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» How I cured my Vulvodynia!
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» Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain
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» Amitriptyline Success and new-found love
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» Vestibulectomy today and no pain
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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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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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Post  raven86 on Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:45 pm

Hi all, very nice to meet you! Thought I'd introduce myself, and give the abridged version of my saga.

I've had lichen sclerosis for the past 7 years or so (at least that's what they tell me it is), which went undiagnosed for 2 terrible years. I had endless doctors tell me that I had a yeast infection, or that I must have had an STD, that I had low estrogen, or that it was simply all in my head. I took anti-fungals, a number of different birth control pills, meds for herpes...and my favourite treatment, diaper rash cream.

Then I went off to university, and finally found a doctor who admitted that she had no idea what it was, and was referred to a obgyn who specialized in skin issues. The Dr. immediately diagnosed me with LS (and eczema) and prescribed cortico-steroids for long term treatment of LS.

For those first two years, I had no idea what was wrong with me. I was raw, itchy, cracked, morbidly embarrassed, and in serious pain. Not to mention incredibly stressed from my first year of university and living away from home. It got to the point that I tried sleeping with mittens, and even considered handcuffing myself to the bed, to stop night time scratching. I couldn't pee, and at that point I didn't even dream of having sex.

As a result of scarring (from LS and eczema going untreated), I developed nerve problems, best described as vulvodnia. My gyno prescribed me topical antidepressants and lidocaine (which I used every night via cotton ball up my who-ha), and physio and biofeedback.

My LS has been in check (relatively) for the past 4-5 years, but I still struggle with vulvar pain, and the emotional legacy it has had on me & my wonderful boyfriend of 8 years (all this started about 6 months after we started dating!). He is amazingly sympathetic, understanding, and patient, but as a result of the pain from penetration we only had (extremely painful) sex a handful of times per year. While we are best friends, and close in every way, we are now totally awkward when it comes to sexual intimacy. We even stopped kissing because I would clam up and get anxious, thinking it was going to lead to sex.

I COMPLETELY relate to many of you when you describe yourself as feeling broken, frigid, or completely a-sexual. Its hard to put into words the impact that LS/chronic pain has had on my psyche. For years I've had absolutely zero interest in sex, or even sexual thought, and I beat myself up for it.

Now, we are talking seriously about getting married and trying to work on our intimacy, and re-teach our selves to be sexual. This ain't easy! So...if anyone has advice on how to 'get back on the horse' after all these years...it would be greatly appreciated!

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Post  ButterflyLiz on Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:32 pm

Hi Raven! *waves*

I’m Liz & I suffer from vulvodynia. I’m also in a long-term relationship and have been with my guy for four years. I’ve never suffered from LS but it sounds horrible. I feel for you having to go through all that. I’m glad you’ve found relief from it somewhat now.

I think “emotional legacy” is the perfect phrase for what vulval pain leaves you with. It really hits at you hard doesn’t it. I had a few years where I was pretty much asexual. I think it’s a coping mechanism, and quite a sensible one from your body’s perspective if you think about it. However, I did manage to reclaim some kind of sexuality for myself and thought I’d share some of my story in case it helps.

I was with a different partner when my v first came on & then went through my “complete lack of interest in sex” years. I still did what I could to keep him satisfied sexually but wasn’t remotely interested in anything for myself. He made me feel guilty about the whole thing and wasn’t interested in regaining intimacy slowly – it was pretty much penetration or bust (the whole dynamic of the relationship was a bit messed up to be honest!).

Once we had pretty much given up on each other, I came to realise that my whole goal was messed up. Yes, I wanted to be a girl who could have sex, but even more importantly, I wanted to be a girl who felt *sexual*. After all, if the first is to happen and be pleasurable, you need the second to be true. After we ended our relationship, I felt sort of free to find myself again. I always think of it as starting again from scratch, as if I was a virgin all over again. I’m not suggesting you end things with your guy, btw, he sounds really supportive. But I would say if you’re going to take this journey, make sure you’re first and foremost doing it for yourself.

So…I figured out what actually turned me on (I read and wrote loads of erotica – don’t be put off by its reputation, there’s loads of good stuff out there!) and what I considered would be an acceptable level of sexual activity if I got into a relationship again.

And then I got into a relationship again! It has certainly been different than it would have been without the v pain but not all for the worse. In fact there has probably been more thought and communication than in a “normal” relationship. Sometimes we’ve been able to have full sex and sometimes not. Sometimes I’ve felt really sexual and sometimes I haven’t. Sometimes I need us to have the understanding that I’m going through a flare-up and can’t even entertain the idea of sex, or that I only feel comfortable doing certain things. It builds my confidence to be able to set the boundaries which in turn helps me to relax and feel sexy.

Take it slow, for sure. Start with back massages, holding hands, kissing & cuddling. This may sound silly but bear in mind that at the moment you’re basically starting from zero again, building up trust and physical intimacy and that takes time, especially with the added complication of pain which may rear its head at inopportune and unexpected moments. Also, you need to throw out this image the media force-feeds us of the mythical, constantly sexually available woman. That’s a lot to aim for for anyone and is certainly never going to be my reality.

Also, it may sound obvious but keep doing what you can to reduce your pain. Less pain = more space for sexy thoughts Smile

Take care of yourself and best of luck

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Post  raven86 on Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:09 am

Thanks for your story Liz. We did take penetration off the table for a month or so and that really did help me mentally (not that we were having sex at the time anyways!).

At this point, I'm struggling trying to rediscover my own sexuality again. Perhaps I'll have to do some reading!

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Post  ButterflyLiz on Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:23 pm

Yes do, I’m a big advocate of erotica!! Reading it on your own totally takes the pressure off and helps get you back to the idea of sex being for fun. Get on Amazon and read some reviews to minimise your chances of getting something naff (maybe start with an anthology so that you can read a range of different authors). There really is something out there for everyone, from romance to sweet stories for couples to total kink & everything in between.

Also thought of something else; get back in touch with your body in a general sense too. Ever since my “reawakening” I try to do some kind of physical activity that feels good every week (beside sex lol). I started off hardcore with martial arts, then got sexy with bellydancing & burlesque, and now I have fun with zumba & relax with yoga. It’s great to be able to relate to your body in a positive way & I found it helped me to get in touch with myself again.

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