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So frustrating!!

Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:15 am by Hannah77

Well I'm back in pain after 7 years of pain free days.
I was diagnosed with vulvodynia when I was 17. I suffered for three years with horrible burning all day, painful sex with my boyfriend and just pure misery Sad I went into a spontaneous remission when I was 20. I'm still not sure how the pain stopped but all the sudden I could go an entire day without thinking of my vagina, sex started to …

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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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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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Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain

Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:46 pm by katycrawford

Hi there,

After years of being misdiagnosed etc as most women have on this forum I have finally been diagnosed with vulvodynia (yay) and have been given the lowest dose of an antidepressant called Amitriptyline. Has anyone been on this before and has any positive (or negative) news to give me? Im feeling down already and I've only been taking it for a few days, I don't have much hope of it …

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7 years later and life looks bleak :(

Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:50 am by RainyShay77

So 7 years ago I had a case of BV...the antibiotic caused a horrible yeast infection which took 5 months to 'get rid of'. During this time I had allergic reactions to 2 of the yeast infection creams which magnified the pain. Over the past 7 years I've tried multiple rounds of physical therapy (they only slightly helped), chiropractic, nerve blocks, medications to target nerve pain (amitriptyline, …

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Newly diagnosed - and prescribed amitriptyline cream/physio/psychology

Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:38 am by sophiarp

Hi everyone,

I'm so happy to have stumbled across this forum. I have just been diagnosed and am really struggling emotionally. It's nice to find this forum and feel a little less alone.

I've been prescribed amitriptyline cream. Has anyone had success with this? I was happy to have avoided the amitriptyline tablets. I'm also participating in physio and have been told I need to see a psychologist …

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Somebody please help me...

Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:05 am by Andlag

Hey everyone,

since I started being sexually active i often experienced burning in my vagina which was often worse during sex /around the time of my period or when using lubricants. I was never able to use tampons because the one time i tried putting them in it felt like acid was poured on my skin. Fast forward to 2 months ago when I got a UTI and an allergic reaction in my vagina. I thought it …

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Amtriptyline, baclofen, gabapentin cream for provoked vestibuldynia

Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:15 pm by WVR00

Hello,
Has anyone had success with this cream in helping their vulvodynia? How long has it taken to help? I’ve had some success with it, but not completely better. I’ve been on it for a month. I️ was hoping to hear from some ladies who have had major success with this cream. I’m hoping for some encouragement here. This condition is so frustrating. I’m lucky enough to have access to two …

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New diagnosis, any advice whilst I wait for a specialist

Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:47 pm by Julesyjules

Hi,

I'm new here and wanted to ask for some advice whilst I wait to see a specialist nurse.

After urinary problems which lasted 7 weeks, I finally saw a urologist, who on examination discovered significant inflammation and called in a gynaecologist, who diagnosed vestibulitis. They referred me to a nurse who specialises in vulvar skin issues. That was 5 weeks ago, and I'm still waiting for the …

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Confused and wondering how I got here. Can you offer some perspective?

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Post  overwhelmed on Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:01 am

Hello - I am a 22 y/o female who is newly diagnosed. A quick background on my story to give some context - my life changed as it knew it 7 months ago. I started having an itch, so I went to planned parenthood and was told it was a yeast infection. The regular yeast infection pill cleared it up and I was symptom free for one month. Then the itching returned, and was accompanied by burning. Nothing looked wrong on the outside except some redness. I went to the gynecologist and was tested for every STD, all negative. She sent out a culture and it was also negative for yeast & BV - but doctors had been prescribing me yeast cream because they still thought it was yeast. Got a biopsy - nothing came back but some slight inflammation. This whole time I'm still getting wet preps done, then I get a diagnosis of DIV. Use the cream ad it doesn't work. Now I develop shooting pain that comes in random attacks. Get all new blood tests again six months after this started, still negative for STDs. Finally my doctor suggests it's neurological and puts me on amitriptyline - my symptoms have dramatically improved.

I finally get into the Dartmouth Hitchcock Vulvar clinic - have any of you had positive experiences with treatment there? - and the doctor officially diagnoses me with vulvodynia. I will increase to 50 mg of amitriptyline and begin physical therapy in December.

So, I have a few questions about all of this new information.

  • Does anyone else experience itching as a primary symptom? I guess it's more of a burst of some type of feeling, like pinching, not always itching, and has all but gone away since I've been on amitriptyline for almost two months.


  • How did I get this? Was it brought on by the yeast infection? I had never had a yeast infection before in my life. My mom and aunt both went through similar episodes in their life, but was told by their doctors that it was yeast. However, their problems persisted just like mine, and I was told mine was yeast for months too.


  • The doctor at DH said this could have been brought on by all of the incorrect medicines I was given. Has this happened to anyone else?


  • For the first year of my life that I had sex, it was extremely painful. Then, things seemed to be okay for a year or two. Since my troubles started, I have an aching type of feeling after sex sometimes, like a bad menstrual cramp.


  • I have always had horribly difficult periods my entire life. Heavy bleeding for up to ten days, extremely painful cramps. Now that my troubles have started, I get random cramp like pains when I'm not on or even supposed to be getting my period soon. Some of the shooting pain feels like it's around my ovaries, but I got an ultrasound at DH and there is no sign of ovarian cysts or endometriosis. Does anyone experience period pain like this? Can it be related to vulvodynia?


  • Lastly, I struggle with body image issues. So relieved that the amitriptyline has improved things, but I have gained ten pounds in two months - I go to the gym and run daily. Is there a substitute for amitriptyline that can counteract weight gain? Or anything I can do while on elavil to STOP wait gain? Not about to stop amitriptyline because of weight gain, but I just don't want to gain anymore than this.


I guess I have a lot of questions but not a lot of people to go to. Hoping to identify with someone here, and do more reading on other people's stories. It's been an extremely long road to get here. Looking for any feedback or guidance you would be kind enough to offer.


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Re: Confused and wondering how I got here. Can you offer some perspective?

Post  fairlight10 on Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:07 pm

Glad amitriptyline is working for you.I am on a similar drug. The shooting pains you are experiencing are nerves firing . I don't have these.now or burning sensation. I can have still have low level tingling or stinging. I believe this can be caused by my urine being acidic. Too much coffee can cause this. I was also told it was just yeast. Kept being prescribed creams and pessary. They just made it burn even more. Antibiotics for uti. I thought I was going mad. Visited gynaecologist who diagnosed vulvar vestibulitis. He put me on Nortriptyline 20 mgs. Had acupuncture which was helpful. That was over 5 years ago. Have tried to reduce dose to 10 mgs but start to feel uncomfortable. So, keep taking the tablets in low doses. I have read they only work at a low dose. I have not experienced any itching but at the beginning the pain felt like it was up and inside me.

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Re: Confused and wondering how I got here. Can you offer some perspective?

Post  Angelmegs on Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:29 pm

I have a similar story. Terrible period my whole life but I’m still waiting to see if I have endometriosis. I was overprescribed yeast infection meds and the problem escalated. Have you been on birth control? I think that my problems got much worse once coming off of it after being on it for 5 years. Btw I’m 20 years old. And my pain used to be mostly itching but not it’s like a throbbing hot feeling with an itch

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