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An absolute success story- please read!

Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:57 pm by Persevere1990

Dear All,

I posted on here back in March 2017 having just got a diagnosis of vulvodynia after a few months of relentless and acute pain. I was desperate, I was hurting, I was scared I would never know life without pain there again.

I tried creams, acupuncture, numbing gels, frozen pads, baths with various internet recommended concoctions- convinced myself I had lichen sclerosus, herpes, thrush- …

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I'm sorry im rambling

Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:49 am by Jet227

hey, im 19, ive been struggling with this almost a year. The first week I became itchy I went in to check about a yeast infection another week later. I have been to 10 different doctors a total of about 15 appointments for this problem for the past 11 months. I have been tested for everything including having a biopsy. I was first told basically to just go home and use hydrocortazone, then I went …

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New member need advice please

Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:33 pm by PANDORA123

Hello, I have just been diagnosed with unprovoked vulvodynia. Im really scared and worried. It burns a lot and it hurts to sit down. I have been prescribed amitriptyle 10mg. Can anyone give me some hope that I can get better from this condition. Feeling low and depressed.

Thanks

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MonaLisa Touch

Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:35 pm by rl2091

Hi All,

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with the MonaLisa Touch treatment for Vulvodynia? My pain started when I went on HRT(pill) for anxiety mainly and my pain abruntly stopped when I stopped HRT. However, when I started on the HRT patch (at my dr's suggestion), the pain returned and has never left. That was 7 years ago. I found MonaLisa Touch on the internet purely by accident …

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Diagnosed Recently

Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:55 pm by flissyg

Hi All,

I’m so glad I’ve found a place where there are others who understand how I feel!

So this is my story:-

I’m 36,  and 4 months ago, whilst innocently sitting in bed reading I experienced a very sharp stabbing pain in my clitoris. It last only a few minutes and then subsided as quickly as it came on. It put it down to “one of those things”.  The following morning I woke up …

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New and need advice and help

Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:26 pm by Cin124

Hi everyone,

About three months ago, I started having vaginal and vulval itching. Then, about two months ago, my vulva started to feel painful and look swollen, so I went to the doctor. I was tested for herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea which all came back negative. I also had to do a vaginal swab test and the only thing that came back positive was yeast infection. I was prescribed hydrozole …

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New here would very much appreciate advice at the end of my rope

Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:09 pm by Jma990o

This might be a little long but it's been such a long time I've even been able to talk about my problems openly thank you in advance for any helpful advice.
So ok I'm 24 I've been having this problem for over two years seen quite a few doctors and obgyns alike and nobody will take me seriously I have had a few utis and yeast infections and even bv once and this all started after one of the utis …

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New member desperate need of other vulvadynia sufferers

Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:55 pm by Tfc13

Hi there hope some1 reading this is going through the same shit as me!, I'm new to this so don't really know where to start , I'm Teresa , I've just been diagnosed with vestibular vulvadynia , after countless appointments with GPS being misdiagnosed, tested for god knows everything , eventually under my gynochologist ,who done all her necessary tests, I now have been given a diagnosis I'm in …

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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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Post  Julie326 on Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:51 am

Hi!

I have been suffering with Vulvodynia since 2013 when I was 21. Had previously not had any problems down there other then the occasional yeast infection. It started in 2012 when I was put on Beyaz birth control. After a couple months on bc, I got a kidney/bladder infection that lasted for 5 months. First one in my life! Was placed on Bactrim (didn't work) and Cipro numerous times. My Gyn finally gave me a 20 day supply of Cipro that did finally get rid of the infection. During the last course of Cipro I started getting the signs of Vulvodynia starting around my anus. I also want to mention during these 5 months I was also getting recurrent yeast infections from the antibiotics. I was prescribed the standard Diflucan for that along with getting otc Monistat. After visiting my Gyn and telling her the syptoms, she referred me to a Urogynecologist. He asked me questions and did the Q-Tip test which did not cause pain. He also told me my pelvis was normal. I was prescribed cream compound of Amitriptyline with Baclofen to apply when needed. The cream gave instant relief. I was pretty much symptom free for 2 years! I was able to wear jeans, sit for as long as I wanted and have sex. It was great! I started to forget that I had Vulvodynia until September 2015 when I got Bacterial Vaginosis and haven't been right ever since. Went back to the Urogynecologist who told me to keep applying the cream (still am) and to take birth control (no way!). I found a doctor in the next state over who specializes in Vulvar pain and she prescribed me oral Amitriptyline low dose. I took that for 4 days and had a panic attack (didn't see any difference in pain, maybe too soon?). Then we tried the lowest dose possible of Gabapentin, took for 1 day and it was horrible, could not remember a thing. The doctor wanted to keep pushing medication which I'm now scared to death of so I stopped going there. I'm now trying physical therapy, on my 3rd week, not sure if it's helping or not but I'm doing the exercises everyday. I am wondering what to try next? My sypmtoms are confusing and contradictory. Usually I am in no pain during my period but sometimes it makes it worse. All other days I'm in pain except during the few days of ovulation. Standing up and laying down feels ok, sitting for the most part feels bad. My Vulvodynia is good in the morning and gets worse towards the end of the day. It's not affecting my sleep, but it's hard to wake up knowing I'm going to be in pain that day. Tampons don't hurt nor does sex. However, a day or so after sex I get flare ups that can last for months. Also I'm still getting sharp pains in my anus. Pretty much get pain all over down there.. One of my doctors thought it was from nerve damage hurting my tail bone 15 years ago, but I'm not too sure, why would it start now? I've been putting coconut oil on, it's not helping though. I think I'm going to try shaving a little down there even though it hurts so my compound cream can reach my skin better. I do oatmeal sitz baths once in a while and while in gives me relief, the pain always comes right back. I'm seeing my Urogynecologist next week and would like to be able to give him recommendations on things to try. Thing is I don't want to try something that isn't worth it because it costs a lot of money for testing with my insurance! I'm trying to narrow this down between nerve damage, hormones, yeast, etc..? I've been thinking of Acupuncture but am a little skeptical. Any advise? This all feels like a bad dream that I can't wake up from!

