I am recently discovered from this board that the pain I might be experiencing could be due to vulvodynia. I'm wondering if any of you could read about my symptoms below and let me know whether you experience the same thing (and don't worry, I have an appt. with a new gyno on Monday to ask her about it).
I have had GHSV-1 since April and had a really bad primary. After that, I have had repeated OBs. They were finally starting to calm down a bit a month ago. I hadn't had my period in a long time because I had been skipping it with the Pill (because the herpes was already so bad), but I decided to have it then, at the end of July. With the period came intense, shooting pains and swollen bumps all over the inside of my vulva. It didn't look like herpes, because they weren't lesions. Horrible itching accompanied these symptoms. I struggled for about a four days with the intense pain (kept me up at night and was random and sharp), then went to my general practitioner, who didn't suggest it would be anything but herpes. She prescribed me neurontin, percocet and lydocaine cream.
All have helped somewhat (love the percocet , but I don't want this to go on forever! The bumps are gone and the pain has localized at the top of my clitoris. It's milder even w/o the drugs, but still really annoying and painful. The herpes is the best it's been (though still a daily battle), but the nerve pain and itching is driving me nuts. The lydocaine helps the most, but i know it's not something I can keep using for a long time or I'll do more bad than good.
I know that with vulvodynia, pain is generally associated with sex, but I don't have that. I have always had a little bit of pain upon entry, but it's really not bad and passes instantly. Also, the area does not hurt to the touch.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm not sure I can make it to next week! (p.s. I also have my period right now, which seems to have brought on more of the pain and itching than last week).