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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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I'M NEW - Do I listen to my gyno who I feel has it wrong?

Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:17 pm by Tunes25


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


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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Condoms Less Painful?

Mon May 07, 2018 3:35 am by stillinpain

I'm just curious, has anyone found using condoms to be less abrasive to the skin than without? I just got off birth control and haven't stretched myself out enough post surgery to try sex yet, but when I do I am wondering how trying it with condoms with affect the sensation. I feel like for me the skin to skin sensation creates pain, not just at my entrance but internally, too, since I also have …

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Will there be an end?

Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:06 am by Krista2828

I go in and out of being okay and not being okay with this condition. I question often why me? I am a problem solver by nature and I feel so defeated that after tons of research and trial and error and doctors and tears that there still is no answer.

I am in my 20's.. it shouldn't be this way.

Id love to know what all has worked! I am willing to try anything to get my life back. I am curious …

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you can be healed so easy and quite fast.

Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:46 pm by pussycat

Hello everyone,
i am new to this forum. I wanted to share my personal "journey" with V with you and to give you a real hope you can be totally healed/recovered from V. Many years ago i was struck with V, it was painful and got worst and worst, eventually i could not sit, could not stand, could not walk, could not swim in a swimming pool anymore. I was becoming bedridden, it frightened …

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Hi Im from Australia :)

Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:08 am by emma

Hi girls... I live in Australia.
I am currently undergoing a new treatment for vulvodynia. Just wondering if anyone else here has tried it. It's Endep in the form of cream to apply directly on the area. I dont know if anyone else has tried this but so far evidently it has had a 50% success rate.
Anyway i feel at a loss. This new treatment is exciting but at the same time i just dont feel like …

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Question for those who use or have used Cymbalta/duloxetine

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Question for those who use or have used Cymbalta/duloxetine

Post  Aurora on Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:03 pm

Hello everyone,

First, I will go over my background, but you can skip the next paragraph if you just want to address the Cymbalta question.

Here is my story in a few words. Prior to October 2017, I never had any issues. Then, I got my first yeast infection, and it was pretty bad. Really painful, red, inflamed, lots of discharge, etc. It wasn't subtle. I treated it with a 1-day clotrimazole (canesten) pessary and thought it was fine after that. Only the next month, it came back. That time I used a fluconazole pill. Then it came back again the following month... I was prescribed fluconazole and was told to take it whenever it came back. Problem was, I never felt cured from that point on. I saw several doctors, I went to the emergency care, I had at least 5 cultures done, I was tested for everything and it came back negative every single time, even though they did see yeast under the microscope on one occasion, and also found leukocytes (white blood cells, usually indicative of an infection) on an other. They said this could be normal... However, they never cultured my samples longer than 24-36 hours. For a while I worried that this could be a candida glabrata infection, and that it didn't grow in that short time. No doctor ever took me seriously when I mentioned this, so I don't know. In addiction to clotrimazole and fluconazole, I used boric acid for a while. I had good days and bad days and don't know for sure whether it helped.

So, after living with burning pain for several months that couldn't be explained by any tests, a Dr. told me I have vulvodynia and put me on Cymbalta 30mg. I took that for about 6-7 weeks, and it did help. It did not eliminate the pain completely, but it enabled me to live more freely and not think about my pain 24/7. After my first follow up, my dose was increased to 60mg. So far I can't tell if it makes a difference in my pain levels, but I'm not sure I like how it affects me in terms of mood.

I've read a lot of horror stories about how hard it is to go off of Cymbalta (brain zaps, confusion, fatigue, etc.), and how the pain comes back stronger when you stop taking it. My question is this : has anyone had success with treating the pain with Cymbalta and was then able to stop taking it ? Or do you intend to keep taking it ? What's your long term strategy ?

Thank you!


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