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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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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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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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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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Diagnosed Today, Skeptical

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Post  itchyandscratchy on Mon Apr 11, 2011 1:30 pm

Hi all

I've been diagnosed with vulvodynia today after having suffered from multiple bouts of thrush for about two years, all of which tested positive for candida when I was tested (twice). I have the same sypmtoms that I always get with thrush, so I'm a bit skeptical that the test was completely accurate. I was treated with metronidazole (antibiotic) for bacterial vaginosis for the past week and showed no improvement. The rationale was that sometimes bacterial vaginosis doesn't show up in tests (but apparently thrush usually does).

So, firstly, I was wondering if my symptoms are similar to what all of you who have been diagnosed with vulvodynia experience. I get vaginal and anal itching (not always at the same time) and with this bout I've also experienced more general itching all over (bad enough to wake me up at night once!). As well itching there's a feeling of 'wrongness' down there, even before itching starts I can always tell when I have thrush. I also always experience various digestive discomfort symptoms at the same time (bloating and painful, foul smelling, wind, constipation or dirrhea etc.). My GP thinks that these symptoms are not related to thrush, she diagnosed them as IBS (which is kind of the vulvodynia of the gut really isn't it? in that it basically means it's not working properly, for some unkown reason).

Secondly I was wondering if any of you are familiar with candidiasis, if you've been formally or self diagnosed with it? My feeling is that I'm suffering with a systemic candida infection which is causing both my vaginal and intestinal symptoms, but as I'm not immunocompromised my doctor is hearing none of it. I do find that my intestinal symptoms improve if I follow the anti-candida diet.

Well, I'd really appreciate your thoughts on this, so please let me know what you think x


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Post  jules on Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:47 am

Hi, so sorry you are having such a rough time. I do not have any intestinal issues. I do not know if it is related to your yeast infections, but it would sure make sense. my vulvodynia started off w/ a possible UTI..then i took antibiotics, then thought i had yeast infections.. I had all the symptoms, but no positive tests for yeast. my doc treated me for months for yeast that i did not have. i had every cream and gel prescribed. they all burned and made my condition much worse. i went to several doctors (like we all do), then had a skin biopsy which was negative for a skin condition and then a specialist told me i had Vulvodynia. Vulvodynia seems to be connected to chronic yeast infections. i have had about 4 or 5 yeast infections w/in the past 6 months. i take a Diflucan or two and it improves. i'm sure the diet would be beneficial. it sure couldn't hurt. I have burning pain. i have had some itching, but it is rare. i do itch if i have a yeast infection. other women on the forum i'm sure can relate to a lot of your story. we seem to know more than the doctors know. so find a doctor who will listen. Good luck!


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Re: Diagnosed Today, Skeptical

Post  itchyandscratchy on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:01 pm

I'm certain they're related, they get worse and better together... On a pessary for thrush right now and the itching has subsided a bit, although it also burns like hell after application.

The reason I'm skeptical about the vulvodynia diagnosis is because I only experience itching, and usually in connection with diagnosed thrush, whereas it seems from what I've read that most women with vulvodynia experience deeper, muscular pain, rather than just surface itching.

I think what I'm dealing with is recurrent thrush and a possibly skin that's become sensitive to chemicals etc., together.

I wonder what the connection is really between candida and vulvodynia though. Hmm.

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Re: Diagnosed Today, Skeptical

Post  Zazu on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:46 pm

For me the pain did start after a yeast infection- it's like a burning or searing pain when penetration is attempted, at the vaginal opening. If you take a q-tip and gently poke around the opening, from just inside the vagina to the lips, and you feel like you suddenly got stabbed by a needle somewhere/everywhere, you're probably a good candidate for a vulvar vestibulitis syndrome (also called provoked vestibulodynia) which is a subset or type of vulvodynia. Other women on this forum can probably speak to generalized vulvodynia better, but it's like a lot of irritation, burning, pressure, tingling I've even heard of, around the vulva area all the time/during flare ups (the pain is quite individual). Itchiness does happen with both but it's not the distinguishing feature.
Deep muscular pain is associated with other conditions (I'm assuming you mean deep as in more uterus/cervical) like endometriosis, uterine fibroids, cysts, etc.
All the talk about pelvic floor muscles is about treating the cause of the pain. The pelvic floor muscles get tight, and knotted, and misaligned which can cause/worsen vulvodynia, but isn't the main pain of the condition, if that makes sense. That said, I guess a lot of us probably get lower back pain and random muscle spasms and pain in hips/butt/thighs/groin areas, but that pain is usually labelled differently (as chronic pelvic pain, back pain, muscle inflammation, fibromyalgia, etc).
I hope that helps you decide whether vulvodynia is what you have or not. And everyone- correct me if I'm wrong about things- I'm speaking from what I've read and my personal experience!


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Re: Diagnosed Today, Skeptical

Post  itchyandscratchy on Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:12 pm

Right, I see, I was under the impression from the talk of pelvic floor muscles that muscular pain was the main thing. I meant by 'deep' pain under the surface of the skin rather than on the surface, but it was quite confusing wording there. I do sometimes experience a feeling of pressure actually, but I have no idea if this is a usual thrush symptom or something separate. =s

I tried the q-tip test and I don't seem to have vulvar vestibulitis syndrome.

Thank god i found this forum anyway, my GP essentially just told my vagina might be irreparably broken and handed me a printout!


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