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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

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


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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My story: Please help and thank you for this site!

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Post  jmcmil on Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:29 am

I am 36, almost 37 yrs old. I reconnected with my high school boyfriend from 20 yrs ago and we had a sexual encounter and he was very rough and I bled afterwards. It had been 3 yrs since I had had sex with anyone and I am tight in the vaginal area. That’s when my nightmare began. This was last Thanksgiving (Nov 2011), 7 mos ago and I haven’t been the same since. I had pain afterwards that never went away. I went to my gyno and was tested for STD’s, all negative and I had a biopsy of skin which revealed lichen schlerosis. I was tried on a variety of steroid creams, even a compound cream and none of them took the pain away. I was prescribed Amitryptaline 50 mg at night. I tried over the counter Candula cream, Cortisone cream, and a variety of others. My pain is a burning sensation all of the time. I then went to a dermatologist, which he gave me a steroid shot and some more creams, none of them relieved my pain. He would hardly even look down there and acted embarrassed. At times I felt like the creams helped, however other times the creams did not relieve the pain and the burning continued. I then went to a gyno who specialized in vulvodynia 3 hrs away to be diagnosed with generalized vulvodynia. I had to fight back tears because I had researched the diagnosis and I did not want to hear it. He increased my Amitryptaline to 75 mg a night. For about a week, the medicine helped and I thought I would be pain free.

Then the pain came back the next week. I am miserable. I am so blessed to be able to work from home, however I sit in a pair of boxers with no underwear and sit on ice packs all day. I feel like someone took a heating iron to my vagina. Also, I feel like something is sticking me down there alot. I do daily vagina checks and can’t understand why I feel pain when it looks normal down there. Then at times, I’m blood red for no reason. The only time my vulvodynia is better is when I am on my period. I don’t understand that. Also, I have pain near my rectum area or the area between my vagina and rectum (perineum area). Today, I have a new boyfriend who is supportive, as well as my parents. I feel so isolated because I can’t talk about this with just anyone so I am so thankful to find this site. I feel like my vulvodynia rules my life. I have decreased my Amitryptaline back to 50 mg at night b/c I was so tired during the day. I can’t tell a difference from the decrease. I have pain regardless. I will give anything for any suggestions to help me be pain free.

I know everyone is different and has to find their own cure. Has anyone tried acupuncture? Does anyone else feel better during their period? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you so much!! I can’t imagine being pain free again!



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Post  evanrude on Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:08 am

Hi Jackie,

I'm so sorry to hear that you're suffering. It is so unfair. I'm lucky compared to some of the women I've read about.
My pain is pretty mild. I haven't sex in three years. The last time I tried it hurt really bad and that's when I found out
that I had vulvodynia. I don't know if it will ever go away, but I'm trying to stay hopeful. I'm too scared to have sex
again because I'm afraid it will hurt and that will just re-confirm that I'm still not better.

Anyway, my pain is usually worse when I'm on my period. Sometimes I don't notice the pain and I think maybe it's
gone for about a month. then it comes back. I don't think it is as bad as when this first started about 3 yrs ago.
I just hope it will go away on it's own one day. Since this first started I've become better at accepting it and
not so depressed about it. I've tried may things but the only thing I really do for it now is:
Take calcium caltrate daily, try to heathy, take a liquid probotic and put Aquaphor ointment on everday after I shower.
For me, it works better than vaseline or anthing else I've tried.
I keep thinking that vulvodynia must be caused by some imbalance in our vaginas.
Hopefully some doctor will figure it out soon so we can all get relief.
I pray for every woman out there who is suffering with this. It's nice to have a place to talk about it with others that can relate.

Please stay posutive. There has to be an answer out there somewhere.


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Post  jmcmil on Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:26 am

Thank you for your supportive feedback. I will look into some of the things you listed to try. I am desperate to try anything at this point. I try to stay positive and am thankful for my good days. Most posts I have read on this site are related to sex and although I am definitely not interested in having sex when I am burning, I have a constant most all of the time. Sitting on ice seems to numb it, however I dread having to get dressed and go out because I never know if I am going to burn or not Sad I pray that the docs find a cure and that everyone on this site gets healed.


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A Chiropractor has helped me!!!

Post  KathyH on Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:20 pm

Hi Ladies,

My problem started in January this year after I had a hysterectomy. I was in pain from 4 days after the operation and I was examined by so many Doctors and none had an answer as to why I was feeling what I was feeling, they all said the same that they couldnt fine anything wrong. In the end I was in suc h a state that they admitted me and did a second operation as they thought there maybe some scare tissue causing my pain, this done I was still the same. My GP told me that I would have to get used to the new feelings I had down there and that it would become the norm, and that when I felt pain when out walking I should stop and listen to the birds singing and then I would forget about it, what a joke, dont know how you forget about a burning hot neddle sensation digging in your bits!!! I have since changed my Doctor.

I saw my Gynecologist again last month and when I explained all my symptons he said he thought it may be nerve entrapment in my back due to the position I was put in during the operation and that he would send me for an MRI scan and then to see the back Doctor. While waiting for these appointments I took matters into my own hands and went to see a Chiropractor, who said she thought my Gynecologist was probably right about my back. She as very wary as to what treatment she would do but used some special blocks and light manipulation and I am delighted to tell you that I am 80% better!!! so much so that my husand and I even had intercourse for the first time since before my first operation, and the lubrication we used didnt sting, I couldnt believe it
as every cream, lotion and gel I had used to try and sooth my pain only made it worse. I know every ones situation is different but I would say that going to see a Chiropractor may be an option you could try, who knows, it might just do the trick and its certainly worth a try.

I wish you all good luck and hope and pray that you all find an answer to your problem very soon. God willing the medical profession may come up with an answer before long so no other woman has to suffer this terrible complaint in the future.



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Re: My story: Please help and thank you for this site!

Post  jmcmil on Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:43 am

Hey Kathy,

That's great that a chiropractor helped you!! I used to see one years ago and maybe I should go see one again. The problem is that I live in a rural town and our chiropractors wouldn't know what vulvodynia is, however I could go and not mention vulvodynia to see if it helped. Anything is worth a try..thanks for the info and your supportive reply. I wish you the best of continued success! I pray too that the docs find a cure because there are so many women affected..

Take Care,


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