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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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Does anyone else experience this?

Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:21 pm by Angelmegs

Hi— im new here. Im incredibly desperate so if anyone has any suggestions i would greatly appreciate it. Im a 20 year old female with vulvodynia and vaginismus. I was on the birth control pill (junel fe lo estrin) from age 13-18 because of severe menstrual pain. I used the xulane patch for a few months when i was 18 but eventually stopped BC altogether because it interferes with my med for …

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Post Full Vestibulectomy - 5 Years Later - Please Read

Tue May 02, 2017 6:18 pm by jen007

Hi All,

It's been awhile since I've written a new topic on the forum. Wondering if any of the same ladies are still here. I've come back to update you all on my post vestibulectomy results. I can't remember if I've done an update on my current state, so forgive me if this is repeated information... I can't remember how to view my old posts! Anyway, let me get on with my update.

For 4 years post …

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Do you ever worry that you're making it up?

Fri May 27, 2016 6:50 am by Lucci

Hello,

I was diagnosed with Vaginismus and Vulvar Vestibulitis 10 years ago. I was 18 and scared and moving across the country for college, but luckily was able to find a doctor who specialized in 'Women's Health' who immediately put me into physical therapy. Long story short, I've been in and out of the system ever since.

A few years into treatment, I had the diagnosis of PTSD added on for …

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Clitoris Issues

Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:17 pm by January

I am going crazyyy trying to figure out what's wrong. Please does anyone else have an issue similar to mine? I'm only 22. So, basically when my clit is lightly rubbed, there is no feeling. However, when rubbed vigorously and directly, the burning and tingling sensations shoot down my legs and feet as if coming to the end of an orgasm but with no good feeling leading up. It's so strange. What …

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Cured of Vulvodynia

Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:39 am by angelique2016

I used to post on this forum a long time ago and told everyone of how I was cured of my vulvodynia by a (Melbourne Australia) female dermatologist, she put me on very low doses of Nortriptyline (Allergron) for pain management about 10mgs I believe it was, and she also had me use Advantan Fatty Ointment (not the cream) (although I saw the cream for sale on ebay from germany) so it might help, as …

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Vulvodynia and IVF? Anyone done this? What does it do to the vulvadynia?

Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:03 am by Carolyn4

Hi everyone,

I have had vulvodynia since age 27--I am now 43 and it has been in pretty good remission.  I control it with acupuncture and herbs, and some cranial sacral therapy.  I have a 5 year old, had a pretty uneventful pregnancy which ended in a c-section.  My VV worsened after that, and I have worked hard to get it back under control (it took over a year to get it back into pretty good …

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Partial Vestibulectomy

Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:44 pm by JGD13

Hi all i am new here.
I had a partial vestibulectomy 21/7 for my provoked vulvodynia.
After a painful few days and feeling quite uncomfortable it seemed to get better. 1 week after i noticed some white stuff and gloopy discharge, it wasnt smelly or itchy but i got a check up at the gp surgery and the doctor said the stitches looked fine and i could just have a touch of thrush. He said this is …

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Vulvodynia was candida for me

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Vulvodynia was candida for me

Post  snarky on Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:32 pm

Hi everyone,

I am posting my story here in the hopes that someone else with my symptoms/background will read it and find some relief. I was plagued by vulvodynia for about 5 years and went to probably 20-25 different doctors, an utterly frustrating and at times soul-crushing experience for me.

8 yrs ago, I went on several courses of antibiotics for UTI-like symptoms, maybe 5 or so courses. I am not sure to this day if I really had UTIs, or if there was some other thing going on, but everything got much worse after the antibiotics. My symptoms were yeast-infection like: burning, itching, etc. I tried topical yeast infection creams, and they would temporarily help but then two weeks later it would be back. Eventually, my skin stopped tolerating the topical creams and I broke out into horrible burning pain. Sometimes my symptoms were chronic, sometimes just after sex, and sometimes only after sex at certain times of the month. Sometimes I would stay up all night b/c I had such bad pain (felt like poison oak or something). I was tested for every strain of yeast and bacteria and the tests were always negative, and I had no discharge whatsoever that would indicate infection. However, my doctors said I did have high levels of white blood cells, indicating my body was trying to fight something, I guess. I was diagnosed with generalized vulvodynia and also vestibulitis after many years and being lucky enough to find a doctor with experience treating vulvodynia (heads up, I found her on the website for the NVA, national vulvodynia association or something... skip the regular gynecologists and go to these people if possible. I paid out of pocket to see her and it was worth every penny).

