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Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:46 am by Jma990o

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» Clinical Trial for Vulvodynia Treatment
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:13 pm by wramirez

» New and need advice and help
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» Found relief after more than 15 years of pain!
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» I'm new to this forum and would love some advice! :)
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:06 am by Cin124

» I think I know what causes vulvodynia-it's the memory of pain
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:24 pm by foxysugarpants

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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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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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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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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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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Hello. Happy to have found this group.

Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:01 pm by foxysugarpants

I am new here and hope to gain some insight into my vulva pain. I suffered for a long time not realizing that there are ways to feel better. I saw the Dr. yesterday and I am starting P/T pelvic and valium suppositories. queen

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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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Post  Persevere1990 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:15 am

Hi everyone,

It's great to see there is a support network here... I was diagnosed a few weeks ago and have started nightly treatment with lidocaine cream one week ago. Not noticing any difference yet.

I notice I get flare ups throughout the day, typically after peeing, showering, walking and when I'm stressed. I'm pretty sure my vulvodynia was caused by nerve damage due to a bad case of thrush over Christmas.

I am really struggling to cope with this condition so far and get very anxious when I'm at work or out the house about it. I'm panicking that I'm never going to have a day without pain ever again.

Does anyone have any similar experience or advice to share?

Thank you
Xxx

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hang in there

Post  amf329 on Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:36 pm

Hi there,

I just wanted to reach out to say that I'm sending you hope and healing vibes.

I've been dealing with this issue - though I've chosen not to label it V because I know it's not just that, and claiming that it is just labels me as 'sick' - for over a year and a half now BUT I am SO much better than I was when it first started. And that was pretty horrific so I have a lot of empathy for where you are right now. Just take it one day at a time, ok?

While I'm not 100% healed, I'm very close - and I have tried a lot of things to get well... and am still figuring out this last piece of the puzzle... But I have had weeks of no pain at all so I know I can get there. And I know you can too.

My first suggestion is to decide you will get well. The second is to use what you need to by way of prescriptions/medications/etc. to get through this part. While I'm not a huge proponent of drugs because they don't heal but they CAN help when the pain is bad. And my third is to search this forum for success stories and stories of healing and hope, as that will help ease your mind.

We're all different and we'll all healing on some level though it may be by different methods so stay open to what may work for you...

hugs,
A

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Thank you!

Post  Persevere1990 on Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:43 pm

Thank you for the reply A, it makes such a difference being able to talk to someone who really understands.

Over the last two weeks I have started taking 30mg Nortryptiline every night and it dramatically decreased my pain levels. Over the last 5 days I have been mostly pain free with just a few hours of pain on one or two days. I am hoping the pain can be reduced further by staying on the medicine. I have been to have accupuncture too, twice now and hope this is also contributing to the results.

Can I ask what has worked well for you in terms of treating the pain?

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Things to try

Post  ellenb on Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:30 am

I know this may sound silly but it has helped me some. Get a squirt bottle and rinse after you pee. This helps if residue from your urine is causing the pain. I've been taking gabapentin, seeing a physical therapist. Steriod cremes and lidocaine have not helped me but everyone is different. I feel your pain!! Good luck

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Re: How do you live with this?

Post  Madsmum on Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:27 pm

Hello
My 12 year old daughter has vulvodynia and has had it for about 4 months. It was awful not knowing what was wrong with her but knowing has made it a bit easier to try to deal with after lots of misdiagnosis that made her pain worse. She has missed nearly the whole term of school but has managed 10 days since half term and she has caught up with her work. She is seeing a vulva specialist who prescribed instillagel which is a lighter form of lidocaine. Lidocaine ust stung her but the gel doesn't hurt and can be used as often as every 30 mins. The specialists says to use it at least 4 times a day or when you need to and it can be used with other creams like emuaid. We tried emuaid but we are not sure it worked. I got her a bony parts cushion which she says helps in the car and on soft furniture but not on hard seats so I have ordered a Bonmedico orthopaedic surgical ring donut pillow for her to use at school as the hard seats take their tole the next day and it takes the pressure of according to people with piles and some vulvodynia sufferers use memory foam donuts so I thought I would try something more orthopedic.Vagikool was recommended by the specialist it's a gel ice pack that you freeze put in a sleeve and put it in your underwear and this is the only thing that really seems to help my daughter straight away. So I bought 4 of them

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