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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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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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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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Can anyone else not have sex AT ALL?

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Can anyone else not have sex AT ALL?

Post  searchingforacure_ on Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:04 pm

Hello,

I have struggled since I was 15/16 with vulvodynia and it was always annoying, but it never prevented me from having sex until about a year ago when I had a serious flare up. Since then, I haven't been able to have any sexual activity at all....if anyone else has gone through this, how did you cope? Were you able to find a partner still? I feel so hopeless...

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Re: Can anyone else not have sex AT ALL?

Post  Dora The Explorer on Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:00 am

I don't wish to dishearten you, but I am no longer able to have sex. Maybe someone else has found a way around the pain and can offer some useful advice.
I had to have a cervical smear earlier this year and I was crying out in agony.
I was given these things to try, they are like plastic penis' in varying widths, the first being about the size of a finger, progressively getting bigger, until "normal" penis width. You're supposed to lubricate them and gently insert them into yourself when you are relaxed and comfortable, so that you break away from that initial "freeze"\frightened of the pain response.
The theory sounds good, but I'm to afraid to try.

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Re: Can anyone else not have sex AT ALL?

Post  Dora The Explorer on Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:45 am

My story likely starts from birth. As a baby apparently my mum couldn't get rid of my nappy rash, the only thing that would help was metanium, sudocream didn't touch it. As a teenager, I believed I had a lot of thrush, so used canestan like it was going out of fashion, especially as I got older and started having sex, after sex I would itch horrendously.
Once I started living with my husband, and having sex more regularly I really regularly would use canestan. Then it turned from itching to pain, to the point it was like I was being raped. Then I sought help. I was diagnosed with vestibulitis, but I think all the creams I was prescribed also irritated my skin. My skin is sensitive at the best of times, so I seem to have eczema and vestibulitis. I itch constantly and haven't tried sex for 3 1/2 years.
I don't have the constant daily pain that others describe, I itch constantly, and scratch the itch so tear myself apart and have pain that way. And if anything touches one of the 4 glands that surround my vagina, it's like I've been touched with a red hot poker. Last time I had sex the pain was horrendous, and my last smear confirmed that it still would be.

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Re: Can anyone else not have sex AT ALL?

Post  chancesunny on Thu May 04, 2017 9:18 pm

Physical therapy is key!!! I had pain during sex for 3 years and I also felt hopeless. After literally years of research and trying every kind of medication, I found a physical therapist who specialized in relaxing muscles by applying pressure with her fingers to my pelvis area. She also trained me on how to release my pelvic muscles which was exactly what helped me with my vaginal pain. The sad thing is that a lot of women don't like to have anyone touch them in the way that they need to get better. It is extremely painful in the beginning but it is so eye opening. I completely recommend physical therapy to anyone having painful sex. I used to not even be able to put a tampon in and now I'm having painless and wonderful sex. I do still have some pain time to time but I know what to do to release those muscles and calm myself down. I hold all of my stress in my gut so that's why the pain came on - I was going through a very stressful time at work. Good luck!

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I can't

Post  Gill on Sat May 06, 2017 7:56 pm

I can't have sex.

There are two main things I do to tackle it:

- My husband and I went to a great psychosexual counsellor who talked about 'other things' we could do in the bedroom, and that helped a lot. We've been together for 3 years since finding out.

- I keep on researching and going to Drs and reading forums etc. I had some improvement from PT, enough to be able to put in a tampon. Had partial vestibulectomy a few months ago (mine is provoked and localised, so am an excellent candidate), and had further improvement, but still not enough for sex. I'm not giving up hope yet; dr says it might get better with more healing. Otherwise hope to push for more surgery.

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Big fat nope to sex

Post  KaseyT85 on Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:52 pm

I used to be able to have sex, but now it is just too painful.
I am about to commence using the dilators for physical therapy to try and retrain the muscles.
Also, I have been diagnosed with a dermatitis in addition to the vulvodynia so I am using steroids, soap free aqueous cream in the shower and barrier cream.
I am hoping to see results over the next couple of months.

I would suggest trying to obtain a referral to a vulval clinic for them to review what might work for you.

It is a terrible condition, I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Not only physically, but mentally as well.

Best of luck Smile

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Re: Can anyone else not have sex AT ALL?

Post  mary jane on Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:31 pm

Dora The Explorer wrote:My story likely starts from birth. As a baby apparently my mum couldn't get rid of my nappy rash, the only thing that would help was metanium, sudocream didn't touch it. As a teenager, I believed I had a lot of thrush, so used canestan like it was going out of fashion, especially as I got older and started having sex, after sex I would itch horrendously.
Once I started living with my husband, and having sex more regularly I really regularly would use canestan. Then it turned from itching to pain, to the point it was like I was being raped. Then I sought help. I was diagnosed with vestibulitis, but I think all the creams I was prescribed also irritated my skin. My skin is sensitive at the best of times, so I seem to have eczema and vestibulitis. I itch constantly and haven't tried sex for 3 1/2 years.
I don't have the constant daily pain that others describe, I itch constantly, and scratch the itch so tear myself apart and have pain that way. And if anything touches one of the 4 glands that surround my vagina, it's like I've been touched with a red hot poker. Last time I had sex the pain was horrendous, and my last smear confirmed that it still would be.

the ithcing sounds like neuropathic itch. Have you ever taken medication for this? They used to treat this condition with alchohol nerve killing injections

here is the link:

http://www.atlasofpelvicsurgery.com/1VulvaandIntroitus/9alcoholinjection/chap1sec9.html

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