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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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Post  Sarah001 on Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:12 am

Anyone tried aloe vera gel as a topical treatment? Yesterday I got an email about the Yes lube and decided to investigate as I have to wear some form of lube all day to avoid friction. I found a few "yestimonials" supposedly from women with V and VVS and also some info that states the water based version gets absorbed by the vulval skin and improves tissue health. Now this intrigued me because I'm one of us girls with inflamed skin in the vestibule and I wanted to know what made that happen so I checked out the ingredients and it seems to be mostly aloe vera. A quick search for aloe vera on Google and it's the aloe vera that tissue absorbs and also has anti-inflammatory qualities. Has anyone tried it topically? I'm not sure if it will set my skin off but fully intend to give it a go and see what happens, I've ordered a small bottle of the Yes water based plus a tube of aloe vera gel should it go well (I can always use it for other areas should it not and the actual gel is way cheaper than yes). Just wondered if anyone has any input about this?
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Post  mmorgan on Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:34 pm

I had a co-worker whose husband had been badly burned by tar. She applied aloe vera to his burns everyday and he ended up with no scars. Aloe Vera is truly a miracle plant, you can just about find it growing in everyone's household here in Texas. Very Happy I hope it works for you as I've seen it work for many other people though none-vulva related.

Also I've heard many people say to drink aloe vera water, it's suppose to heal also.
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Post  Sarah001 on Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:49 am

Thanks for that input, I have no idea why I didn't think to try it sooner since it's even mentioned on the vulval pain society website as something to use. It may work or it may not but I'm definitely going to give it a try. Not sure I could grow an Aloe plant here in the U.K, does it need to be especially warm for them to grow? If so definitely not!! And I'm terrible for keeping plants alive so perhaps I'd better stick to the gel!!
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Deasert Harvest Aloe

Post  Aussie on Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:45 am

Hi Sarah,

Deasert Harvest do an Aloe in a cream that is used for internal pt or a topical soothing lotion for vulvodynia.

As for the yes water based lube it is the best I have tried. Very impressed. no irritation.

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Post  Sarah001 on Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:45 pm

I've found the Yes lube isn't as good as plain old Aloe Vera Gel but I'm using it for daily lubrication on sore skin not sex so that may be why, I'm still not anywhere near the having sex again stage but it isn't a huge issue right now as I don't have a partner. The only problem with the A.V gel is it needs reapplying after every pee as it's water based but it is very soothing should anyone else be thinking about trying it.
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Medication for Vulvadynia

Post  Kay_star on Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:05 pm

Hey Sarah001
Are you the girl from the UK? I haven't been on this forum and cannot find my old posts.

I don't know if you remember but the last time I was on here I said I was going to the GUM clinic to try and get treatment. Well I did just that and was prescribed Amitriptyline 10mg which is normally for a 10 week course. After 5 days of taking them I felt as though there was an improvement but the urethra still felt odd after peeing. I was told by my dr that I must give time for tablets to work. However after 6 weeks of taking them, it's coming back again. I was doing quite a bit of exercise, not sure if this has aggravated it. I started feeling itchy on the vulva which then turned to pain. I'm feeling a rawness on my vulva and feels as though it's being stretched and pulled. Now having dull pain on the vagina.

How are you getting on with the your pain? Are you taking anything that has helped relieve your pain? Some people are having baths in baking soda and using peroxide hydrogen to relieve the pain. Im too scared to do that in case i make it worse.

I just pray that I meet a nice man who will be patient with this condition. Im avoiding meeting men because I am so ashamed of this conditon.

I wanted to come back on this forum and tell you all how the treatment has done wonders but instead im crying about it again. How do you deal with this everyday? This is always on my mind and its damaging my mental well being. I wish it just goes away for good.

Hope all is well with you and you have found treatment to at least control it.

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Post  Kay_star on Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:10 pm

Sorry Sarah001, of course you are the girl from the uk. Just saw your profile. My head isn't with it today. I'm going back to the Gum clinic this week to see what the Dr can do for me. He did say he gets alot of ladies who come to him with the same condition and treatment has worked for them. He's a good Dr and the only one who i have come across who is willing to help so i am grateful.

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Post  Sarah001 on Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:44 pm

Hi Kay_star, firstly 10mg of Ami is a teensy tiny dose so don't worry too much if it doesn't help yet. I got to 50mg before I realised it wasn't going to do the trick but some girls have luck at much lower doses. I'm now also on 300mg of Lyrica a day which helped a bit for a while but now doesn't help so I'll be increasing the dose shortly. Not all wmen get full relief from meds though and I'm positive mine is myofascial in origin so it's no surprise that neuropathic type drugs aren't working great. However, they do for some women.

Secondly don't feel ashamed, this is just another part of the body that's got a problem and needs attention that's all. Plus don't get caught up in the "there's no cure for vulvodynia" stuff you read online, vulvodynia isn't even a condition it's a description of symptoms and doesn't tell us why they are there so it depends what the source of the problem is as to which treatment will work. Drs call it vulvodynia because they are basically lazy and can't be bothered to try and figure out the source of the problem if it isn't a simple infection etc. A good book to read is "When Sex Hurts" by Andrew Goldstein (I think, but it's available on Amazon) as he poo poos vulvodynia as a diagnosis comparing it to if you had a painful knee and they didn't investigate the problem just told you that you had "kneeodynia" you wouldn't accept it so why should we accept vulvodynia as a diagnosis when it's not. The book then runs through the various causes of vulvar pain and discusses treatment options for each one. Don't give up trying to find out the cause.

Thirdly the baking soda baths are if you have too much good bacteria and the hydrogen peroxide is if you don't have enough. Neither are a great idea unless you have been diagnosed with your ph being off or too much lactobacillus which is very rare. Forget them unless they have said Bacterial Vaginosis is present which they routinely test for at a GUM clinic so they would have said after taking swabs.

Have you had anyone check your pelvic floor? That's vital in my opinion. I'm still struggling badly but I have complicating conditions that are holding me back and making it difficult for me to maintain any progress. If you haven't get referred to a Women's Health Physio and don't worry about upping the Ami dose, it can break the pain cycle if it works. Feel free to ask anything or discuss anything, PM me if you need to.
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Post  Kay_star on Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:26 pm

Hey Sarah001

As always your advice is so helpful so thank you! You sound like a very strong women who is just dealing with it. I will discuss with ther GUM dr.

Thanks and take care. I will keep you posted about my progress.
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Post  Sarah001 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:35 pm

Yes do let us know how you get on. I'm quite used to chronic pain because of my other conditions and I'm stubborn as hell if someone tries to tell me I won't ever improve or they don't know the reason for the pain. Being bull headed determined is the only way to deal with this! Wink
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