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Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:47 pm by LindafromNJ

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New and need some help

Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:30 pm by LindafromNJ

New to this site ad trying to figure out how it works.  I am trying to post as a new member so I am hoping this goes thru.  I am a senior adult and have just been diagnosed by the Drexil Vaginitis Center to have vulvodynia along with Vestibulitis (not sure if spelled correctly).  My symptoms are vaginal burning, itching, soreness around the vaginal opening with one spot in particular.  Some …

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Anyone from New Jersey

Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:47 pm by LindafromNJ

Looking to maybe talk to someone from NJ to see if there are any support groups in this state.

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vaginal cream

Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:46 pm by LindafromNJ

I have been given ABC cream to start using for my condition. This is gabapentin, amitriptyline and baclofen cream. Has anyone tried this. Also has anyone used lidocaine. My doctor told me not to use it. It is so sore at the vaginal opening. Has anyone used it there. Please respond!!

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MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE- PLEASE READ

Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04 pm by infinitelywondering

Dear all,

Today has been the day I've been waiting for. The day something FINALLY makes sense.
I've been told countless times that I've got nerve damage or a muscular condition, yet none of the specific treatments have helped me. My GP suggested attacking this from a different angle so referred me to a dermatologist specialist


after having a vestibulectomy with no success, I decided to visit …

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NO PAIN DURING SEX

Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:18 am by rockylife

I HAVE NO PAIN DURING SEX, BUT I FEEL THIS BURNING SENSATION ALL DAY JUST BESIDE THE VAGINAL OPENING. DO I REALLY HAVE A VULVODYNIA? I'M CONFUSED.

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Newby not sure where to turn

Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:32 pm by Cerjo87

Hi this is all very new to me , well the talking about it bit is , the pain while having sex and also the uncomfortable feelings after and feeling like I have  sistitus most of the time I’m very used to , I’ve suffered for 7 years now I’m only 30 . Finally after all this time the doctors or should I say my gp has said I have Vulvodynia and have givin me gabapentin to try .i told her I’d …

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Looking for a friend..... and new problems

Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:38 pm by infinitelywondering

Hi everyone,

I hope you're doing well.

I hate to say this, but I feel beaten down and terribly alone. I had a vestibulectomy surgery about 6 months ago and I was absolutely praying it would work. It didn't.

6 months later and here I am, sitting on my bedroom floor crying my eyes out because I know I'll never be able to have painfree sex. I don't know what to do and just need a friend Sad



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Newbie to the site

Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:16 am by Ksa

Hello. Thank you for this wonderful site. I'm currently under the care of a dr in Phoenix that specializes in vaginal disorders. I will probably be on a suppository of estridol the rest of my life and I am currently on medications for a rare form of vaginitis that's pretty unheard of for my age. My vagina literally hates me. I've struggled with vulvadynia for 20 years, the duration of my …

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Vulvodynia from #metoo media coverage

Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:01 pm by dooleyhornberg

I am wondering if anyone else in this forum has experience an increase or flare up in their vulvodynia as a result of the coverage of the sexual abuse scandals in Hollywood, DC, and the recent gymnastics scandal. I have definitely had a flare up.

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painfree for 3 years!

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painfree for 3 years!

Post  ilseke on Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:50 pm

I'm from Belgium and I have suffered from vulvodynia since I was 20. Back then gynaecologists found nothing wrong with me. I visited a lot of them...When I was +/- 35 I watched "embarrising bodies" on tv and heard of 'vulvodynia'. I knew that was it. I searched for a doctor who was specialised in it. He prescribed PLO-gel with 4% gabapentine. I applicated it for about a year and it resulted in three ab-so-lutely painfree years!!!!! Now the pain starts again and I will use the gel again. We all deserve a painfree life with nice sex. Don't stop dreaming about it!

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Post  A2015 on Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:04 pm

Hi Ilseke,

It is encouraging to read the words "pain free", as I don't see it written often.

I had VVS when I was on the Contraceptive Pill, when I stopped taking it, I was also completely pain free and normal.
This year, I have VVS again after a yeast and bacterial infection.

Could I ask if you could describe your symptoms in some more detail? Was/is your pain confined to the vestibule and did/do you have redness/inflammation?

How did your pain start when you were 20 and what has caused the pain to begin again?

I am from London and want to ask my Vulval Dermatologist if I can be prescribed Gapapentin cream here.