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Post  PainBlogger on Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:23 pm

I've found acupuncture helpful. It's been expensive though and I'm not sure how effective it would have been if I wasn't on duloxetine and had had physiotherapy too.

If you go here: http://vulvodyniasupport.forumotion.net/t2291-four-months-of-significant-improvement you can read what I've tried.

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Post  fairlight10 on Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:57 pm

You could ask to try Nortriptyline. It is similar to amitriptyline but much better with less side effects. Been on it 4 years and gave me my life back. Had 20 sessions of acupuncture and this helped during the first 18months of having vulva r vestibulitis. It would de stress the body plus he was counselling me at the same time. This condition can do your head in, so anything that can calm your body and mind is a good thing. Good luck.

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Post  PhoenixFire on Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:06 pm

Hey there. I'm a new member too and I feel you on not knowing how to narrow down what's causing this. I'm actually stuck between the same things that you are, since this flare up started when I stopped birth control which makes me think hormones, but the pain feels like it could be nerve related, and I also get burning pain in my lower back that could be nerve related as well. It's all so frustrating! But we aren't alone.

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Post  Roselilyflower on Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:47 pm

Hi there, I am a new member and I do feel for you, this condition can really get to you, some days are easier but sometimes i just want to cry and climb into a little hole and hide. Its been 5 months since my diagnosis and its been a bumpy road :-(. It started from an allergic reaction I had from thrush cream. I have been with my partner for nearly 5 years and he has been so patient but when it all started before I was diagnosed, alarm bells were ringing and I thought I could of caught something but luckily all tests came back clear. Most creams have not done much for me but I am on 10mg amitriptyline and it seems to be helping me, it does take a week or so for it to kick in though and it can make you feel quite groggly and it gave me a funny tummy but those affects soon wore off. I have been on it for 2 months now. But recently i have diagnosed with PID and among that I have endometriosis so I am on antibiotics, antifungals, the pill and the nerve blocker/anti depressants. Which is stressed me out abit so I decided to try reflexology, it was a very relaxing but odd feeling as I could feel sensations in my body which corresponded with the areas on my feet. Annoyingly, the vulvodynia symptoms have returned which i think is quite strange. Im not sure wjether he treatment caused an inbalance or what. I know I dont want to be on pills for the rest of my life so I am trying my best to fond a long term solution to this problem as I am sure you all are. I am very warey about using creams as I have had a few allergies to various soaps, lotions, medicated creams and oinments ect I am terrified it will make it worse. I do believe in holistic treatment as well as conventional treatments, luckily we in the UK have the NHS but extra treatments such as reflexology/ acupuncture and other therapies are not and can be quite expensive. I am will to ty accupuncture. If anyone has any info on treatments for this condition which may not be seen as conventional please let me know. Thanks

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Post  neesegjohnson on Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:54 pm

You should try acupuncture..it seems to be working for me and I have also tried everything. Also try a low oxalate diet/low acidic diet. I am also taking 2 calcium citrate pills a day.

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Post  tinkerbelle2 on Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:11 pm

Hi Julie, a lot of your story sounds familiar! I am able to have sex and use tampons as well (although if I'm really sore I don't as it is just too uncomfortable) Feel free to PM me if you want to chat x
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Post  chipper on Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:19 am

Julie-
I feel like I could have written your story!!
I have been dealing with the same issues for 2 years and it started after taking Cipro.
I had a bartholin cyst abscess and took several courses of it. I started having rectal pain, then pelvic pain.
Sitting is the absolute worst and my pain is most intense in the evening and at night.
I can go for periods of time where I have no pain at all then something (I am never sure what) will flare it up again.
I have tried Amatryptiline, Gabapentin and other medications and I cannot tolerate them at all.

I tried acupuncture and I think I will be going back to that because it did seem to help some.
This is a terrible pain that you cannot really describe and certainly not discuss openly.
It's not like you can say you have a headache or a backache.
It's exhausting and overwhelming.

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