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So frustrating!!

Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:15 am by Hannah77

Well I'm back in pain after 7 years of pain free days.
I was diagnosed with vulvodynia when I was 17. I suffered for three years with horrible burning all day, painful sex with my boyfriend and just pure misery Sad I went into a spontaneous remission when I was 20. I'm still not sure how the pain stopped but all the sudden I could go an entire day without thinking of my vagina, sex started to …

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Looking for suggestions or encouragement

Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:10 am by ryn207

Hi there. I'm 25 and have been dealing with this for over a year and a half and I'm really starting to lose hope this will ever stop.

In July of 2016 I had a yeast infection. When Monistat didn't work I went to my gynecologist who prescribed Diflucan. When the itching didn't stop she retested me and found that my yeast infection was gone, but I now had a bacterial infection. After taking the …

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Looking for a friend..... and new problems

Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:38 pm by infinitelywondering

Hi everyone,

I hope you're doing well.

I hate to say this, but I feel beaten down and terribly alone. I had a vestibulectomy surgery about 6 months ago and I was absolutely praying it would work. It didn't.

6 months later and here I am, sitting on my bedroom floor crying my eyes out because I know I'll never be able to have painfree sex. I don't know what to do and just need a friend Sad



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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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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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Newly diagnosed - and prescribed amitriptyline cream/physio/psychology

Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:38 am by sophiarp

Hi everyone,

I'm so happy to have stumbled across this forum. I have just been diagnosed and am really struggling emotionally. It's nice to find this forum and feel a little less alone.

I've been prescribed amitriptyline cream. Has anyone had success with this? I was happy to have avoided the amitriptyline tablets. I'm also participating in physio and have been told I need to see a psychologist …

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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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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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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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I... just... ARGH (I'm a horrible person)

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I... just... ARGH (I'm a horrible person)

Post  Haze on Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:18 am

Last posted May 2016 in the new members section, having been referred to a dermatologist and waiting an appointment following a 5-year-provoked-pain-sex-impossible-very-miserable ordeal. I feel like I should have posted here since, tried to provide some support to others, but since I haven't found anything that's helped me in the slightest it's a bit difficult to give advice... sorry, but all I have is anger about the whole thing and I don't think that helps anyone. I just need to rant before I hurt myself and I can't write something like this to a person I know IRL without consequences.

Had my appointment this week and the dermatologist confirmed everything I had previously said about my referral to her in the first place - there is no dermatological issue, and nothing she can help me with. I knew that already and this non-revelation certainly wasn't worth the five month wait.

This is the pattern. Get a referral, wait 5-6 months, have an appointment, be prescribed something, wait 5-6 months, return to discuss how the prescribed treatment has not worked, wait 5-6 months, receive letter informing of who they're passing me off to next, rinse and repeat. Go back to the GP as often as possible to be told that they won't do anything else at all while I'm waiting for my letter/appointment/whatever.

So, imagining for a moment I didn't have a vagina that feels like an open wound, my newly engaged finance and I would ideally like to get pregnant after our wedding in 2018 (at which point we'll have been together 7 years, living together for 5), but open to getting pregnant before that - because what if we miss our only chance because we're waiting? We're still sexually active, minus penetration and contraception, and we're aware that it's unlikely (but possible) to get pregnant this way - even more so unlikely because I have PCOS and go months without a period. We may never have full intercourse again, it certainly feels that way.

So we optimistically decided that with waiting times, criteria, funding, chances of pregnancy reducing with aging etc, etc, etc... let's go to the doc, tell them we want to get pregnant, let's get on a waiting list for any form of fertility treatment. I thought I'd prepared for the worst, maybe being handed a leaflet and shuffled out of the door, maybe being told that we would be waiting years past our timeline for even the first consult, etc.

I was NOT prepared. Artificial insemination not available to me, at all. IVF available only to couples who had been trying to conceive via regular sexual intercourse for 12+ months, so not me. No allowances for the fact that I CANNOT have regular sexual intercourse. No allowances for the likelihood that there are other fertility issues with the PCOS/lack of periods - I can't prove it, because I can't say "I'm having sex AND not getting pregnant".

So what are my options? I have to wait until they fix me, then have regular sex for a year and THEN they will refer me for my first consult if I don't get pregnant. Lucky whooping-fucking-do me. It's only been FIVE WHOLE YEARS that I haven't been able to have sex, during which I've averaged two five minute appointments a year with specialists who shrug their shoulders and leave me waiting half a year with nothing to do but sit and wait around, thinking about how defective my body is.

