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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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Just got diagnosed after living with VVS for about 3 years (I'm now 20)

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Just got diagnosed after living with VVS for about 3 years (I'm now 20)

Post  joyj0yjoy on Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:35 am

My name is Joy. The pain started roughly 3 years ago (no trigger to speak of, the only thing I can think might have helped start it is leaving in a tampon too long), and I kinda just tried to ignore it because my family doesn't have health insurance and my mom thinks doctors are the devil (yeah, she's crazy). I just stopped using tampons and tried to forget about it/hope it would go away on it's own. I wasn't what you'd call sexually active, so it was kinda easy to push it to the back of my mind. Today, I'm still a virgin (saving it for my husband) but I have since indulged in certain pleasures, or at least, tried to. My VVS made it impossible to allow any insertion due to the pain, (I would just cut my boyfriend off, tell him I wasn't comfortable with it, etc). I recently (by recent I mean like April of this year) became fed up, (what's a girl gotta do to insert a goddamn tampon without pain?!) and saved up for a gyno appointment. Ended up seeing a nurse practitioner because the gyno injured herself or something. This bitch looked up in me, poked and prodded, watched me writhe in pain, and then looked me in the face and said, "There's nothing wrong with you, your vagina just isn't ready for insertion. I'm sure this will go away once you start having intercourse."
I went back out to my car and broke down sobbing (I'm not a cryer). I felt so helpless. "What's wrong with me??" "Do I have to live with this?" "Is it so much to ask to enjoy foreplay as a virgin?!" It was awful. And I obviously told no one about it because it'd be embarrassing as hell - "Yeah, my vagina hurts upon insertion and I waited years to get it checked, and guess what, it's actually all in my head" NOPE. So I booked an appointment elsewhere ("Fuck that bitch, she's wrong, I need help" I thought). $277 later, (will probably be billed for more due to the diagnosis) I see an (ACTUAL!!) gyno this time, but she starts saying the same shit as the other lady, like, "Try spreading your legs really wide when inserting a tampon" and "maybe use lube" and "try stretching it out with a vibrator". Thankfully, she felt around enough to actually feel the inflammation and was like, "If you wait for Dr. Such-n-Such to get out of his C-section, he can probably give you better answers" so I was like, "Of course I'll fucking wait if it'll get me closer to some answers" so I wait and he comes and checks me out for like 60 seconds and says, "Describe the pain" and I say "Burning" and he said "Yup, I know this." and he sits me up and explains I have VVS, how they don't know what causes it, and there isn't a cure, but some treatments can help, though are a little spotty, and worst case scenario is having surgery. I was so RELIEVED to have an answer, a name, the makings of a solution. Not knowing, and feeling like you're crazy, is the worst part.
He prescribed a low oxalate diet, synalar (ointment) on area twice a day for 2 weeks, once a day for 2 more weeks, every other day on the 5th week and twice during the 6th week, plus citracal 2-3 pills daily for the same amount of weeks, then a follow-up appointment 8 weeks from now. I'm currently waiting on my pharmacy to get my drugs in, they say they'll be ready tomorrow. So that's when I'll start them. I am hopeful. The biggest worry is money. (It's over $150 for these drugs!!) I work 2 part-time jobs, one $10 an hour (about 20 hours a week) and the other $8.25 an hour (about 20 hours also). My health is important to me, GETTING BETTER is important to me! It's worth whatever it takes, but I don't want to go into debt over this, and health insurance seems like such a crazy expense for a plan that may not cover my pre-existing issue.
Thank you for reading, it feels good to lay it all out like that. I will probably tell my bestfriend and roomates, now that I know I'm not crazy. If you have any information/advice about the drugs I'll be starting or the diet or about the insurance situation, please share!
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Re: Just got diagnosed after living with VVS for about 3 years (I'm now 20)

