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    Let me give you a brief history: Since January I have had three confirmed yeast infections, and been treated for six. The last one he said was one of the worst ones he has seen. Before this, I have only had one my entire life. This is also when I had a UTI that spiraled into IC. Anyways, my gyno only prescribes cream for a 7 day period or at the most he has given me Diflucan for a week. I figured that if I had one of the worst ones he has seen, he would medicate me for longer than a three day period which is what the last dose was. His office is not very helpful to say the least. My current issue is that I went to the doctor because I had bumps that were itching. They took a viral culture and said that it came back negative. They were big bumps too, not small ones. So I started taking Benadryl everyday and my gyno gave me a seven day steroid treatment. Yesterday was the last day for the steroids. I still have a trace of the bumps, and still have minor itching but I don't think that the itching is the bumps this time. So of course I am scared that I have yet another yeast infection or that the bumps are still causing problems. The itching is sometimes up by my urethra, and sometimes the area on the outside looks pretty red and sometimes it looks like a healthy pink. I called my uro this morning and left a message to see if he could refer me to either a dermatologist or a gyno that specializes in IC to see if they could give me answers on the itching. Is it possible I have nerve damage down there and that is what is causing me to itch? It is not horrible itching, just annoying and I am scared to do anything that would make me sweat because I am so afraid of getting a yeast infection. I have done everything on my end that I think I could do, I use white cotton underwear, Dove soap, Arm & Hammer Hypoallergenic laundry detergent and I double rinse, use a wash bottle after I use the restroom, don't wear underwear to bed, been taking the natural supplement to try and keep yeast infections away. Has anyone ever experienced this?
    Diagnosed with IC - March 2007
    Diagnosed with vulvodynia - June 2007
    -Lots of prayer
    -Taking Elmiron and Hydroxzine (stoppped because of pregnancy)
    -Taking Prelief as needed (stopped because of pregnancy)
    -IC diet

  • #2
    Nerve damage

    Yes, its possible it is nerve damage that causes the itching. I had facial shingles and I often get a fit of the itches over the nerve where it was. It can get pretty itchy too.
    If you do not have a yeast infection or a gland infection, then the next thing to look at would be nerves. However, a bad yeast infection after it has been cleared up can and does sometimes cause the vulvar nerves to be irritated, red and itchy. This is how some women say their vulvar problems began. If you can get to a vulvar specialist who can check you for vulvadynia that is your best bet.


    Meds: Melatonin 3mg @ bedtime if needed. Estrogen 1.5 mg troche and 0.1 mg Estrace cream.
    Diagnosis: IC, PFD (both in remission)


    • #3
      HI Kristi,
      It sounds to me like you still have yeast. If it's as bad as you describe I think you need a GYN Specialist to diagnose you and put you on long term Diflucan. I get severe yeast.........have fought it for years and have been on Diflucan and Monistat at the same time for 15 days at a time. I've had the bumps, redness, soreness.....the works! I hope you find a great dr. to help you. Roxie

      Double Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery 8/09
      Unsuccessful MiniArc sling surgery 12/07
      Dx'd Hypothyroid
      Dx'd Chronic Axonal Neuropathy & Myopathy
      June 2007
      Dx'd IC May 2006 (after suffering for 25+ yrs!)
      First Cysto 1979
      First Hydro 1981 (Many treatments since then!)
      Collagin"Durasphere" injections for urethra
      Gall bladder surgery Aug. 2004
      Gastric Bypass Dec. 2004
      Dx'd: Barrett's Esphogus July 2004
      Dx'd: Vaginal Atrophy 2005
      Bladder surgery 2000
      Dx'd: IBS 2000
      Hysterectomy (fibroids) 1999
      Laminectomy 1989
      Dx'd: Degerative Disk Disorder 1989

      For IC I use Elmiron, Elavil and Freeze dried Aloe Vera (it works likes Elmiron, but naturally)and Azo as needed. I also take Zegerid, Randitine for Barrett's Esophagus. (which causes me to have constant yeast infections!)I take Cymbalta for Neuopathy/Myopathy pain. I use the Climara patch for menopause symptoms. I'm on a very strict diet because of the IC, IBS and Gastric Bypass. I take Primal Defense Probiotics and whole food Iron.
      I no longer have the awful urethral pain! I've been using MSM gel now for 4 mo. and haven't had a flare up or the urethra's amazing stuff!!:woohoo:


      • #4
        Thanks for the replies. I have an appointment with my primary physician on Thursday. I have not been to him in a couple years and not since this whole thing has happened. I am going to ask his opinion tell him all the crap that has and has not been done regarding meds and see if he will spend some time trying to figure this out. If not, I will ask if he knows of a gyno who knows anything about IC. I think I am pretty much done with my gyno. It seems to me the most problems I have is with my vagina. Don't get me wrong, my bladder sometimes hurts, or let me say, my vulva burns when I eat something bad, but my main problem is with my vagina. It makes me so mad that my uro seems to be doing his job by improving my symptoms, and my gyno is too busy for me! I will let you guys know how my appointment goes. Thanks.
        Diagnosed with IC - March 2007
        Diagnosed with vulvodynia - June 2007
        -Lots of prayer
        -Taking Elmiron and Hydroxzine (stoppped because of pregnancy)
        -Taking Prelief as needed (stopped because of pregnancy)
        -IC diet


        • #5
          If you have redness, it could be a contact allergy. You might want to try a different soap, such as Cetaphil or Neutrogena (I use Neutrogena). And you could try adding some vinegar (about 1/4 cup to a washer load) in your rinse water. Some contact allergies can be worsened by anything alkaline, which includes almost all soaps. I have eczema and I have to be very careful about alkalines contacting my skin.

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