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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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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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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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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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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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Vulvodynia help

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:27 pm by Katiej

Hi guys new here and newly diagnosed. So I had bv and then after alot of antibiotics and home remedies I still continued to have weird symptoms despite swabs being negative. Two seperate gynes have told me I have vulvodynia as a result of the area being overwhelmed. So first gave me lidocaine which xidnt do much. No I am on amitriptyline for the past 5 days. Seems to be kicking in a little (im a …

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New w/ Secondary Provoked Vestibuldynia

Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:46 pm by Birdy

Hi everyone,

I'm here because I'm pretty sure I have secondary provoked vestibuldynia, even though my gyno is still "optimistic" it is not.  My problem started six months ago when I got my second UTI in as many months (after going 25 years of life without one) and then ended up with a bad yeast infection (also my first one ever) thanks to the antibiotics.  Ever since the yeast …

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Newly diagnosed

Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:37 pm by Brevispink

Hello everyone. I have recently been diagnosed with unprovoked vulvodynia and would really appreciate some advice and support. I have had a chronic urine infection for 16 months and was on antibiotics for 9 of those months. I have been very uncomfortable for the entire time, but now I have absolutely unbearable stinging and burning all day with itching too. The infection has just about gone, …

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Recent "Poke" Pain - So Confused/Losing My Mind

Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 am by kelseybeth23

Long Story, but I am losing my mind and getting really depressed, so if I tell the full story maybe someone can help me.

Back in August I started to get an itch down there. Normally, in the past, when this would happen, I would change the way I wore my clothes, take more baths instead of showers, and use Monistat. This time, after about two weeks of no relief, I started to get concerned. I was …

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My Story- my pain and my advice about possible options for pain

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My Story- my pain and my advice about possible options for pain

Post  jules on Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:12 am

hello, I am a 44 year old woman who was just diagnosed w/ generalized Vulvodynia on 12/31/09. For those who may not know...generalized Vulvodynia involves pain all over the Vulva. Like everyone else, I was treated for six months for yeast infections and bacterial infections I did not have. For me it only took 5 doctors to give me the correct diagnosis. Today I have seen a total of 8 doctors. My final diagnosis occurred in Rochester, MN at the Mayo Clinic. Lucky for me...I only live about an hour and 20 minutes from the Mayo. I have researched this disorder for months. I have been online, meeting with doctors and reading books. After, months of horrific burning pain to the point I couldn't sit, had to leave work early and used cold gel packs up to six times each day, I have some relief. The only medication I have been put on for this disorder is Neurontin (nerve blocker). My docs started me out at 600 mgs....I am now taking 3000 mgs. Like everyone else, I have tried every cream and ointment under the sun. ALL completely irritate my skin. I even tried natural oils etc.

I have decided I will not give up until I find more relief. I went to a holistic doctor not covered by insurance. He ran a battery of tests on me and found me to be deficient in some vitamins...and to have a low thyroid. I am giving myself vitamin B12 shots every three days, taking a number of vitamins and hoping. This doctor referred me to a allergist in LaCrosse, Wisc. The allergist is known all over. His focus is allergies and women's issues. I have read at least one research study that suggested there could be a connection between Vulvodynia and allergies. They just don't know. That appt. is in May. Both my holistic doctor and my Gyn recommend that I cut out alcohol, sugar and caffeine. My holistic doc doesn't want me to have sweetener either. At this point, i have not cut out these foods/drinks....I gotta have some fun.

In the meantime, I am trying conventional methods. I have two foam donuts I sit on. One is at work and one is at home. I ordered them online at a medical supplies store. I recommend them. They help avoid direct pressure on the Vulva that we normally get when we sit. Also, I asked my GYN for a referral to a pain clinic. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU ALL GO TO A PAIN CLINIC TO MANAGE YOUR PAIN. This is a recommendation the vice president of the National Vulvodynia Association gives. That is the first place one should go. I went there to have a nerve block. Now, nerve blocks are iffy as to whether they can help take the pain away or not. My GYN told me it has helped some of her patients. The doctor I met w/ told me he has seen many women w/ Vulvodynia and that blocks can help. He also told me this is a very difficult disorder to treat. I had the first block one week ago today. I don't think I have noticed a difference. I have another block scheduled in one week for a nerve a little higher in the spine than the last. There is pain involved w/ the blocks..but, if it works it is worth it. I was told I will then likely have one in 3 months, six months and one year and maybe done. I also will be referred for physical therapy and my guess is part of that will be biofeedback which some of you may have read about in the book 'THE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR VULVODYNIA" Oh, for those of you who have the Vestibules Vulvodynia alone...I would look into surgery. I am told there is a 93% success rate in relation to pain. I am not able to have the surgery as my pain is all over.

I will keep you updated on how the next block goes. Thanks for reading.... you are not alone and we can make it through this.

jules

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Re: My Story- my pain and my advice about possible options for pain

Post  Sebby (Admin) on Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:27 pm

Hi and thanks for sharing your story.

I have a soft cushion that I use at work but I have thought about using a doughnut especially at home when im on the computer. I will get on Amazon and order one! When Im sitting on the sofa I tend to sit sideways so Im not putting pressure on my Vulva. Its amazing how many different ways you find to sit and then end up with a dead leg and achy back!
I was wondering about allergies and Vulvodynia as I have very senstive skin anyway. I can only use certain products on my skin and can only use non-bio washing powders. I also have to wear cotton only white knickers. I am prone to rashes and skin probelms anyway. I also suffer terribly with hayfever so am very prone to allergies.
I had not really thought much about food and drink but I have begun to try to cut down on caffine. I have had a stomach acid problem for a few months now so have to be careful what I eat anyway.
I think the pain clinic advice is very good advice, I will speak to my Gynea about that so let me know how the nerve blocker works for you.
Thank you so much for your advice it all helps and I wish you all the best in your recovery.

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