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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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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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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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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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Newly diagnosed - and prescribed amitriptyline cream/physio/psychology

Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:38 am by sophiarp

Hi everyone,

I'm so happy to have stumbled across this forum. I have just been diagnosed and am really struggling emotionally. It's nice to find this forum and feel a little less alone.

I've been prescribed amitriptyline cream. Has anyone had success with this? I was happy to have avoided the amitriptyline tablets. I'm also participating in physio and have been told I need to see a psychologist …

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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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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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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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Post  CJ on Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:17 am

I'm writing for my wife. She's had pain since Feb 1999. We went to Boston, Ma. in 2005, where it was confirmed she has vulvodnia. She's been mistreated for years. Has been told, well you're not twenty-one anymore. Treated for yeast infections, when the lab results all can back negative. She's supposed to have an injection to kill the nerve endings next week and is a wreck worrying about it. Has anyonelse had sucess with having it done?
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Post  Mouse on Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:26 am

Hi CJ,

I have no experience with this I just wanted to say welcome! We all try whatever we can to find an answer and generally things are very specific to an individual. That is not everyone has the same symptoms so different things work for different people. I think what is really helpful is making positive lifestyle choices. Reducing stress, treating the body with respect and taking the time to heal. Has your wife got a therapist? This is a really heavy load to carry, making sense of it helps a lot. a pelvic floor assessment can also be really beneficial. It's awesome that you are posting this for her. Clearly you have some idea how hard this is. It truly can be a soul destroying illness, keep up the support!

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Post  CJ on Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:37 pm

Hi,

Thanks for the reply. Yes me wife has been to therapist, she's had therapy for this. Plus she has been to acupunturist for treatments. Both things helped but neither cured the problem. She's using a couple of different creams, new specialy made up with a compound.
It has given her some relief.

My main goal is to see that she's treated properly and gets relief from the contant pain, burning, stinging, feeling swollen etc. She needs her life back, she needs to know what it is to live w/o contant pain, using ice packs, not able to ride in a car w/o discomfort, not able to exercise as she used to, not able to walk on our daily walks because she feels like
raw hamburger, sand paper like, and in tears.

At the moment she's very stressed over the up coming visit hopefully the doctor & nurse will fully explain to us what the porcedure is, will do for my wife & if there's any side effects. Otherwise she will not go thru it.

Thanks for your reply. This is very serious & this is not a crank get attention type message. It's to seek out if anyone knows about what the inject can do if they have had it.

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Post  Aussie on Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:57 pm

hi cj, sorry to hear your wife has been in such pain for so many years! I have vaguely heard of the injection. I dont think it sounds the best option. Should be a last resort, them again i dont know how many treatments you have tried. Has your wife had her pelvic floor checked for trigger points?

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Post  CJ on Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:41 pm

Hi Aussie,

Yes my wife has had pelvic floor treatment.That is one of the treatments that helped but did not cure. The actual pain for the nerve block is:Pudendal Nerve Block I'm going to add some website addresses incase you want to view them about this procedure.
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/pudendal-neuralgia-overview
http://www.ehow.com/about_5136822_pudendal-neuralgia-symptoms.html
http://pudendalhope.org/
then the last one is more graphic Sad but shows a person going thru the procedure of killing the nerves with the injections, this page happens to have a male going thru it but there's no porn or adult picture, nothing that anyone going thru this could see & be offended by
http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/radiology/procedures/procDetails.cfm?procid=22&id=22&pageid=

We have spoken to the nurse over the phone since my last entry. They are very re-assuring and hopefully on the 23rd of June when my wife goes in to speak to them & the Dr. things will go well. Reguardless, we'll post something here explaining what was or was not done so others can read about it & make their own choices. This is also about keeping others informed of their options.

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Re: injection to kill the nerve endings

Post  CJ on Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:11 am

Hi Aussie,

Yes she's had pelvic floor treatments, still the problem exist Sad.
Thanks,
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Aussie wrote:hi cj, sorry to hear your wife has been in such pain for so many years! I have vaguely heard of the injection. I dont think it sounds the best option. Should be a last resort, them again i dont know how many treatments you have tried. Has your wife had her pelvic floor checked for trigger points?