Post  Cami90 on Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:03 am

Hi Joy,
I know how you feel. I went through this for a couple of years, went to a lot of doctors (even in another state), tried a bunch of medications and spent a lot of money. The only thing that really cured me was surgery followed by physical therapy. But of course different things work for different people so you have to try everything else first.
As for the insurance, I had the same problem. All insurance companies I applied for would´t cover pre-existing conditions. So I found this government insurance called PCIP (Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan). It was basically an insurance plan that covered anything. But I believe this was only available until 2014 due to the healthcare reform. The good thing is that now if you can get insurance through an employer they cannot leave out pre-existing conditions. The shitty part is that private insurance plans don't have to follow the same rule. But anyway, if you can get it through your job or maybe your parents' job then you would have that covered. It is expensive but totally worth it if you end up having surgery.
Well, I hope you find what works for you!



joyj0yjoy wrote:My name is Joy. The pain started roughly 3 years ago (no trigger to speak of, the only thing I can think might have helped start it is leaving in a tampon too long), and I kinda just tried to ignore it because my family doesn't have health insurance and my mom thinks doctors are the devil (yeah, she's crazy). I just stopped using tampons and tried to forget about it/hope it would go away on it's own. I wasn't what you'd call sexually active, so it was kinda easy to push it to the back of my mind. Today, I'm still a virgin (saving it for my husband) but I have since indulged in certain pleasures, or at least, tried to. My VVS made it impossible to allow any insertion due to the pain, (I would just cut my boyfriend off, tell him I wasn't comfortable with it, etc). I recently (by recent I mean like April of this year) became fed up, (what's a girl gotta do to insert a goddamn tampon without pain?!) and saved up for a gyno appointment. Ended up seeing a nurse practitioner because the gyno injured herself or something. This bitch looked up in me, poked and prodded, watched me writhe in pain, and then looked me in the face and said, "There's nothing wrong with you, your vagina just isn't ready for insertion. I'm sure this will go away once you start having intercourse."
I went back out to my car and broke down sobbing (I'm not a cryer). I felt so helpless. "What's wrong with me??" "Do I have to live with this?" "Is it so much to ask to enjoy foreplay as a virgin?!" It was awful. And I obviously told no one about it because it'd be embarrassing as hell - "Yeah, my vagina hurts upon insertion and I waited years to get it checked, and guess what, it's actually all in my head" NOPE. So I booked an appointment elsewhere ("Fuck that bitch, she's wrong, I need help" I thought). $277 later, (will probably be billed for more due to the diagnosis) I see an (ACTUAL!!) gyno this time, but she starts saying the same shit as the other lady, like, "Try spreading your legs really wide when inserting a tampon" and "maybe use lube" and "try stretching it out with a vibrator". Thankfully, she felt around enough to actually feel the inflammation and was like, "If you wait for Dr. Such-n-Such to get out of his C-section, he can probably give you better answers" so I was like, "Of course I'll fucking wait if it'll get me closer to some answers" so I wait and he comes and checks me out for like 60 seconds and says, "Describe the pain" and I say "Burning" and he said "Yup, I know this." and he sits me up and explains I have VVS, how they don't know what causes it, and there isn't a cure, but some treatments can help, though are a little spotty, and worst case scenario is having surgery. I was so RELIEVED to have an answer, a name, the makings of a solution. Not knowing, and feeling like you're crazy, is the worst part.
He prescribed a low oxalate diet, synalar (ointment) on area twice a day for 2 weeks, once a day for 2 more weeks, every other day on the 5th week and twice during the 6th week, plus citracal 2-3 pills daily for the same amount of weeks, then a follow-up appointment 8 weeks from now. I'm currently waiting on my pharmacy to get my drugs in, they say they'll be ready tomorrow. So that's when I'll start them. I am hopeful. The biggest worry is money. (It's over $150 for these drugs!!) I work 2 part-time jobs, one $10 an hour (about 20 hours a week) and the other $8.25 an hour (about 20 hours also). My health is important to me, GETTING BETTER is important to me! It's worth whatever it takes, but I don't want to go into debt over this, and health insurance seems like such a crazy expense for a plan that may not cover my pre-existing issue.
Thank you for reading, it feels good to lay it all out like that. I will probably tell my bestfriend and roomates, now that I know I'm not crazy. If you have any information/advice about the drugs I'll be starting or the diet or about the insurance situation, please share!
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