Hello everyone, I have been on the site for a while mainly observing, and I thought I would share my story. I am 24 years old and have been battling vulvodynia for around 8 months. My symptoms started after I suffered a bad bacterial infection, which cleared up quite quickly but pain lingered. At that time I was in an emotionally abusive relationship which I believe contributed to my pain. Over the last 8 months I have been to several gynos and have been tested for everything under the sun, and everything comes back negative, except that sometimes the vaginal swabs show I don’t have a lot of lactobacillus, despite me taking probiotics for a long time. During the 8month time span, I have tried so many things to heal myself, from yoga to loosen up my pelvic floor, estrogen therapy, boric acid suppositories, different moisturizers, with everything providing short term relief. I joined Curable about two months ago, and I love the podcasts, I really resonate with everything the Doctors say. I have also read John Sarno’s books, and I really do believe my pain is TMS but I find myself often believing something is wrong with me. Now my pain is a lot better that it used to be, but I suffer now from what I believe is skin sensitivity as I cant wear tight clothing as they cause me a lot of discomfort. I would really appreciate it if some of you ladies that have overcome Vulvodynia to share your thoughts and experiences. Did you also suffer from skin sensitivity and/or dry skin? I am currently moisturizing with vaseline, but I dont know If I should just stop everything as putting things on it may signal my brain that something is wrong.. but at the same time I notice my skin cracks if I dont put anything on it! I’m really desperate, and I often cry and wish I could be the way I used to be 8 months ago. Thank you for reading!