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Yesterday at 11:27 pm by infinitelywondering

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» NO PAIN DURING SEX
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MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE- PLEASE READ

Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04 pm by infinitelywondering

Dear all,

Today has been the day I've been waiting for. The day something FINALLY makes sense.
I've been told countless times that I've got nerve damage or a muscular condition, yet none of the specific treatments have helped me. My GP suggested attacking this from a different angle so referred me to a dermatologist specialist


after having a vestibulectomy with no success, I decided to visit …

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NO PAIN DURING SEX

Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:18 am by rockylife

I HAVE NO PAIN DURING SEX, BUT I FEEL THIS BURNING SENSATION ALL DAY JUST BESIDE THE VAGINAL OPENING. DO I REALLY HAVE A VULVODYNIA? I'M CONFUSED.

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Newby not sure where to turn

Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:32 pm by Cerjo87

Hi this is all very new to me , well the talking about it bit is , the pain while having sex and also the uncomfortable feelings after and feeling like I have  sistitus most of the time I’m very used to , I’ve suffered for 7 years now I’m only 30 . Finally after all this time the doctors or should I say my gp has said I have Vulvodynia and have givin me gabapentin to try .i told her I’d …

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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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Newbie to the site

Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:16 am by Ksa

Hello. Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm currently under the care of a dr in Phoenix that specializes in vaginal disorders. I will probably be on a suppository of estridol the rest of my life and I am currently on medications for a rare form of vaginitis that's pretty unheard of for my age. My vagina literally hates me. I've struggled with vulvadynia for 20 years, the duration of my …

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Vulvodynia from #metoo media coverage

Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:01 pm by dooleyhornberg

I am wondering if anyone else in this forum has experience an increase or flare up in their vulvodynia as a result of the coverage of the sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, DC, and the recent gymnastics scandal. I have definitely had a flare up.

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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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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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