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  #1  
Unread 04-01-2003, 05:08 PM
Bacterial Vaginosis

I hope some of you can help me because I am really getting fed up with constantly having a yellow-ish discharge. My LAVH was on 1/27/03, and since that time I have been treated for BV continuously. My doc prescribed Flagyl for the 4th time last week and even gave a script to my DH. I have taken the seven day course, and the 4 pills all at once course, and yes, the Diflucan as well. I still have the discharge and noticed today that the odor was unbelievable! Can my friends and co-workers smell what I smell? I am at my wits end because I have taken all of my prescriptions at the proper time my Doc told me to and cannot get rid of this beast! Every time I go to see him and he "takes a look" he assures me that the cuff is healing beautifully, but the wet prep test comes back as BV. I am embarrassed to call his office again. I know he is as tired of "seeing" me as I am of having him "take a quick look". I am desperate for answers and suggestions. What can I gently recommend to Doc to do next?
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Unread 04-01-2003, 06:00 PM
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Hi,
Wow, I'm sorry are going through this. Infections that don't seem to clear up can get very frystrating. I went round and round with yeast and BV, sometimes at the same time, other times separately, before my hyst. I didn't have any problems, amazingly, after my hyst, except for one BV infection after I had a posterior repair and a lap for adhesions in 2001. Anyway, when I was not having success with meds, and in fact developed bad allergic reactions to almost all yeast cream meds and nasty reactions to Flagyl, my doctor had me use Cleomycin - which were ovules to insert into the vagina 3 days instead of an oral med. It really burned me, but it did clear up the BV. It may not irritate you, but I am extra sensitive and at one point all I could do was put plain yogurt on the outside of the vagina, at my doctors suggestion, because my skin was so irritated from all the meds. This med Cleomycin (not totally sure of the spelling) also comes in pills I believe. Truthfully, what I ended up doing prior to my hyst, instead of any of these meds was an alternative remedy I read about in a really good herbal book. I made a douche with warm water, 2 tablespoons of plain yougurt, 3-4 small drops of tea tree oil and 3 drops of lavendar oil. This worked better than anything. I know douching is not usually considered to be the greatest thing and CAN cause infections if overused, but in my case I was desparate and having reactions to all kinds of other meds. Tea tree is strong and you only need a small amount. Lavendar oil has long been used for infections. This remedy worked. I know that f I ever get either BV or yeast again I will try this before going through rounds of prescriptions. You may need to boost your immune system. Try some vitamin C and also acidophilus supplements as they are good for both yeast and BV. I am 4 and a half weeks post-op from bladder surgery and had a catheter for 23 days. I was scared of infections, especially because of the tube inside of me and also having to have a lot of antibiotics in the hospital. I made sure I took vitamin C. I hope you feel better soon and get some answers. It sounds to me like your BV is not being helped by Flagyl at all. Ask the doc for something different, or if you are like me, try an alternative. Post and let me know what you find out.
Love, Light, Blessings
Druid
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Unread 04-01-2003, 11:07 PM
NASTY INFECTIONS

MY DEAREST CAROLINE!!!!!
I AM SO SORRY THAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH ALL OF THIS JUNK.WHEN I WAS READING YOUR POST I THOUGHT IT WAS ME!!! I HAD MY SURGERY ON THE SAME DAY AS YOU. I HAD A TVH LSO. I HAVE HAD FLAGYL 4 TIMES NOW WHICH NEVER WORKED.NOW MY DOC HAS ME ON CLINDAMYCIN WHICH FEELS LIKE IT IS NOT WORKING AT ALL,I STILL HAVE THE DREADED BURNING. I HAVE NOT HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE ODOR SINCE I STARTED USING REPHRESH VAGINAL GEL WHICH IS A OVER THE COUNTER MED.MY DOC GAVE IT TO ME BECAUSE MY PH LEVEL IS TO HIGH.THE NEW MEDS HAVE ME BURNING AT BOTH ENDS.MY DOC SAID TO EAT YOGURT TWICE A DAY.I AM ALSO TAKING MULTI VITAMINS,ACIDOPHILUS SUPPLEMENTS AND DIGESTIVE ENZYMES(ALPHA-GALACTOSIDASE AND FUNGAL PROTEASE) WHICH IS HELPING ALOT. I GO BACK IN 10 DAYS AND HAVE A CHECK UP.I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOU TO SEE HOW THINGS ARE AND IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING NEW PLEASE E-MAIL ME AND I WILL DO THE SAME,DON'T GIVE UP THIS JUNK WILL CLEAR UP, IT HAS TO.
HANG IN THERE! JAYLEEN
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Unread 04-02-2003, 05:32 PM
Bacterial Vaginosis

