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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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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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Has anyone considered or had surgery (e.g. vestibulectomy)?

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Has anyone considered or had surgery (e.g. vestibulectomy)?

Post  takoyaki on Tue Sep 27, 2011 11:59 pm

Hello all. I am thankful that this forum exists. I've been a lurker for a few months, but I feel far less alone knowing I'm not the only one going through all of these symptoms!

My Vulvodynia symptoms started almost six years ago when I was 25, out of no where. For the first two years, gynos and other doctors made it seem like it's all in my head, that I was frigid (one gyno told me I should go out and get drunk before the next time I had sex!), that I should go see a sex therapist (who ended up amplifying the message that it was in my head, etc). I was finally diagnosed by a colleague of Andrew Goldstein--I cried when she told me what I was feeling was real and that she knew what it was. My hormones were out of whack because of hormonal birth control pills, which I stopped immediately (first signs of relief immediately followed), and applied a compounded estrogen/testosterone cream she prescribed. I started to feel better after about six months.

But two years ago, it all started getting worse again. I couldn't afford Goldstein's office because they don't accept insurance, so I started seeing Kamal Hamod at Johns Hopkins this past January. In these last 9 months, he's had me on gabapentin 6% cream, low-oxalate diet/calcium citrate, elavil, and sitz baths. I've also had a pudendal nerve block. Relief at first but then not. I've also been doing physical therapy at Georgetown since July--I can feel it benefiting my internal tightness (which was compounded by muscle pain issues in my hips, legs, and lower back), and want to continue the external work. The internal work (massage and dialators), has been difficult, primarily because the lube burns me externally. Sure enough, my vestibular area has been tearing again.

I've shared all of this because Hamod is now recommending surgery--a vestibulectomy. I go back next month to discuss. I've read the varying success rates (which seem to be affected significantly by age of patient?), but I'd like to communicate with women who have considered this option, how it went if they chose to have it, or why they chose to decline it.

I see no hope for improving my external problems of tearing and burning. The burning has in the past month and a half been traveling "up" my vulvar area to my clitoris, which scares me. I feel like I'm willing to try anything at this point.

Thanks for reading.

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Re: Has anyone considered or had surgery (e.g. vestibulectomy)?

Post  Sarah001 on Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:22 pm

I think most of the ladies on here have generalised V which rules out surgery as an option. Also lots of us are from the UK and it's not easy to get surgery of that kind here. Try looking on www.vulvarvestibulitisrelief.com and go through the case studies, VVS is the ony type of V suitable for surgery so there might be some women on there who could help you.
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