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Vulvodynia

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This unpleasant condition causes chronic pain and discomfort in the vulval area, with the most common symptoms including stinging, burning, irritation and rawness. The condition can vary in severity; for some they experience only mild discomfort, but for others it can severely inhibit their normal lives and prevent enjoyment of sexual activities. There are treatments available, including anti-depressant and anti-convulsant drugs, but there are also creams and gels that can be applied to help with the pain. With up to 15% of women suffering with this condition, you can be sure that you’re not alone, and your GP will be able to help.

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Hi My mom has been in terrible pain since January and sounds a lot like vulvodynia or maybe Pudendal Neuralga? Can any of you offer any suggestions she has been treated for thrush, cystitis,she has had an MRI scan which is clear. The doctor is now sending her for an imaging scan. I hasten to add this is a doctor who she has had to pay private to seen in the end because her Nhs doctor was basically suggesting she was losing her mind! Her symptoms include vaginal and anal pain, unable to sit down without pain. Stinging, burning in her vagina and pain in her back passage. I feel helpless any suggestions what to do next to get someone to listen?





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I have white spots on my libia, it sometimes itches like thrush i was wondering if this is normal.





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I am on pregabalin now and i have had a good two weeks, but who knows when it will come back it is so random. I have also been to see a clinical psychologist and i found her very helpful to talk to. I know it will come back but i take the good days when i can. I find that when i am on hols i suffer a lot less with it so with me heat doenst affect it.





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I was just wondering, some comments have been made about vulval vestibulitis and that pelvic floor exercises seem to help. What sort of pelvic floor exercises are they? I've been suffering for about 2-3 years and it's been getting more and more difficult to have sex, because of the pain. I find it very hard to wear tampons too, as they really hurt at times and it feels like I'm pushing it in against a wall of some kind, even though I know I'm putting it in properly. I've tried my local GUM clinic and they did try to help me, but beyond giving me anaesthetic gel, which only seemed to help occasionally and for a while, they couldn't really do much as they said there's no cure. So really, if anyone can recommend anything I would be VERY grateful. I'm desperate. My doctor knows nothing at all about these sorts of problems and I HATE that I might never be able to have sex with my fiance again at this rate.





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sorry forgot to add as well, while we had the heat wave a few weeks ago it was bad at times then, and i did notice it was bad at times also when i went on holiday, so i also think the trick may be to try and stay as cool as you can down there!





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hello, me again. well for the past few weeks touch wood, i have been fine (apart from i have now got swine flu). i have paniced a bit about it coming back, but i think its stress that mostly brings it on! i do find that lidocane helps me out, when i get it bad. but after ive had my baby im going to push my doc into going a step futher into this! got to stick with it!





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I have been suffering with Vulvodynia syndrome for almost a year, before that I was told that it was thrush. It took a very long time before anyone took me seriously, in fact it was only when I cried at a Doctor in my local GUM Clinic that I finally got anywhere. I would say to anyone that has been having similar symptoms to be very forward and determind when speaking to a Doctor and keep persisting! I use aquaeous cream as a soap which has helped and am on medication which is on-going at the moment but should be off it fingers crossed in 5mnths. I have also recently found a good website for info and support; http://vulvalpainsociety.org I am also possibly getting some pyschological help. It's a very difficult issue for any woman, and would gladly share my problem with others if it can help anyone else. The best way I find with coping with examinations etc, once you've found a doctor is to laugh about it all and it makes you both feel more relaxed.Good luck to everyone.





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Hi again! Forgot to mention in my last comment that vulvadynia is a nerve problem, it isn't caused by infection or yeast, it is compression of the Pudendal Nerve. Please look up Pudendal Neuralgia or Pudendal Nerve Entrapment, it will give you the answers you need. My problem seems to be my pelvic floor muscle and the small intestine all pushing into one area where the Pudendal nerve runs through. This nerve splits into lots of directions, it sets off all nerve endings in your genitals and or anus/rectum (you can also get lower back pain with this condition). There may be a very slight compression in your pelvic area (front or back) that could be causing this. I took some print outs from the Pudendal Info web site into my GP. He wasn't aware of this condition and all of the consultants at my local hospital didn't know enough about it to help me. I had to find all the information myself and even find the right pain clinic to go to and ask to be referred there. Please let me know if this information has helped any of you in anyway.





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Hi Im 19 years old and have been with my boyfriend for 5 years i have had the worst 2 nearly 3 years of my life when it comes to sex i cant bare the pain and its came to the stage i have no sex life what so ever its terrible i have been to my gp and she reffered me to the hospital and the gave me a cream witch to me looked like a paste witch also treated eczema and it didnt help at all, I have had thursh before i dont know if that is the main cause but readin everyones comments i dont know what to think i gave up with my gp as she said i should think about getting counsiling she said it was all in my head (How Pathetic) I have tryed ky jelly and other lubs but nothing seems to help! i feel as if its a cut down below but my boyfriend has looked and cant see anything the burning it awful i have had to cool it down with cold water at some points during sex and i cant get to sleep because the pain it gives me I hope if i see a different doctor soon as possible and explain about Vulvodynia she might agree with me and maybe put my mind at ease





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Hi, I'm 34 yrs old, I've 3 children. I got this blue spots on my labia, I only found this out recently. I've asked my ex, and he said it been there for years before I had my children (my eldest is 12), What are they? I darent to see a gp over this.





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