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mysterious vaginal symptoms, i am 17 years old, PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME

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  • Posted By: pablaaaa
  • November 6, 2008
  • 03:03 AM

Hi.. i hear that a large majority of people get a yeast infection/bladder infection at least once in their life time.. but I seem to have some sort of infection that won't go away. I'm only 17, and I had a bladder infection that i had to take 2 rounds of antibiotics to get rid of, and a yeast infection that came back in a month. I sleep with no panties, I don't wash my vagina with soap, I dont use anything perfumed at all near my genitals, I have recently been trying to eat healthier but it is difficult when most of my surroundings eat unhealthily. I used to have intense stinging and itching inside my vagina. My doctor said I had a yeast infection and gave me the one pill injested orally treatment and it went away, but came back in a month. My doctor prescribed me the same pill and it seemed as if the condition just got worse. I have been taking acidophilus and folic acid tablets twice a day and i no longer have stinging in my vagina, but i still can't have sex for that long before it starts to hurt. I usually wake up in the morning feeling fine then by the end of the day at school my vagina feels enflamed and the only thing i want to do is take a hot bath to soothe it. I have also been tested for STD'S many, many times that all came back negative. My symptoms seem to keep changing, and i know there are many conditions that could be the cause of this, but my doctor isn't listening to me or helping me at all. It stings when I pee when i'm on my period, and before I started taking the acidophilus tablets I had severe lower back pains and diahrea and constipation. I have thought of and researched the many causes for my symptoms (Bacterial vaginosis, endometriosis, cystitis, vulvar vestibulis) but I don't know what it could be. I have no idea what to do. I think my mother and doctor think it is all in my head. I am so frustrated and I don't know who to talk to, I am only seventeen, this shouldn't be happening to me. Tonight it seems that i am urinating overly frequently. I always feel a heavy pressure on my bladder. I also ahve been drinking a large glass of cranberry juice every day and it isn't seeming to help. There must be an underlying problem that is causing all these symptoms for me, and I don't know who to talk to, the only person I know to talk to about thsi is my doctor and most often she just doesn't listen to me and rushes me out of her office. It is so frustrating, and I am in a long term relationship with someone who i love very much and I can't imagine being sexually dysfunctional at only 17( I have been tested three times since I have been with him and all came back negative ). I'm sorry for all the typing, but I desperately hope that there is someone out there who can give me answers. I want to be healthy, I want to have a normal sex life. I believe that most of my symptoms point to endometreosis, but im not sure, all i know about these conditions is from what I have read off the internet, PLEASEE HELP MEEEEE!!!:(:(

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  • I'd also like to add that before i took the acidophilus tablets my stooles were very light coloured or clay coloured and painful. Also, my doctor never TESTED me for yeast infection, she just went off by the symptoms that I told her and prescribed me it. PLEASE HELP ME :(:confused::(
    pablaaaa 7 Replies
    • November 6, 2008
    • 03:21 AM
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  • First of all make sure you take a probiotic that contains rheuteri in it...this is especially helpful for vaginal flora. Make sure your partner ALSO takes a probiotic. Research the threads on bacterial vaginosis where I suggest the probiotic/yogurt vaginal suppository treatment - this works! vitacost.com has great prices online. I suggest finding a good holistic practitioner to help with your symptoms (naturopath, acupuncturist, or other). Allopathic docs don't treat this well, and you end up on a rollercoaster of antibiotic and antifungal medications. They don't work and you end up feeling miserable! Research candida overload. Candida is a bear and hard to get rid of. Diflucan doesn't cut it and is liver toxic. Research online for candida cleanses - Threelac is excellent, if expensive. You can find a good candida cleanse by NOW, with Oregano Oil, black walnut, grapefruit seed extract, and others. Plan to do a cleanse for at least 2 months. You must cut out sugars/fried foods/processed foods. No sodas. Drink lots of fresh water daily. Cranberry juice with added sugar is very bad -Ocean Spray is horrible stuff. Instead try cranberry tablets. Candida is implicated in endometriosis. Please do some online research on this. Endo is well treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs...I've treated many women with severe endo and they are especially helped with Chinese herbs. As someone who has suffered for years with candida issues I understand your frustration...but if you make changes in diet and try a good cleanse you should really notice a difference. Western docs do a great disservice to women by not treating candida seriously or effectively. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 6, 2008
    • 03:57 AM
