The way I see it, "plasma cell vulvitis" means my skin itself is showing symptoms of the overall pain entity living in my coochie. The doc says they usually treat it with topical steroids, so I guess those are next in the round of things to do.
But I'm also going to try to get tested for antibodies to H. pylori. I mentioned this article a few weeks ago, about a study relating peptic symptoms (stomach ulcers), a positive test for H. pylori antibodies (H. pylori is the bacterium associated with ulcers), and localized vulvodynia. And what luck, I do have symptoms of an ulcer! Mild symptoms that I could control with diet change and wouldn't worry about...except for this vulvodynia thing...(and not being able to drink wine since late last year...!).
My friend Emily suggested I write to the author of the paper asking for advice on how to get a doctor to care about his findings (worded nicer). He suggested (he replied!!!!!!!) I go to a gastroenterologist and focus on the stomach symptoms without mentioning the vulvodynia. So I got a referral today from the student health center, but not without some twisting and turning -- the guy was like, "take antacids." Ugh. WHY do you make me stretch the truth??!??! Just give me the referral!
I got an appointment with a gastroenterologist on August 21, but I'm going to see if I can persuade my gynecologist to order the antibodies test before then. It's cheaper on the overall system, cheaper and probably quicker for me, and much more straightforward. My gynie is open to thinking outside of the box and might be okay with doing the test. She might also see "plasma cell vulvitis" as an indication of a possible infection, which some parts of the internet speculate it may be.
So even though the biopsy didn't really tell us anything we didn't already know ("your vulva is irritated"), I am so glad that a test finally returned NOT normal!!!!!!! That just makes me feel like my problems are DETECTABLE by the external universe! I'm not a crazy lady!!!! YES!