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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 27, 2009
  • 09:58 PM

I am a 26 yr. old female. I have had a change in my vaginal discharge from clear to thick white, sometimes mucus-y green. The thick white discharge has been there for about 4 years. The doctors say it's hormones....but do no tests. The green discharge is on and off. It is usually light, and shows up either right before my period or right after my period. I experience slight burning during intercourse. I have been tested for all STD's...and all were negative. I have also been treated for a yeast infection, because the doctor said the green discharge can come from that. However.....I have had true yeast infections in the past....and this is NOTHING like that. I do not experience any itching or intense burning or inflammation. Another new symptom I'm having is going from a normal libido to NOTHING. I mean.....nothing. There is no feeling down there what-so-ever. I can't even get stimulated anymore. When my husband and I have intercourse, it feels slightly ok....but not like it used to. I can't orgasm anymore. This has been getting progressively worse over the last couple of months, but it's at it's worst now. Also, I have bad back pain in the middle of my back... and I don't know why. On top of that....I am extremely tired all the time. I can sleep 12 hours, and still wake up tired. I had my B-12 level checked, and it is 341. I am taking a suppliment, but it doesn't seem to be helping the fatigue.

I am open to any suggestions. I have to go to the VA for care, and they brush me off everytime I go there....so I'm trying to self-diagnose. Thanks in advance!!!! ~Adrian

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  • I am a 26 yr. old female. I have had a change in my vaginal discharge from clear to thick white, sometimes mucus-y green. The thick white discharge has been there for about 4 years. The doctors say it's hormones....but do no tests. The green discharge is on and off. It is usually light, and shows up either right before my period or right after my period. I experience slight burning during intercourse. I have been tested for all STD's...and all were negative. I have also been treated for a yeast infection, because the doctor said the green discharge can come from that. However.....I have had true yeast infections in the past....and this is NOTHING like that. I do not experience any itching or intense burning or inflammation. Another new symptom I'm having is going from a normal libido to NOTHING. I mean.....nothing. There is no feeling down there what-so-ever. I can't even get stimulated anymore. When my husband and I have intercourse, it feels slightly ok....but not like it used to. I can't orgasm anymore. This has been getting progressively worse over the last couple of months, but it's at it's worst now. Also, I have bad back pain in the middle of my back... and I don't know why. On top of that....I am extremely tired all the time. I can sleep 12 hours, and still wake up tired. I had my B-12 level checked, and it is 341. I am taking a suppliment, but it doesn't seem to be helping the fatigue. I am open to any suggestions. I have to go to the VA for care, and they brush me off everytime I go there....so I'm trying to self-diagnose. Thanks in advance!!!! ~AdrianHi Adrian,What you describe is certainly not a whole lot of fun...for both you and your husband!It sounds very possible that you may have a condition known as bacterial vaginosis (BV). This can occur when the "numbers" of the various normal vaginal bacteria become unbalanced. One of the contributing factors in some women is excessive douching.With BV, vaginal discharge frequently, but not always, has an odor. Also, it's not uncommon for women to experience a lack of libido and anxiety as a consequence of recurrent (or chronic) episodes of BV.I'd suggest that you follow-up with a GYN at the VA. Don't let them brush you off...the squeaky wheel gets the grease. If you do indeed have BV, treatment with the oral antibiotic metronidazole (Flagyl) is usually effective. It can sometimes cause some unpleasant GI side effects but it works well to resolve the infection. BV is also sometimes treated with metronidazole vaginal cream or vaginal clindamycin cream but the oral is usually more effective.Not sure if your back pain or fatigue are related. Do you know if your doctor ordered thyroid function tests in addition to the B-12 level?Let us know how you make out.Be well! John
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  • I had to ask the doc for the b-12 test. He didn't seem to think my level was low. However, my mom has had a very severe deficiency that went undiagnosed for years. She is actually a member on the thread for b-12 on this website. So, because he thought my level was normal, he didn't take any further action. As far as the BV, I don't think that's what I have. I don't have any odor or pain. I am leaning more toward cervicitis or something like that....although, I don't really have pain in my cervix either. Another thing I forgot to mention, is I am taking OrthoNovum 1-35 birth control. I have been taking it for about 6 months. Before that I had the mirena IUD for only 4 months. I bled every single day with that, had a bad discharge, that turned green, along with a weird smell. Now, I spot during the normal range of my pills for at least a week....if not more. And yes, I am taking my pills regularly. I feel like I am all over the place with describing my symptoms.....but believe me, that is how I feel all the time!
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  • I had to ask the doc for the b-12 test. He didn't seem to think my level was low. However, my mom has had a very severe deficiency that went undiagnosed for years. She is actually a member on the thread for b-12 on this website. So, because he thought my level was normal, he didn't take any further action. As far as the BV, I don't think that's what I have. I don't have any odor or pain. I am leaning more toward cervicitis or something like that....although, I don't really have pain in my cervix either. Another thing I forgot to mention, is I am taking OrthoNovum 1-35 birth control. I have been taking it for about 6 months. Before that I had the mirena IUD for only 4 months. I bled every single day with that, had a bad discharge, that turned green, along with a weird smell. Now, I spot during the normal range of my pills for at least a week....if not more. And yes, I am taking my pills regularly. I feel like I am all over the place with describing my symptoms.....but believe me, that is how I feel all the time!You're not all over the place at all in describing your symptoms. In fact, you give excellent details which, unfortunately, are often lacking. I agree that cervicitis, or perhaps cervical erosion, does also seem a strong possiblity. Cervicitis is in most, but not all cases, a result of prior infection(s); gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas being the most common culprits. Other viruses/bacteria: herpes simplex, strep, staph, enterococcus, and gardnerella vaginalis can also cause cervicitis. Your back pain is consistent with possible cervicitis, although your fatigue and now-zero libido aren't necessarily characteristic. Of course, I would think it could be rather difficult to feel "highly libidinous" while enduring the other symptoms you are dealing with!I don't think the Ortho-Novum is a strong factor as it seems that the onset of your symptoms preceded the BCP start.I'd still be interested in what a thyroid function panel would show. And I also still feel that you should push the VA for a more comprehensive GYN work-up. Pap, cultures, and if warranted, colposcopy and biopsy would all be appropriate to help narrow down and sort things out. The VA Medical Care System is known to be less-than-generous with diagnostics but will often do the right thing when faced with persistent pestering. That's certainly not as it should be...but, sadly, IS certainly the way it is.Best of luck and keep us apprised.Regards,John
    JonMac 165 Replies Flag this Response
  • It might be time to see a specialist gynogoligist and get some futher testing done. You haven't mentioned Ultrasounds or similar testing. ? ? Could be your ovaries, pelvic inflammation or a range of many different female health problems.Push for a referral to a gyno. :) Best wishes. Sammyhttp://www.undiagnosedillness.org
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  • Get checked for diabetes. http://www.wpahs.org/patients/health/index.cfm?mode=view&healthtopic=157
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