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Old 12-30-2008, 05:17 PM   #1
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Is it really a yeast infection? I'm frustrated. Help!

Hi everyone. I'm a 23 year old female and let me give you a little synopsis of my vagina's ongoing problems the last two years.

First off, I have never in my life had unprotected sex. I have had three total partners. I started having sex when I was 20.

My vagina's mission to commit suicide began in January 2007. I had only been with two guys at this point. One of them was one time in early December 2006 and the next on January 24, 2007. When I had sex January 24, I noticed strange discharge. Over the next few days I had itching, burning, frequent urination and bladder pain. I saw my gyno who did a full work up. I had chlamydia. (AND YES, I'VE ALWAYS USED PROTECTION). I was given zithromax and sent home. I seemed fine for two weeks. Symptoms were back. Went to gyno, had urine culture... negative. A few days later its worse, I get a pelvic exam and swab culture... positive chlamydia. I want to stress that while all this went on I NEVER had sex again...

I had recurrent chlamydia until September of 2007. In the meantime in May 2007 I was hospitalized because my digestive system shut down. Come to find out my chlamydia infection got so bad because zithromax never worked (or only barely touched the infection) that the chlamydia had leached into my digestive system and when a colonoscopy and endoscopy were performed... it was in my stomach and intestines. It was finally in September 2007 I saw a specialist who gave me a month of doxycycline that fixed me. Because of this, I'm a 23 year old with IBS and pelvic inflammatory disease...

October 2007 brought a PAP test which showed I had a slight dysplasia (sp?) and was HPV positive (the wart causing kind). Remember, I still have never had unprotected sex, which is the most mind boggling part about all of this. I also had just had my last Gardasil shot the month before that PAP result. I have since read that I may have actually gotten HPV from the stupid shot. I had a colposcopy (sp?) done which showed I was "level 1" and was told to repeat pap in six months. I was then fine from October 2007-December2007.

In January 2008 I noticed weird symptoms present themselves. I'd like to note that in the mean time I have now made the following life changes: I'm on an IBS diet, I take the probiotic Align daily, I'm switched from Yasmin to Yaz for birth control, and have switched to hypoallergenic fragrance free detergent and I bleach all of my underwear and wear only cotton panties and breathable clothing. Now on to my weird symptoms... I noticed there was a weird light, thin "film" on my inner labia. When I touched it, my SKIN came off! My whole inner labia turned blood red and the skin between my inner and outer labia was dry and looked a lot whiter than usual (I'm a really white girl to begin with). I was in tons of pain. Urinary frequency and bladder pain were also present. I contacted my gyno (yeah, the same one that let me have recurrent chlamydia for 8 months!) and was told it would be two weeks before they could get me an appointment. Desperate, I went to the health department. The doctor looked at my discharge and said all she saw was a little yeast. I was given diflucan. It didn't work. I waited the two weeks for test results and STD screen was negative. Pain became worse and by Valentine's Day I went to a new gyno. She said she didn't see yeast and in fact saw nothing. Swab for culture. Culture negative. I still have symptoms and go back to her office. Am told I have yeast infection by attending nurse. Diflucan.

I called my old gyno at this point in tears. The nurse there called in valtrex, because while I never had been diagnosed with herpes and was negative on herpes select test, she said it couldn't hurt me. Took valtrex and seemed to feel better bladder wise, but other symptoms remained.... was seen by old gyno. Yeast. Terazol. Allergic reaction so bad I nearly thought I'd cut my own baby making parts out. Doxycyline and monistat. Cured.


From May 2008-September 2008 I was fine.

End of September brought the same symptoms of chlamydia from before. I got scared and saw my primary care when gyno couldn't get me in. Swabbed and cultured. Negative all STDs. She said yeast. I said its not. After all, I know a damn yeast infection after all I've been through....
I see my gyno. She does a pelvic ultrasound... reveals cysts on my left ovary and fluid in the left fallopian tube as well as fluid in the cul-de-sac. She tells me she's doing the laproscopy TOMORROW and I can kiss the left side of my reproductive system goodbye.

