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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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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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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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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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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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Vulvodynia help

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:27 pm by Katiej

Hi guys new here and newly diagnosed. So I had bv and then after alot of antibiotics and home remedies I still continued to have weird symptoms despite swabs being negative. Two seperate gynes have told me I have vulvodynia as a result of the area being overwhelmed. So first gave me lidocaine which xidnt do much. No I am on amitriptyline for the past 5 days. Seems to be kicking in a little (im a …

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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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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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