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  • I am only 19, and have had vaginal symptoms for 2 and a half years now. Sex used to feel normal but one day it felt like sand paper, and i have never gotten better. I have been diagnosed with inflammatory vaginitis, bacterial vaginosis and absence of natural flora. I have been treated by many doctors and nothing works, or sometimes the symptoms go away but come back very quicky. I have itching and burning in my vagina as well as frequent, stabbing lower abdominal pains. I avoid all people now beacuse i feel like i cant get close to anyone and i want to die. so i can relate, and i second this girl's question. someone please help us!To the poster: people have also tried to tell me that it's in my head, and ITS NOT!!!! so dont let them get you down.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 6, 2008
    • 04:40 AM
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  • If you are peeing a lot.. you could have the bladder infection back. Cranberry juice is good for bladder infections but wouldnt be good for candida due to all the sugar. Make sure you are only wearing cotton knickers. Antibiotics.. tend to make candida worst and can cause worst flare up. I dont know if the following statement im about to make is true or not... but someone once told me that guys can have no symptoms but be carrying candida and give it back to us. (candida is a common organism anyway and if you are prove to it.. it's a real beast). I once had a partner in which i always seemed to get it back after i had sex with him (maybe consider using the "canasten" or whatever anti fungal cream you are using.. on him as well). My chemist once told me that the pills to get rid of the candida are not as good as cream .. and many find with the pills to get rid of it, it comes back. If you are on the pill.. this makes you more susceptable to getting candida so if candida is an issue, you may need to look at a different form of birth control. (i think it was cause it changes the ph of your vagina or something). and lastly.. if your doctor isnt listening to you.. find another who does.......... clay coloured stools can indicate another issue going on .. but right now i cant remember what.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • November 6, 2008
    • 05:37 AM
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  • Stop worring.Very likely is Candida that gives you these simptoms,you should know that candidosis is a condition hard to control,probabile your vaginal flora has been disturbed and you lack in lactobacilus,p.h has been altered and the candida(which is a fungus part of our own bacterial flora) has the best enviroment to multiply.Any treatment you follow should be taken also by your partener.(hope the std tests have been done properly)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 7, 2008
    • 01:11 PM
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  • i've realized that these symptoms most often occur before during and just after my period.. i finished my period a week ago and strangely i have no symptoms now and can have sex normally..it seems that these always happen around the time of menstruation could this be endometreiosis? my periods are also very painful it stings when i pee when im menstruating.. Also, I am on the birth control pill, yet my period still comes late, when i should be almost finishing my sugar pills .. could it be endometreiosis? I understand that this disease grows more from estrogen and I would very much like to have children one day.. can i talk to my family doctor about this and possible get tested for it?? thanks for all your help everyone and to the 19 year old im so sorry you have to deal with all that, its so frustrating to deal with and you can't really complain about it to anyone because its kind of embarassing, and its also hard and embarassing to explain to my boyfriend about this, whenever im experiencing symptoms it sends me into a huge depression, it makes me feel inadequate.
    pablaaaa 7 Replies
    • November 9, 2008
    • 10:05 PM
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  • Candida is implicated in endometriosis. Please do some online research on this. Endo is well treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs...I've treated many women with severe endo and they are especially helped with Chinese herbs. Just thought I'd add this quote again. Acupuncture may really help! IME endo is very hard to diagnose...you would need to find a good gyno who specializes in this. I personally would try a candida cleanse first and see if your symptoms improve. What bc pill are you taking? Are you aware of the MANY side effects of bc pills? They may be contributing to your symptoms. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 10, 2008
    • 04:20 AM
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  • Cut sugar, white flour, and starches out of your diet to change the pH of your body & make it harder for the candida to grow inside you. Try eating Stoneyfield yogurt-- sorry for the brand name, but this is the only brand with multiple types of lactobacillus. I buy it unsweetened & add fruit and a little sweetener. Try douching with a little plain yogurt. I had the same problems for years. This was recommended by my nurse practitioner & it helped me. You can get this book from the library: It's called "The Yeast Connection." It may be normal for you to feel pain around your period. It has to do with your hormones, but it's probably made worse because you're already hurting. Good luck!
