Rae (raerau) wrote in vaginapagina,

Mystery Vaginal Infection, Going on Almost 1 Year

So... I'm not so sure how to start this, since the history seems like it's been going on forever. Or at least it feels that way.
Perhaps a little background history. I'm nineteen years old, I have been sexually active with my boyfriend for a little over a year. We used condoms for the first couple of months of PIV sex, and then ditched them altogether. I am not taking hormonal birth control and I haven't in the past. From about December 2010 to February 2011, I had on-and-off instances of yeast infections - maybe about three in total - which were cleared up by a Monistat-7 treatment. 
After February 2011, however, I have been plagued by a nigh-incurable infection that likes to present itself as burning, itching, and thick, white discharge. I had been to three general doctors and they all did a pelvic examination, took swabs, and sent me off with some antifungal medication (either oral or topical), and in one case antibiotic vaginal cream. This was in separate instances, mind you, and after the antifungals didn't work (including fluconazole, and nystatin and one other I can't recall; oral and/or topical formats) I was put on topical clindamycin. Then when that didn't work, topical metronidazole. The dosages have been mixed around, for the most part, and I was put on the medication for a longer period of time when it failed to show promise. I can remember a few times where the treatments initially seemed to help at least a little, and then wore off after a couple of days. 
Have I mentioned that I have tested negative for all STIs on three seperate panels? And the fact that every swab taken has come back "normal" or failed to produce results in the lab? 
I was referred to a gynecologist, and I just got in for my appointment this morning. Again, swabs were taken, a Pap smear, and a pelvic exam. He concluded that it might be a mixed infection, prescribed me oral metronidazole and fluconazole to be taken in combination, and sent me for  a blood test. However, due to financial constraints I cannot afford the medication. I am to go back to this gyno in two weeks to check in with how I am doing, but I doubt I will have things in order before that. I'm getting whiny, though. 
I just don't know what else I can say, other than if there is anyone here who has dealt with the same/similar situation? It has really been getting me down lately and I just feel at the end of my rope. :\
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