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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  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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