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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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The saga continues...

Post  noni on Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:50 pm

My derme appointment today:

Go in, im anxious....doc asks about my problem...I tell him. I put on that sheet thingy...another nurse comes in...he takes a look...asks where it hurts...I show him...they both say I look quote normal down there.

...this is doc number 6 or 7...Im not sure anymore...anyways after the usual awkward exam...

i tell him im on elavil...he tells me to continue taking it...I ask about topical options he says they are quote useless.

Then...I havent heard this one yet...and Im not attacking him...but he says that a good percentage of women who get Vulvodynia are actually depressed prior to getting it...He said that some people with this depresso/nerve predisposition get migraines, ulcers...or some of us vulvodynia.

Anyways...interesting theory....thoughts anyone?


Not really sure what the point of me posting this was...I guess share your story time?

Anyways...b;ah blah blah

Take care guys. Smile

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Re: The saga continues...

Post  Sarah001 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:57 pm

Hi noni, I can tell you that Dr Glazer has done research and found depression/anxiety/other mental issues are not the cause of vulvodynia and tend to occur as a result of it. That's just lazy doctors finding a polite way of telling us it's all in our minds which it's not. Bloody useless doctors. If depression was the cause then couselling or psychotherapy would alleviate the problem and again Dr Glazer did an experiment where one group of women went for "talk therapy" and it didn't alter their vulvar pain one bit. Google him and read his papers.
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Re: The saga continues...

Post  Sebby (Admin) on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:02 pm

Hmmm im wondering where he got this theory from cos it sure aint in any vulvodynia literature I have read!

In the Vulvodynia Survival Guide book they did a survey (online) of many women and found that there was no link between any mental health issues and the onset of Vulvodynia

And I have not read anything else that disputes this research

I would beware that this is a typical way of telling a patient (its all in there heads!)

One Gynea told me it was all to do with anxiety. I told her that although this can make a condition worse that the research I had read did not support this. She then went on to tell me that many women are given antidepressants to help with vulval pain (this was her way of supporting her mental health theory) I had to remind her that acutally certain meds like ami acutally had an effect on nerve firing and this was way they were prescribed.





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Post  Sebby (Admin) on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:03 pm


lol Sarah that was exactly the research I was talking about!

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Re: The saga continues...

Post  noni on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:09 pm

Thanks for the feedback ladies.

I know, I know...I have been told before point blank its all in my head...this doc wasnt as direct, maybe?? I dunno....he wasnt rude when he said it...but whatever, another fruitless appointment...missed work because of it, etc, etc.

Im really at my wits end...


Is my pain dermatological, neurological...what is it??? Was it the antibiotics I was on before???


WTF!!!!!

Do I have some mutant fungus up my hoo-haa???

WTF!!!
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Re: The saga continues...

Post  Mouse on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:17 pm

Hi Noni, this kind of shit makes me fucken angry. What a lazy bastard!

Could you print out some info and send it to the wanker so the next person through the door doesn't have to pay for that sterling advice.

I don't have depression. Nearly went there after the V show started though. It's frightening that these people are being believed.... by less cynical people than us.

Have you tried the yeast diet Noni? If that's part of your problem you should starve the sucker. There's a woman on the other V FB page who cured herself through diet modification she says she can eat what she wants now. So it's not forever.

Virtual punch in the face for that wanker!

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Re: The saga continues...

Post  noni on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:22 pm

I just dont know anymore...

Are there any answers out there?

Im sick of being dismissed all the time...getting no help.

Oh...PS: This nurse recommended baths...hahaha. (we have all heard this) but not sitz baths...but instead tea baths...omg.

I would have stuck a tea bag up my hoo ha ages ago....
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Post  Sebby (Admin) on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:23 pm

I did that! I photocopied Glazer's research and highlighted the relevant bits in bright yellow and sent it to that stupid gynae!
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Post  Mouse on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:35 pm

There you go!!! Do it!!!

You know I have CD. Well my big girl in London is being tested at the moment, it is hereditary. She knows from the info I've sent her they have ordered the wrong blood tests. There is a Dr here named Rodney Ford who says it's our responsibility to educate the medical profession. Just keep at them until they catch up. They can't know everything. Even my GP says I know more about CD than she does. We have a vested interest to find answers. They are pill pushers. They reason CD is not a priority and massively underdiagnosed (average is 13 years) is there is no money to be made, no drugs to push.

