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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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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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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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How to deal at work

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Post  fran on Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:21 am

Hi everyone,

I am a 29-year old from the UK and have recently been diagnosed with Vulvodynia. I have just spent hours reading through the forum and feel reassured that I am doing the right things to address it. My symptoms have become so bad that I had to get signed off work and I have been at home for nearly 2 weeks now. At the moment, I just can't imagine sitting at a desk all day and being in a stressful environment as this makes the pain a lot worse.

I was wondering how everyone is dealing with their work and working environment? Has anyone got any tips on how to reduce the pain in an office setting (is there a seating position that makes it easier? Do you go without underwear/tight clothes?) and has anyone taken any more drastic measures such as requesting longer breaks etc? Has anyone tried mindfulness/meditation to control the pain at work?

Looking forward to hearing your advise. Thanks

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Post  PainBlogger on Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:03 am

Have you tried a pressure relief cushion? https://putnams.co.uk/collections/pressure-relief/products/sero-pressure-cushion-dr-huff-cut-out is the one I have for hard chairs.

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Post  fairlight10 on Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:33 am

I use a cushion with a centre cut out when I drive. I was off work for 4 months until I felt I was able to go back to work. Nortriptyline 20mgs was what got me back on my feet. That was in 2012. It is improving all the time. Still have set backs. Summertime is challenging for me. If I get too hot due to high temperatures it sets it off. So I cope better when its cooler. I can sit comfortably now. Try not to put too much pressure on the vulva. Sit back further and try to relax. It's very early days for you. I hope it gets better for you soon. I also recommend Dr Huff cushion to sit on. This didn't help for driving. My husband bought me a dunlop ring cushion which is more of a heavy duty foam. This seems to help more as when I drive I am sitting more upright and putting more pressure on the vulva. Good luck

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Post  fairlight10 on Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:45 am

My husband has just reminded me I also had 20 sessions of acupuncture during the first 12 months. This was beneficial for the stress this condition can cause. I was also counselled when having the acupuncture.

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Post  fran on Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:53 am

Thanks for the advice. I already have a ring cushion but it doesn't really help so I might try and find a gel cushion instead. I'm just finding the idea of taking a ring cushion into the office a bit strange because people know what it is and what it's for....but maybe I just need to get over the embarrassment. I am getting signed off for another month now which is very frustrating (and a drain on money as I am seeing a lot of private doctors and specialists because my NHS referrals have got 2-3 months waiting times which I'm assuming is something most people here are familiar with.)

I am starting CBT/mindfulness on Monday and I have a physio examination for my pelvic floor booked in as well. Both self-funded. I'm really keen to try acupuncture - do you think the practitioner needs to have any knowledge about vulval pain? Did you see a specialist? I'm just worried that someone could make it worse?

I have been given Amitryptaline and I have the pills at home but so worried about the side effects that I haven't touched them yet.

Do you know of any good doctors in the UK? I am with a good Gyaenecologist and have been in contact with David Goldmeier who knows a lot about this. Also waiting for another referral to a dermatologist who specialises in Vulvodynia.
Have you seen a pain specialist? This was recommended by Dr Goldmeier.

Sorry about all of these questions but I want to take control of this as soon as possible. Thanks Smile


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Re: How to deal at work

Post  fairlight10 on Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:53 pm

Get started on the amitriptyline in low doses while you are off work. If you find the side effects unpleasant ask to try nortriptlyline these are tricylic antidepressant used in low doses they very gradually calm nerve pain. Mine is in my vestibule. It works by desensitising the area giving you the problem. So, when it gets provoked I.e. sitting, wearing underwear and so on you will be more comfortable. This is also when your cushions will help. You will then be able to let go of thinking about it most of the time. My acupuncturist is a GP in the Maidstone area. I had to go by the private route eventually as a lot of doctors don't know what is wrong. They tell you it is thrush or a uti. They give you medication for that and it makes it worse. My gynaecologist told me I had vulvodynia and started me on the antidepressants. I saw him again on the nhs as a referral from my gp for the removal of a lost mirena coil, a vulvoscopy and a histoscopy. I have not been embarrassed to talk to family and colleagues about this condition. They were supportive when I was at my worst and when I thought this would never get better.

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Post  PainBlogger on Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:50 pm

fran wrote:Thanks for the advice. I already have a ring cushion but it doesn't really help so I might try and find a gel cushion instead. I'm just finding the idea of taking a ring cushion into the office a bit strange because people know what it is and what it's for....but maybe I just need to get over the embarrassment. I am getting signed off for another month now which is very frustrating (and a drain on money as I am seeing a lot of private doctors and specialists because my NHS referrals have got 2-3 months waiting times which I'm assuming is something most people here are familiar with.)

I am starting CBT/mindfulness on Monday and I have a physio examination for my pelvic floor booked in as well. Both self-funded. I'm really keen to try acupuncture - do you think the practitioner needs to have any knowledge about vulval pain? Did you see a specialist? I'm just worried that someone could make it worse?

I have been given Amitryptaline and I have the pills at home but so worried about the side effects that I haven't touched them yet.

Do you know of any good doctors in the UK? I am with a good Gyaenecologist and have been in contact with David Goldmeier who knows a lot about this. Also waiting for another referral to a dermatologist who specialises in Vulvodynia.
Have you seen a pain specialist? This was recommended by Dr Goldmeier.

Sorry about all of these questions but I want to take control of this as soon as possible. Thanks Smile


I think you're doing the right thing by self-funding treatment to avoid the long NHS wait. I've been doing the same. I'd rather go without other things and put my health first because it's difficult to enjoy life when in pain, isn't it? I've been lucky enough to finally find a combination of therapies that have worked for me (Duloxetine, physio, home physio exercises, acupuncture, common sense measures). You can read my background here: http://vulvodyniasupport.forumotion.net/t2291-four-months-of-significant-improvement

If you can find an acupuncturist who specialises in pain then all the better, but any qualified practitioner should be able to treat you.

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