I know I'm probably over-reacting but I have basically been told that if the pain doesn't go away then no children for me ever.

And I know I'm probably over-reacting but I don't understand how they could expect me to be okay with sitting and wait patiently for them to figure out what's wrong and fix it when it's been five years and virtually nothing is being done to help.

And I know I'm probably over-reacting but I really don't feel I can cope with the concept of never having my own children, and even worse, forcing that on my partner too - that isn't sharing my pain with him, that's just doubling the pain.

And I know I'm probably over-reacting, but it's been hinted to me that the next referral I'll be getting is for psychological help and fucking hell... I'm more than happy to try therapy, but my past experience of mental health referrals suggests that my next wait is going to be well over 5-6 months (over a 2 year wait following teenage suicide attempt many years ago - and if they can't fast-track the overdosing child, what hope is there for a sad woman with a hurty vagina?)... I've actually been asking for a mental health referral for a long time now, but I know it's not the solution to my pain! At this rate I'll still be waiting for help as I hit the menopause.

The only alternative is private care that we cannot afford. I'm doing everything I can do with what I have. I've been thinking about hurting myself enough down there to maybe force surgery to happen. I've been thinking about obtaining something along the lines of heroin... maybe that could numb the pain/knock me unconscious for long enough so that he could have sex with me. I've been thinking that maybe I will need to ask him to physically restrain and essentially rape me.

I don't feel like a woman. I might as well have no reproductive organs, they're all broken. Suicide was kind of lingering in my brain's periphery and now it's standing centre stage, waving it's arms. Not planning for it in the near future, but it definitely feels like my brain is trying to schedule some kind of cut off point, where I decide I'm not willing to wait anymore.

Just want to end with: I'm actually very sane and level-headed when this issue isn't at the forefront of my mind. I am in an exceptionally healthy relationship (going strong despite no sex, genuinely only two small 1-hour arguments in over five years, and it goes without saying my partner would NOT agree to the drastic measures above). I hold a full time job, I have friends, close family relationships, I even have a couple of hobbies - I'm a functioning person! I don't WANT to die, I don't WANT to conceive a child while unconscious, I know that harming myself is not a sensible action to take if I want to be a parent - these are last resort thoughts that repeat over and over in my head against my will and best judgement. I read back through this before posting, and if the writer was a stranger to me, I wouldn't think they were fit for motherhood. But this is what my medical problems are doing to me. It is holding ransom everything I hold dear, all my plans for the future, control over my own life. Perhaps I'll feel better in the morning, or maybe in a few years I'll be able to accept a life without children, or maybe they'll fix me but I'll still be a headcase. I am so sick of this.

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Re: I... just... ARGH (I'm a horrible person)

Post  PainBlogger on Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:00 am

I'm sorry to hear how bad you're feeling. I can appreciate to some extent how stressful it is to deal with this condition as well as wanting to conceive. I'm finally able to TTC with my husband again (you can read about my history here: http://vulvodyniasupport.forumotion.net/t2291-four-months-of-significant-improvement ) but we just had some fertility tests done because we've had no success in over 18 months (12 months before vulvodynia and 6 months since being able to try again), the tests did show a problem, and IVF is not available on the NHS where I live for anyone. Sad So I feel like every obstacle I overcome I just get another one put in front of me. I have to be grateful though that there is a chance it could happen naturally before I get too old. I don't mean to equate my situation to yours, I just wanted to say that I can empathise.

Are you able to insert anything (like a tampon or small dilator)? I've seen info on the Internet where people have had success with DIY artificial insemination at home. Obviously you'd need to be able to use a small syringe (minus needle of course) for that to be an option and it wouldn't be as likely to work as AI where they inseminate into the uterus directly (IUI). Have you tried physiotherapy and/or dilators? What about lidocaine gel/ointment? Which medications have you tried?

Another option, which is not ideal but I'm sure people have done, would be to say to your GP you have been trying for over a year. I don't like to advocate lying, but, honestly, in your situation (and maybe this makes me a bad person) I would personally consider it. I guess you'd have to wait another year before doing that though as the GP knows that at the moment you haven't been able to.

Whatever you do, don't try to push through the pain and have sex. It will only make things worse and you could cause relationship difficulties in a relationship which sounds very strong.

I hope you find something that helps you soon.

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