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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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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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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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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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Newly diagnosed - and prescribed amitriptyline cream/physio/psychology

Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:38 am by sophiarp

Hi everyone,

I'm so happy to have stumbled across this forum. I have just been diagnosed and am really struggling emotionally. It's nice to find this forum and feel a little less alone.

I've been prescribed amitriptyline cream. Has anyone had success with this? I was happy to have avoided the amitriptyline tablets. I'm also participating in physio and have been told I need to see a psychologist …

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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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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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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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getting pregnant and vulvodynia

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Post  londonlady on Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:35 pm

Hi Ladies,

Before I started getting V about a year and a half ago, I sadly lost a baby at 16 weeks. She was a surprise baby when I was 23 and had just started seeing someone, but we both wanted to keep her and were excited about the pregnancy, so it was a massive loss which has left me wanting to be a mum much earlier than I had thought before.

I often think about trying for another baby. Although it is not the right time financially at the moment, I hope that in a couple of years it will be something we will do.

However, at the moment the only thing which seems to help me is a relatively high dose of amytriptaline, which is not safe in pregnancy. I tried reducing it recently but the pain was too much. although I am hopeful about physiotherapy, I really worry that I won't ever be able to come off it and try for a baby.

I wondered what other people have done when faced with this and if anyone can share any positive stories about trying for a baby with vulvodynia.

I know I should try and focus on the here and now but it feels like a weight hanging over me sometimes!

thanks
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Re: getting pregnant and vulvodynia

Post  Azraella on Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:28 pm

Hello,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.

I am 27 years old 26 weeks pregnant and have had V for four years now, tried many treatments including surgery..twice. I have not found ONE thing that helps with the pain.

My partner and I have been together for 6 years and sense I got V we have sex very little so I am oddly lucky to have gotten pregnant.

I worry all the time that I will not be able to give 100% into being a mom because I am in constant pain...I am very excited and happy, don't get me wrong but it is hard being in so much pain all the time.

But if I can do it anyone can do it! So please never give up on your dreams of being a mommy because of V. Good luck to you when you do decide the time is right.

Also I have never tried anitripdylin (mspelled) I wonder if when I have the baby if it is something I should try? My pain is constant and unprovoked, it gets worse after sex(like the next morning) and it is a STRONG burning feeling. Is yours anything like that? Just asking because I might ask my Doctor if I can try this medication after pregnancy.

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Re: getting pregnant and vulvodynia

Post  londonlady on Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:25 am

Hi Azraella,

Thanks for your message and congratulations on your pregnancy!

I'm sure it must be worrying thinking about being a mum and still being in pain, but I'm sure that you will do it! Pain can make me feel really anxious about not being able to do things but I am always surprising myself by doing those things anyway.

It could be worth trying Amitryptaline once the baby arrives (although I would think you probably can't mix it with breastfeeding, but I'm not sure). It has definitely helped me to live a more normal life with much less pain on a daily basis/when having sex.

It is actually an anti-depressant, but prescribed in lower dosages for pain relating to nerves (vulvodynia but also other types of chronic pain) which don't respond to other pain killers. You have to start it at a low dosage and then increase it slowly (i.e. each week) until you get to the dosage that blocks your pain.

It does have some side effects which I don't like: it can make you pretty drowsy and a bit foggy, and you get a dry mouth. some people also find it makes them put on weight, but I haven't had that, and have been taking it for about a year. You can't drink as well if you are taking it.

I found these side effects (especially feeling drowsy) were much worse when I first started taking it - but after about 6 weeks (which I know is a struggle!) they stopped affecting me so much and I could get on with my life almost normally. I take them at night so that I mostly sleep through the time they make me drowsy and just feel a bit more tired than usual in the day.

A physio also said that gabapentin could help - this is another drug which relates to nerve pain.

None of these pills are cures but they make the symptoms more manageable while I look for a way to tackle the problem.

Also, have you tried physiotherapy at all for your pelvic floor muscles? Mine is very tight with lots of trigger points (muscle knots) and I am seeing a women's health physiotherapist to learn how to relax it and essentially do some deep tissue massage to help.

Good luck - and take care in your pregnancy

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