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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


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


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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Is this Normal?

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Is this Normal?

Post  Aubrey_rose on Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:04 pm

So, I have been suffering with Vulvodynia for about a year now.
Because of the pain I associate with sex I have gotten to the point where I don't even have the desire to try anymore. My Fiance won't initiate, because he knows it will probably hurt me. But on the off chance that he does, All I can do is roll over and say I'm tired, or maybe tomorrow. Which I know hurts him. I can hardly even give him more of a peck for a kiss, because I know what it might lead to.

So ladies, Is this normal?
Do the rest of you have no Sexual desire too, or am I just weird?


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Re: Is this Normal?

Post  Loulou on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:23 pm

Hi Aubrey

No you're not wierd. I think most vvd suffers have experienced some sort of sexual issue - it goes with the territory unfortunately. It sounds like a pat answer but I think the important thing is to make sure you talk about it with your fiance so you understand exactly how each of you is feeling - don't close off from each other. And try not to lose all intimacy - there's plenty you can do when you can't have penetrative sex. Other threads here give more advice on how to deal with this - have a browse.



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Re is this normal

Post  Sunflower82 on Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:16 pm

I posted a reply to u, but by accident posted it as a new post, title is not weird at all. Hope this helps



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Re: Is this Normal?

Post  Aubrey_rose on Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:07 am

Thank you. And yeah, it did help. Just having people who understand is great.
And I just started an antidepressent that is supposed to help with the pain. So heres to hoping!


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I'm right there with you

Post  raquelll on Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:14 pm

The same thing is happening to me, even though it feels really out of my control! It's like...I want to desire sex but my body is saying no. I've had V for a lot of my life now that I think about it (could never use tampons, always felt very sensitive down there) but it seems that a latex allergy that developed the more I had sex really aggravated it. So over the past two years it has been getting worse.

I'm in a fairly new relationship and we're moving in together and moving across the country for jobs - that in itself is stress-inducing. And it's like I never had to face this until now - before we were long distance and I could just ignore it and not think about it when we weren't together but now we're together all the time and it's worse. We finally had vaginal sex once about a week ago but it was so painful it was like the straw that broke the camel's back - my body is just saying an absolute NO to sex and I have 0 sex drive. It's really disorienting and confusing! I always used to love having sex and had a fairly high sex drive. I feel like a part of my life is dulled.

So anyway...you're not alone - it's so easy to let our minds go bad places with this and feel like we'll never get better or have a normal sex life again!

Good luck!


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Re: Is this Normal?

Post  junobug85 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:50 am

Does this ever actually go away on its own for anyone like some articles say? I have suffered for 5 years now and was always hopeful one day it would disappear and my sex drive would come back and I would have great sex again and feel like a normal person and woman again but the more that time passes I think that this may be my life forever and it terrifies me.... I am single and as much as I hate being alone, it makes this condition easier because I don't have to worry about it affecting someone else..


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Hang in there

Post  jmcmil on Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:56 am

Please don't give up! Please know that we have to keep searching and trying new things to get us through this illness. I have felt like my vaginal pain is my destiny, however I refuse to stop trying new ideas or techniques suggested on this site. Your pain might go away on its own, however you could try to help reduce your pain with suggestions from this site in the meantime. The more proactive the better, that's what I try to tell myself. I know it's hard and feel your daily struggle. Thanks for sharing.


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Re: Is this Normal?

Post  SimplyBelle on Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:19 am

I too have lost a lot of my sexual desire for sexuality and intimacy, but my husband keeps trying. He's just got to be very patient. I recently went to a passion party and picked up some intimacy gel which you put on your clitoris. The consultant said that after 14 days it should help reboot my desires, I know that it kicks it up a little bit even when used a little.

My biggest problem after that is the fear and feelings of being inadequate once sexual stuff is happening. Usually I end up calling it off because of fear and being scared Sad So I get all aroused and ready to go (thanks to this gel stuff) but then I get scared because of my psychological associations with pain and sex.


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