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» New and need some help
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:12 pm by fairlight10

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» Anyone from New Jersey
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:47 pm by LindafromNJ

» vaginal cream
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New and need some help

Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:30 pm by LindafromNJ

New to this site ad trying to figure out how it works.  I am trying to post as a new member so I am hoping this goes thru.  I am a senior adult and have just been diagnosed by the Drexil Vaginitis Center to have vulvodynia along with Vestibulitis (not sure if spelled correctly).  My symptoms are vaginal burning, itching, soreness around the vaginal opening with one spot in particular.  Some …

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Anyone from New Jersey

Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:47 pm by LindafromNJ

Looking to maybe talk to someone from NJ to see if there are any support groups in this state.

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vaginal cream

Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:46 pm by LindafromNJ

I have been given ABC cream to start using for my condition. This is gabapentin, amitriptyline and baclofen cream. Has anyone tried this. Also has anyone used lidocaine. My doctor told me not to use it. It is so sore at the vaginal opening. Has anyone used it there. Please respond!!

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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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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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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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Re: Looking for support and advice

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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