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New and need some help

Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:30 pm by LindafromNJ

New to this site ad trying to figure out how it works.  I am trying to post as a new member so I am hoping this goes thru.  I am a senior adult and have just been diagnosed by the Drexil Vaginitis Center to have vulvodynia along with Vestibulitis (not sure if spelled correctly).  My symptoms are vaginal burning, itching, soreness around the vaginal opening with one spot in particular.  Some …

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Anyone from New Jersey

Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:47 pm by LindafromNJ

Looking to maybe talk to someone from NJ to see if there are any support groups in this state.

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vaginal cream

Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:46 pm by LindafromNJ

I have been given ABC cream to start using for my condition. This is gabapentin, amitriptyline and baclofen cream. Has anyone tried this. Also has anyone used lidocaine. My doctor told me not to use it. It is so sore at the vaginal opening. Has anyone used it there. Please respond!!

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MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE- PLEASE READ

Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04 pm by infinitelywondering

Dear all,

Today has been the day I've been waiting for. The day something FINALLY makes sense.
I've been told countless times that I've got nerve damage or a muscular condition, yet none of the specific treatments have helped me. My GP suggested attacking this from a different angle so referred me to a dermatologist specialist


after having a vestibulectomy with no success, I decided to visit …

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NO PAIN DURING SEX

Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:18 am by rockylife

I HAVE NO PAIN DURING SEX, BUT I FEEL THIS BURNING SENSATION ALL DAY JUST BESIDE THE VAGINAL OPENING. DO I REALLY HAVE A VULVODYNIA? I'M CONFUSED.

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Newby not sure where to turn

Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:32 pm by Cerjo87

Hi this is all very new to me , well the talking about it bit is , the pain while having sex and also the uncomfortable feelings after and feeling like I have  sistitus most of the time I’m very used to , I’ve suffered for 7 years now I’m only 30 . Finally after all this time the doctors or should I say my gp has said I have Vulvodynia and have givin me gabapentin to try .i told her I’d …

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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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Newbie to the site

Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:16 am by Ksa

Hello. Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm currently under the care of a dr in Phoenix that specializes in vaginal disorders. I will probably be on a suppository of estridol the rest of my life and I am currently on medications for a rare form of vaginitis that's pretty unheard of for my age. My vagina literally hates me. I've struggled with vulvadynia for 20 years, the duration of my …

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Vulvodynia from #metoo media coverage

Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:01 pm by dooleyhornberg

I am wondering if anyone else in this forum has experience an increase or flare up in their vulvodynia as a result of the coverage of the sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, DC, and the recent gymnastics scandal. I have definitely had a flare up.

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Antihistamines?

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Antihistamines?

Post  coralburn on Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:13 am

Hey everyone,

I know I read somewhere on this forum that antihistamines can help vulvodynia, but I couldn't find the post so I thought I'd ask here. Has anyone heard about antihistamines as a treatment for vulvodynia? I've been taking Benadryl for the last few nights to help me sleep and I noticed a pretty big decrease in pain. But I'm not sure if it was because of the Benadryl or if this is even something I should bring up to my doctor...

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Re: Antihistamines?

Post  Sebby (Admin) on Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:38 am


I have to take antihistamines when I get hayfever. I take Citrizine. I dont remember it effecting my pain last year but I'll let you know this year as the hayfever season will soon be upon me!

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Re: Antihistamines?

Post  noni on Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:28 pm

Hey Coral,

I am very heavy into the research aspect of all this...I have read of women taking either Atarax or Vistaril which are anti histamines I believe (not NSAIDS...not 100 percent sure)...but I have been told by pharmacists that this will make you extremely drowsy.

There was a study out somewhere on the internet where women took elavil in conjuction with atarax and saw a big diff in pain (but again, check with a doctor first!!! as i am NOT 100 percent sure!)

Again, I think the vulvodynia is the bodys response to some sort of trauma (atleast the brain perceives it so) and causes a chain reaction in the vulvar tissue....inflammation,swelling, release of anti histamines, leading to nerve compression or irritation...I dunno.