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 10, 2008
    • 09:01 PM
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  • Hey sweetie~ First of all, you HAVE to calm down. Stress makes ALL conditions worse. YOU SHOULD NOT BE TAKING BATHS with any vaginal burning....the dirty water is just backwashing into your vagina and possibly your urethra. I am an RN, and have seen many cases like this. I do NOT think this is all in your head, and shame on all those who have said so. Sex will aggravate any vaginal discomfort...so, if u are sexually active, you should be abstinent until ALL symptoms clear. It sounds as though you have a wicked case of cystitis....a vaginal - bladder infection...but, every time you take an antibiotic, the yeast infection WILL most likely return. Have you tried the medication Pyridium? It turns your urine BRIGHT orange, but eases the frequency and pain of urination. I am rooting for you....But NO MORE BATHS!!!!!! Signed, a female nurse who knows!
    Hep C survivor 5 Replies
    • November 10, 2008
    • 09:26 PM
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  • Hey, it's me again.. the nurse. Besides staying OUT OF BATHS!!!!! and that is #1 right now for you......do you have a pet that sleeps in your bed? Sleeping without panties may not be the best idea....especially if pet or any other dander, dust-mites, etc, can get into your crevices.:mad: I think that all women need to wear COTTON panties...sometimes thongs can ride up in uncomfortable places...and if you have been in a locker room, etc, your thong could be carrying some kind of bacteria. NO MORE antibiotics ...at least for a while. I had a complete hysterectomy at 28 for SEVERE endometriosis and endometritis.....and your symptoms do NOT fit the bill for either of those disorders. Wear undies at night, stay OUT OF THE BATHTUB, no matter how good it feels, and get some yogurt in your system every day. Also, DO NOT douche with anything.......that is "Dark Ages" stuff....it just shoots whatever bacteria you have, FARTHER up your urethre(the tube that comes from your bladder and carries the urine out) Ask your MD for PYRIDIUM....OR go see another MD!
    Hep C survivor 5 Replies
    • November 10, 2008
    • 09:42 PM
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  • Well, if you are having sex, I tend to think he needs to go and get tested at your free county STD clinic. You've been tested, but he hasn't and maybe something will come up. It could be chlamydia passing it back and forth, but have him do his part and get the screening. If it is only a yeast infection, he could be giving it back to you after you get it cleared, so you both need to take that pill at the same time and clear it from both of you. It's ******n your liver, however. He could take the pill and you could do the cream, but at the same time. Some of this is symptoms of herpes 2, so not to alarm you, but it can cause a lot of grief like you are experiencing. Since you aren't breaking out, it would be internal and you would need a blood test to rule it out. Have him get the test and confront him about ever having anything that looks like "jock itch". He may not know that he has anything. The fact that it comes back during your period is a clue, too. Or you could be just allergic to tampons. But if you are sexually active, that is the key. Use protection from now on so you can heal.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 11, 2008
    • 01:25 AM
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  • You mentioned lower back pain, get a pelvic exam IMEEDIATELY. STD's can settle in the uterus/fallopian tubes and cause serious damage.
