I was glad that the Dr. Oz show explained to all of its viewers the symptoms, possible causes, and treatment ideas for women suffering from vulvodynia. I wish that some emphasis (at least a word or two) had explained the correlation between vulvodynia and fibromyalgia and IC. There is still work to be done to spread the word about these diseases that are interlinked and affect millions of women.
I too suffered unbearable, spontaneous vulvar pain when my IC symptoms were at there worst. I think vulvodynia occured when I went on the incredibly strict anti-yeast anti-fungal diet to help rid my body of yeast and toxins. Some doctors believe that in addition to genetic components that women with vulvodynia have yeast overload in their systems (same as women with IC. Interesting, huh?) My vulvodynia symptoms include: pain during and after sexual intercourse, vulvar pain on contact, intense labia swelling and pain during ovulation, and an increase in vulvar pain after urination (probably occured when large amounts of yeast in my urine touched my urethra during urination). A close female relation to me has been secretly suffering from severe vulvodynia pain and symptoms for twenty years. We both cried after watching the Dr. Oz special on vulvodynia. My heart goes out to everyone currently suffering from vulvodynia, and I hope that treatments that help everyone will be available soon.