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Gabapentin Gel. or other topical creams

Thu May 10, 2018 9:43 am by Rosie21

Hi I have been suffering for some years with this abominable pain. I have tried most of the systemic drugs , I asked specialists and Doctors if I could at least try a topical treatment but because this requires a special prescription have been refused Has anybody had a chance of trying these? Thank you I will try to put a link on to some of the research into Gabapentin Gel. Thanks.

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What has been helping ME (much less pain over time!!)

Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 am by leoscc

Hello everyone! I vanished for quite some time as my life became consumed by not only this but other daily responsibilities as well. Shortly after my diagnosis, my boyfriend f 3 years left me as he did not want to deal with this. It left me broken for a while but also gave me time to figure out what the heck was going on. So, I will write out a quick list of my symptoms and what helped me.

1. I …

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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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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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Condoms Less Painful?

Mon May 07, 2018 3:35 am by stillinpain

I'm just curious, has anyone found using condoms to be less abrasive to the skin than without? I just got off birth control and haven't stretched myself out enough post surgery to try sex yet, but when I do I am wondering how trying it with condoms with affect the sensation. I feel like for me the skin to skin sensation creates pain, not just at my entrance but internally, too, since I also have …

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Will there be an end?

Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:06 am by Krista2828

I go in and out of being okay and not being okay with this condition. I question often why me? I am a problem solver by nature and I feel so defeated that after tons of research and trial and error and doctors and tears that there still is no answer.

I am in my 20's.. it shouldn't be this way.

Id love to know what all has worked! I am willing to try anything to get my life back. I am curious …

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you can be healed so easy and quite fast.

Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:46 pm by pussycat

Hello everyone,
i am new to this forum. I wanted to share my personal "journey" with V with you and to give you a real hope you can be totally healed/recovered from V. Many years ago i was struck with V, it was painful and got worst and worst, eventually i could not sit, could not stand, could not walk, could not swim in a swimming pool anymore. I was becoming bedridden, it frightened …

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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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Post  Coop on Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:46 am

Hi all,

I joined this forum a few years ago but left after I found myself getting a little too caught up. I think a lot of us can fall into the trap of seeing others find a cure & then getting hopeful that their cure will be ours but I think I started trying too many things all at the same time. Anyway I have decided to come back , as I think it will help me to talk about how it's making me feel.

I have had vulvodynia for 7 yews now. It has been a long, frustrating journey. There are a few triggers that I think may have started this. I think this started in a very typical fashion, I had a very strongly scented bath one night, and think it caused me to develop thrush. The I visited the dr to get some thrush treatments, they didn't help, I visited the dr again, and have to say I think she was a bit abusive. She was running late, and I was going to be late for work, so I acted a bit annoyed when she called me in: I told her off, so when she did a spectrum exam, she was a bit rough. Now you'll all know that when you have a spetrum exam, the dr is usually quite delicate, but this dr inserted the spectrum, opened it until I gasped, then opened it further. She then proceeded to twist it really agressively, until it brought tears to my eyes. I told her in a pained voice how painful it was, but she continued to twist. It was a horrible experience. Part of me has always wondered if that was the clincher that made me develop full blown vulvodynia...

It took me around a year to be seen by a specialist, she diagnosed vulvodynia and put me on amitriptyline, local anaesthetic, and change to toiletries. I saw her around 3 times before moving for work. When I moved, the new area I lived in didn't have a vulval clinic, so the dr passed me from pillar to post. I sawa gynaecologist, who didn't believe in Vulvodynia. She tried estrogen, thrush treatment. She did a biopsy and diagnosed 'contact allergic dermatitis'. I then asked to see a dermatologist to find out what I was allergic to. The dermatologist scoffed 'a biopsy can say dermatitis, it can't say it's an allergic reaction', but we ran an allergy test and tried steroid creams, but he said the pain I feel could not be dermatitis pain, so he referred me on to a leading specialist in london. She was fab - after 3 years of being passed about, sheconfirmed the original diagnosis, although said it was vestibulodynia. She gave an action plan, putting me back on steroid creams, local anaesthetic, amitripyline, and basically reassured me that we'd find something that could work.

She suggested I see a pain clinic, and that's where I am now. The pain clinic is trying me on some other anti-trycyclic anti-depressants, and also wants me to see a psychiatrist. The theory is that it can help to talk about our pain.

The pain clinic feels the pain might be linked to abuse I suffered as a child - when I was , a girl in our street (around 4-5y.o.) was sexually abusing other kids on the street. My sister came forward about it, and I was there when she met with the social services. When she was telling them about the stuff this girl did to her, I realised she had been doing the same stuff to me, but I hadn't realised it was bad. I don't remember anything she did now, I was too young at the time, but I do remember it happened. The thing is, I know I also made up some of the stuff she did, it was merely saying that some if the worse stuff she had done to my sister, she had also done to me. The best way to describe it is that she was grooming us, and she was just further along the path with my sister.

My parents took us on holiday, and when we came back, this girls parents had told the whole neighbourhood that my sister and I were the abusers, and suddenly we were ostracised. Not long after though, other kids in the street came forward to say this girl had abused them too, but my sister and I still found kids were wondering why 5 minutes earlier, my sister and I were so bad, and those friendships never quite recovered.

I don't think this is the cause, like I say, I don't remember it, but the specialist does want to investigate it with a psychiatrist.

The thing that I find hard is that I'm now at an age where I want to think about kids and marriage, but I can't until I'm better. I can't manage sex at all.... I've been with my OH for 8 years, and we are getting lots of questions about when to expect wedding bells and hints that 'my clock is ticking' (I'm 27!). It just makes me feel awkward having to evade these questions... I'm half tempted to say I can't have kids because of a medical condition, and we're waiting until I'm better before deciding whether yo wed (so I don't tie my OH to a childless future).

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Post  Coop on Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:00 am

Sorry that did end up being a bit long... I thought it would be good to go into full detail, as my theory is that if it's emotional causes, and I put them out there, it might start my brain healing process...

I should have said my symptoms haven't improved, but I hope that might change!

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