while i was suffering with vaginal itching/burning, painful urination, and the constant urge to urinate 2-3x an hour for the last three weeks, i educated myself about my symptoms by reading forums like this one - this is the first step to recovery! hang in there! after being misdiagnosed and referred from doctor to doctor for weeks, missed work and school, i was depressed and had lost almost all hope before finally finding the answer.
this is my story. maybe by sharing this i can help someone else.
i first began to experience burning and itching which i assumed was a yeast infection. i bought monistat 1 thinking that's all i needed. i still had symptoms after almost a week so i used monistat 1 again. i went to see my doctor and she said i had a yeast infection. she prescribed me diflucan.
after my symptoms still persisted she gave me flagyl for what she thought could also be vaginosis.
between visits to my regular doctor i made several trips to the 24 hour clinic for what felt like a uti. after a few visits i tested positive for a uti so they gave me more antibiotics for that. my symptoms got worse! so they prescribed me different antibiotics.
the problems persisted...
after taking several different kinds of antibiotics i resorted to alternatives like homeopathic remedies such as probiotics, d-mannose, candida clear, and yogurt-dipped tampons. all these things brought some relief, but the symptoms were still there. meanwhile, all i could think about was the itching and the constant urge to pee! it was consuming my every thought.
finally, i insisted on an std test, but i got my period the day of my appointment. i was so discouraged!! i had to wait in agony for a few days until there was less blood. while i waited, all i could do was research at home. i was afraid i might have interstitial cystitis and something else.
eventually, they were able to do the std test, and the results came back positive for chlamydia! my doctor says this explains everything. she gave me zithromax which i took today. just being able to put a name on everything makes me feel a lot better, but i can't wait to be 100% again!!