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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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Newby not sure where to turn

Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:32 pm by Cerjo87

Hi this is all very new to me , well the talking about it bit is , the pain while having sex and also the uncomfortable feelings after and feeling like I have  sistitus most of the time I’m very used to , I’ve suffered for 7 years now I’m only 30 . Finally after all this time the doctors or should I say my gp has said I have Vulvodynia and have givin me gabapentin to try .i told her I’d …

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Looking for a friend..... and new problems

Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:38 pm by infinitelywondering

Hi everyone,

I hope you're doing well.

I hate to say this, but I feel beaten down and terribly alone. I had a vestibulectomy surgery about 6 months ago and I was absolutely praying it would work. It didn't.

6 months later and here I am, sitting on my bedroom floor crying my eyes out because I know I'll never be able to have painfree sex. I don't know what to do and just need a friend Sad

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Newbie to the site

Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:16 am by Ksa

Hello. Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm currently under the care of a dr in Phoenix that specializes in vaginal disorders. I will probably be on a suppository of estridol the rest of my life and I am currently on medications for a rare form of vaginitis that's pretty unheard of for my age. My vagina literally hates me. I've struggled with vulvadynia for 20 years, the duration of my …

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Vulvodynia from #metoo media coverage

Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:01 pm by dooleyhornberg

I am wondering if anyone else in this forum has experience an increase or flare up in their vulvodynia as a result of the coverage of the sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, DC, and the recent gymnastics scandal. I have definitely had a flare up.

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So frustrating!!

Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:15 am by Hannah77

Well I'm back in pain after 7 years of pain free days.
I was diagnosed with vulvodynia when I was 17. I suffered for three years with horrible burning all day, painful sex with my boyfriend and just pure misery Sad I went into a spontaneous remission when I was 20. I'm still not sure how the pain stopped but all the sudden I could go an entire day without thinking of my vagina, sex started to …

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Looking for suggestions or encouragement

Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:10 am by ryn207

Hi there. I'm 25 and have been dealing with this for over a year and a half and I'm really starting to lose hope this will ever stop.

In July of 2016 I had a yeast infection. When Monistat didn't work I went to my gynecologist who prescribed Diflucan. When the itching didn't stop she retested me and found that my yeast infection was gone, but I now had a bacterial infection. After taking the …

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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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Stretching the Pubic Area for pain releif

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Stretching the Pubic Area for pain releif

Post  pepper7 on Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:56 pm


So Iv been looking round at a variety of sites to see whats going on really and a V sufferer had posted about a stretching technique she 'invented' that has really helped. Iv tried it a couple of times and its has helped a lot she suggests piling the pillows onto the edge of your bed and lying with your back on the bed and your bum on the pillows with your feet pointing towards the floor so you create a sort of arch with your back, you will feel a pull in the muscles leading down to the pubis.
The idea behind it is that the pubic muscles have been shortened for some reason and as such are factors in causing the nerve pain.
I have tried this a few times and I have to admit there has been some relief so I would recommend it.


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Re: Stretching the Pubic Area for pain releif

Post  Sarah001 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:02 pm

I've seen the post you're referring to and a word of caution for everyone (bet you're all rolling your eyes and thinking will you f***ing shut up woman!! Rolling Eyes ) but anyone with back or SI pain should not do that stretch.

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Re: Stretching the Pubic Area for pain releif

Post  blessed on Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:20 pm

I have suffered with lower back pain because of slip disc for 11 years. i live in pain 24 hours a day limited in everything you can think of. but so desperate for some relief from this most recent problem that i am now thinking is vulvodynia, so i tried this stretch. i thought i was going to die! this is not for everyone. i am glad to hear it works for some, but with someone with back problem like me, its a big NO NO


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public stretch

Post  bluekangeroo on Thu May 17, 2012 7:30 pm

I tried this stretch too, it really strained my back. How do you do it without hurting your back? Maybe the arch I created was too big?

I started reading the Heal Pelvic Pain book by Amy Stein that that lady who invented this stretch recommended too, which has helped me understand a lot about the physio side but am not totally sure that the shortened muscles is my issue.

Worth a try though, is just a bunch of daily stretches and massage, beats zombifying drugs any day!


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Re: Stretching the Pubic Area for pain releif

Post  londonlady on Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:50 pm

I've been doing Amy Stein's routine too. I think it does help to relax me, but I don't think it will cure it on its own. I can really feel how tight my muscles are, so I think anything which can help me relearn how to relax is good.

I think just her advice to do deep breathing and get exercise is useful. It sounds ridiculously simple, and I am still taking quite a lot of amitryptaline so I'm not saying it is something which is replacing pain killers, but it definitely helps me when I'm in pain from sitting down at work to go for a 10 minute walk and do some deeper breathing.



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