Noni, I'm making my own way with this. I've given up with the specialist. I can't see the point in going back. I'm trying a more holistic approach to heal my body. Some days I'm committed and other days I should be committed but I want control. Ummm this is why I struggled with the drugs, the brain wouldn't give in :\ Anyway I've been smiling lately (yes I know Cat Stevens) I have no idea why. Something is working.

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Post  noni on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:42 pm

Thanks for the support ladies

So much appreciated.

I know that I cant put all my hopes in a specialist...its up to me...its my body...problem is I dunno how to fix this.

Its so stressful some days....
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Post  Mouse on Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:03 pm

Ok just start with simple things... read every packet and be aware of every chemical that passes your lips. Eat naturally and drink loads of water. Aim for quality sleep so have a night time routine where you wind down, make your bedroom a comfortable haven. Stay away from bright light, that kills the melatonin you need to nod off. Breath deeply and nourish your body. Concentrate on the breath in and the breath out, it's hard to think of anything negative while you do this. If thoughts creep in acknowledge them and let them go. Oww try this one.. breath in and on the out breath smile. I can't even think about that without smiling.

Take time for yourself and do something you enjoy every day. Smile at people, they will either run in fright or smile back. That alone can be empowering, you might be the only person that smiles at that person for the whole day and they might pay it forward. Ok I'm not about to break into song and dance around the fire but you get my drift. If you make your mind stronger hopefully it will make you strong enough to cope and have the energy to hunt down the answer. It's a work in progress. Be kind to yourself.


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Calm is key, but venting is great!

Post  saskatownv on Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:44 pm

Fuck that guy! what an ass! Ive come across some lovely Drs in my time with this.

Even my own Aunt who in a gyno in a different country had the guts to tell my father that it was all in my head! I sent him that article from the Globe and Mail that was posted here. I told him to send it to her. He didnt have the balls, but now he doesnt listen to her anymore. Thank God!

Keep on truckin with trying to find answers! It is up to us as individuals I know. The sooner you realize that........well.......the less depressed you get after each Drs visit!

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Post  CamperUK on Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:30 pm

Mouse wrote:Take time for yourself and do something you enjoy every day. Smile at people, they will either run in fright or smile back. That alone can be empowering, you might be the only person that smiles at that person for the whole day and they might pay it forward. Ok I'm not about to break into song and dance around the fire but you get my drift. If you make your mind stronger hopefully it will make you strong enough to cope and have the energy to hunt down the answer. It's a work in progress. Be kind to yourself.


I like this thought process and admire your outlook.
Loving your work, Mouse! Camper x

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Post  noni on Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:02 am

Thanks so much ladies

...today...after the elavil wore off...i started to think...yeah this doc totally insinuated that Im a huge depresso!!!

WTF!
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Post  Mouse on Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:37 am

Noni, Sally is right, he is a fucker!

Thanks Miss camper, I'm trying for a new zen me. Instead of a crazed booze hag... I can't drink much these days it always leads to trouble.

Sally, do you have trouble letting go of what your Aunt said? It's harsh when someone in your own family is that unhelpful. I still feel the need to educate every stupid person I've come across. My brain is saying "let it go woman". One thing I have learned in this process is that some Drs are just too lazy or stupid to keep up with the research which makes them dangerous. I think it probably is up to us. My specialist suggested the low oxalate diet so I researched and asked her if I should get tested to see if that is a problem first... she replied there is no test... well yes there is, there would be a high concentration of oxalate crystal in my pee. I'm not taking on any more dietary restrictions than I already have at the moment. She is one of the good guys however so I'm not holding that against her. My original gynaecologist on the other hand has no idea what vulvodynia is, WTF??? Mine triggered after surgery that she performed and she said she had done bigger surgeries without that result and generally just ignored the problem while I went to crzy town ggrrrr. I sent her loads of research which she ignored as well. I have a lot of trouble accepting that it wouldn't make them the least bit curious and open a bloody book. hahhaaa that's me on my soapbox for the afternoon.

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Post  noni on Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:58 pm

yea...it really does seem its all up to us.
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