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» Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain
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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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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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Post  ButterflyLiz on Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:49 pm

My name’s Liz, I’m 26 and I’ve had vulvodynia for 10 years – looks pretty scary when I write it down! For a lot of that time it has been manageable and there have been times when it seems to have almost gone away completely…almost but not quite.

This year has been a challenge. In January I had a mega flare-up, worse than anything I can remember. We’re talking stabby, burny, electric-shock hell. It blindsided me – things had been ticking along reasonably smoothly on the vulval front up until then and all of a sudden I couldn’t even get out of bed, let alone drag myself into work. Things did calm down, albeit slowly, and my pain is back to more of a normal pattern now, but it left me really scared.

Once the physical pain started to subside, I started to have panic attacks, which I’ve never experienced before, and generally felt stressed & anxious all the time. It didn’t take me long to realise that this was a reaction to the sudden onset of the horrendous flare. I went on a three month course of antidepressants which helped me a lot but I’m still way more anxious than I used to be about all things vulval.

In a way though, it was a bit of a push to me to accept this condition as part of my life and make the necessary adjustments, which I had been struggling to do. I am fortunate to have found a wonderful consultant several years ago who has helped me enormously (not least of all by putting me on pregabalin – lifesaver), but I think on some level I still wanted to pretend that I didn’t really have this. Now I’m having CBT to help with the anxiety, physio sessions & seeing a neurologist next week, after being on his waiting list since January! I’m also going to the VPS conference in London in December with my partner. Is anyone else going? I’m really looking forward to it.

Anyway, so glad to have found this forum, not sure why I haven’t looked for something like it before.

Best wishes to you all xx
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Post  skippypie23 on Wed Nov 30, 2011 1:14 pm

Dear Liz,

You have clearly been extremely strong and constructive in dealing with this. And it's truly wonderful that you have found a consultant who can actually HELP you! That's a huge deal!
I haven't even been able to find anyone who even considers vulvodynia when I bring in my research and describe my symptoms.
You mentioned pregabalin; does Lyrica help with the vulvar pain or is it mainly for anxiety?

It's awful how much this condition can affect you on a psychological level. Sometimes I feel like the pain is being caused by my fear of hurting, if that makes any sense. I really hope you keep getting better, and please keep us updated with your progress with the neurologist!

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Post  ButterflyLiz on Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:21 pm

Hi Skippy,

Thanks, yes, I guess we tend not to give ourselves enough credit for how strong we actually are to deal with all this crap! And then it comes as a surprise when it all gets too much…

Anyway, I agree, I’m very lucky to have a knowledgeable and compassionate consultant. It’s nothing short of tragic that the same can’t be said for every woman with v troubles. My heart really goes out to you. Is there any option for you to try and see someone in the UK? I’m not too sure what the options are there.

The lyrica is 100% for the pain. I’ve been on it for about 3 years now and it slowly but surely reduced the severity of the pain. For about a year or so I was *almost* back to normal & could have sex if I was careful. It was when I came off the lyrica for a few months that I had the wicked flare-ups so I’m well and truly back on it now!

It totally makes sense that it feels like the pain could be caused by your fear of it hurting. It’s likely that to some degree your pelvic floor muscles are unconsciously tensed all the time against the pain, which actually will increase the pain, so re-educating your muscles down there to be relaxed all the time will probably help (I’m in the process of doing this). However, I don’t think that this is the full story. It seems like most women need to approach treatment from several different angles at once.

Thank you, I have had a really good few weeks pain-wise and will post something more detailed soon. All best wishes to you, and feel free to ask if there’s anything you wanna know.

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