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  • Strange Constant Arousal

    Hi everyone!

    I’ve had on and off IC symptoms since 2017. Unfortunately, in February of this year I unknowingly spilled some facial toner on a panty liner and wore it. This caused not only my bladder symptoms to flare, but also caused some general burning down there (vulvodynia) in addition to some weird clitoral throbbing. Luckily, I’ve been able to calm the burning and throbbing down with the help of topical lidocaine cream and a topical steroid ointment.

    Over the last few weeks though I’ve been experiencing a weird constant arousal feeling. It’s almost like the superficial muscles and nerves are hyper stimulated. You would think this is a good feeling to have, but when it is constant it is so frustrating and has made me very emotional.

    I’ve started physical therapy so I hope that helps. Weirdly, running seems to calm it down a little (maybe it gets the blood flowing out of that region?) But anything where I am squeezing my pelvic floor muscles really makes it worse! (Goodbye Pilates and yoga!)

    I have heard that antidepressants like Elavil really help with nerve pain and can make this constant arousal feeling better, but I am on a different antidepressant named Remeron for anxiety and depression, and I cannot take Elavil due to the drug interactions. My psychiatrist is reluctant to take me off Remeron because it has helped to much with my depression and anxiety symptoms.

    I am taking some supplements, including calcium citrate, B12, and glucosamine. Those are supposed to help with vulvodynia pain and bladder pain as well.

    I’ve also noticed that my bladder pain and arousal symptoms are much worse on my period so I’m considering going back on birth control. I also use ice packs at night to help calm everything down.

    My question is, is there anything else I can do to help with this annoying arousal symptom? Any other medications I might be able to try? If you’ve had this symptom in the last, did it eventually go away? How long did it take for it to subside?

    I really appreciate any words of wisdom. It can be so frustrating and sometimes I find myself getting a little depressed.

    Thank you so much for taking to time to reply to this. I hope you all are doing well!

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    Hey don't worry, you're not alone! This is a common symptom of pudendal nerve conditions. It sounds like the chemicals and maybe even the steroids have caused some irritation or hyperactivity in the nerves, but it should calm down soon once everything's healed and left alone!

    I also had this symptom but mine was caused by antidepressants. It can be a symptom of a lot of different things and everyone seems to be affected differently by it but I've found the best thing to do is try your best not to stress about it or tense any muscles there too much!

    I hope you feel better soon