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Re: injection to kill the nerve endings

Post  hopeful on Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:12 pm

Hi CJ
I think from reading your comments that your wife is having a pudendal nerve block - is that correct? If that is the case then I have had the procedure. Assuming that your wife is having the same procedure as me the it does not kill the nerve endings is just numbs them for a period (an hour or so). The idea is that if the pain is switched off by numbing it then when the anastetic wears off the brain signals that are wrongly thinking there is pain (the neuralgia) will not switch on again. According to my doctor is works to some extent in 60% of patients (sometimes only for 6 months but still better than nothing and it can be redone). This procedure does not have any significant side effects (assuming it's the same as the one I had). I had this under general anastetic and therefore there are the usual risks of that. One side effect which unfortunately I had is that the nerve endngs can get 'angry' because the procedure does put a bit of pressure on them and can cause a flare up. This did mean my pain flared up badly for about 2.5 weeks after the procedure and I was given an opium patch to enable me to sit & sleep during this time but after that period I was back to the same as before the procedure. Whilst the procedure did not work for me the flare up was manageable and reasonably short, I had no long term damage and therefore I would recommend your wife tries it as it could work for her. Hopefully your doctor can provide you with detailed guidance to confirm if what your wfe is having is the same as what I had. If your wife's procedure os different and her nerve endings are being permanently killed then that does sound very major and is not something that I have hear of. I hope this helps in some way and all the best to your wife.

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Killing nerve ending--pudendal nerve block

Post  CJ on Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:00 pm

Hi Christine,

Thank you for your reply and information. Yes that is exactly what the procedure is called. And your e-mail helped my wife understand more what might happen. She now has a better outlook before getting to the doctor.

I'm copying your text so that we can explain to him how it worked for you or rather how it didn't work in the end. That way he'll be cable to hopefully address it concerning my wifes
visit & her choice of whether it's worth the risk etc.

Once again, after we have been to the doctor on the 23rd of this month, 8am our time, after we've returned home & after my wife has had time to recover from the visit we'll let you & others here in this forum know the results. We'll let you know even if she choses to not have it done.

Again thank for a very helpful & informative message.

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Re: injection to kill the nerve endings

Post  jules on Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:23 am

CJ, your wife will be getting a Prudenal nerve block. I have had four nerve blocks, two of which were in the Prudenal nerve and two were in nerves that are lower in the tail bone area. Unfortunately for me, i had no relief from any of them. I was told it may help (relieve pain) for a couple of days, few days, few weeks or not at all. For me, it was not at all. My doctor told me 'IF it worked, they knew they were dealing w/ the nerve that was causing the pain. As a result, they could cut the nerve via surgery, and hopefully the pain would be gone. Well, because it was not effective for me, my that nerve will not be cut. I don't remember what your wife has tried, but, i recommend physical therapy for sure. In addition to P.T, I am on Neurontin (anti-convulant) Lyrica, and Cymbalta. I also just started acupuncture last week. I plan to have surgery in mid-july. the surgery is to have wires implanted in my spine...called a neurostimulator. i will have wires in my spine w/ a battery attached and a remote control to sent impulse to the nerves that interrupt the pain message to the brain. i am trying to remain hopeful. i wish your wife good luck and hope she or you post with the results and any questions that come up for you. thinking of you.

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Post  CJ on Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:22 pm

Hi Jules,

Thanks for your input also. All this will help assist my wife in asking the right questions.

At this point I'm not sure if she'll except the blocking to be tried. She's having a rough time dealing with the idea things could go wrong and that she might be worst than before or right back at the start. From a scale of 1 thru 10, she's at a 4 most days sometimes down to a 2, but never with out discomfort Sad. Many days she's at an 8 or 9, without even doing anything like exercise or walking alot. She can wake up feeling great & an hour later be at a 4 or 5 level. This is taking a toll to say the least.

She had acupuncture for about 6 months 2 yrs ago & went from an 8 when she started to about a 2 when she finished 6 months later after she stopped she became to have increased discomfort and pain.

Once again your infomation and Christines information yesterday has been very helpful in understanding what may be in store.

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Post  jules on Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:51 am

Cj. just checking in to see how your wife is doing. I can't imagine a nerve block making the pain worse. i wouldn't have tried it four times if that was the case. hope all is well w/ your wife. you are a great looking couple. She's lucky to have a husband who is willing to go online to search for information and support for her. i do my own looking for support and research...LOL Nevertheless, my hubby is very supportive.

