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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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Post  Ldc on Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:51 pm

Hi, I was a bit reluctant about registering and posting here.. But this forum has helped me a lot so far. I read it almost everyday since I realized my problems down there weren't caused by an infection.

Well, I think I can skip the emotional journey, as all of you know what it is like. I am 24 years old, apparently healthy, no UTIs in the past and a couple of yeast infections, but many years ago. But like a couple of months ago this mess started. I am not sure why, I think there are many culprits. This year I was having more stress than usual because of university and my job. Suddenly, after my period (February) I felt a bit discomfort down there and I went to the doctor, who told me that I probably had yeast and prescribed me with clotrimazol. Well, I was not sure, because the only sympton I had was my inflammated vagina. No discharge at all! It was cleared up but it happened to me every month after my period till May. I went every month to the doctor, and she told me it was normal due to the ph changes during our periods. But I started to worry and to be really annoyed, plus the stress I was having in May, which was way higher than before. The results? My inflammation did not go away and I started to have a burning sensantion and what it seemed to be an UTI. But after the medication (antibiotics, antifungals, among others) and some negative cultures I had no clue what was going on. So were the doctors, neither obgyns, urologists and a dermatologist.

After one month and a half waitung for my body to cure and to get back I started to freak out and to google my symptoms. Vulvodynia came across. By that moment I was starting to feel my muscles (including my anus area) really really tight. I couldn't go to the toilet and I swear I never ever had problems. And I asked my boyfriend to help me, since he is working as a PT in a hospital. He pretty unterstand what is going on and we are fighting together, hopefully.

Well, after going to four different doctors with no relief (appart from a mild improvement thanks to corticoids and zinc sulfate, which was suggested by a dermatologist who saw the redness and irritation and a couple of 'eczemas' according to her), my mom thought of a friend of our family who is working as a doctor. He is specialized in muscular and nerve related traumas and he was the First one understanding how I was suffering and what could be going on (since apparently I had no infections). After an appointment he examined me and found out that probably, due to the inflammatory process (triggered by tampons? I still don't know but I am suspicious), my area was hypersensitive and my nerves were all crazy sending wrong signals. And, of course, he detected muscular problems, both inside and outside.

He has told me to use a compound cream of amitriptiline and baclofen and I have already started with a couple of PTs to solve the Problem and desensitize it.

And now I am at this point. I have the burning sensation both inside and outside, itchiness (only sometimes), redness and irritation in the vestibular area and ocassional "pricks" in my lady parts and my back part.

Well... I feel happy since I am already on track, today I had my second session with the PT and I think I was lucky enough to be treated as fast as I did, only two months before it all started.

But, as I newby here, I have a couple of questions to you Smile I have read like a thousand posts and I would like to ask for advice. I will tell my doctor, but I have checked here some sucessful stories related to the use of amitriptiline and Lyrica. Another doctor suggested me to take a minimun dose of Lyrica (75 mg) to help with the nerve pain. Do you think it would help me? I mean, taking topical ami and simultaneously Lyrica (orally).

Aaaand, regarding the soreness... I am not sure what to do. ATM no soaps, no nasty chemicals (but i want to look for "natural" laundry soap and gel), only water to clean the area, no jeans, cotton undies. It is still irritated but I am also a little bit worried about my "flora" or whatever is inside of me. The smell is a bit stronger and my discharge is also a little bit sticky, but far to be copious (I also feel a lot of dryness since all this started). I was wondering if it would be okay to continue on the probiotics, since I think that appart from the muscle/nerve problem, something else could be wrong inside as I took a lot of different medications in june (and maybe my good flora is still recovering or I don't know).

Thank u very much for reading me... I know it is really really long. And so sorry for the misspelling, I am not English speaker. Keep fighting, girls!

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Re: Another one suffering

Post  PainBlogger on Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:41 pm

Ldc wrote:
But, as I newby here, I have a couple of questions to you Smile I have read like a thousand posts and I would like to ask for advice. I will tell my doctor, but I have checked here some sucessful stories related to the use of amitriptiline and Lyrica. Another doctor suggested me to take a minimun dose of Lyrica (75 mg) to help with the nerve pain. Do you think it would help me? I mean, taking topical ami and simultaneously Lyrica (orally).

Aaaand, regarding the soreness... I am not sure what to do. ATM no soaps, no nasty chemicals (but i want to look for "natural" laundry soap and gel), only water to clean the area, no jeans, cotton undies. It is still irritated but I am also a little bit worried about my "flora"  or whatever is inside of me. The smell is a bit stronger and my discharge is also a little bit sticky, but far to be copious (I also feel a lot of dryness since all this started). I was wondering if it would be okay to continue on the probiotics, since I think that appart from the muscle/nerve problem, something else could be wrong inside as I took a lot of different medications in june (and maybe my good flora is still recovering or I don't know).

Thank u very much for reading me... I know it is really really long. And so sorry for the misspelling, I am not English speaker. Keep fighting, girls!

Firstly, your English is great!

Secondly, topical amitriptyline and oral Lyrica - obviously I can't say for definite if it would help you. We all respond so differently to medications. What I can tell you is that I was taking oral amitriptyline and oral Lyrica simultaneously and they are often prescribed in combination. I didn't have any terrible side effects although I do feel much more alert since I changed to duloxetine. I'd say it's worth trying Lyrica. If you don't find any benefit then it's one option you can cross off the list of possibilities. If it helps and side effects are minimal then you'll be glad you tried it Smile

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Post  Ldc on Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:40 pm

Thanks Smile It made me smile. I do love languages and I am a translator.

I think I will definitely ask my doctor. He is doing great and since we have a close relationship since I was a child I really trust him. By know, the constant burning is vanished most of the time and I am still like super sensitive (that means, after wiping or by touching it it hurts and burns). At least I am far better than a month ago. The thing is that what worries me the most is the hypersensibility mostly on two tiny spots at both sides of my vestibule and I am just freaking out all the time because I want to get better. Then I remember the key word, patience. Sorry I am beating around the bush, haha.

I hope time and all I am doing right now will help. I am always terrified thinking about not being able to intimate again with my beloved bf. But today I am really positive and I think it will be okay. Thanks for your answer and your personal opinion Smile Smile

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Post  lindsey_taylor on Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:00 pm

Hello and welcome to this forum! Your English is fantastic! I'm so sorry for the fact that you are suffering from this, but so glad that you are making progress in improving! Please continue to let us know how things are going for you!

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