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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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Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

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Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

Post  jen007 on Tue May 02, 2017 6:18 pm

Hi All,

It's been awhile since I've written a new topic on the forum. Wondering if any of the same ladies are still here. I've come back to update you all on my post vestibulectomy results. I can't remember if I've done an update on my current state, so forgive me if this is repeated information... I can't remember how to view my old posts! Anyway, let me get on with my update.

For 4 years post surgery, I was 99% pain free... I say 99% because I still had some tightness here and there, but nothing my dilators couldn't help along. In October of 2016 that all changed. I went to sleep one night pain free & woke up the next with pain. It's never left me since. The pain is much different than what I had experienced before surgery. This didn't feel like vulvodynia to me. The pain moved around my urethra. I thought I must've had an infection or maybe even a reaction to some scented toilet paper... If only that were the case. It's had some variations over this past year, but mostly my symptoms are constant burning... like a thrush type of burn or UTI type burning. All inside my labia around the urethra. Sometimes it even burns to urinate. I can still enjoy sex & have orgasms, but there's times where it's impossible. The aftermath is also unpleasant. I feel deep stinging pain... my regular burning feeling times 10. It doesn't last long, but I'm out of commission sex wise for a few days to recover. Wearing tight clothes is painful, but I deal with it because I don't want to sacrifice my style... it's one of the things that makes me feel normal. I try to make myself look as good as possible with clothes & makeup to compensate for the awful pain I feel 24/7. I've tried so many things, but nothing seems to help me. At first my surgeon, who did my vestibulectomy, thought the pain stemmed from a Skenes Gland Cyst. He removed it and it changed nothing. I had to go thru the same recovery time as I did with my first surgery & paid all that money for no results. It was very upsetting. Then I tried various creams & medications as I did before my surgery. Even went back on amitriptyline & nortriptyline... neither helped at all. I can't use lidocaine gel to numb the pain because it burns too much... even if I mix it with lubricant gel... I tried it a couple of times & just decided to never use it again. The pain it caused wasn't worth it to me. I've gotten to the point where I had to stop seeing my gynecologist that has been with me throughout my entire journey. She has nothing left for me to try... and honestly she was just guessing with treatments. Antibiotics, medications, creams, therapies... doctor after doctor... nothing helps. I started seeing an infectious disease doctor. I wanted to see if there was some way I could've gotten some kind've new infection that on one has heard of or doesn't test enough for. She couldn't find anything wrong with me either. We did a bunch of blood work... no STDs or anything out of the ordinary. I also went to a urogynecologist to no avail. Currently the infectious disease doctor has me on Singulair for anti-inflammation. I've been on it for 2 months & haven't noticed anything drastic.

Here is a breakdown of my symptoms:

Constant burning pain around the urethra and labia area. Also, every once in awhile the pain escalates... at times I wonder if I have an infection, but I usually don't show anything when I get tested. The pain will last between 2-3 weeks & then I'll feel the regular burning pain until the next time it escalates.

I'm wondering if any of you have experienced something similar to this. I would love to hear recommendations. My gynecologist told me that our nerve endings can grow back after being removed & then travel to a different area. I never heard of anything like this before surgery. I didn't know nerves could grow back after being cut. Maybe I'm just one of the unlucky ones... but I feel like we never hear from women after surgery. We never get to know what happens years later. Who knows if they live a pain free life still. I was hesitant to post here again... it's taken me some time to realize I need to be a voice for women who suffer with this. No one deserves this. I hope that one day I can find relief... as well as all of you.

I hope to get to read some feedback from you ladies. Hope you're all managing as best as you can!

-Jen

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Re: Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

Post  fairlight10 on Tue May 02, 2017 8:52 pm

Sorry to hear you are still suffering. Have you considered trying a low oxalate diet? I have had some stinging this past week. Especially after urination. I looked at what I have consumed recently and there are a lot of high oxalate foods. For instance, spinach, peanut butter,beetroot,too much coffee and chocolate. It has calmed down now, but was starting to remind me of the old days. I also used to make sure I was dressed nicely, hair and make up just so. Did not know why I did this but I was probably compensating or trying to disguise what was going on with me. I know you can also neutralise the acidity of your urine with calcium citrate, calcium carbonate and potassium citrate. Hope this can help.

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Re: Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

Post  sj17 on Sat May 06, 2017 5:59 pm

Hi. Sorry to hear about your suffering, I truly hope your pain goes away soon. I'm just wondering did you receive your surgery in the UK and if so what hospital / doctor?

Thanks,

Sarah

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Re: Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

Post  flick001 on Mon May 22, 2017 10:12 am

Hi,

To me the deep burning and stinging connected with the urethra sounds like Interstitial Cystitis - have you seen a urologist and been tested for this?

I hope you find out what it is and get some relief!

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Re: Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

Post  Meggiemay on Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:19 pm

How are you doing now? All of my pain is around my urethra and clitoral area and they are telling me to have a vestibulectomy but i'm not so sure.

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