Thank you so much,
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Post  ilseke on Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:19 am

Hello

It started combined with my first sexual relation. My doctor (gynaecologist specialised in vulvodynia) says that's not uncommen. I had a lot of vaginal itch and pain: candida after candida infection and after several months it developed into vulvodynia but the vestibular variaty. I only had (burning raw) pain during intercource. If jou consider the vagina like a clock, my pain is located at 12h, where most women have it at 6h. The groep of 6h should be less resistent to therapy, according to my doctor. He said i had to use it for 4 or 5 months. With no result after that i should give up. But i just kept on using it for about a year and gradually the pain lessened and it stopped.

My gynaecologist was part of a multidisciplinary team with a psychologist, kinesitherapist and so on. But since i had experienced orgasms before my condition i didn't had to see them. And yes, after the pain subsided i experienced a lot of great sex and orgasms. cheers

I think it started again because i am vulnerable for it. I have a husband, so i have sex, wich often leads to mild candidasymptoms. And i didn't used the gel because the problem was gone.

It is still a less aggressive pain compared to when i was younger but i know it will become worse without the gel, so this afternoon my gel will be ready in the farmacy. Luckily i still had the original prescription and i just went to the towndoctor. I didn't have to pay him since he could copie my prescription and will give it to other paitients. I sent a mail to my gynaecologist. Should he say something valuable i will post it on this forum.

The gel is really expensive, but i need it. You have to buy a whole box of pills and you only need 1 or 2 pills to make the potion.

Gabapentine are pills for people with epileptica. They do something to the painreceptors in our vagina. (In Belgium that medicine is named Neurontine, but generic name is gabapentine)The pharmacist mix the pills (the powder) with a cream that is most often used for vaginal use: Pluronic Lecithine Organogel. My original prescription was 4% but there also was a note on it to prepare the gel 6%. My towndoctor prescribed me the 6% one. I hope to suppress the painreceptors rapidly... I wrote you the prescription below.

prescription for 100g gabapentine gel (4%):
take 10 pills Neurontine (or generic) 400 mg capsules gabapentine
make them into powder
look at the weight of the powder
calculate mass of pluronic hydrogel* (PLO)-fase=80% x (100g - weight of powder)
mix powdermass and PLO
add lecithine (ad 100g)
mix untill gell is homogene

for 6% gel use 15 capsuls of 400mg
* can be ordered at Fagron ( Fagron PLO kit 200g, code 2399350)


Don't give up on yourself. Get that gel and applicate it every evening. After all, what alternative do we have?
Ilse


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Re: painfree for 3 years!

Post  A2015 on Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:44 am

Hello Ilse,

Thank you so much for your detailed reply. It seems my symptoms are quite similar.

I have redness of the whole vestibule, slight inflammation, sore/raw/burn to touch, vestibule skin tears during sex because the skin is inflammed/delicate (I tear at the 6o'clock and either side just inside the opening), frequent on/off itching of the vulva (even when there is no candida found), prone to infections.

Did you continue to experience candida infections during the 3 years you were pain-free without using the gel?

Did you notice any visible changes to your vestibule skin?
Every doctor I see tells me my vulva looks "normal" to them, but I know for a fact it is red/slightly inflammed. I can say this with certainty because when I was cured from VVS after coming off the Pill, my vestibule skin tissues returned back to their normal colour & I knew I was 100% healed. When it started this time after an infection, I knew my VVS was back.
I am concerned that any nerve relieving creams won't reduce the redness so I'll never feel fully cured, but I suppose I have to start to accept that I may not be fully cured and any treatment can just help.

Could I ask if you are/were ever on hormonal birth control?

Did your pain start again without being triggered by an infection, it just started to burn during sex again?

I think mine started again (after being absolutely pain free when I stopped the Pill), because I am vulnerable to VVS after having it once before. Perhaps my body has a memory of how it responded to an infection (when I had VVS before), and that's why my symptoms have come back.

I very much hope I am able to get this cream in the UK and that my Vulval Dermatologist will prescribe it to me. I will bring your description with me, thank you very much.

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Re: painfree for 3 years!

Post  ilseke on Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:06 pm

During the 3years i had sometimes an itch or candidelike symptoms, but very mildly, nothing that couldn't be solved with cold wather. I didn't have to take any medication. When i was 20 i had some monstreous candideinfections and they discolored my skin permanentely. I know that, because i can compare it. Doctors think it is just normal.
I never took birthcontrolpills. Maybe condoms are better because there's less bodyfluid and less chance to invoke an potential infection.
The vvs just restarted like that. At first a very little bit of pain, i didn't noticed it wright away.
But here we go again Wink

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