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» I'M NEW - Do I listen to my gyno who I feel has it wrong?
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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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I'M NEW - Do I listen to my gyno who I feel has it wrong?

Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:17 pm by Tunes25

Hello!

I am a 25 year old woman and wanted to share my story here as I feel frustrated by the suggestions of my gyno and am hoping for some advice.

To give the context for this: in September 2016 I moved in with my long term boyfriend after living abroad a year and (nearly) abstaining from sex. Within a few weeks I had got a yeast infection which I treated myself successfully, but then 2 weeks …

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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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Gabapentin Gel. or other topical creams

Thu May 10, 2018 9:43 am by Rosie21

Hi I have been suffering for some years with this abominable pain. I have tried most of the systemic drugs , I asked specialists and Doctors if I could at least try a topical treatment but because this requires a special prescription have been refused Has anybody had a chance of trying these? Thank you I will try to put a link on to some of the research into Gabapentin Gel. Thanks.

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What has been helping ME (much less pain over time!!)

Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 am by leoscc

Hello everyone! I vanished for quite some time as my life became consumed by not only this but other daily responsibilities as well. Shortly after my diagnosis, my boyfriend f 3 years left me as he did not want to deal with this. It left me broken for a while but also gave me time to figure out what the heck was going on. So, I will write out a quick list of my symptoms and what helped me.

1. I …

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I cured myself 100% of vulvodynia twenty years ago--I hope this helps someone

Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:33 pm by totallycured

Hi,

Every so often I'm reminded of the constant, persistent, horrible pain I was in two decades ago, and I reach out to try to help others who are suffering. If someone had offered me a solution during that terrible time, I'd have jumped at it. I hope this helps someone.

Yes, I did have terrible vulvodynia. It felt like someone poured acid all over my vulva. My doctor confirmed it and was …

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Condoms Less Painful?

Mon May 07, 2018 3:35 am by stillinpain

I'm just curious, has anyone found using condoms to be less abrasive to the skin than without? I just got off birth control and haven't stretched myself out enough post surgery to try sex yet, but when I do I am wondering how trying it with condoms with affect the sensation. I feel like for me the skin to skin sensation creates pain, not just at my entrance but internally, too, since I also have …

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Looking for support and advice

Post  bridgetae on Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:12 am

Hi. I've been diagnosed for a couple years but have had the symptoms for as long as I can remember. Took me years to find a doctor that didn't simply brush my symptoms aside. But even now, I don't have consistent access to a doctor because of moving in between states and especially to a state where there is NOT good healthcare available. I was diagnosed with vestibulitis. After reading through some people's posts, I get the idea that this is a vague diagnosis with very little information. Basically, I have had severe pain at the opening of my vagina associated with biking, inserting tampons, sexual intercourse and a variety of other activities. But the skin all around my labia and perineum easily become inflamed and irritated in general but not nearly as painful as the opening of my vagina.

So I've been through a handful of different treatments including steroid creams, physical therapy, steroid shots in my spine, product and clothing changes etc. The steroid creams had some positive effect. To be honest, I was so discouraged by the lack of progress, I probably quit physical therapy earlier than I should have. Switching to more estrogen-based birth controls helped too. The ones I previously was on tended to dry out my natural lubricants. The only other thing that has been really helpful is a lidocaine-petroleum compound applied on a regular basis. But now I'm stagnant. The pain isn't getting better anymore and I'm depressed. I think i have multiple other conditions but I can't find a doctor who will take me seriously or even address my concerns. It is especially hard because I still do not have a stable living situation so I can hardly see the same doctor twice. What kinds of things can I be doing on my own to diagnose myself and to make things better?

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Re: Looking for support and advice

Post  PainBlogger on Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:16 pm

Have you tried any dietary changes (I'm thinking mainly in terms of making your urine less acidic or potentially irritating to the skin)? Some people find a calcium citrate supplement helps reduce vulval pain.

