Vaginal Pain and Vulvodynia - Medications

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Medications and other medical therapies for vaginal pain and vulvodynia

Some of the medications that have been useful include:

  • Topical estrogen creams
  • Topical or local anesthetics
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants (anti-seizure medications are sometimes useful in managing chronic pain)

Other medical therapies for women with severe vulvodynia include:

  • Injections of interferon or nerve blocks, in which medications are injected to reduce signaling from nerves in the affected areas
  • Biofeedback training and pelvic floor exercises have been helpful for some women.
  • Surgical removal of affected tissue can be of benefit in women with vulvodynia due to vulvar vestibulitis syndrome, a particular type of vulvodynia that is located at the area of the hymenal ring.
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Comment from: feeling better, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

I spent a year freaking out that I had vulvodynia. I worked this summer at a facility that had a safety newsletter and it told me that when your body does not have enough electrolytes it causes your blood's pH to be off. I boosted my electrolytes and drank a Gatorade a day and my issues went away! Drink those electrolytes girls! Don't suffer needlessly through rounds of antibiotics. At least try it and see if it helps you!

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Comment from: malibu, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 18

I was walking up some steps and felt a popping feeling and so much pain at the back of my knee. This was 1st March and I am still in a great deal of pain. I was only told I had hamstring injury 8 weeks ago so was left without help for the first 6 weeks. I never had thigh pain, just pain in the knee area and below. I have since had what I could describe as like a tearing feeling in muscles below my knee area in the calf. I have been on crutches since I have done it. I also have been doing my exercises given to me via physiotherapist but I am still not 100 percent sure it is a hamstring injury. I am very frustrated and still in pain. I also have general wear and tear of the knee. I have been off work since I have done this and can't see it getting any better.

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