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Post  CJ on Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:21 pm

Hi Jules,

Well the appointment went well but my wife thought the new medications were helping her as her pain level was only at a 3 yesterday morning. She talked to the doctor who was very understanding and gentle. He didn't push the injection but explained all about it.
When we returned home 2 1/2hrs away, she was at a level 7 and wished she had had it done. So now it appears we'll have to go back, we're not sure when. He did write out a new Rx for her and she wants to try it, but if she trys it for 30 days & if it isn't helping, she'll need to return & he explained there might be a need for 3different injections all about 4 weeks apart, it'll present a problem as we go south in the winter & will be 12hrs
from his office. So we'll see what she decides.

Thanks for the nice comment about my helping her. I'm happy to do it as she needs to get well & feel well again, for her & me. It's sad to see her in pain/discomfort most of the time.

Thanks again to you & all that have been supportive in this matter.

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Post  jules on Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:25 pm

I'm guessing your wife's pain increased because of the pressure on her vulva as a result of sitting in the car for the ride home. I have to sit on a foam donut no matter where i go. i have four of them. I have one at home, work and in the car. My dog pretty much destroyed the fourth one. He loves ripping up the foam. I recommend a cushion w/ a hole in the middle if your wife has more pain after sitting. I honestly can not sit on a chair at all. What meds did your wife get? In regards to the nerve blocks, i was told that i would have a series of them if i felt relief after receiving one...no such luck for me. But, i tried different nerves. I had 6 days of relief after one block. It was not in the Pudendal Nerve. It was a nerve lower in the spine (tailbone area)

Doctors wouldn't use nerve blocks on women w/ this disorder if it didn't help some. I have had a lot of luck w/ meds. They reduced the pain. However, they don't work on-going. you need to adjust the dose or change meds. It's frustrating..but we can't give up. I'm glad to hear her pain is not always at a 8 or 9. I take Percocet three times a day to take the edge off of the pain. That helps! Too bad you have so far to drive for the nerve blocks. Good luck!

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Post  CJ on Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:37 am

Hi Jules,

Here's the 2 main med's my wife's using now:60 Gm Gabapentin 6% Lipoderm the other is ABD Laser Cream, it must be keep in the refrigerator to keep it cool.
Also he's given her an Rx for a new cream I'm going to try & write evrything done that he put on the Rx incase it helps you or someonelse:

Please compound for Vulvodynia
(1) Katamine 5%
(2) Gabapentine 6%
(3) Clonidine 0.2%
(4) Emla 5 %
(5) Amitriptylias 1 %
(6) Keroprpten 3 %
#5 & 6 I'm not positive of the last letters of each but think I typed it correctly.
direction: apply to vulva as directed, twice or three times a day.

disp. 60 gms

Okay that's how it was written on the Rx he gave my wife. He says he's had luck with that formula with other patients. It might be something you want to mention to your doctor if you want to see if it'll help you. sunny

Yes my wife also has a donut & she has to sit sideways on it often to ride. Then move to the other cheek etc. At home usually she reclines, thats the easiest way to relax for her & not feel discomfort.

I came to this forum, in hopes that we'd find information and you & Christine and others have enlightened us. I was worried that if I did this some might not understand that I was doing it in that way. I'm glad that it's been viewed in the correct light/manner.

I hope that we have been able to help others by sharing my wifes plight & saying what she is using & what the new Rx will be in detail.

We'll be recontacting her doctors monday & trying to get her back & get her 1st injection and hope that it'll help & if she needs the other 2, we'll be able to get them before we head south for the winter. otherwise I'll have a long drive to bring her back or we'll have a long flight to fly back.

Thanks again for sharing with us & helping us.

I'd like to put a link on my pages to your main forum page for any other people that might have need for your type of information.

If you'd like me to do so, tell me what type of a picture, that would draw interest & maybe convince people to click on it & go see & maybe join your forum. And the exact url you want it linked to. If you have such a picture attach it to your reply & I'll save it to my pc & upload it to my domain for later use.

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Post  alanasomething on Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:41 pm

Hi CJ, I had the Pudendal Nerve Block when I was 18, it didn't really help much for me, it went numb for about 5 hours or so, but didn't help the pain in the long run, however tell her not to be frightened! It's a doddle, especially if it's under anaesthetic! It just feels a bit funny when you're numb but by the time the anaesthetic has died down, a flare up (from being internally touched) will have calmed down.

I understand how your wife feels, I miss my life. I'm 19 now and have had this for almost 4 years, but your wife is really lucky to have a husband who is supportive and actually gives a damn Smile. Just having that support can be awesome for this condition when everything else fails!!! What a Face
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