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Re: Looking for support and advice

Post  bridgetae on Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:17 pm

I have not tried that, but I definitely will now. Thank you.

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Need help as well

Post  jharris on Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:54 pm

Hi there:

I am newly diagnosed as well. I need help and advise. What I tried was Estrace cream and, it helped sometimes and other times not. I was given a steroid cream and that was an irritant and also on Lidocane or something like that while was irritating as well. Please update me anyone on what you did to alleviate symptoms. I am in constant pain and am not sleeping.

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Re: Looking for support and advice

Post  fairlight10 on Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:18 pm

Hi. I have had vulvar vestibulitis since May 2012. I was prescribed Nortriptyline 20mgs and it has helped a great deal. It is not a cure but it can eventually calm the pain you are having. It is a tricyclic antidepressant that has been used by many sufferers on this site. If this one dose not help there are many others for you to try. Read the posts on this site. Start at the beginning, they are a wealth of information. Also consider what you eat, drink and any other medications could cause irritation when urinating. I would also recommend Yes water based lubricant. Look at your laundry detergent/fabric softener. These can also cause problems in this area. Good luck.

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what about surgery?

Post  infinitelywondering on Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:37 pm

have you considered a vestibulectomy?

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Avoid propylene glycol

Post  Debbie627 on Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:39 am

For women with vulvodynia or vestibulitis, doctors often prescribe meds or creams containing propylene glycol. This can cause severe burning, then you apply more to stop the burn, and the pain spirals out of control. Have you ever noticed how you feel best in the morning and then spiral downhill throughout the day? That's because you are burning yourself with the steroid creams and other meds. Give it a test....you will know within 24 hours. Stop all creams and ointments for one day and see if you feel better. Would love to hear your feedback. BTW... your KY jelly contains this ingredient as well, which in my case started my journey into this condition. Feel better sisters!

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Post  michelle_b on Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:14 pm

Hi, I've been struggling with vestibulitis for about 5 years now. I've tried numerous creams, numbing ointments and I've seen so many doctors I loose count. I have finally found a couple of specialists and both are recommending a vestibulectomy. My advice after everything I've been thru is to pay attention to what is in the creams you are trying. I trusted my doctors completely in the beginning and many of the ointments burned and hurt worse than the natural pain. Others didn't help at all. I found that switching to Dove hyper allergenic bar bath soap, hyper allergenic laundry detergent, and avoiding Always pads helped significantly for the day to day pain. I use Kotex pads during the day and natural cotton pads at night when I'm home. I also found that pure vitamin E oil was very calming for the skin and I use it when I have bad days. I don't know if there is any negative to using the vitamin E oil so I use it only when I need it but I figure it has to be better for me than the chemicals the docs are prescribing. I also have some symptoms of pudendal neuralgia. One of the doctors I saw prescribed a Valium suppository that worked incredibly well for pain from pelvic floor muscle tension. This didn't help with the vestibule burning pain though. For the aching pelvic floor pain I have I found that using foam rollers on my inner thighs helps a lot.

I found the doctors all have the same go to trial and error mentality for treatment. It's all very vague and they just throw conservative darts at the wall until they find something that works or they tell you there is nothing else they can do for you. My advice now looking back is not to wait to long, challenge your doctors and if what they are saying doesn't seem right move on. I tried too many conservative treatments for too long and while not detrimental to my condition it took a toll on me physocologly and emotionally. The pain is exhausting and many doctors don't seem to get it. Also, for a while I also switched to cotton underwear and on really bad days opted for commando. I didn't wear jeans or anything tight for a number of years either. I hope this is helpful.

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Re: Looking for support and advice

Post  Debbie627 on Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:52 pm

My story is very similar to yours and the creams and ointments and KY Jelly during sex were the culprits not the cures. I had the vestibulectomy ...it didn't help me. Of course afterwards they told me to use estrogen cream to help with healing but that contained harmful ingredients. Once I stopped using that I healed quickly. The answer... keep it pure... no creams, oils... or gels of any kind.

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