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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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Stop taking your birth control!

Post  anon99 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:21 am

I am 22 years old and had been suffering with vulvodynia for over a year. I had been on birth control since 16 years old and had no issues with it...or so I thought. After a year of pain and discomfort (constant burning, stinging, fissures) and after countless trips to 7+ doctors and specialists, I myself found the cure to my own vulvodynia. I decided I was going to go as "natural" as positive in hopes to making myself more healthy. Therefore, I stopped taking all medicine, but Loestrin 24 was the only medicine I had been taking daily. In a month's time, my pain has finally gone away. I consider myself very blessed and am so thankful to have cured my vulvodynia. Doctors were telling me that it was something I was just going to have to live with but I just couldn't accept that answer so I kept searching for a cure. I think it takes a few weeks for the hormone levels to reduce and for your vaginal area to reduce in irritation and inflammation, so be patient, give it a month's time, and let your body heal. I will never go back on hormonal birth control ever again. The year with vulvodynia greatly affected the person I am, both emotionally and physically. I will pray for everyone reading this that they will find their cure.

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Post  anon99 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:22 am

Also, I would like say I have been pain free for 4 months now

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Re: Stop taking your birth control!

Post  Neevi on Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:31 am

I have a gynaecologist appointment for weds morning to get overall diagnoses but i have thought about coming off the pill to see if that helps at all.
Happy to hear it worked for you, helps me keep positive about curing it!
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Re: Stop taking your birth control!

Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:54 am

Please dont tell people to stop taking meds. I absolutely have to be on bcps for endo and it didnt cause my pain. Remember everyone is different but until you go to med school you shouldn't be giving that advice. I'm glad you're pain free but that would cause a whole different level of hell for me. You're lucky that you had such an easy way of getting cured. Also remember different bcps do different things. I had one that gave me constant yeast infections so I switched. But please keep in mind you have no idea why someone might be on the pill its not always for sex. I have terrible periods and pain. If im not on the pill forget living I'll be in bed for 2 weeks of every month. Vulvodynia doesn't seems terrible then. At least for me. And there are other alternatives too I had surgery and I'm good to go. But like I said I'm happy you're cured but keep in mind sometimes you cant simply go off meds that easily.

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Post  anon99 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:13 pm

Alana3-
I was on birth control for endo as well. I would rather have 3 weeks free of pain per month than pain everyday. But that's just my opinion. I think you missed the point of my post-- this forum is a place to share your story so that is what I have done. Also it wasn't an easy cure. I cried every day for 14 months because I was miserable and was having no luck with other treatments. I shared my story in hopes to possibly help another woman reading this forum; that they would talk to their doctor about the possibility of birth control being the cause and consider going off of it.

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:20 pm

I just dont like hearing oh hey I got off bcps and you should too was my point. Like I said glad it worked for.you. and that its way broader than no more hormones. If you have endo how do you deal now? Most girls with endo cant ditch bc and be good, but again if you can great.

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Post  anon99 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:34 pm

Alana3-
For me, it was as simple as the hormones I was putting in my body were hurting me. I just wanted to share my personal story, find support, and support others. Best of luck to you.

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Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:01 pm

Ok but that doesnt answer how you're managing your endo now. Did you get surgery? Im all for getting off the pill esp if theres a way to manage endo.

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Post  mary jane on Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:21 pm

it makes sense they don't work for everyone, I was on yasmin for only 3 mo. last year and one day I just woke up with sowllen vestibular glands!!!! My vulva was swollen as well, the glands l=felt like bulging veins, luckily then they dissapeared after taking naproxen !
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Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:38 pm

And you're sure that's from bcps? Naproxen is an anti inflamatory so that makes sense it would go away. Also remember that different pills work for different people so the one that works for me may not be right for you. And vice versa. I'm just not a fan of hearing oh get off your pill and you'll feel better because it's not true for everyone. That was my point. Nothing more.

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Post  mary jane on Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:01 pm

yes, I'm sure it was from the birth control. It was my first time ever taking them and I did not do anything else to cause such bizarre symptoms.
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Post  mary jane on Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:02 pm

I was on them for 3 months only. I was fine after I stopped taking them
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Post  Alana3 on Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:16 pm

Yeah any medicine can cause weird stuff thats why theres so many I'm allergic to tylenol thats why I take advil

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Post  Fingerscrossed on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:31 pm

I've been on birth control (in various forms) since I was 18 and I'm about to turn 24. I asked my doctor, a pelvic pain specialist in Louisville, KY, about stopping birth control and he disagrees with the idea of stopping. In his mind, the pills help you to not have pain because they control your cycle. I'm actually on continuous birth control now and don't think it's made things worse. I have been scheduled for a vestibulectomy on Dec 17. If that doesn't work, I'll probably try getting off all my pills. I think my nerves are the issue, though I cannot compare sex on pills vs. off them. I've been on birth control for as long as I've been sexually active.

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Post  Alana3 on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:56 pm

I lived in lex for four years if its nerves the vestibulectomy will help

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Post  A2015 on Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:52 am

@anon99, your experience is almost identical to what I experienced in 2012.
Was on the Pill (Microgynon), suffered for over a year with Vestibulitis, countless trips to doctors none of whom suggested coming off the Pill. In desperation, I did, and within a month, all my symptoms had gone away completely.

However, in 2015 (having not been on hormonal birth control since, as I also swore I would never go on it ever again), I got a Yeast & BV infection and it has triggered Vestibulitis just as it was before.

I just wanted to comment to advise being gentle with your body, as I thought I would never have any problems again (I was so completely cured) and thought I was resilient to infections/VVS returning. I never had to question why coming off the Pill worked, as I assumed it was hormonal, but this time, it doesn't appear to be. Be well.

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Post  sailor_moon on Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:15 am

All my problems started when I came OFF birth control...and when I went back on it to see if it would fix me it didn't. I think the pill has screwed up my hormones to the extreme that 2 years later I still only get a period once every 3 months.
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