It would be cool if someone could look into this and provide us with more information. All I know is that if youre swollen down there, even a little, there has to be some inflamatory process at work!

Also, apparantley Elavil (Amitriptyline) has some anti histamine effects.

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Re: Antihistamines?

Post  Sarah001 on Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:32 pm

I take anti-histamines daily all year round for allergies and have done for over 16 years and I can honestly say they aren't helping my V! I think they'd only help if the problem was allergy related.
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Re: Antihistamines

Post  Joolibee on Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:42 am

I was prescribed an antihistamine when first diagnosed with vestibylodynia. Tried it for a couple of months. It cleared up a mild case of hives but no noticeable improvement in the v pain. Then went on amitriptyline, which helped a bit and yes, it does also have antihistamine properties. I discovered this recently when I stopped the ami because it was no longer helping. Came out in hives something rotten. Turns out that I have an allergy to medication I have for another condition and the ami had been hiding it. Everyone is different though. The consultant I saw seemed to think antihistamine would help because the skin was so red. Maybe I should have given it longer. I presume it does work for some people. Question

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Re: Antihistamines?

Post  Kathye10 on Mon May 06, 2013 5:18 pm

I realize this thread is now a few years old but thought I'd respond just in case someone else might be interested. My Dr and I are still trying to figure out my cause. It's either bacterial or PFD related. I do notice that when I take meds like zrytec or benadryl (at night) the burning decreases immensely that next day. I have taken all possible allergens out of the equation so I am thinking the antihistamines are blocking the H1 receptor. I don't take them very often because I don't want it to interfere with possible treatments at this point.
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Post  Joolibee on Mon May 06, 2013 9:11 pm

Hey, I'd forgotten about this thread. Such a long time ago. Anyway, the doctor at my vulval pain clinic says that there is evidence that in some women, vulval pain has been shown to be linked to chronic idiopathic urticaria and as such can be treated with a high dose of antihistamine. It turns out that I probably have chronic idiopathic urticaria. At my last appointment, he asked me to scratch my arm and as usual, it came up in a red wheal. As a result, I trialled Fexofenadine at a high dose for 3 months. Unfortunately it did not work for me, it barely affected the urticaria. But if you notice an improvement when you take antihistamine, it might be worth you speaking with your doctor.

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Re: Antihistamines?

Post  Kathye10 on Tue May 07, 2013 12:20 am

Hi Joolibee,

Wow, I've never heard of that condition. I will look into it. What has worked for you? (If anything)
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Re: Antihistamines?

Post  Sarah001 on Tue May 07, 2013 5:45 pm

I also have chronic idiopathic urticaria and the anti-histamines help with that but not with my V. I've taken anti-histamines daily for over 18 years now so I think I've given them long enough to help..... Laughing
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Post  Joolibee on Tue May 07, 2013 7:12 pm

It must depend on what causes the vulval pain. It seems , Sarah, that our vulval pain runs separately from our auto-immune conditions. Kathye...what has worked for me...good question. Gabapentin definitely helps and when I lived in France I was prescribed a benzodiazepine type medication, which helped a lot. Apart from that, I find that avoiding trousers, tights, leggings....errr, and sex,...oh, and sitting down, all help to avoid aggravating it :-( Of course it's difficult to completely avoid some things, but the pain has reduced since I gave up stressing about it. Today I've decided to put myself on a regime of warm / hot baths every day, to help relax my pelvic muscles...and I bought a book on Mindfulness, with a view to seriously embarking on meditation.

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Re: Antihistamines?

Post  Lms911 on Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:07 pm

Coral they help me at times. While they don't take it away it seriously dulls down the pain at times. It's not a cure but it does help for me at least. I'd say its worth a try Smile

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Zyrtec

Post  KimiKat on Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:06 pm

Zyrtec dulls the pain for me quite a bit. I discovered that by accident - took it in hopes it would help me sleep through the pain, and found that it lessened the pain as well as letting me sleep. It is my go-to during a flare.

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