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    My doctor says I have pelvic floor dysfunction... which is nice to finally narrow things down. I am starting valium for my muscles to relax, hot baths and heating pads. I will look into a physical therapist within four weeks, she said to let the valium work before rushing into it, since it may cause pain.

    I guess I am "diagnosed" with this, but if treatment doesn't work they will look into IC as well... but they seemed to think everything I said pointed towards PFD.

    ** I get a lot of abdominal pain, does anyone else with pfd get this?? It makes me nervous.
    Daisy
    Age: 20
    Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

    Medicine
    Valium- .05mg three times a day
    (Lowered dose because it made me panic at night)

    Other
    Physical Therapy- Didn't started yet

  • #2
    i get pain EVERYWHERE in that area from the belly button down it's not fun. did you tell the urologist about abdominal pain? it's possible what you think is that pain is really the pelvic pain. mine shoots all the way up my back sometimes, especially my lower back. my pelvic pain can be excruciating at times. it feels like the worst uti of my life. phys therapy has helped me a lot so far.
    Pelvic Floor Dysfunction May 2011 from bad UTI
    21 years old, horseback rider (although this has been practically eliminated from my daily routine since the PFD)

    Current Meds: neurontin 600 mg
    valium 2mg as needed

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    • #3
      I forgot to tell my doctor I was nervous about that... I know I checked it off when I had to fill out all my symptoms, but I dont recall him talking about the pains, they just threw me so much information about muscle spasms, medicene, and therapy I got overwhelmed.

      I looked it up and read that its a symptom. I feel so relieved to hear someone else gets these pains (of course I dont wish this on anyone!)

      Are you new to psy therapy? I am going to start next month. They told me to let the valium really work before going so I wont be in as much pain the first time. Im nervous it will hurt me.
      Daisy
      Age: 20
      Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

      Medicine
      Valium- .05mg three times a day
      (Lowered dose because it made me panic at night)

      Other
      Physical Therapy- Didn't started yet

      Comment


      • #4
        i know it's really overwhelming! especially when it interferes with daily activities. mine gets so bad sometimes i can't do anything but lay down. the valium does help me a lot but it usually puts me to sleep haha! i was diagnosed in may with pfd and started therapy at the beginning of june. it's probably best to try to get into phys therapy ASAP because it really does help. i also took valium before my first appointment but i find it better to skip it that day so the therapist can find your tender spots and areas that need to be worked on the most. when your muscles are relaxed from the valium, its harder for them to feel the tightness in the bad areas. the phys therapy is a bit painful, but its more like a burning or stinging at first because the muscles are being stressed. they do internal vaginal work and basically push and hold on the knots for a minute to release it. for me, the internal feels like someone is rubbing out a big knot in your back. it's not too painful and nothing to be scared of because it does help a ton after a few sessions. they'll probably give you at home exercises to do yourself (internal and external). it does seem a little awkward at first but i try to remember they do it all day! also make sure your phys ther. is specialized in pfd or pelvic pain. just holding an ice pack down there really helps on bad days. i do that and use a heating pad on my lower back/stomach. hope this helps and good luck!
        Pelvic Floor Dysfunction May 2011 from bad UTI
        21 years old, horseback rider (although this has been practically eliminated from my daily routine since the PFD)

        Current Meds: neurontin 600 mg
        valium 2mg as needed

        Comment


        • #5
          Thanks ! Im nervous to start, but it seems sooo worth it if it makes that much of an improvement! Its definitely an awkward treatment... but whatever helps lol. I think I found a good one to go to (its called Body In Balance).

          Its really a pain how it interferes with daily activity, Im sorry that you have to stay in because of it .. but your new as well and im sure with time youll get even more improvements!! It seems like you improved a lot in just a month or two, I cant wait to get going with this treatment!

