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  • The specialist I've been seeing for the majority of this infection has flat out said he doesn't know what else to do. I kind of feel like if I go to some other gynecologists, they will either try the same treatments that I've already been on (that have failed), or will say they have no idea.
    The other docs would follow the exact same routine because that is the protocol for specific infections they are taught. Medicine is limited to how much has been discovered over the years, there are only so many antibiotics that can work for certain bacteria, only certain treatment plans that work for certain conditions, only certain diagnoses available for certain symptoms and so on. Everything is limited to the current medical knowledge and once that is exhausted it is literally exhausted because there is nothing else to fall back on. That is not the doctor's fault, or the scientists fault, everything can only go so fast as regular advancements allow.

    As for a specialist, the closest you can probably get to anything that you have not already tried is either a microbiologist MD or even an immunologist MD. Or PhD researcher who can give a referral to an MD for treatment. It is really a tough road because all experts are basically experts in just that one field and if everything of their expertise has been exhausted there may not be anyone with anymore amount of information to give.
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    • I've seen 9 different specialists so far if you include the women's health physiotherapist, and haven't got much in the way of answers. Just a "we can see you're having symptoms but we don't know why" routine from most of them and as the above post says in the beginning the first few doctors did do exactly what the last one had tried so I went round in circles for some time.

      Have you recovered from your yeast infection now amelillo? Last time you posted you had alot of burning which I can totally relate to after having constant severe burning for over a year.

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      • Originally posted by Sarah001 View Post
        Have you recovered from your yeast infection now amelillo? Last time you posted you had alot of burning which I can totally relate to after having constant severe burning for over a year.
        I wish I could say I've rid of the yeast infection, but I don't think so. I did a 7 day course of Monistat about a week ago. The first application burned SO SO bad. I had to sit with an ice pack between my legs all night After that, it burned less, but it's definitely still there. I notice it more at night than anything. For the most part, the incredible burn is gone, but I still have some itching. I've been taking my acidophilus pills again and eating yogurt, but honestly, it seems to make my discharge worse. Not to mention, I feel really swollen inside. Hard to explain, but I'm guessing it's due to all the irritation. Couldn't get any sort of applicator up there recently. I was thinking about how I have such trouble inserting things, and wonder if getting dilators would help any. Idk if it would just irritate the infections or what. If the infections were gone, maybe I wouldn't have the insertion problem? But then again, if I still did, that's another issue to deal with later on.

        Good news is I have health insurance again, but I don't really want to go on a third round of Diflucan so...just trying to fight the yeast off by using the acidophilus and eating a lot of garlic until my next scheduled appointment in May.

        I think I will go ahead and try to find an infectious disease doctor to see if I can get any new perspectives. I just hope they wont think I'm crazy calling their office, asking them to look at my vagina, as it seems like that's not something they usually do? Guess I'll find out.

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        • Dilators would be helpful for your vestibulitis, I use them to stretch the superficial pelvic floor muscles just inside the vagina and to find trigger points higher up where I can't reach with my fingers. You have to take it slow with dilators though, if they increase pain they make matters worse. Often regular use of antibiotics and repeated infections cause vestibulitis so it probably won't go away without help even if the infections stop. Are you still using the lidocaine?

          Keep us informed of your progress, we seem to have lost a few members from this thread so hopefully they've recovered or made some headway of some kind and will drop back in at some point to tell us about it. I start back with the physio in a months time, I haven't seen her since November last year due to personal problems on both our parts so I'm hoping she can help me when I go back.

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