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    I am in a 2 day vulvodynia flare-up. THis is really disappointing, bc I have my period, and I almost always get a complete break from the vulvodynia then.

    At work today I was close to tears. I am on a steroid cream right now to see if it will work--so far no luck. I went out and bought a sitz bath and Aveeno. Yesterday I tried vitamin E. I took advil as well, and a prosed DS (just to see of controlling any bladder spasms might help). So far nothing's working.

    Do any of you have any tips on how to get at least some relief right away?

    I can see the angry redness, but I'm still not sure which type of vulvodynia I have.

    Thanks in advance for any help!

  • #2
    A few practical suggestions...

    Hi icbop,
    1. My doctor prescribed me some lidocaine gel for external use when I have a vulvodynia flareup. That helps some.
    2. Cool compresses help also.
    3. A lot of IC patients cannot tolerate Advil, so just be aware while using it if your symptoms increase...
    4. Do you have one of the chair cushions that relieve pressure on the vulva? That might be helpful as well. They are available in the ICN shop linked at the top of this page.
    5. Also available in the ICN shop is a little bottle to rinse after or during urination which can reduce irritation to the skin.
    6. Certain foods, usually those high in oxalates, can increase vulvodynia symptoms. I find blueberries & spinach to be the biggest offenders for me, but have learned that if I take a calcium citrate tablet with them, I can "get away" with those foods in small amounts. Calcium citrate neutralizes oxalates, but be sure to get a brand without added colorants or preservatives. I get mine at a health food store. A lot of vulvodynia patients find some relief in following a low oxalate diet. Google it

    Hope you are feeling better soon--

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    Current treatments:
    -IC diet
    -Elavil 50mg at night
    -Continuous use birth control pills (4-5 periods/year)
    -Heparin/Marcaine/Sodium Bicarb home instills at night 3-4x per week, more often if needed
    -Pyridium if needed,
    -Pain medicine at bedtime daily, as needed during the day several times per week
    -Antibiotic when doing an instillation to prevent UTI
    -Colace & SmartFiber to treat chronic constipation from meds, Fleet enema as needed
    -Dye Free Benadryl 50 mg at bedtime
    -"Your Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain" dvd, walking, treadmill at gym
    -Managing stress= VERY important!
    -Fur therapy: Hugging the cat!


    • #3
      A friend once told me that if she wet a tea bag and placed it on the irritated spot, it gave her some relief.

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      • #4
        Thanks ladies!


        • #5
          Emla cream numbs the skin, + oral pain med + cold pack will give you relive.
          I have also had some V V right before and during my period this time, it think it was b/c of yeast. I take diflucan 2 days before my period and most of the time it does the "trick". This time I think I already had some yeast so diflucan only was not enough this time....
          take it easy.
          Laser cervical surgery after abnormal pap (moderate dysplasia) in 3/2004
          UTIs since mid 2004
          Recurrent yeast infections since mid 2005
          IC dx 3/2006
          V V dx 12/2006
          Other conditions: IBS, allergies, dry eyes.

          Current IC medications:
          Elavil (since 12/06) 10 mg;
          Cysta Q (since 5/07)
          Rephresh acid jel every 3 days
          D-mannose, fish oil, Calcium Citrate, Multivitamins & garlic pills (sometimes)
          Probiotics Femdophilus or other brands
          Gy-Na-Tren for yeast infections (started using it as needed since 2010)
          Other Rx:Omeprazole 20mg; benadryl as needed, Restasis

          Past Meds and why I stopped them:
          Elmiron: March to September 2006: headaches
          Lyrica:2 weeks in 2006: headaches
          Cystoprotek: from Jan to April 2007: nausea

          Femcon Fe (2/07 to 10/07):caused spotting/bleeding
          BCP:Loestrin (since Ocotber 2007) to stop spotting for 2 months. V V worse. Stopped the pill in Nov 07.

          "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it"