In most cases, sclerotherapy is reserved for women who suffer from varicose veins in the worst of places, but who are in the small minority who do not develop the condition while pregnant.
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Vulvar Varicosities are varicose veins that develop in a woman’s vulvar region, typically during the course of a pregnancy. They can be very painful, and can lead to intense swelling that can make sexual intercourse a non-starter.
Vulvar varicosities are also among the more embarrassing issues a woman will encounter during pregnancy, leading many women to try their best to get through it without informing their doctor. This is a bad idea.
In most cases, vulvar varicosities can be effectively treated using only compression therapy. A special undergarment designed for vulvar varicosities is worn by the expecting mom, applying constant pressure to the vulva and vulvar region. In most cases, this alone is sufficient to bring about significant relief of symptoms.
In severe cases, a technique known as sclerotherapy may be used to reduce the pain and swelling. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a foam or liquid into the veins themselves in order to reduce the swelling.
You may want to try treatment by way of compression therapy. There’s a Michigan-based company that makes a product called a V2 Supporter that is used to treat vulvar varicosities. Maybe it would help bring relief to those suffering from vulvodynia.
I can’t promise it will work, but I also don’t know that it’s ever been tried. Here’s the URL: http://www.eganmedical.com/V2-Supporter-p/ormt-v2s.htm
“A study published in the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association determined that vitamin D deficiency is frequently seen in patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia and nonspecific musculoskeletal pain.”
Source: Pakistan Medical Association via http://vitamind3blog.com/2011/01/vitamin-d-deficiency-linked-to-myriad-diseases/
What are you doing to treat the pain? I would never recommend narcotics to anyone except for in extremely rare circumstances, you may want to try a hard-to-find topical (and non-narcotic) pain reliever called Biofreeze ( http://www.eganmedical.com/Biofreeze-Gel-4-fl-oz-p/orprg-busat04-001.htm ).
Seeking Mayo Clinic advice is always a good idea, but I’ve heard from a number of folks that Biofreeze helped relieve their pain better than even narcotic pain killers like oxycodone.
You may want to talk to your doctor about having your vitamin D levels checked. I forget the name of it, but there’s even a company now that you can order the tests from online, take it to a lab and get the results back same-day.
New research shows a connection between low vitamin D and low testosterone, as well as increased vitamin D intake and higher testosterone levels (see research here: http://vitamind3blog.com/2012/08/vitamin-d3-supplements-0testosterone/ ).
My son even claims to have experienced this effect personally. He’s 31 years old, and lost 35-40 pounds within a few months of moving from a rural, heavily wooded area where he worked an inside job to a beachfront condo where he works from home, on his balcony, in the sun (sunlight is the most natural way to obtain vitamin D in a form the body can absorb).