Women with chronic pain syndromes may suffer a greater degree of discomfort and complications during menopause and after menopause. For many women, menopause marks a significant change in health, both physical and emotional, often leading to a decrease in quality of life.
One complication that has become quite common in menopausal women is the development of pain syndromes known as dynias. As a group of focal pain syndromes, women of menopausal age often suffer from dynias without realizing the connection they may have to the state of menopause.
In nearly four percent of the general population of menopausal women, a condition known as vulvostomatodynia has become increasingly more combine. Described as a combination of vulvar pain, known as vulvodynia, and the development of oral burning and oral pain, known as stomatodynia, women of menopausal age who suffer from vulvostomatodynia are found to suffer from both complications, simultaneously.
In some women, one complication may develop before the other but, in most women, the development of both vulvar pain and oral pain occur simultaneously, resulting in the diagnosis of vulvostomatodynia. Specially, women with these complications notice a sudden onset of pain in the vaginal vestibule area with marked pain also in the oral lower lip, tongue, onset of oral dryness and even the development of bitter taste.
In many menopausal women, this combination of pain in the genitalia and oral cavity is marked by a history of chronic pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. With menopause, the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not seem to alleviate the complication and many physicians approach treatment as both a psychosomatic condition coupled with some neurological complication.
If you are of menopausal age and find you have developed a complication involving the development of pain in not only the genitalia but also around the oral cavity, it may be prudent to speak with your doctor about the development of vulvostomatodynia. In many cases, the use of anti-depressants, SSRI, anti-convulsant medications, Botox injections, alpha lipoic acid and even topical lidocaine, can alleviate the pain associated with this menopausal condition.
As with any complication associated with menopause, it is important to speak with your physician open and honestly. For many menopausal women, the use of medications designed to treat the specific complications of menopause often find they lead a better quality of life. Because vulvostomatodynia is a painful condition that can severely affect your quality of life, seek treatment early when genital or oral pain begin.