          I been using heating pads and they are amazing! I use them before bed and I can finally fall asleep

          Do you by any chance follow the diet? I been trying to figure out if I need to, since im not diagnosed with IC.
          Daisy
          Age: 20
          Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

          Medicine
          Valium- .05mg three times a day
          (Lowered dose because it made me panic at night)

          Other
          Physical Therapy- Didn't started yet

          Comment


          • #6
            kdream

            The burning stinging you get with PT was that just at first or does it happen all the time? I am trying to work out if this is normal or not. I have Vulvodynia and have been in PT for 11 months and just the tiniest bit of PT burns my vulva so much but I am told to keep going. If you don't mind me asking where abouts is the burning stingning feeling?

            Thanks,
            Claire
            TMJ Dysfunction 2009
            Vulvodynia and/or PFD 2010
            IC, based on symptoms alone 2010.
            PCOS March 2012

            8 month remission following the birth of my beautiful daughter Imogen Rose 25/12/12....currently flaring and hoping to get remission back, life without IC was amazing!

            Currently using: IC Diet...pain meds as needed
            Medications / treatment tried and discounted:
            Fluconazole 150mg 1 per week for 6 months (yeast)
            Endep 25mg - 4months
            Lyrica 75mg - 2 months - FLARE
            Oxytrol patch - I think this caused retention.
            Countless creams, lotions and potions.
            Cystoprotek - no change in symptoms
            PT - for 1 year
            Various herbs and supplements

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            • #7
              Oh so would going to the gym to work out be a definite no? Replacing it with yoga would be a benefit??!


              I wouldnt mind that, I always wanted to try yoga.
              Daisy
              Age: 20
              Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

              Medicine
              Valium- .05mg three times a day
              (Lowered dose because it made me panic at night)

              Other
              Physical Therapy- Didn't started yet

              Comment


              • #8
                oh ok, thank you for explaining
                Daisy
                Age: 20
                Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

                Medicine
                Valium- .05mg three times a day
                (Lowered dose because it made me panic at night)

                Other
                Physical Therapy- Didn't started yet

                Comment


                • #9
                  yes i still get a lot of burning with it :/ but the phys therapist said its from the tight muscles and trigger spots. with your vulvodynia it sounds like it would be very painful just to touch! the burning is worse when she pushes harder obviously, and when its more internal rather than towards the opening it feels more like hugee knots instead of the burning. i also tried yoga one day and i do want to continue more. i did a "take it easy/relaxation" class so i think that is probably geared more towards what we want rather than strengthening exercises.
                  feel better soon!
                  Pelvic Floor Dysfunction May 2011 from bad UTI
                  21 years old, horseback rider (although this has been practically eliminated from my daily routine since the PFD)

                  Current Meds: neurontin 600 mg
                  valium 2mg as needed

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Thanks guys,

                    Kdream,

                    I get pain inside that feels like the knots but this goes away once she gets rid of them. The burning is at the entrance and is usually afterwards and feels like a skin reaction to a chemical even though she only uses olive oil. If she doesn’t touch the skin just outside the opening at all it seems I experience less burning. The skin on my vulva is just so sensitive!

                    Yoga is brilliant. We do meditation at the end of ours and I come out with zero pain. This lasts until I have to get in my car to drive home|

                    Gym seems to get my feel good chemicals going but hurts my bladder the following day so I am sticking with yoga for now. Walking is good.

                    Claire
                    TMJ Dysfunction 2009
                    Vulvodynia and/or PFD 2010
                    IC, based on symptoms alone 2010.
                    PCOS March 2012

                    8 month remission following the birth of my beautiful daughter Imogen Rose 25/12/12....currently flaring and hoping to get remission back, life without IC was amazing!

