A colleague at work who forgets that I have pudendal neuralgia, not vulvodynia (still, at least she knows and cares, right) sent me a link to this article. Thought I'd share it in case some of you haven't seen it.
Guidelines for Management of Vulvodynia Issued
"Clinical care should follow the principles of general chronic pain management," the review authors write. "Treatment should be holistic and focus not only on the primary site of pain but on its subsequent impact on the patients' lifestyle and sexual functioning. The evaluation of different treatments is very difficult because published research on vulvodynia has many limitations with poor patient selection, limited follow-up data and a paucity of randomized clinical trials."
"These guidelines act as a starting point to aid doctors and other healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and management of vulvodynia, and to increase awareness and education on the condition," the review authors conclude. "The clinician should play a role in the assessment and diagnosis of vulvodynia and liaise with colleagues in difficult cases. Team work should be nurtured and developed."
I really just want to go to bed. I want warmth, comfort, dark, and quiet.
Let me just add:
(insert tantrum about it being "unfair," how lonely and sad and hopeless I feel, and how much I don't want to do anything for anyone right now)