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I'm 64 years old and 8 years post-menopause, I was diagnosed with lichen sclerosis (biopsy performed on breast tissue) about 8 years ago as well. I was cignosed with vaginal atrophy a couple of years ago. Since I am not sexually active, it didn;t really bother me and I did nothing about it. (I prefer lifestyle changes - proper eating and exercise - to taking the creams and medications that the doctors push.)
A month or so ago I began feeling some vaginal discomfort which I treated energetically (actually with frequency medicine which I practice). That cleared and then I began to feel a bit of a bladder infection so I treated that in the same way and it also cleared. But I guess I wasn't feeling 100%. I then had a very stressful week leading up to a trip abroad in which I did a lot of heavy lifting. On the plane and once I arrive in NY I had problems with sciatic. (I alredy know that I have some disc issues in my lwoer spine). I also continued to have pelvic floor pain and decided that maybe I should get something to deal with the dryness. I bought Replens Moisturizer in the pre-filled applicators (It's the only Replens that does not contain Parabens to which I am allergic. By the way, this may be a common allergen for many people and it is found in creams and various skin preparations - check it out!) It helped a little bit. But I began to find that I was having greaet difficulty in standing on my feet. Lots of pain and pressure. And then at night, I would continue to feel lthe pain and pressure while in bed. I also had some difficulty urinating. I became frightened and asked to see a gynecologist. I was worried that I could have a uterine prolapse. My DIL found someone who would see me on short notice and he told me that I had Grade 3 Cystoceil and Rectoceit and that I needed surgery to repair them.
The pain continued and I cut my trip short because I was worried about being so far away and having a possible medical emergency.
I made an appointment with the top uro-gynecologist in my country (Israel) who did a through exam - vaginal - ultra-sound - and rectal. He told me that not only did i not have Grade 3 prolapses, but that I had absolutely none!!! (At this point I was also getting shooting pains in my toes on one foot). I also didn't seem to be completely emptying my bladder.
He is sending me to an orthopdist for a CT of the lower spine, a neurologist to do an MRI and rule out Multiple Sclerosis, and a neuro-urologist to do a pelvic floor EMG and urodynamic testing.
Is all this necessary???? I saw the orthopedist already who looked at a new spine x-ray and my 3-yhear old CT scan of the lower spine, and said that what I'm feeling in my feet (abnd the sciatic) is due to disc problems. He does not feel I need a new CT.
I tend to think that he's right and my pelvic floor problem is separate from the disc problem.
My question to all of you is - is the feeling of pressure and pain when standing a while (and then while lying down as well) a normal symptom of vaginal atrophy? I just started using Vitamin E as suggested by Gwen so it's too early to tell if it will help. My gut tells me that all of these tests are unnecessary. What are your thoughts?
I am soooo happy to have found this site. Thank you!
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