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    I went for a follow-up exam today so the gynecologist could determine how well my VV treatment has been progressing. I've been taking Calcium Citrate and Elavil for almost 3 months now and am on the third pack of Ovcon 35 (without taking the placebo, so that I can reduce the number of periods I get ech year.) He did the q-tip test and this was the first time I didn't experience any discomfort when he touched any of the spots on the vestibule that had been tender before. I still have some redness (and do experience ocassional irritation, which is relieved by splashing cool water on the vaginal area, applying a topical ointent like Gynecort or A&D and trying to let the area "air out" whenever I can) but he said it's greatly improved. He was glad to hear that I have been able to resume sexual activity (and I was even more glad to be able to report it -- ha ha! ) and that it doesn't seem to be triggering major flares so long as I'm careful. I was worried he might ask for me to repeat having the biopsy done (some of you might recall I had it done and the lab lost the biopsy) but he didn't even bring it up at all, so he must not think it's necessary. Woo hoo! bunny

    Unfortunately he doesn't believe I'll ever see complete remission of symptoms, that it will be something I always have to manage on some level. (He did say that he has seen women remove remarkably during and after pregnancy, bt I'm a couple of years away from that possibly happening.) Overall though it's pretty good news, considering I feel more "normal" than I have been in quite a long time.
    Namaste

    "You must be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

    "The most important medicine is tender love and care" - Mother Teresa

    Proud mother of Ahleia, born on April 9, 2007

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    Diagnosed with:
    IC, OAB, Congenital urethral stricture, IBS, Vulvar vestibulitis, Heart murmur, Congenital cervical stenosis...but otherwise doing great!

    Meds:
    Currently in remission, but took the following for 3 years: Elmiron 200 mg., Elavil 25 mg., Detrol LA 4mg, Ovcon-35

    Health treatments/practices:
    Kripalu yoga, Chiropractic, Massage therapy and Reiki

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    Hi Poetgirl--

    I am so glad to hear that you are doing well! I hope it stays that way for you!!!

    Hugs,
    Jess grouphug
    Mommy to 2 crazy, wonderful kids and wife to the most amazing man in the world!

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    • #3
      Thanks Jess, I appreciate it! I've had a couple of less-than-great days this week where I had some symptoms but I think it's also because I've been under a lot of stress. Still, it's totally not a big deal compared to how I was only a few months ago.

      I'm also going for a consultation on Wed. for pelvic floor therapy (I noticed in one of the other posts you mentioned you have PFD.) I'm hoping that will also help keep things under control. Keep your fingers crossed!
      Namaste

      "You must be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

      "The most important medicine is tender love and care" - Mother Teresa

      Proud mother of Ahleia, born on April 9, 2007

      -----------------------
      Diagnosed with:
      IC, OAB, Congenital urethral stricture, IBS, Vulvar vestibulitis, Heart murmur, Congenital cervical stenosis...but otherwise doing great!

      Meds:
      Currently in remission, but took the following for 3 years: Elmiron 200 mg., Elavil 25 mg., Detrol LA 4mg, Ovcon-35

      Health treatments/practices:
      Kripalu yoga, Chiropractic, Massage therapy and Reiki

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      • #4
        Hey Poet--

        I will definitely keep my fingers crossed for you! PFD can be treated pretty well...let me know how you do!

        Hugs,
        Jess
        Mommy to 2 crazy, wonderful kids and wife to the most amazing man in the world!

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        • #5
          Hi Poet,

          Wow...that is such great news about your improvement! I was smiling all the way through your post.

          I wish you good luck and many happy intimate moments. wink

          Colleen

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