I have Fibromyalgia that is stress related. In the last year I've had 3 major stress events & I've been managing my Fibro pain. Unfortunately, with this last tragedy, my stress pushed me into having Vulvodynia issues again. The itching & pain is constant & encompasses my entire vulva, including vestibule (opening) & my clitoris. Does anyone have a suggestion on what I can do to get through this? So far, the only thing that can stun that area into numbness is taking a shower & directing a very direct stream of the hottest water I can stand on the area. I'll be trying some cold compresses today, but I need something better than what I've got now! This is NOT a yeast infection, I've had this before & I know that it's nerves that are causing it. I am not currently taking any medications for my Fibro, I only take generic OTC meds for my fibro & arthritis pain (acetaminophen, ibuprofen & naproxen) and I take generic Benedryl for allergies.
Vulvodynia is burning discomfort, itching, throbbing, or tenderness in the genital region. Symptomatic treatment includes sitz-baths, anesthetic gels (lidocaine), topical steroid creams, pain relief medications like ibuprofen etc. Avoid any possible irritants including harsh soaps, chemicals, deodorants etc. Avoid coffee, alcohol etc. The last option would be laser surgery. Other causes of your symptoms include pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, pelvic adhesions and endometriosis. For a confirmed diagnosis - you would need a clinical examination by an OBG specialist, blood tests and other tests to rule out an infection and hormonal causes; ultrasound scan to rule out the pelvic causes.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
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