    lstevens 9 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 00:52 AM
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  • Seems like you've been thru the WRINGER! I feel for you!!!Have you had your boyfriend tested? It's possible that he has a yeast infection as well and keeps reinfecting you. I didn't read thru all the posts so if someone already suggested this and he's been tested, my apologies for the repeat suggestion. Men don't necessarily have any symptoms when they have a yeast infection, but they easily pass it on to their partner. I'd advise getting him tested and then BOTH of you taking the Diflucam or whatever at the same time.Another idea, did they test for Gardnerella and E-coli? I know at one time I had an infection that would appear to go away then it'd come back the next month. Little did I know that my boyfriend had it and was passing it back to me. I remember one of the doctors I saw as I was seeking answers asked if I engaged in anal sex. It ticked me off because I didn't, but he didn't believe me. Anyway, the E-coli was easy enough to get rid of, it was the Gardnerella that hung in there. Once we treated my boyfriend with the antibiotics at the same time as me, it went away. However I never forgot the helpless and dirty feeling I had for all those months I had that. In the end, I found out my boyfriend had cheated on me and was living in unclean conditions on a fishing boat, and that's where he got it. Not saying that's the same with you, mind you, that was what in the end explained where it came from.Last thing I'd suggest is that you go visit Dr. Joe Glickman's site on different infections or disorders that involve your reproductive organs and that are sexually transmitted (or not). You can find him here http://www.health-science-report.com/cgi-bin/alotek.cgi. Click on one of the topics up in the top right corner. When I came down with cervical dysplasia that showed up thru abnormal pap tests, I knew I faced possible surgeries like my sisters had for cervical cancer. But I was in the early stages so did some research and found Dr. Glickman's site. It was a lifesaver for me. Whereas my sisters had painful surgeries to remove parts of their cervixes and chemo/medications that made them sicker than a dog, all I did was take some aloe vera capsules (Beta Mannen) that I got from Dr. Glickman's site. I did this for 4 or 5 months, the capsules, and then went back in for another pap and was CLEAR! I didn't have to have any surgery or anything!! My doctor was shocked, asked me what I did as she wanted to tell some of her other patients with dysplasia about it (even virgins were coming down with this).It's worth a shot to check these things out. I feel for you. I wish you the BEST OF LUCK in figuring out what's wrong and finding a remedy. God bless you!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 01:04 AM
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  • You have received a lot of good advises how to treat yourself still DON`T FORGET about your boyfriend, he should also be treated ,otherwise it is only a waste of time and money.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 00:47 PM
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  • The one thing I have yet to see anyone mention is the possibilty of a latex allergy if (and you should be) using protection.Some women have a severe latex allergy to condoms that cause you to feel like your vagina is on fire during and after sex. And could cause your body to react negatively. I also don't like the fact that your doctor is giving you a one dose pill, especially if it keeps coming back, menas it is not working, just making it become immune to the antibiotics you are taking and comes back stronger and more resistant.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 09:13 PM
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  • I have been having the same problem for the past month. I am 21 and also in a long term relationship and it has affected my life terribly. It is my senior year of college and this is not how I wanted to spend this time, in discomfort all day. I have been to the ER twice, seen 1 internal medicine doctor, a urologist and a gynecologist. No one knew what it was, but the gyno treated me for a yeast infection. She gave me Fluconazole, and after the second pill I felt no burning but after a day the symptoms returned. Now the burning is back, it is less intense but it is back. My urethra is inflamed and the urologist said there is extra tissue. I have been on antibiotics several times in the past few months because i had my wisdom teeth taken out and had problems, and then this problem two different types of antibiotics because they thought it was a UTI. I am so tired of it, i can completely understand what you are going through. I have another appointment with the gynecologist tomorrow, but at this point i don’t get my hopes up to get an answer. Me and my mom have both been doing research, and we both think it is vulvodynia. It is difficult to diagnose and can sometimes be mistaken for a yeast infection. The article she found said that you can feel better from the yeast infection treatment but then the symptoms just come back again. They don’t know much about it, and don’t really know what causes it. I am hoping this is not what i have cause it can affect you for months and can also cause painful intercourse. On the other hand i just want an answer, so i can start treatment and get better. Being in pain all the time is depressing, I am sorry to you both for feeling the same way it is terrible. Hopefully i can get an answer tomorrow, i am basically going to print out my research and make the doctor look at it, and i am going to be stubborn and not leave without an answer.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 16, 2008
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