                    Currently using: IC Diet...pain meds as needed
                    Medications / treatment tried and discounted:
                    Fluconazole 150mg 1 per week for 6 months (yeast)
                    Endep 25mg - 4months
                    Lyrica 75mg - 2 months - FLARE
                    Oxytrol patch - I think this caused retention.
                    Countless creams, lotions and potions.
                    Cystoprotek - no change in symptoms
                    PT - for 1 year
                    Various herbs and supplements

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      yes i get that same feeling its like a burning like the skin is raw on the outside. my pt said its just the muscles stretching, like a deep burn. im going to try more yoga. any other relaxation tips youve tried that helped at all? ive been so stressed since this started. im always thinking its something more than just pfd and set myself into a panic, which just makes the pfd flare. its a vicious cycle.
                      Pelvic Floor Dysfunction May 2011 from bad UTI
                      21 years old, horseback rider (although this has been practically eliminated from my daily routine since the PFD)

                      Current Meds: neurontin 600 mg
                      valium 2mg as needed

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        i also sometimes get random itching in my vulva. ive been to the gyno countless times convinced its a yeast infection, but it never is. the itching comes and goes and is never really bad. i cant tell if im overthinking it or my pt said it could be hypersensitivity from all the pain in that area. has anyone had similar experiences? this just makes me overthink even more! its like when the pain starts to subside, i start to concentrate more on the random itches (which its very possible i had these before all this started and never thought twice) and stress, so then the muscles tense and back comes the pain.
                        Pelvic Floor Dysfunction May 2011 from bad UTI
                        21 years old, horseback rider (although this has been practically eliminated from my daily routine since the PFD)

                        Current Meds: neurontin 600 mg
                        valium 2mg as needed

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I can relate to all of that... I think about worse health problems and I panic.
                          I actually am prescribed to Lexapro 5mg for these panic attacks.
                          Ive been on it for 3 years now (way before PFD), so luckly I can handle PFD much better then I would have if I was never on lexapro.

                          If you always worry, I would go to doctors and ask everything you need to know to feel safe. Get the extra tests to rule other things out if it makes you relax.

                          I actually have the occasional itch/burn of the vulva... before PFD as well. I couldnt tell if it was soreness from sex or a yeast infection... but it always went away so quick that I didnt worry enough either. It happened most in the shower... water touching it would be SO irritating. This is something that may occur for 2 days, every few months... I figured it could be irritation from sex, tampons/pads.

                          When I did think it was a yeast infection... I tried monistat... WORSE idea ever!!!! I was in severe pain and itching.. I had to shower to try to get rid of the monistat but it wouldnt stop for hours! Anyone else get this!?
                          Daisy
                          Age: 20
                          Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

                          Medicine
                          Valium- .05mg three times a day
                          (Lowered dose because it made me panic at night)

                          Other
                          Physical Therapy- Didn't started yet

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Yep, since vulvodynia started any cream down there drives me crazy. Even if I have a yeast infection by swab and use the cream it burns. I have to use oral anti fungals only. You are not alone with that one.
                            TMJ Dysfunction 2009
                            Vulvodynia and/or PFD 2010
                            IC, based on symptoms alone 2010.
                            PCOS March 2012

                            8 month remission following the birth of my beautiful daughter Imogen Rose 25/12/12....currently flaring and hoping to get remission back, life without IC was amazing!

                            Currently using: IC Diet...pain meds as needed
                            Medications / treatment tried and discounted:
                            Fluconazole 150mg 1 per week for 6 months (yeast)
                            Endep 25mg - 4months
                            Lyrica 75mg - 2 months - FLARE
                            Oxytrol patch - I think this caused retention.
                            Countless creams, lotions and potions.
                            Cystoprotek - no change in symptoms
                            PT - for 1 year
                            Various herbs and supplements

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Years ago when I was having a lot of problems with burning and irritation in the vulva the drs.kept giving me all these creams to try and the worst one was Monistat. I burned for days after that one. I stopped all the creams at that point. Wish they would have had compounded creams like they do now that can be custom made. I found out I had a hypersensitivity to propylene glycol which is in a lot of the commercial creams and even Vagifem tablets.

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