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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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Post  Coldchris on Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:04 pm


Hi Everyone:

So glad to have found this site. This is my story. I had an UTI. After UTI, yeast infection, treated by diflucan, cream and OTC monistat. Did not get better. Many trips to dr. Treated shabbily. Went to Seattle (I live in Alaska) to a specialist who said I had a hyperimmune response to the yeast and had swelling and inflammation. Got some cream to use 2xs a day for 6 weeks to help get it in check. Mid way through, got an absessed tooth and had to go back on antibiotics (still on them). Had antibiotics (pro biotics to balance them), vicodin, advil, tooth numbing injections, etc. Urine was like acid I bet and really irriated the heck out of inflammed vestibule. Sitz baths and keep on the cream. Started using domeboro sitz baths but I think this may be trying out the rest of my skin. (Has anyone tried Aveeno?) I am struggling with this and feels like it just keeps coming. I'm scared, depressed and feel very alone. Go back to specialist next Wednesday. Did anyone else feel so overwhelmed and depressed?
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Re: New Member, scared and depressed

Post  jules on Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:58 pm

ColdChris, your feelings are very normal. I can speak for myself and for the women i have been friends with online who have Vulvodynia. we have all felt depressed and hopeless at times. It is very difficult to live w/ chronic pain. It's discouraging to have to go from one doctor to the next to try to first find out why you have pain and then for treatment options. The good news is that there are a number of treatment options for the pain. We all have different results from meds., creams, gels, and other treatment options. Your disorder started the exact same way that mine did. I thought i had a UTI, took antibiotics, then months of treatment for a yeast infection i never had. I want to warn you about creams. If your pain continues (bad burning, bright red skin) or increases, i would recommend that you stop using the cream and talk w/ your doctor. Creams have alcohol in them. This can burn the skin. Even gels or ointments can irritate the skin. I believe the creams and gels i used made my condition worse. I hope your cream helps you.

I have tried many treatment options. As you will see many of us see physical therapist. I am going to start acupuncture next week. I'm also on three different meds. along w/ percocet for the pain. a therapist is recommended just to talk w/ someone about the pain and how to manage it. if you are feeling depressed, you are not alone. make sure you tell others around you how you feel. don't go it alone, reach out and ask for help and support, glad your doc gave you some pain meds. they also use some anti=depressants and anti-convulsants to deal w/ this pain disorder. I'm on Gabepentin, lyrica and Cymbalta. i still struggle w/ pain, but it would be unbearable w/out these meds. take care...ttysoon.

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Re: New Member, scared and depressed

Post  Coldchris on Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:57 pm

Thank you soooooo much. You don't know how much a little light shines so bright in such darkness~! I just have to keep telling myself I will get through this, I will get through this. You are right on about the creams. I should have said ointment. He gave me a steroid ointment to help with the inflammation. I see him again on Wednesday (another trip to Seattle from Alaska). I am starting my period today and think this may have contributed to this darn flare up. I call it my angry, angry vagina. Did you get flare ups around menstruation?

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Re: New Member, scared and depressed

Post  jules on Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:44 pm

how far is Seattle from your home? i'm glad you're connected to a specialist. it sounds like you're on the right track. to answer your question, yes...i always get a flare up prior to my period. there has to be some connection w/ hormones because this seems to be common in women w/ V. I usually have more pain for about a week before my period and maybe one day into my period or so. i have generalized vulvodynia. pain all over the vagina. others have the vestibulodynia...pain in the opening and inside the vagina. i am able to use tampons w/ no problem. i can also have sex, but generally don't want to because my vulva is frequently "on fire." Are you able to sit w/out pain? i have to sit on a foam donut everywhere i go. my goal is to be able to sit on a chair someday. what a goal, huh? i try without a cushion once in awhile and pay for it. right now my pain is fairly bad. another thing i can't do is work out. after about 5 mins, my vulva burns. the good news is that there was a time that i was able to while on meds. sometimes you find meds that work or a combination of meds that work and then they stop working so you have to add a new med or adjust the dosage. there are good times and not so good. Hey, i'm from Minnesota...another cold state. we have the cold in common. a couple days ago it was 103 degrees here and today it was in the high 50's, now 60. Did you grow up in Alaska? I hear it's beautiful!

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Re: New Member, scared and depressed

Post  Mouse on Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:08 am

Hey coldchris, welcome!

As Jules said we've all had desperate times. It really helps to reach out and also find a therapist who can help you make sense of all this.

Good luck with the specialist. A pain clinc is a great place to find answers also. Be kind to yourself, it's not easy having a chronic pain condition that's also not that socially acceptable. A pain in your leg would be a much better option!

Take care, we are all here to help Smile

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Post  ria on Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:41 pm



Hello Coldchris,

Its great having the information from all the Ladies on this website. I am sure you have read through the posts , great advice and its good to know we are not on our own. Good Luck with the specialist.
Take care
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Re: New Member, scared and depressed

Post  noni on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:52 pm

Hey coldchris,

Its absolutely normal to feel depressed and totally alone in this. This condition, and partly because of its nature, is very isolating. Theres nowhere to go when you get a terrible flare up. Go to the ER and they will look at you as though you are a basket case. To many doctors vulvodynia is just a nuisance. First, they havent got a clue how to treat or manage it and secondly they dont understand the intensity of the pain. This isnt just regular pain its nerve pain. Which, by the way, is difficult to treat...same as diabetic neuropathy.

Its so awful that each day is such a battle for us. We fight against the physical pain and we fight against all the negative emotions and thoughts that come along with having chronic pain.

coldchris, feel free to vent on here anytime.

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Re: New Member, scared and depressed

Post  Sarah001 on Sun Jun 12, 2011 12:07 pm

It can be neuropathic pain but isn't always, it can also be completely muscular or referred pain from another area or purely mechanical from postural problems or even an undiagnosed skin condition, that's why the medication aimed at neuropathic pain often doesn't help and why Amy Stein approached Dr Andrew Goldstein years ago to suggest physio rather than nerve meds and has had good results. It's different for all of us and also why the book When Sex Hurts is a good one to read because it helps to establish the source of the pain rather than just writing it off as unexplained. That's not to say the nerves aren't involved, they are involved in all pain as they transmit pain signals to the brain but if this was always neuropathic pain there wouldn't be the silly non-diagnosis of "vulvodynia" which doesn't mean anything except "pain in the vulva" and medication for neuropathy would work for all women with V so there's be no mystery involved.
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Re: New Member, scared and depressed

Post  Coldchris on Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:09 pm

Thanks to all. The flare up has greatly decreased and I almost feel human again. I wonder when the next bout is going to come, but try to be in the present, that it is not happening now. Thanks for all the posts. It was a really, really rough time.

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