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Happy 8th, Vulvodynia! by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Whatever your root cause, Vulvodynia, you will always be Vulvodynia to me.  Happy Birthday!  And Happy 6th to this blog!  I have much to share but have been very busy.  Gooo ... Read on »
Everything I learned about pelvic pain from my first appointment with Dr. Abdelmalak by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Here is a more comprehensive report of my first appointment with Dr. Abdelmalak in the Pain Management department at the Cleveland Clinic. The most important thing I lear ... Read on »
Pain management #3: Appointment with Dr. Abdelmalak by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health First, anxiety.  My psychiatrist is really good at his job.  Last week he started me on a new med that has taken my anxiety from persistent dissociation all the way down to ... Read on »
Back on my feet by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health So here's what happened.  I took the week of June 2 off.  I worked two half-days from home the week of June 9.  I worked half-days from home all last week, and this week I'm ... Read on »
On to pain management by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Cleveland Clinic neurology doesn't know what to do with a pelvic pain case, so I made an appointment with pain management.  Ohhhh I'm so glad I called them.  My appointment ... Read on »
No, it didn't work. Next! by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health The genitofemoral nerve block didn't work.  So I'm headed to a neurologist next.  And what do you know, they have a cancellation and I can see him tomorrow morning! When ... Read on »
Official genitofemoral block by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Yesterday I had another appointment with Dr. Westesson at Strong Memorial in Rochester, NY.  He went back to the spot he tried in February along the genitofemoral nerve, alo ... Read on »
Self-portrait with paper lantern, not balloon by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I had to stay over in Rochester Wednesday night because of the blizzard.  On the way back I stopped to take a self-portrait and I drove along Lake Ontario for a whi ... Read on »
"No dice.  I'm sorry" to the t ... by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health "No dice.  I'm sorry" to the things that came with me. Shower on. Soaps go on different parts of me. I forget which go where. "Just do it the same. Just do i ... Read on »
Actual tangible real-live progress by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I told you that my blog would be my first stop if I made any progress with my pain, but I lied! My first stop was Facebook! I sat in the parking garage ticking off all the p ... Read on »
Another appointment in Rochester by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Just finished my appointment with Dr. Amy Benjamin at U of Rochester, in Rochester, NY, where it is has snowed more than the "less than one inch" the weather forecast predic ... Read on »
Hi! by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health When I don't post on my blog for a while, people sometimes ask me if I've gotten better. Believe me, if my pain ever gets better, my blog will be my first stop. ... Read on »
Post-doctor, skenitis #5 by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Just got done with my appointment with Dr. Howard, the follow-up to his diagnosing me with skenitis and putting me on a trial course of antibiotics for three months. ... Read on »
Skenitis update #3 by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Looks like I haven't updated in a month. Well, I have nothing to report! Still on doxycycline, valium suppositories, and lidocaine... pain seems the same. I had a rea ... Read on »
Anxiety and normality by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I wonder if I would have mental problems to the degree I do if I didn't have chronic coochie pain.  Thinking about that alternate universe isn't helpful, but I am in a phase ... Read on »
Skenitis regimen update #2 by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I don't think Feedburner sent my first skenitis-regimen update out via email, so if you didn't read it, it's here . Lidocaine The lidocaine continued to burn, so I order ... Read on »
Resilience by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health One of my friends asked me recently how I manage not to go crazy living with constant pelvic pain.  I don't know that I had an answer for her besides, "What else can I do?" ... Read on »
Skenitis regimen update by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Here's where I am in following the regimen Dr. Howard assigned me to treat suspected skenitis (inflammation of the Skene's glands) Lidocaine (5% 3-5 times/day) Lidocaine b ... Read on »
Loss Language by Esther Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health The second-to-last stanza of Anne Sexton's poem "Gods" is Then she journeyed back to her own house and the gods of the world were shut in the lavatory. On May 23, 2011, ... Read on »