On October 13 I had the laproscopy and she said when she got in there.... no cysts on ovary and no fluid in the tube. She sucked out the fluid in cul-de-sac and then when she was sucking near my bladder... GIANT cyst was chilling behind there she sucked up and then it popped in the machine. Report also states I had bowel full of poo and my gallbladder was slightly inflamed as well as evidence of pelvic inflammatory disease. The fluid was analyzed by a lab and was found to just be sterile fluid.

Over the next few days I can't take my vicodin es because.... I can't make a poo! My whole system froze. Enema doesn't work... milk of mag doesn't work... mag citrate doesn't work.... guess what does.... Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee. I read about it online when I was desperate to go because if I even swallowed water I'd throw it up....

And then I'm fine again for the whole month of November 2008...
Yearly PAP shows same result as last year, slight dysplasia and positive HPV of the wart variety (never had a wart that I know of). She wants to do another colpo and I say NO. Leave it alone. My vagina is getting it right. Let's leave it be...

December 1st comes and so does my stupid vagina who can't get it right! White clumpy discharge (but barely any) frequent urination and bladder pain. Literally I pee and then I feel like I have to go pee the worst and biggest pee of my life and there's nothing there. My bladder hurts all the time and this has been going on a month now. Going back to December 1st though... I took a vagisil home screening kit and it said I had a 5.0 ph. I called my gyno and nurse called in flagyl 500mg twice a day for 7 days. Then monistat when I got a yeast infection from that. During this time bladder pain and urge to pee subsided but did not go away. I then called back and they brought me in to do a pee dip stick test. Urine was fine and they sent it for culture. Culture was fine and STD screen from that urine culture was clear. (Given I hadn't had sex since September and while post laproscopy in October I had a shot of cephalsporin (sp?) in my arm, two weeks of doxycycline, and another week of Levaquin.) Back to the present... After that culture I'm given a Diflucan and three days of Bactrim. (They decided I had a yeast infection). Diflucan in the first 24 hours seemed to make me feel better but then things got worse again.... I call back and gyno says come in. I get full exam, she looks at discharge under microscope and says yeast infection still. I get another Diflucan and wait 7 days and all symptoms remain. No relief. I call again and gyno is not there, but I see her partner. She says she still sees yeast. (This was on 12/29) and prescribes three Diflucan once a day for three days. I take the first one yesterday at 2:30pm and by night time, symptoms seem worse, especially bladder pain.

I call today and ask if I should still take Diflucan again, and she says yes and calls in a script for macrobid as well and tells me to take both at the same time. I took my next Diflucan but with the whites of my eyes (according to my mom) having turned a little yellow the previous week from Diflucan I'm nervous. I decided to look up macrobid before I took it in the drug interactions checker online. Turns out it says Diflucan and Macrobid when taken together can cause pulmonary arrest and renal failure. ***??? I've decided not to take the macrobid. I also took another vagisil screening kit test and it does say its a yeast infection.

Oh and by the way on Christmas night I put in a boric acid 400mg vaginal suppository my gyno prescribed that she wants me to do once a week.

I'm so frustrated. I just want to be normal and I don't know what to do. I can't live like this. I'm going crazy and I'm completely depressed. I don't want to consider intersitial cystitis (sp?) until I clear the yeast infection since every time I've had a yeast infection I've had bladder problems in the past. (As you can tell, I've done a lot of reading and am trying to figure this out.)

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, so if any of you have a gyno or know of a specialist that your happy with and wouldn't mind sharing his/her name and phone number I'd really appreciate that as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for reading. I've been through so much in the last two years. I really want 2009 to be a happy female reproductive year!

 
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:51 PM   #2
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Re: Is it really a yeast infection? I'm frustrated. Help!

Okay, it sounds like you've got quite a mess. You are already doing most of the vagina friendly lifestyle stuff, also remember, no spermicide, no spermicidal condoms, and no topical yeast treatments or antibiotics.

Look up something called "lichen sclerosis." Your mention of white tearing skin made me think of it.

Also, find a vulvar specialist. This is a gynecologist or a dermatologist who has taken special training in this particular part of the female body. There is one in Tampa named Dr Anthony Messina, pulled the name off a list, have no idea whether he is good. My vulvar specialist is kinda far from you. Or, you could ask your current GYN for a referral.

