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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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7 years later and life looks bleak :(

Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:50 am by RainyShay77

So 7 years ago I had a case of BV...the antibiotic caused a horrible yeast infection which took 5 months to 'get rid of'. During this time I had allergic reactions to 2 of the yeast infection creams which magnified the pain. Over the past 7 years I've tried multiple rounds of physical therapy (they only slightly helped), chiropractic, nerve blocks, medications to target nerve pain (amitriptyline, …

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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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I'm back - advice on treatment and biofeedback

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I'm back - advice on treatment and biofeedback

Post  Tyger on Thu May 03, 2012 4:13 am

I just wanted to jump back on these forums, because finally I'll be pursuing treatment (again!) and I need some advice and reassurance.  

I wrote my history so far in this thread: http://www.vulvodyniasupportforum.com/t362-my-story-my-experiences-my-life-with-vulvar-vestibulitis, but in a nutshell, I'm almost 28, I live in Melbourne, I have provoked, localised vulvar vestibulitis.  Basically, it hurts when I have sex, the whole way through the act and I am tender for a day afterwards, and it stings slightly when I pee.  I have suffered from this since I was 18, and had pain-free sex for 6 months before it began from a yeast infection.

I should say that I'm really good at ignoring this condition, and being in denial about it.  When I was seeking treatment after first diagnosis, it made me so depressed focusing on it, so after some failed attempts, I stopped.  I grit my teeth through sex and get on with it, and then don't think about it the rest of the time.  This has gone on far too long now, and what used to be a healthy sex-life is now turning into a boring, painful mess as I get older and more fed-up, and my libido slows down.  I can't just keep ignoring it.  The days where I could enjoy sex and embrace the pain are gone - this is not normal.

Treatments tried (and failed) in the past: long-term anti-fungal called Nizoral I think, and Amitryptiline anti-depressant, for months slowly increasing dosage.  No response to either.

I have been reading a lot about biofeedback.  I always assumed there was some kind of medication I could take that would fix it, if I tried enough avenues, and I thought biofeedback was such a wishy-washy treatment. But now that I look into it, it seems there's something to it.  I didn't think I had problems with my vaginal/pelvic muscles, but my partner has told me over the past few years that I'm extremely tight down there. I should have assumed, from common sense, that I'd be experiencing reflexive muscle tightening because of the sex pain, and I don't know why I thought this wasn't an issue.


So I suppose my questions are these.

Have you had success with biofeedback and dilators, especially with localized provoked?

Have you heard of/had treatment with Marek Jantos, and are his methods effective?

How long does it take to start experiencing progress?

What exactly IS it? What do they do to you?

Is biofeedback/dilators a good fit for somebody with vestibulitis, or should I seek more medication-based treatments first and foremost?

My biggest issue by far is financially... these treatments are all extremely costly in Melbourne and probably all over the world.  I'm going to go back to full-time study next year, and I don't have a lot of savings, plus I already asked and a lot of the specialists aren't covered by any form of private insurance.  I wish there was some kind of guarantee that this stuff is going to work!

But I'm desperate now, and I have been extremely upset the past few months.  I can't ignore it any more.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated! I'm so glad there's support like this out there... I don't know where I'd be without it in the past.

Tyger.
 

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Re: I'm back - advice on treatment and biofeedback

Post  Sarah001 on Thu May 03, 2012 12:08 pm

I've done some biofeedback, basically they insert a vaginal probe (or you insert it yourself if you prefer) then wait a minute or two to see what your resting tone is followed by testing how well your slow twitch and fast twitch fibres work by giving you quick and slow contractions to do with the emphasis on the relaxation part to teach you how it feels to have the pelvic floor relaxed. Once you can relax it better they progress to exercises to suit the individual and go from there. That should also be followed by trigger point work of the pelvic floor to increase relaxation. I can't say how well it works because I have severe pelvic instability so have to stabilise my pelvic before I can fully relax these muscles but I did manage to lower my resting tone by quite a bit and it took my generalised unprovoked V towards being provoked at the time so there's something to be said for it.

I know Aussie (Claire) went to Marek Jantos and made progress with him but I'm not sure if she's still around or not. There's no reason why you can't pursue medical options at the same time either.

Dilators are to gradually stretch the superficial pelvic floor and if I use mine religiously I do feel improvement but again I can't go mad because of my pelvic instability. I leave mine in place for about 15 minutes before I go to sleep at night and I'm currently on the 3rd dilator but with no movement. They can also be used to stretch the pelvic floor and press into trigger points but again gently and gradually.

Let us know how you get on!
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