Thanks for the input ladies. I am giving this latest round of antibiotics 10 days to do its job, so by Friday if I haven't seen any improvement I plan to call Doc. He has been very understanding and I know he is trying his darndest to help me. I will mention the solutions that have been posted here and see what he says. I am willing to try anything at this point. By the way, where do you buy tea tree oil? I'm not familiar with it. I'll let you know what happens, Jayleen.
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Unread 04-03-2003, 08:06 AM
Bacterial Vaginosis

you can buy tea tree oil at a health food store. i have dealt with this back and forth yeast/bacteria for 10 yrs and i've found that douching with 3 drops of tea tree oil and 1 qt. of water works the best. dr's/ medications just caused me to go back and forth with my infections more frequently.
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Unread 04-14-2003, 12:46 PM
Bacterial Vaginosis

Clindamycin worked for me, but I needed to take it for 14 days, and I was the one who insisted to my doctor that I try an extended treatment. BV is not actually an 'infection"- it's an imbalance of bacteria found in your vagina. It's nearly impossible to get it if your vagina has the proper acidic ph. My doctor recommended a vinegar/water douche and I have not had BV since; some women make boric acid capsules. It probably won't clear up an existing case very easily, but it will prevent new cases. BV usually will go away on its own eventually if the vagina is healthy, but the smell is enough to make you sick! I used to worry about co-workers smelling it, but my doctor didn't think so. However, my 11 year old daughter noticed the smell! When I told my doc that, he paid attention.

Did your doctor test the ph level of your vagina? If not, he should do this.
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Unread 04-14-2003, 03:10 PM
Bacterial Vaginosis

Thanks for the advice, Wachusett. I finished taking the Clindamycin last Friday and have not seen much improvement. I still have that itching, burning feeling as well as the yellow/tan discharge. I am going to have to call the Doc again and schedule an appt. I really hate to have to see him again. My LAVH was so simple, and I really haven't had any complications other than the BV. I feel like he is growing tired of seeing me every other week. I will ask him to check the pH and we will go from there.
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Unread 04-14-2003, 03:34 PM
Bacterial Vaginosis

Hi Carolyn,

Just wanted to jump in, because I've been having similar problems since I had the hyst (almost a year ago!). What Wachusett said is right (about the ph balance), but since I tried several rounds of the creams, and it didn't really get rid of this, I asked my dr. if it could be that I'm not getting enough estrogen. I think I read here on one of the posts that upping the estrogen, could maybe balance things out better, and then you would not be susceptible to these infections. I'm trying the Premarin cream now, will let you know if it works. It's worth a try! Good luck to you. s

Marta
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Unread 04-15-2003, 03:22 AM
Bacterial Vaginosis

(((Carolyn))),
I hope some of this is improving for you I've never had this but do have several links that contain some excellent info I thot might be of some help to you

http://aolsvc.health.webmd.aol.com/c...erialvaginitis

http://www.matria.com/learn/womens_h...?pid=lm_wh_bvt

http://www.wdxcyber.com/dxvag002.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/dstd/Fact_Sheets/FactsBV.htm

http://lib-sh.lsumc.edu/fammed/pted/bactvag.html

http://www.aafp.org/afp/980315ap/majeroni.html

http://womenshealth.about.com/librar...y/aa010199.htm

http://www.engenderhealth.org/wh/inf/dbac.html

Bacterial Vaginosis Information:
http://herpes-coldsores.com/std/bacterial_vaginosis.htm

What is bacterial vaginosis?

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Bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection in the vagina caused by a type of bacteria (germ). The vagina normally contains a lot of "good" bacteria, called lactobacilli (say: "lack-toe bah-sil-li"), and a few other types of bacteria, called anaerobes. Too many anaerobes (say: "ann-air-robes") can cause bacterial vaginosis. We don't know why the anaerobe bacteria overgrow and cause this infection.

How do I know I have bacterial vaginosis?

You may notice a discharge from your vagina. The discharge may be clear or colored. It may be very light or heavy. It may have a fishy smell, especially after you have intercourse. Some women have bacterial vaginosis without any symptoms.

If this is an infection, did I catch it from someone?

No. Bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth of bacteria that are normally in the vagina. While it's more common in women who are sexually active, it also occurs in women who are not sexually active. It's not usually necessary for your sex partner to be treated.

Does it have to be treated?

Yes. If the infection isn't treated, the bacteria may get up into the uterus or the fallopian tubes and cause more serious infections. Treating bacterial vaginosis lowers this risk. Treatment is especially important in pregnant women.
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Good Luck & pls keep us psoted...(((hugs)))
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Unread 04-15-2003, 05:17 PM
Bacterial Vaginosis

Hi Sheri,
Thanks for responding with such good info. I still have the discharge/itching/burning, although I have finished the recommended dosage of meds (7 days). I will say that the discharge has lessened, but it is still there. I don't know whether to see the doc again or not. Any advice ladies?
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