The vulvodynia was triggered after a horrible yeast infection. I was "fine" and then I wasn't anymore. I had what I thought was a normal stress level and okay health. I suffered from occasional migraines and 9 months prior to the vulvodynia I started to suffer from painful acid reflux. The doctor told me it was all about getting older. I was 41! My story is just like so many other women who have been stricken by this painful disorder except I figured mine out. I solved my puzzle because it didn't take long to realize that no one else could.
I ran to so many doctors, physical therapist, and psychologist. They all came up empty. I received drugs, toys, and electric instruments all given to me in an effort to "mask" the symptoms. Actually, now I refer to my symptoms as clues.
I have never been a great puzzle solver. In fact, the only game I am good at is "Wheel of Fortune" and that is because they help you by giving you more and more letters. But too much was at stake. So one day, exhausted from the constant burning, I sat down and thought about my body as a whole unit. Not just my vulva but the whole kit and kaboodle. And I had an "ah ha" moment. Acid Reflux is burning in the upper part of my digestion. Could my pain be heartburn in my vulva? I ran to the gastrointestinal doctor. He looked at me like I was nuts. "Could I have heart burn in my vagina?" His reply "I don't believe so." I then replied "Then why do I feel a bit of relief after I take an anti-acid tablet?" His reply "I don't know." While we were talking in his office I glanced down on his desk and saw an image. It was my slightly acid damaged esophagus. It looked like my irratated vagina. I knew I was on to something.
After doing tons of research about acid and alkaline I was convinced this was my issue. Moreover, I discovered that some people can not ingest "weak acids" found in a lot of fruits and some veggies. This is because of a depleted mineral reserve. This reserve is what the body calls upon to neutralize the weak acid in many foods. My body had no way of neutralizing these acids and it was getting dumped in the tissues of my vulva. They would be excreted out my vaginal fluids.