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ranelle65
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Joined: Jul 2010

I've been complaining to a handful of different doctors now (gyn, pcp, onco, rad, urology) about this green and pee-looking discharge from the vaginal area. I finally was able to "collect" some of each of these discharges (gross!!!), and took them to my pcp. She's been "lab analyzing" them both for a week now and initial info from her office is possible vaginal staph infection, hopefully not MRSA, but still running tests. OMG!! So for 6-7 months now I've been complaining about green discharge and only after I am able to collect some are they able to tell me what the heck is wrong with me? I have been prescribed cream to put into the vagina, vagifem pills on a thin, long stick applicator to reach the cervix, and a couple of oral antibiotics...all to no avail. Oh, and the vagifem applicater...that was a joke...it took me like 5 minutes to get that inserted, just because of the swelling/bulging I had to maneuver around to get the little pill where it needed to be. To top that off, I tried using a tampon to absorb the discharge so I wouldn't have to wear a pad, and after only about 30 minutes I had to take it out...it was hurting me so bad like I've never hurt before there. I think the cancer and treatments, along with just not having intercourse with my husband for nearly 1 & 1/2 years because of initial missed huge growth/tumor on my arse, have caused detrimental damage to the vagina. Gyn dr says "have sex" and each time (twice) that we've tried, I bleed and have terrible cramps for a week...not to mention there is no depth to the insertion, and definitely not very comfortable for me. I don't think my vagina is shaped like it used to be...in fact, I think there is a mass in there just because of the way I hurt so bad with the tampon, and how difficult it was to just insert a thin stick applicator up to the cervix. OMG I think cancer killed my labido for good. Oh and now I sit here sick to my stomach with the news that I might have some kind of staph infection. Ack.

Am I the ONLY one that has had these experiences, or is there someone else out here that has had similar problems??

-Ranelle

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mp327
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Joined: Jan 2010

I definitely have dealt with the vaginal stenosis, sexual difficulties and vaginal pain when using the dilator. I have been on the Vagifem tablets for over a couple of months now and agree, inserting the applicator can be very painful. I have made myself bleed a few times doing that, as I think sometimes it doesn't go in straight and I scrape the vaginal wall. Vagifem also caused me a lot of cramping and spotting when I first started on it. Now I just deal with the spotting sometimes. About the discharge, I'm glad you are finally getting some tests run on that to see what it is.

I just love it when the gyno tells us just to have sex. Kinda like when Bobby Knight told rape victims that they should lie back and enjoy it. They truly don't understand.

Please let us know what you find out from the lab analysis. I will hope for the best possible news for you that can be easily treated.

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sephie
Posts: 538
Joined: Apr 2009

my radiation team keeps saying to have sex. use some lidocaine. are they crazy???? if i tear my anal area from the thrusting, i will just give up. they do not understand. yes, a hubby of someone i was told left her because she could not have sex. ridiculous and horrible. men are foolish. my hubby is being patient, so far. i hope he can continue. i am enraged that these docs at MDA which is supposed to be one of the finest hospitals for cancer in the world, do NOT understand. i am furious. my radiaiion oncologist KILLED me with the DRE. not sure he used any lubricant. did not see him put some on glove but i am always nervous. should i tell him??? sephie

alis7910
Posts: 80
Joined: Jun 2010

Yes, I think you should let your Dr. know about the pain, and I wouldn't go back to him. You deserve the very best.

if I have a problem with a Dr. and how I am treated, I do not go back.I do have stenosis of the vagina (adhesions)from all the scar tissue. I tried dilators and once had surgery in the office, but it caused me too much pain for a week afterwards.
My attitude is that, if I should ever have a relationship again, he is going to have to love me for who I am. Besides, there are other ways to satisfy besides intercourse.
Love and hugs to you.

alis7910
Posts: 80
Joined: Jun 2010

Yes, I think you should let your Dr. know about the pain, and I wouldn't go back to him. You deserve the very best.

if I have a problem with a Dr. and how I am treated, I do not go back.I do have stenosis of the vagina (adhesions)from all the scar tissue. I tried dilators and once had surgery in the office, but it caused me too much pain for a week afterwards.
My attitude is that, if I should ever have a relationship again, he is going to have to love me for who I am. Besides, there are other ways to satisfy besides intercourse.
Love and hugs to you.

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