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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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Post  alessandria on Sat Dec 07, 2013 6:09 pm

Hello all! I've been lurking on this website for a while, and was hoping to see if anyone else has a similar story to mine. I had always been a very sexually healthy person in the past, and was the type to want sex multiple times a day if I had the time for it. I never even had cramps or an unmanageable period, a UTI, a yeast infection, anything even slightly amiss until about two years ago. It was then that I got what I assumed at the time was my first yeast infection. My normally translucent discharge had become thick and white, and I was terribly swollen throughout my labia, vagina, and clitoris. I emailed my doctor, who was certain that it was yeast when presented when my list of symptoms. When the Monistat did nothing, I scheduled an appointment with her -- while she thought my discharge surely looked like yeast, the culture came out totally negative. All STD checks were clear, every single test came back negative. They recommended at that time that I switch to all-cotton underwear, loose-fitting clothes, change my laundry detergent, and a thousand other things that just didn't help. I kept trying to have sex for a while, but it was so excruciatingly painful that sometimes I even bled afterwards from how raw and irritated my skin had become. My discharge remained strangely altered, to the point that all 5 doctors were initially certain I had a yeast problem on exam, but no culture ever came up positive for yeast. When I was diagnosed with V originally, I was in denial and desperately hoped that the doctor was somehow wrong. The way she portrayed it was that I was, at 23 years old, going to have to deal with the fact that I was never going to enjoy sex again. I found it too devastating to deal with, and stopped going to the doctor for about six months' time. I did everything in my power to get healthy and somehow change my fate, from running every day to eating an immaculately healthy diet. I found that while my 24/7 V pain had disappeared, I still had stabbing pain with any insertion, and still had this strange yeast-looking discharge at all times. I grew increasingly terrified about sex, and my libido decreased from being higher than any of my friends, all the way down to zero. Because of my problems with V, my relationship of years fell apart, and I am now single. I get asked out on dates all the time, but am too scared to go out with anyone because I know sex is a normal human expectation in relationships. Thankfully, I have a very full and exciting life other than this issue, but I'm not thrilled about having my sexuality taken from me. I'm scared I'm going to live and die alone, even though I'm a perfectly good person, because of V.

Here's my problem as it stands: I no longer have generalized V, and it's primarily only provoked. I only have maybe a day or two each cycle that I feel some discomfort/irritation, but it's maybe 2/10 on pain and can be ignored. My Q tip test was actually negative in my doctor's office this last time, which meant that I don't get to be referred to the expert (who prioritizes her time for only the most severe, cannot wear jeans without 9/10 pain type cases). For now, I have been referred for physio, since the new doctor said that I have constant tension in my pelvic floor and I cannot relax my muscles properly. Has this helped anyone? I really feel like the fact I still have this yeast-like discharge signifies that I have some kind of infection or underlying physiological problem in addition to muscular problems, and I'm disheartened that I cannot go to the expert because my case "only" prevents me from having sex.

My questions for you all:
1) Did anyone else have a dramatic shift in their discharge when their V started? Does anyone know what it means?
2) The expert I'm close to uses a YAG laser for therapy, has anyone had experience with this? I know I'm less important than the expert's other patients because my days are quite pain-free as long as I don't have sex, but I still think I deserve to get my health back by whatever means possible.
3) Has anyone been able to restore sex drive and ability to be attracted to people since suffering from V?

Any help is greatly appreciated Smile

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Post  EviE°Bee on Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:43 am

Wowie. I'm sorry to hear about your relationship. Crying or Very sad 

Let me begin with the pelvic floor muscles, from my own personal experience, when engaging in sex my brain is automatically programed to mess up my libido. I know penetration is gonna hurt either a little or alot and I'm gonna have consequences to deal with after (burning, irritation, etc) and I'm gonna have a laundry list of things to do to try and alleviate this pain. All the worry/frustration/confusion will cause a dry vag and stiff muscles. Some say pelvic floor therapy helps, some don't. You lost ur relationship from this which is more pressure when it comes to performance, the next beau who comes into ur life and maintaining your VV symptoms. VV treatments are different for everyone so try and stay positive and maybe look into calming excersises or go see a sex therapist while trying different V treatments. There are so many things that can be done in the bedroom, try not to let VV get the best of you. Unfortunately, this includes non-penetrating sex.

YEAST!!!! I've been having yeast problems the last 2 years. Like you, I never used to get them but I seem to get one once a month. I don't think mine ever goes away. My yeast symptoms differ then anyone elses as well; I itch like crazy, but no discharge, no foul odor. You can try Candida Diet, some people say it helps but I've yet to try it (bleh) you can see if that helps.
My thoughts on discharge is that it must be hormone related. We discharge regularly but more during ovulation. Ph balence is off for some reason.

This didn't really answer any of ur Q's lol but I guess I just wanted to let u know that ur not alone in ur struggles babe.

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Post  The_Joker on Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:27 pm

Hi Alessandria,

I was really interested to read what you had written as I too have the same change in discharge from normal and clear/translucent  to constant thick/white and opaque at all times. I wondered whether this might be hormonal but it only really started when the V symptoms appeared. I did read somewhere that if the tests come back negative for yeast, then the discharge is thick and white because it contains leucocytes (?)/skin cells ie there is some inflammation somewhere and the body is trying to clear itself by shedding more skin cells as a reaction... this made sense to me anyway!  Not sure if this helps you at all but might explain why you have the change in discharge, either that, or the doctors are not testing the discharge for all types of yeast only the most obvious ie Candida albicans.

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Post  Leslieg on Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:25 pm

I would definitely give PT a try to relates probable muscle tension. Have you tried a quality probiotic for vaginal health. (Ultimate flora or fem dophilus)?

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Post  alessandria on Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:39 pm

It was so great reading this from you all this morning, thank you!! Even though I would absolutely never wish VV on anyone, it is comforting knowing I'm not the only person going through this. EvieBee, I definitely think a lot of the problem with getting back to normal after VV is all of the programming our brains have done to suggest that sex is going to be pain -- it's like the classic negative reinforcement experiments they teach you about in psychology class! It makes me super curious though how we can reprogram ourselves back to not being afraid, and I'm sure that will just be a matter of persistence and finding someone patient enough to work through all the issues. I've been thinking of doing some reading on how former victims of sexual abuse learn how to reprogram themselves to enjoy sex again, since they have also gone through some very negative experiences associated with sex, and I am guessing the topic is a lot more researched than VV is. Maybe there are some good techniques out there for us to try! I still suspect that my problem isn't yeast, but at the same time, I'm not sure what specific cultures have been done to see what might grow (and it would be so, so cool if this was something easily treatable, like yeast!)

The_Joker, the crazy part is that they did a full analysis of a sample from me, and didn't find increased epithelial cells or leukocytes! I have no idea what exactly is making the discharge so opaque, it's like some kind of medical mystery. I have read previously that some yeasts cannot be cultured by the time they are in discharge, either due to being outside of their normal environment or being already dead by the time they are collected for analysis. I wish my physicians were a little bit more communicative to me about what they are doing and whether they are really doing everything in their diagnostic power to figure this one out.

Leslieg, I haven't actually given the probiotics much of a chance yet! I took mine for about two weeks, and then felt like I was getting a UTI or something and immediately stopped. I am considering trying again though, since I could definitely see altered vaginal flora being a cause for VV. I've also bought a ton of yogurt and should probably start actually eating it Smile Hopefully the PT helps, too!

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