Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia can cause a great deal of pain for its sufferers. But imagine having excruciating pain in your vaginal area and not being able to have sexual intercourse, ride a bike, sit on a chair or even walk more than a few feet.
New findings have shown that illnesses like Interstitial Cystitis are related to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and another related illness to Interstitial Cystitiscan be added to that list – vulvodynia.
Vulvodynia, a condition that causes shooting and searing pain in a woman’s vagina, is being called the a type of “vulvar Fibromyalgia”.
Vulvodynia is an illness, like CFS & Fibromyalgia, where the patient will be told that there is nothing that can be done for them and they just have to learn to live with it. Yeah, right. That’s easy to say when you aren’t the one suffering!
Over time research is starting to reveal new things about vulvodynia that we didn’t know before and their relation to CFS & Fibromyalgia.
One study suggests an unusual response to an infection plays a role; two genes that block inflammatory cytokines and respond to yeast/bacterial infections appears to be under functioning. That’s double trouble; that means vulvodynia patients appear to have trouble mounting the right immune response to yeasts or bacteria and in turning off the inflammatory response once it occurs. Several researchers believe the later is exactly what’s happening in chronic fatigue syndrome.