics destroyed my healthy flora. Your flora can be out of balance without you having an actual infection, and your vulvar skin can be super irritated from any yeast creams used as well as any excess discharge that you may have had from your flora being out of whack.

If you think you have a UTI in the future, I would suggest looking into having some D-Mannose on hand to see if that will get rid of it without antibiotics. Do a google search and do some research on it. It has a lot of good information supporting its use for UTIs.

For your flora, you could try some probiotics meant for vaginal health to see if it helps improve things. Unfortunately, for me, they did nothing (test confirmed they didn't increase my good bacteria), and I've found that it just took a lot of time to get things to calm down once I stopped throwing product after product at it.

How long has it been since you've used any medication or product vaginally? When was your last round of antibiotics?

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Re: Vulvodynia is ruining my life

Post  PainBlogger on Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:44 pm

Just because the doctors can't see anything wrong and tests show up negative for things doesn't mean your pain is not 100% genuine. And it doesn't mean you'll have to live with this forever. If you haven't already then I'd recommend a referral to a pain management specialist. Gynaecologists/dermatologists/urologists are not always great at treating chronic pain when they can't find an obvious cause to treat. Pain specialists are experts in medication for chronic pain. Physiotherapy/PT may also help you.

You can read my story here: http://vulvodyniasupport.forumotion.net/t2291-four-months-of-significant-improvement

I've had a lot of urinary issues. I still can't empty my bladder properly (it empties fully but it fits and starts rather than one continuous flow). But I'm heaps better than I was. It can take time to find the optimum treatment regimen (and often it's a combination of things needed) but don't lose hope. The best general advice I can give you is to be stubborn. It can be hard when you're in pain and your energy is sapped, but people do get better from this.

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Re: Vulvodynia is ruining my life

Post  WaahwaahUK on Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:39 pm

I echo the sentiments already expressed here. Personally I ended up in awful pain I feel partly from being over prescribed creams like steroids and thrush treatments when my GP didn't know what was actually wrong. I would say now be cautious what you use there whilst you are in pain, and perhaps look to more specialist help. Don't give up. If possible get a physiotherapist who specialises in women's health to assess you. There are so many causes and contributory factors to this kind of pain. As PainBlogger said, be stubborn. In the meanwhile I'm sure you can see from other posts, that keeping things natural and keeping irritants away from that area as much as possible will help. You're not alone.

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