Hang in there.

 
Old 12-30-2008, 06:11 PM   #3
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Re: Is it really a yeast infection? I'm frustrated. Help!

Hi Janewhite1, thank you for your fast response.

I've never used spermicidal anything and only KY jelly as lubricant.

I'm definitely going to look into a vulvar specialist. Thanks for bringing that up. My GYN had also mentioned a Uro-Gyno who practices and teaches at USF. I have a lot of thinking to do. Which hopefully I can do between trips to the bathroom.

 
Old 12-30-2008, 06:34 PM   #4
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Re: Is it really a yeast infection? I'm frustrated. Help!

I looked it up, the USF Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery might indeed have something to offer you. Their major focus is on reconstructive surgery, which I doubt you need, but they also deal with vulvar pain syndromes, and (since their specialty is the entire pelvic region) they can possibly figure out how your bladder and bowel issues play into this as well.

And if they can't help you, they will certainly know who can.

 
Old 01-05-2009, 01:46 PM   #5
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Re: Is it really a yeast infection? I'm frustrated. Help!

Just an update to my situation. After taking the three Diflucan in a row, my yeast infection (according to the Vagisil screening kit) remained. I got my period, and my urinary frequency and bladder symptoms either went away or were masked by my cramps and low back pain. I don't know which. Today I'm on my last day or so of my period and all my symptoms have returned twice as bad. I'm seeing a new gyno tomorrow morning to see if he can help me.

 
Old 01-05-2009, 04:25 PM   #6
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Re: Is it really a yeast infection? I'm frustrated. Help!

Holy crap. I can't even fathom all of that happening and everything erupting like that! I'm sorry to hear of all the badness but I hope normalcy is in your future!!! Hopefully the specialist will be able to figure out what's going on.

I get yeast infections rather often, not chronic yet, though am dealing with on ATM that sucks balls. And while you sound like you have some of the symptoms, some don't seem right. Also, there is /always/ yeast present in the vagina, so even if those other doctors found some, it doesn't mean you have an infection. A yeast infection is just too much of the yeast.

Good luck at your appt! Fingers crossed for you!!!

 
Old 01-06-2009, 01:13 PM   #7
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Re: Is it really a yeast infection? I'm frustrated. Help!

UPDATE!

My new gyno is a GOD!

First of all, he actually listened to my for 50 minutes tell my tale of my last 2 years of hell.

He then said the following: My cervix looks great. My vagina looks great. My discharge is a wee bit scary. (Ok, not these exact words. lol) He is doing a DNA probe and testing for all STDs (regardless of the fact that I haven't had sex) and is doing another culture to find out exactly what kind of yeast is up there so we can treat with the RIGHT drug. Until then, I was instructed to eat a cup of yogurt everyday and continue to take my Yasmin and Align. He said that Diflucan did not work for two reasons: 1- I was taking omeprazole daily, which when combined with Diflucan WILL NOT WORK. Omep apparently keeps the Diflucan from metabolizing properly and its like you didn't take anything at all. This is true of most antacids and Diflucan and 2- My kind of yeast might not be the kind treated by Diflucan.

I could kill my old GYN. I have a malpractice suit on my hands. That witch knew I was taking omep and yet still gave me Diflucan without instructing me to not take the omep!!!!!!!!!!! I could have gone into RENAL FAILURE! On top of that, she was just throwing pills my way and not testing me. It's like she didn't really want to help me. UGHHHHHH.

Anyway, I now await the results of my cultures and in the mean time I got a referral to see an awesome urologist to rule out IC on Jan 28.

I'll keep you all updated! Thanks for caring!

 
Old 01-06-2009, 01:27 PM   #8
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Re: Is it really a yeast infection? I'm frustrated. Help!

i have had probs down below for apx 2 months. itchy swollen vulva, lumpy type ras which is depressing me and causing me tons of disconfort. any idea what this sounds like please help, it is getting me so down

 
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i have had probs down below for apx 2 months. itchy swollen vulva, lumpy type ras which is depressing me and causing me tons of disconfort. any idea what this sounds like please help, it is getting me so down

 
Old 01-06-2009, 01:33 PM   #10
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Re: Is it really a yeast infection? I'm frustrated. Help!

