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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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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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6 year sufferer but I’ve found some hope

Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:33 am by Npage14

Hey, ladies! I’m new to this support group, I’ve thought about doing something like this for a while so I wanted to try this out! I’ve had vulvodynia for 6 years now, I am self diagnosed. I’m 20 now and the pain started when I had my first encounter with sexual contact when I was 14(I still remained a virgin though it was fingering). For a couple years the pain was so bad I could hardly …

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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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Some interesting information about nerve pain in general

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Some interesting information about nerve pain in general

Post  mary jane on Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:29 pm

I saw this on the TMS forum where most people have nerve pain, I thought this might apply to vulvodynia as well, since it's a type of peripheral nerve pain.


" I had a conversation with an ER doctor and an ER nurse about this very topic at one of the top hospitals in Chicago recently; I've also explored this concept in depth with my wonderful doctors at Mayo Clinic, Chicago Peripheral Nerve Center, University of Chicago, etc. It's all about recognizing that constant pain signals can indeed be quieted by embracing the neuroplasticity of your brain, as well as heightening your consciousness as an individual and fully integrating your physical, mental, and emotional health care in a positive way. It may take time, but please don't lose hope. It is possible to heal, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise! Central censitization is just the brain getting stuck in a loop after experiencing traumatic or substantial circumstances (physically, mentally, and/or emotionally) - the loop can be broken.

As an example of neural retraining, my internist and neurologist at Mayo Clinic gave me some advice when I was recently diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos (which is closely tied to autonomic dysfunction and overactive mast cells - both of which I had been suffering from so badly, I was actively planning to commit suicide). According to them, I had to learn how to retrain my brain and how it processes continuous pain signals from my hyperactive nerves. Chicago Peripheral Nerve Center assigned biofeedback and meditation to me as well. And guess what... IT ALL WORKED! My Mayo internist specifically warned me to not log onto online message boards and read horror stories from other patients with negative attitudes all day, as they said that would absolutely seal my fate as a hopelessly sick patient with no future. They asserted that my condition lies on a spectrum and some people do have worse situations than me, but they also said that many people could better themselves and their situations if they truly wanted and knew how to (for what it's worth, better doesn't have to mean perfect). I went from having pain that averaged from being an 8 to 10 out of 10, to pain that is now a 1 to 2 out of 10 at the most (with 1 being almost no pain and 10 being extremely unbearable pain). Despite having structural issues, I was still able to calm my autonomic nervous system and mast cells down, and anxiety, depression, and stress were indeed the driving forces behind the issues. Similarly, central sensitization also requires some retraining of the brain; I've discussed this with Northwestern University, Chicago Peripheral Nerve Center, etc. as a patient. I was fascinated with the idea of central sensitization, so I had to inquire!

It must be noted that central sensitization has been said to not have a high rate of recovery, but that's only because a lot of medical professionals and patients aren't aware of the neuroplasticity of the brain. The medical world instead tries to "help" patients by simply prescribing them medications like Cymbalta and Lyrica, and then telling them to go home and hope the medications will scramble some of the stronger pain signals. These medications may work for some individuals, but they aren't actually addressing the root of the central sensitization problem - the pain loop still continues in the background. Additionally, similar to how Jeff Goldblum's character famously says "life finds a way" in Jurassic park, pain signals within the body eventually find a way to make it back to the brain (they want to be heard!), so the medication's effectiveness often reduces over time. This is why patients frequently say a medication stopped working and need multiple dosage increases. The good news? As members of this forum who deeply understand and believe in the mind-body connection (and it's critical to our own success that we do truly understand and believe), we do recognize that neuroplasticity is real, so we can beat the "pain brain."

At the end of the day, a lot of these "separate" conditions really aren't so separate from TMS - it all boils down to the mind-body connection and ending that pain loop/cycle.

Some good reading material: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/training-the-brain-to-beat-pain/news-story/45ad7b7daaaf3c4bbbab6c76b0190ac7 (Nocookies)"
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Re: Some interesting information about nerve pain in general

Post  Athena on Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:58 am

Thank you Mary Jane, it was an interesting read Smile

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