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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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7 years later and life looks bleak :(

Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:50 am by RainyShay77

So 7 years ago I had a case of BV...the antibiotic caused a horrible yeast infection which took 5 months to 'get rid of'. During this time I had allergic reactions to 2 of the yeast infection creams which magnified the pain. Over the past 7 years I've tried multiple rounds of physical therapy (they only slightly helped), chiropractic, nerve blocks, medications to target nerve pain (amitriptyline, …

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Amtriptyline, baclofen, gabapentin cream for provoked vestibuldynia

Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:15 pm by WVR00

Hello,
Has anyone had success with this cream in helping their vulvodynia? How long has it taken to help? I’ve had some success with it, but not completely better. I’ve been on it for a month. I️ was hoping to hear from some ladies who have had major success with this cream. I’m hoping for some encouragement here. This condition is so frustrating. I’m lucky enough to have access to two …

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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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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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Post  Sesquipedaisy on Mon Sep 12, 2016 2:54 pm

Hi, everyone,

I'm twenty-five years old, like to have fun but am very mature for my age (I'm two years out from getting my Ph.D.), and previously was very proud to just have non-monogamous casual sex relationships--but I suspect that last part will change now.

It's been a difficult summer. My first gynecologist had me on topical and oral diflucan for a yeast infection I didn't have and the antibiotics ampicillin, doxycycline, and ciprofloxacin for other infections I didn't have.

On Friday I got a second opinion and before looking at me the doctor said my symptoms didn't sound like an infection, and after performing the Q-tip test he said he thinks I have vulvar vestibulitis. He printed out a bunch of research, most of the 2000s, for me to look over and also a pamphlet for a support group. I've started on Montelukast (aka, singulair), which acts as a mast cell inhibitor.

After doing my own research, the description that fits best is secondary provoked vestibulodynia presenting with moderate erythema, dyspareunia, frequent urination, urgent urination, and a feeling of incomplete emptying with urination. In other words, I have had pain-free penetration, but sometimes penetration or contact with my genitals sets off a pain episode that results in a burning feeling, redness, swelling, painful penetration, and urinary symptoms.

I realized after getting the diagnose that the symptoms I'd been experiencing this summer, which I thought were an infection, were similar to symptoms I experienced last year. In 2015, after having sex that was too rough with a partner who was too big for too long, I was in pain for months and no doctor could figure out why. It eventually just went away on its own. I didn't notice that my pain episode this time began immediately after sex (I'd had sex in May and then my symptoms became apparent in June), but it does very much feel like the same thing all over again.

I want to get more tests done to rule out or confirm a hormonal imbalance (my symptoms get worse just before and at the beginning of my period) and interstitial cystitis (IC) (because of the urinary component). I recognize that I could have these issues in addition to vestibulodynia, as women who have it also frequently have at least one other chronic condition (comorbidity).

Regarding the treatment options my doctor suggestions, it looks like recent research has not confirmed their efficacy, but he said that I will be in charge of my treatment and appreciates that I do my own research into my conditions. I'm definitely open to surgery, although he views that as a last resort.

So I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm sure I'll be on here a lot.

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Re: Diagnosed on Friday

Post  emalita on Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:27 pm

Hi Sesquipedaisy!

I'm so sorry to hear that you're having to go through this, and I hope with time you are able to find lasting relief Very Happy

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Post  Sesquipedaisy on Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:18 pm

emalita wrote:Hi Sesquipedaisy!

I'm so sorry to hear that you're having to go through this, and I hope with time you are able to find lasting relief Very Happy

That will be the goal of treatment, but I know that this may last forever.

I've found that different people have different approaches to dealing with a diagnosis like this. When I entered my twenties, my mom was diagnosed with a rare chronic, degenerative neuromuscular disease, of which there are two types: one that can be cured and one that can't be.

Her doctor told her that she had the kind that couldn't be cured, and I drove with her to Mayo Clinic to get a second opinion. For a lot of the drive up there she was talking about how her doctor might not know what he was talking about and she had been praying to God about it and she believed that the doctors at Mayo would give her better news.

And the whole time I wished she would stop, because, like I said, I'd rather assume the worst and be surprised than hope for the best and be disappointed.

Mayo did indeed confirm that her disease is incurable, and I won't be surprised if my condition isn't either. And accepting that is part of how I cope.

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Re: Diagnosed on Friday

Post  emalita on Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:18 pm

I agree that sometimes assuming the worst is better than wishing for the best, but just know that with vulvovaginal issues beyond simple yeast and BV, doctors know VERY little. Most I've found are quick to blame the pain on overactive nerves, which, in my opinion, seems to be the knee jerk response of specialists who don't know how to look any further.

I've seen over 10 doctors for my pain, and I've had varying responses. Some were convinced it was a tough infection, some blamed nerves, some blamed imbalanced flora, some blamed lack of estrogen, etc. It's all a guessing game at this point, and I believe that's because the cause of vulvodynia varies as much as each individual woman.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is don't give up all hope of being rid of your pain. Don't rely on a doctor to diagnose or heal you. If I would have, I wouldn't be making the huge improvements that I am today (no matter how slowly Wink ).

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