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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

Hello!

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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I cured myself 100% of vulvodynia twenty years ago--I hope this helps someone

Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:33 pm by totallycured

Hi,

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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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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Somebody please help me...

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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Lidocaine with condoms?

Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:44 pm by AEM1

Hi everyone! My doctor just prescribed me a topical lidocaine to administer before sex, but I forgot to ask if it is okay to use with condoms. Has anyone else used this before and know it is safe to use with condoms? Thanks! Very Happy
Unrelated, but I just started Lyrica a few weeks ago...no changes yet, but I'm hopeful something will come out of it. 3 years with vulvodynia and unable to have sex …

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Constant pain, I want to die.

Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:29 am by Meggiemay

I posted on here a few years ago but my symptoms went away with the inflammation. I didn't get so lucky this time.

For over three months, i've had terrible rawness, burning, soreness in the urethral/vestibule area and pressure/hypersensitivity in the clitoral area. I've also had some lower abdominal pressure and burning on my butt. I can barely walk! My gyno hasn't been much help. I'm on …

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Recently Diagnosed which has motivated my research study

Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:54 pm by ebclose2free

Hi everyone,

My name is Eliza Barach and I was diagnosed with vulvodynia in October of 2017. I'm also PhD student at the State University of New York at Albany. I work several professors at SUNY, but one in particular, Dr. Mitch Earleywine researches marijuana and its possible efficacy as an alternative treatment. Our previous examined cannabis and symptoms of PMS/PMDD and found that women …

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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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New and desperate for advice

Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:37 pm by srbry

Hi everyone,

I'm new here and was told to find a support group because this is all getting a bit much really...

I lost my virginity when I was 18 and it hurt - that was normal. Loads of women had told me that it hurt so that was fine I didn't question that. I was with the same guy for a couple of months and each time after that it was uncomfortable and not great. I didn't tell him because I …

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I'm so glad I found this forum, because nothing else seems to have worked!

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I'm so glad I found this forum, because nothing else seems to have worked!

Post  katerebecca on Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:58 am

Hi, I'm a Sydney girl who has been very unwell for about 15 months now. I've always had gyne problems, which turned out a few years ago to be endometriosis, which my Dr operated on successfully. This whole saga started last year with what I thought was thrush which wouldn't go away, and I was given boric acid for it, and then I seemed to get what I thought was a UTI, and so went on antibiotics, but the pain got worse so it was assumed that I had a pelvic inflammatory infection, and so was given even stronger medication. Pain continued to worsen and so after xrays and ultrasounds I ended up in hospital for a laparoscopy, but my Dr said my pelvis was absolutely fine. It must be, he said, my bowel. So I waited for my appointment with a gastroenterologist, who said there was nothing wrong with my bowel. And so then I waited for four months for an appointment with a vulval gyne, who spent months trying to diagnose me, working down the list of possibilities with meds (flucanozole, cortisone, endep) and physio until she too said she'd run out of ideas. And so I'm now waiting to see a pain specialist who I'm really hoping can do something, because as it is I cannot work, walk, sit or drive comfortably, have sex or generally do anything much. Finding this forum has been amazing as I at least know that I'm not the only one with a mystery-illness and that there is some hope of finding relief. Thanks ladies for sharing!

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Re: I'm so glad I found this forum, because nothing else seems to have worked!

Post  noni on Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:42 pm

Hey girl,

Im so glad you found this amazing forum! You can thank the wonderful Sebby for that Smile

Basically, for a lot of us, we feel totally alone in this. Either doctors tell us were nuts, dismiss us, or totally give up on us. Thats why you just need to be extremely emotionally and mentally strong -- because, physically you may feel like crap. Plus, most people dont get it. This isnt regular pain, its nerve pain. It has a mind of its own.

God bless Mouse for suggesting mindfulness meditation...although im not there totally yet...one thing stuck out in the mindfulness CD...in this life everyone experiences pain, but suffering is optional. I will try doing that more!

Anyways...I hav ebeen on Amitriptyline...but honestly either its not working anymore or works on and off...hard to tell.

Whatever.

Take care girl!

Noni

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Re: I'm so glad I found this forum, because nothing else seems to have worked!

Post  Mouse on Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:00 am

Hey hon!

I'm so glad you found us as well. Mostly we have a similar story - a series of Drs who have no bloody idea! Of course vulvodynia means pain in your girl bits so not really a diagnosis if you're lucky enough to get one!

I think a pain clinic is a really good option. Managing the pain is essential.

I'm keen on lifestyle changes as well. Be kind to yourself. Try to get rid of sugar, coffee ... sorry alcohol. Quality sleep is good if you can get it. Relaxing baths if you can. Meditation and therapy are my favourite things. I see a sex therapist (OH MY!!!) she has a few clients with V. Managing all of this is hard work so unloading all your crap is a good idea.

Thanks for the blessing Noni - right back at you Very Happy

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Re: I'm so glad I found this forum, because nothing else seems to have worked!

Post  lisa98 on Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:23 am

Welcome to the forum, nice to have another Sydney girl here. Smile

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I am so glad I have found this forum

Post  ria on Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:36 pm


Welcome Lisa there is a vast amount of knowledge from the Ladies on this forum.


Ria Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Re: I'm so glad I found this forum, because nothing else seems to have worked!

Post  Ozgirl on Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:43 am

Hi there - i am only very new here but got diagnosed with VV ( at 26) years ago after suffering from it since I was a young child. Anyway - I am also from Australia and was wondering if you have been put in touch with Dr Marek Jantos? He is a leading expert in Vulvodynia, based in Adelaide but has clinics in most capital cities ( including Sydney). His diagnosis and then treatment improved my VV by about 80% using biofeedback and dilators ( giving birth improved it the other 15%). Anyway - if you are interested let me know and I can give you his details or you can Google it. Checkout his website www.vulvodynia.com.au or jsut google his name.

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Marek Jantos

Post  Aussie on Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:50 pm

I also saw Marek and his treatment has also improved my pain by about 80% highly respect this man for his knowledge and understanding. I am still aiming for 100% though!!

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Re: I'm so glad I found this forum, because nothing else seems to have worked!

Post  Louise on Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:17 pm

Hi, welcome to the group!

I'm from perth & found this group one night last year when all my V problems started,which was pretty much the same way as yours did. The ladies here are wonderful you should join the private fb group as well, just to let you know my v has improved immensley after numerous dr appt, gyno appts, different creams & physio I found I had to stop using creams (ami etc) altogether as it was only making my situation worse! however everyone is different but change of diet & if you can lighten your stresses somehow (easier said than done when your stressed out in pain, I know) does help...

We are all here for you... Very Happy
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Re: I'm so glad I found this forum, because nothing else seems to have worked!

Post  katerebecca on Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:39 am

Thanks everyone so much for the ideas and support-it makes everything a little bit easier. I have been trying madly to quit sugar, but I've always been a sugar fiend and with not much in the way of distraction it's been a bit of a fail. I have managed to cut out alcohol and coffee, mostly, but I think that was easier as I've had very little social life in the past year! Reading stories of people actually getting better is really great, so thanks again for sharing!

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