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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


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


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  A2015 on Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:38 pm


I am suffering with VVS for a second time. I have provoked VVS, my skin is red & subtly inflammed in the whole area that is sore.

I had VVS from 2012-13 when I was on the Pill. When I eventually came off it, I was 100% cured back to normal within a month.
After 18 perfect months, this February I developed infections & now have had VVS again since.

When I first had VVS for 1.5 years, I was in a relationship. For about a year, whenever we had sex it would get more inflammed & often triggered a yeast/bacterial infection.
After a while, I started to get a recurring tear at the 6 o'clock point & just inside the opening on either side (where the Bartholin glands are). This would happen even if I used lots of lubricant.

Once I was cured, I never had any tearing during sex at all. My vestibule tissue looked & felt normal with no redness.

Since my VVS has come back, I have had sex once. I got the same tears/abrasions. They heal very quickly, but I know would just happen again if I attempted sex again.

I guess I am writing this just to see if anyone else experiences this, as I expect I'm not alone.

My Vulval Dermatologist says she wants to try me on an antidepressant. I am concerned about the red/inflammed skin and wonder how the antidepressant could help this, surely I would still be prone to tearing if the skin itself is still in a fragile condition?


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Post  sailor_moon on Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:29 am

I too suffer from inflammation and redness, sometimes I get a tear in the skin when it is fragile Sad the tear does heal up but the redness and inflammation stays.

I am wondering the same question, how on earth does an antidepressant fix redness? I asked my current specialist and he said if it is nerves causing the vulvodynia the nerve endings to the vulva can become inflammed and continuously firing off, which causes the redness.

He put me on a trial for Lyrica, been on it since the start of April and all it does it get rid of the extremity of the real bad burn, the burn is still there, not as extreme. however, my biggest symptom is extreme itching and it does nothing to help with that. I see him tomorrow as a follow up to an investigative Laproscopy and see where to go from here, as I have low estrogen and progesterone but he needed to fix many endometriosis I may have had [which I did!] via the laproscopy before he could treat my hormones as Endo flares up with excess estrogen.

Funny enough my issue started when I came OFF the pill!!!

I've tried every cream in the book and the only thing I can use down there that does not irritate is bursting open an Evening Primrose Oil capsule and applying the oil.

Can I ask what your main symptoms are?

I suffer intense itching almost 24/7, burning, and "nerve pain" that is only in my left vestibule area and it runs up my pelvis and down my bum cheek...when I had surgery 4 weeks ago they must have put my back out or something moving me coz now it is SO much worse!


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Post  Toobusy9561 on Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:28 am

Itching with burning and tearing, redness and inflammation could be Lichen Sclerosus (this also includes the anal area where you will get fissures). Not everyone gets the "white" that you see on search images for LS. The gyno can do a biopsy to be sure or just a trial of high potency steroid ointment (avoid creams, they have added ingredients than can irritate) such as Clobetasol.

Have you looked at your vulva/anal area to see if everything looks ok? Some women don't realize they have LS (I am one of them) until they see white areas. Anyway..its just something to look into.

Pain on one side could be pelvic floor. Whenever you have pelvic pain, you tend to "brace" or "clench" that area and if it goes on for a while, the muscles get out of balance or become hard and knotted causes more pains.


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Post  sailor_moon on Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:35 am

I have had 2 biopsies done, and both only showed chronic inflammation. I tried that steroid ointment along with many others and all they do is make me even worse. Thanks for your suggestion though!

I recently tested positive for yeast after 2 and a half years of all tests being negative, but any treatment that has been given to me makes do differ to my symptoms. Got given fluconazole to take for 6 weeks and it made no difference at all. And the test showed it was just normal yeast candida albicans and not a weird funny type.

Running short on ideas. I always thought that you had to have the horrible white patches to have LS? Surely after 2 biopsies it would have showed?


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Post  Guest on Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:00 pm

Hi, A2015 how did you get better the first time? Maybe it can help you this time as well?


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Post  A2015 on Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:30 pm

Hi all,

I got better (cured entirely) the first time because I stopped taking the pill (Microgynon). My body returned entirely to normal within a month. I haven't taken anything hormonal since, but my VV symptoms have started up since a yeast & bacterial infection back in February.

I've seen multiple vulval dermatologists who have confirmed the diagnosis of Vestibulodynia, and as my symptoms are exactly the same as they were the first time (which went away completely off the pill), I have ruled out any possibility of having LS.



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