Kewli,

There are several possibilities. Can you be any more descriptive? Any discharge? Is the pain only on the outside of your vagina? Any urinary problems?

You may also want to put your post in its own topic so more people can see it and respond to your problem individually.

 
Old 01-06-2009, 01:42 PM   #11
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Re: Is it really a yeast infection? I'm frustrated. Help!

That's awesome, Jen! Nice to finally have a gyno who cares!

And OMG, I can't believe you were being forced fed pills knowing you were on other medication that just negated the diflucan. I'd be raising hell if I were you! Who knows how much more suffering you were caused just because the doctor couldn't take 10 minutes to care.

Gah! That makes me so mad! Us women are obviously suffering here, but we get the brush off from the first 5 doctors before we get answers. Booo!

Glad to hear things are starting to look up though!

 
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Aww thanks for caring, Touch-Me-Not!

And I'm mad as hell...

And I wanted to clarify something I said earlier... it wasn't because I had no stomach acid due to omperazole that Diflucan didn't work... stomach acid is not the issue... its because omperazole is a proton pump inhibitor that the Diflucan didn't work. Diflucan no likey proton pump inhibitors. Diflucan + proton pump inhibitor = RENAL FAILURE!

 
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Update...

The DNA probe came back...

all yeast is within normal limits....

BUT I do have an "overwhelming" amount of strep b....

500mg penicillin vk - 2x a day for 5 days...

nothing else abnormal in my vagina...

Well, let's see if this is what cures me!

 
Old 01-17-2009, 10:10 PM   #14
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Re: Is it really a yeast infection? I'm frustrated. Help!

Hi Jen,

So, after reading your story, it sounds like I am almost in the same situation as you. In a week I am to have a laparascopy done. But here is my history of my issue - I'll keep it short -

I am 22 who has slept with VERY FEW guys as well, and has always been careful. But, in the fall of 05, I started having yellowish discharge with an odor. I was told many things by multiple doctors - its yeast, its the bc pill, its your underwear, etc. etc. I never even had a yeast infection before this. Well, I continued to see different gyno's, one suggested I had too much lactobacilli - went on antibiotics which gave be temporary relief. Mind you - I have been tested for all STDs and yeast - always negative. Finally, after changing my diet, going off the pill, then on the pill, then off, and treated aimlessly, - In Feb of 08' I see a gyno who tells me I have chlamydia and strep b (which can cause symptoms in some women)! He did a PCR to find it out. I went on an IV of clindamycin for 10 days - felt FANTASTIC - then, my symptoms came back BUT with upper pelvic pain, too. So now - my symptoms are: whitish yellowish clumpy discharge that is irritating - but not a lot of it, itching around the urethra and in the labias, some anal discharge (after bowel movement), cervical burning pain and pressure, bloating and pressure on my uterus and sharp pains in my ovaries along with delayed periods (no longer on the pill). I was tested after the antibiotics, and was told I still have the chlamydia. I went to another doc to get a second opinion and then all of a sudden have been negative for chlamydia. I still believe its the chlamydia - and its ruining my reproductive system as of right now. I am so uncomfortable and upset, I want my life back. And for some reason, my doc thinks I have endometriosis, and that this isn't an infection -YEAH RIGHT!

I am hoping to go on an IV of doxycycline and get the polyps and cysts that were seen on an ultrasound removed, I am very scared and sad that the lack of expertise the docs I have seen - has ruined my chances at having children.

One thing that was found by one doc that may help you, is Nystatin. I was told that I had "yeast glabrata" (after I had the IV) - which is caused by excessive antibiotics, which like me, you have had. I would try nystatin, you have to get perscribed it though..."I was told its an oldy but a goody".

I can totally understand what you are going through, because I am too. Its been a long four years and I am hoping that 2009 will bring relief...to both of us!

Please keep in touch, I need to talk to someone I can relate to on this, because I feel so alone!

 
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How is the penicillin working for you?

 
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