Here's how I figured out it was candida:
- I kept a pain journal detailing the level of pain. My symptoms always got a bit worse right before and right after my period (like three days before, three days after). My doctor told me that this is the time of the month when yeast grows the most.
- Boric acid suppositories really helped me, although they didn't make things go away completely. I would use them for five days or so when things were getting bad, and my symptoms would subside a bit. Boric acid is a natural treatment for yeast infections but it doesn't have the harsh chemicals in the topical creams that are so irritating.
- My body didn't really respond to amitryptyline, making it unlikely to be nerve related. It made me fatter and more tired, that's it.
- My trigger was antibiotics, which obviously kill off yeast-fighting bacteria.

I presented this to my doctor, and she finally decided it could be candida. Originally she had rejected this possibility b/c of the negative tests for yeast (also, she thought "only AIDS patients get candida," not people with normal immune systems). But after several years maybe research advanced and she changed her mind about it being possible. She prescribed me diflucan, one tablet per week for several months. I have not really had any pain since going on this medication, so she must have been right.

Ladies, if you have these symptoms (in particular, your disease is mimicking a yeast infection), candida IS a possibility no matter what doctors tell you and EVEN IF YEAST TESTS COME OUT NEGATIVE. I don't know how it works, but it can happen. This is a demoralizing, terrible disease to have, and there's not a lot of help from the medical community in my experience, so you have to be your own advocate!







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Re: Vulvodynia was candida for me

Post  Aussie on Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:39 am

Hi Snarkey,

I too think this is yeast related, my v started after 4 yeast infections in 3 months. After a year of doctors visits I have finally convinced my gyne to give me 6 months of difflucan. I noticed a decrease in symptoms when the yeast infection flared and I went to the gp for nizoral. He took one look and said I had an infection. My overall symptoms I have been experiencing for 1 year were much less on the Nizoral, and came back when I finished the dose, thus my gyne was convinced to give me the difflucan.

I saw a lady on Wednesday who is a naturapath and womens health physio. She said I am zinc deficient which does something to the stomach acid which can make you more prone to yeast infections and less likely to fight it off. So I am taking supps for that and magnesium because I have pfd (muscle relaxant) She also said all of her v patients are zinc deficient, so there must be a link there.

Heres to hoping with the appropriate treatment of the yeast I will have success like you Smile

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Re: Vulvodynia was candida for me

Post  jules on Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:51 am

I too thought i had a UTI, went on antibiotics, developed what i thought was a on-going yeast infection for months. all of my tests were negative as well. i went on Diflucan daily for months. i used creams, gels, ointments....all made my skin burn. i tried boric acid pills (in my vagina) for quite sometime...to no avail. i had a biopsy...nothing...finally a diagnosis of Vulvodynia. i went to a specialist recommend by the National V. association..i was not impressed. i cried the whole time, while she typed everything in her computer. she never looked up to comfort me. she also asked me some very judgmental questions and then i was the one who brought up possible treatment options. she referred me to a pain clinic at my request. i have gotten the best treatment from the pain clinic. I'm sure they recommend good doctors too. So happy that you have found relief and that those treatments worked for you. here i am over a year later w/ horrific pain...on three meds for this, plus pain meds. i'm doing acupuncture and P.t. i have had 4 nerve blocks w/ no relief. the meds have helped a little on and off. its better than it was w/ no meds. i am not a candidate for surgery because i have generalized V. i would have loved to found your success. it is wonderful to hear success stories. i hope it helps others....don't give up ladies!

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