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Gabapentin Gel. or other topical creams

Thu May 10, 2018 9:43 am by Rosie21

Hi I have been suffering for some years with this abominable pain. I have tried most of the systemic drugs , I asked specialists and Doctors if I could at least try a topical treatment but because this requires a special prescription have been refused Has anybody had a chance of trying these? Thank you I will try to put a link on to some of the research into Gabapentin Gel. Thanks.

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What has been helping ME (much less pain over time!!)

Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 am by leoscc

Hello everyone! I vanished for quite some time as my life became consumed by not only this but other daily responsibilities as well. Shortly after my diagnosis, my boyfriend f 3 years left me as he did not want to deal with this. It left me broken for a while but also gave me time to figure out what the heck was going on. So, I will write out a quick list of my symptoms and what helped me.

1. I …

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I cured myself 100% of vulvodynia twenty years ago--I hope this helps someone

Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:33 pm by totallycured

Hi,

Every so often I'm reminded of the constant, persistent, horrible pain I was in two decades ago, and I reach out to try to help others who are suffering. If someone had offered me a solution during that terrible time, I'd have jumped at it. I hope this helps someone.

Yes, I did have terrible vulvodynia. It felt like someone poured acid all over my vulva. My doctor confirmed it and was …

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I'M NEW - Do I listen to my gyno who I feel has it wrong?

Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:17 pm by Tunes25

Hello!

I am a 25 year old woman and wanted to share my story here as I feel frustrated by the suggestions of my gyno and am hoping for some advice.

To give the context for this: in September 2016 I moved in with my long term boyfriend after living abroad a year and (nearly) abstaining from sex. Within a few weeks I had got a yeast infection which I treated myself successfully, but then 2 weeks …

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Condoms Less Painful?

Mon May 07, 2018 3:35 am by stillinpain

I'm just curious, has anyone found using condoms to be less abrasive to the skin than without? I just got off birth control and haven't stretched myself out enough post surgery to try sex yet, but when I do I am wondering how trying it with condoms with affect the sensation. I feel like for me the skin to skin sensation creates pain, not just at my entrance but internally, too, since I also have …

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Will there be an end?

Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:06 am by Krista2828

I go in and out of being okay and not being okay with this condition. I question often why me? I am a problem solver by nature and I feel so defeated that after tons of research and trial and error and doctors and tears that there still is no answer.

I am in my 20's.. it shouldn't be this way.

Id love to know what all has worked! I am willing to try anything to get my life back. I am curious …

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you can be healed so easy and quite fast.

Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:46 pm by pussycat

Hello everyone,
i am new to this forum. I wanted to share my personal "journey" with V with you and to give you a real hope you can be totally healed/recovered from V. Many years ago i was struck with V, it was painful and got worst and worst, eventually i could not sit, could not stand, could not walk, could not swim in a swimming pool anymore. I was becoming bedridden, it frightened …

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Hi Im from Australia :)

Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:08 am by emma

Hi girls... I live in Australia.
I am currently undergoing a new treatment for vulvodynia. Just wondering if anyone else here has tried it. It's Endep in the form of cream to apply directly on the area. I dont know if anyone else has tried this but so far evidently it has had a 50% success rate.
Anyway i feel at a loss. This new treatment is exciting but at the same time i just dont feel like …

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Somebody please help me...

Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:05 am by Andlag

Hey everyone,

since I started being sexually active i often experienced burning in my vagina which was often worse during sex /around the time of my period or when using lubricants. I was never able to use tampons because the one time i tried putting them in it felt like acid was poured on my skin. Fast forward to 2 months ago when I got a UTI and an allergic reaction in my vagina. I thought it …

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Questions about amitriptyline and physio

Post  Delilah1 on Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:23 pm

Has anyone tried amitriptyline or nortriptyline for a while (6 months or so) and your pain went away and then you slowly stopped taking it and the pain stayed away?   I've been wondering if this is all caused by muscles/nerves then why is it if you have a pinched nerve/muscle issue or alignment issue in your upper torso  you don't get a sore irritated, raw, red throat?  It's the same kind of body cavity-??  I still wonder if secondary V is caused by some kind of infection not identified yet.   People used to believe gastric ulcers were caused by stress and now they know it's caused by Hpylori bacteria.  They now believe IBS is caused by some bacteria.(still researching it)  Just wondering and wanted to share my thoughts.  thanks

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Re: Questions about amitriptyline and physio

Post  jen007 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:46 am

Delilah1,

I had been taking amitriptyline for about 6 months a while back. It did help reduce the pain, but it didn't go away completely. I eventually stopped taking it. The side effects were bothering me a bit. They weren't really bad or anything. One was weight gain...accept for me it made me completely loose my appetite and I ended up loosing quite a bit of weight. You're more likely to gain though, I was like the only person who ever had that symptom that my doctor knew of. Also because amitriptyline is an anti-depressant I started to feel less like myself. Just more quiet and wanting to stay home and lay around. After I stopped taking it the pain came back about a week or so later. Its been over a year and I still struggle with the weight loss. I can't seem the gain the weight back sadly. I was small the begin with so now I'm even more tiny.

I hope I was of some help! Let me know if you have any other questions about amitriptyline!

-Jen

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Re: Questions about amitriptyline and physio

Post  Kathy100 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:43 am

Hi Delilah1

I've been taking nortriptyline since December - I started on amitriptyline but couldn't take the side effects (I was zombie like, forgetful, made mistakes at work & had tingling in the legs on a 10mg dose). The nortriptyline helped a lot with the burning pain (and the specialist I was seeing said that it gave the nerves a break) - I'm now trying to wean myself off it and am down to 5mg a day. The main side effects for me were feeling tired, drugged, anxious and also, more seriously a drop in blood pressure. Like Jen I lost weight which I'd put down to the stress of it all which I haven't gained back but it could have been the tablets. Physio helped me and doing stretches to correct my pelvis (which is misaligned) is helping too. The V pain is still there but much less. From my experience taking it helped me with a break from the pain before I started physio but watch out for the side effects.
Hope this helps & good luck!

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Re: Questions about amitriptyline and physio

Post  Sarah001 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:41 pm

Hi Delilah, I take Ami which was originally prescribed for sleep issues due to my Fibro but the vulvar specialist upped the dose to see if it would help my pain and it didn't I'm afraid, I was woozy to begin with but I don't even notice it now (I still take it for sleep). I gained 5 pounds from the Ami then it stopped (until I started on the Lyrica and I ballooned! Rolling Eyes ) and the only symptom I have now is a very dry mouth at all times which has damaged my teeth from lack of saliva but luckily my dentist has put me on a prescription toothpaste to help my teeth.

As for the nerve question, the redness in the vestibule is more likely the muscles being affected by the nerves and clenching and spasming. If your throat did the same you'd be an emergency situation so it would never get to the raw red throat stage! Some trigger points cause weird sensations too like some of mine make me itchy when I press them and on me the referral patterns are often unexpected and odd. Nerves can cause pain anywhere along their course and upset the soft tissue along the way. physio has helped alot of ladies on this forum so it's well worth giving it a decent try but make sure you do the homework or it will fail. Good luck.
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