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Had this for 5 years, looking for people who understand

Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:46 pm by blackberrie

Hey all. I'm really struggling to find anyone in real life who can really understand what I'm going through. I've had vestibulodynia for 5 years now and I'm single. Obviously it has completely affected how I approach dating and sex and the fact that I can't really talk to people irl about it has made me feel very lonely. I've found that a lot of the women who have this problem are married and …

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Anyone have pain with urination?

Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:35 pm by mertzwl

Hi everyone - I can't believe I've been dealing with this for almost 10 years and an appointment scheduler at a urogyn office is the one to suggest I look into vulvodynia. Honestly, I don't care, I just thankful I might have an answer.

I have pain in one specific spot right around the urethral opening so it always coincides with urinating (it's not a uti). Does anyone else deal with pain …

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Diagnosed recently, looking for advice

Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:51 am by Cloudberry

Hi everyone,

I'm so glad I found this forum! I was diagnosed with vulvodynia/vulvar vestibulitis (still not sure about the difference between all the different terms) a couple of months ago and I could do with some advice. This is probably going to be a lot of text because I just want to get everything off my chest, so please bear with me.

I’m a woman in my late 20s. Before getting diagnosed …

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From a concerned husband

Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:45 pm by ConcernedYorkieHubby

Hello everyone,

This is probably a little unconventional, but I’m a man who is here because his wife has been diagnosed with vulvodynia. The poor girl has been suffering with vulva pain for around 10 years now, and I’ve been by her side through the pain and tears and doctors misunderstandings the whole way, and we’re both exhausted and terrified by the whole experience.

I’m sure a lot …

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6 year sufferer but I’ve found some hope

Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:33 am by Npage14

Hey, ladies! I’m new to this support group, I’ve thought about doing something like this for a while so I wanted to try this out! I’ve had vulvodynia for 6 years now, I am self diagnosed. I’m 20 now and the pain started when I had my first encounter with sexual contact when I was 14(I still remained a virgin though it was fingering). For a couple years the pain was so bad I could hardly …

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Hurting, Burning, Itching, and Worn Out

Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:55 pm by donnambr

This vulvodynia that I'm currently suffering with is so cruel. I hurt, I burn, I itch. When I first got this several years ago, before the internet, I though I was the only one with this awful disorder. Doctors couldn't figure it out. I felt so alone and devastated. Somehow it disappeared for a few years and now I'm suffering again. This dreaded V misery is back and I feel like I will be with …

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Hi girls! New in this forum

Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:31 pm by Gaby

Hi everyone!

Also joining the V club, Here my story:

It all started last year in september with a very bad throat infection for which i had to take antibiotics for about a month. This cause several yeast infections (candidia albicans).... one after the other!. I had them every month from october 2017 till march 2018. During this period i use an incredible amount of anti-fungal creams and …

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Newbie and feeling helpless

Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:52 pm by Taylor1

Hi, I found out a few weeks ago that I have this condition, started off at the end of April as a uti took strong antibiotics then got a thrush infection and now this.. My doctor has tried me on amitriptyline and gabipentin and both made me so poorly I couldn't take it plus I have seen what long use of these drugs has done to my mom for pain and its not good. I am using coconut oil which does …

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I'm new to this forum and would love some advice! :)

Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:13 am by anikita

Hi lovely gals!

I'm honestly hoping to get any bit of advice anyone might have to offer. I go from bouts of sobbing hysterically in my boyfriend's arms to feeling confident that I can beat this.

I haven't been actually diagnosed with vulvodynia but EVERYTHING under the sun has come back negative. I started having sex 4 years ago after starting Lo Loestrin, with my first and current boyfriend …

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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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