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Hello. Thank you first and foremost for taking the time to read this. For over a year now, I have had vaginal burning and discharge which has definitely never been my normal until... a little over a year ago. Initially, I had issues with a kidney stone (my 4th stone) back in March-early April of 2014 and then I got what I assumed was a yeast infection. I had the yeasty discharge, the itching, all signs that I'd had with previous yeast infections. So, because I had to follow up about my kidney stone anyway, I also told the doctor that I believed I had a yeast infection. He did get a sample of the discharge, and told me just by looking that I did indeed seem to have a yeast infection. So I was given Diflucan and told to take that. He also did a urine sample due to the issues with the kidney stone, and called me back and told me that I had a bit of a UTI thanks to the kidney stone problems. He prescribed bactrim and also told me to use monistat along with the diflucan since the bactrim may worsen the yeast infection. I've never been able to take monistat very well because it causes horrible, painful vaginal burning for me. But I did it. Then I followed up after finishing my antibiotics and after I'd passed the kidney stone, figured all was well when my urine specimen was negative for bacteria, and so forth. Thought the yeast infection had cleared since I hadn't had any more itching and such. But then when attempting to have intercourse with my husband, it HURT. It felt like my insides were on fire. So it was back to the doctor for me. I had a different person see me this time and she said it looked like I still had a yeast infection, so she gave me more diflucan, and told me not to use the monistat since I probably had an allergic reaction. Well, the diflucan didn't help, and I started having a very thick, white, non-odorous discharge... not normal for me. Went back to the doctor, who did more tests, and gave me a steroid cream to put on my vulva area. Did this for 10+ days, no relief. Saw another doctor, who did rounds of tests, all negative. She informed that I was probably "getting irritated" from having intercourse with my husband and asked me "how large" my husband is. I then informed her that he is the only man I have had intercourse with for 10+ years, and he has never caused me discomfort before, so why would it start then?! She recommended trying various lubricants, and nothing else. Lubricant did not help. It still burned like fire when I tried to have intercourse. I constantly had that thick, white discharge that made me feel... just plain gross, honestly. And oddly enough, even my clitoris was ridiculously sensitive at times, which made it difficult for me to even receive oral stimulation. After another trip to the doctor, explaining the lubricants did not help me, she said I was probably having "hormonal, normal changes" and suggested switching to a monophasic birth control (I lived in England at the time; had been on Sprintec in the states, but that was not available in England so I started using Ortho Tri Cyclen LO), and she started me on Microgestin Fe before I had to come back to the states. I tried Microgestin Fe for 4 months. It did not help with the discharge, which is what the MD was hoping it would do. It didn't help at all. It only made me break out and made me very cranky and hormonal. Now that I am back in the states, I have resumed my career as a Registered Nurse, and I work 5 days a week for a Hospice company. It is very difficult for me to fit in a doctor's appointment but I am trying to schedule one for July. In the meantime, the gynecologist I used to see here, back before I had any problems, put me back on my Sprintec for birth control. I am still having the same burning sensation in my vagina, the same discharge, but at least I am not having the breakouts and hormonal effects that Microgestin caused.
I was going through my medical records from England and guess what? I noticed that my very first test for yeast infection there was NEGATIVE. The thing that started it all, that I JUST KNEW was yeast, apparently wasn't. But I got treated for a yeast infection anyway and didn't get better. Everything after that tested negative too. All that has EVER shown up has been "rare WBCs", which simply suggests irritation and/or some inflammation. But I KNOW there is more to it than just that. I don't know what is going on, but this vaginal burning and abnormal discharge has been going on for over a year now and nothing is helping. Does anyone here have the same problem? Does anyone here have any possible answers? Thank you all so much.
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