November 6, 2013
Can Surgery Result in Vulvodynia?
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Question – Can Surgery Result in Vulvodynia?:
I had a hysterectomy and bladder repair in January this year. Since the operation I have had a great deal of pain in the vulva area mostly a pulling feeling on the left side which seems to move around the area. I also have a sharp stabbing sensation if I do pelvic floor exercises. I find it difficult to sit on hard chairs as this causes great discomfort. I also have had a sharp sensation around the entrance to the vagina, but this seems to have lessened. My Gynecologist seems to think it may be due to a trapped nerve in my back because of the position I was put in when I had the vaginal procedure . Do you think these symptoms sound as though it may be the case or do you think it is vulvodynia, and can vulvodynia be brought on by surgery?
Vulvodynia, simply put, is chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause. The location, constancy and severity of the pain vary among sufferers. Some women experience pain in only one area of the vulva, while others experience pain in multiple areas. The most commonly reported symptom is burning, but women’s descriptions of the pain vary.
In your situation surgery could result in vulvodynia, however, the best way to test and be sure will be with a physical examination and using a special vaginal monitor that measures vaginal muscle tone. There are also pelvic floor specialists that could help diagnose your case.