I've had many vaginitis episodes since I started menopause 2 years ago. However in late February I had another episode of E. coli vaginitis. After a bout of augmentin the symptoms of burning and irritation remained. The Gyn. switched me to cravit and did a culture which showed no more bacteria. The burning, irritation and vaginal discomfort remained. They gave all kinds of ointments and nothing helped. Finally I told the doctor that I started "indoor cyling" since December and whether they could be causing my symptoms. The doctor did not know. I finally went through another gynecologist who said I was fine ( normal pap smear and pelvic ultrasound). I googled "vaginal discomfort from bicycling" and something called "pudendal neuralgia" came up. I seemed to have all the symptoms of this ailment. From that point on I suffered so much anxiety that my vagina was burning all the time. I couldn't eat, couldn't sleep and I lost weight. I got so fixated on this "pudendal neuralgia" thing that I was having anxiety attacks all the time. My family doctor finally sent me to a "pelvic floor disorder" expert and she reassured me I didn't have PN. I was still not convinced so I went to see an urologist who also I didn't have this disorder. But my vagina was still burning and irritated and sometimes I felt like there was something inside knifing me. The family doctor finally sent me to see a psychiatrist who prescribed me "lyrica" to help with my anxiety. After 2 days of that I felt worse because of the massive side effects. I ditched both my family doctor and psychiatrist and finally found a good reliable internist who said I have "atrophic vaginitis". She prescribed me vagifem pessary. After 4 days of this I still have irritation, pin and needles feeling inside my vagina. Sometimes when I sit that area gets more irritated.
My question is can I be suffering from atrophic vaginitis which can cause such awful symptoms: burning, irritation, itching needle poking sensation and an overall sensation like I am constant having a pelvic exam done. This pain is 7/24. Sometimes its better and other times when I am anxious I am in AGONY!! I am just hoping that these doctors did not miss something.
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