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Lidocaine with condoms?

Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:44 pm by AEM1

Hi everyone! My doctor just prescribed me a topical lidocaine to administer before sex, but I forgot to ask if it is okay to use with condoms. Has anyone else used this before and know it is safe to use with condoms? Thanks! Very Happy
Unrelated, but I just started Lyrica a few weeks ago...no changes yet, but I'm hopeful something will come out of it. 3 years with vulvodynia and unable to have sex …

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Constant pain, I want to die.

Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:29 am by Meggiemay

I posted on here a few years ago but my symptoms went away with the inflammation. I didn't get so lucky this time.

For over three months, i've had terrible rawness, burning, soreness in the urethral/vestibule area and pressure/hypersensitivity in the clitoral area. I've also had some lower abdominal pressure and burning on my butt. I can barely walk! My gyno hasn't been much help. I'm on …

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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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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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Recently Diagnosed which has motivated my research study

Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:54 pm by ebclose2free

Hi everyone,

My name is Eliza Barach and I was diagnosed with vulvodynia in October of 2017. I'm also PhD student at the State University of New York at Albany. I work several professors at SUNY, but one in particular, Dr. Mitch Earleywine researches marijuana and its possible efficacy as an alternative treatment. Our previous examined cannabis and symptoms of PMS/PMDD and found that women …

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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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New and desperate for advice

Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:37 pm by srbry

Hi everyone,

I'm new here and was told to find a support group because this is all getting a bit much really...

I lost my virginity when I was 18 and it hurt - that was normal. Loads of women had told me that it hurt so that was fine I didn't question that. I was with the same guy for a couple of months and each time after that it was uncomfortable and not great. I didn't tell him because I …

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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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Amitriptyline given for vulvodyina pain

Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:46 pm by katycrawford

Hi there,

After years of being misdiagnosed etc as most women have on this forum I have finally been diagnosed with vulvodynia (yay) and have been given the lowest dose of an antidepressant called Amitriptyline. Has anyone been on this before and has any positive (or negative) news to give me? Im feeling down already and I've only been taking it for a few days, I don't have much hope of it …

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Some Progress with Duloxetine

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Some Progress with Duloxetine

Post  PainBlogger on Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:23 am

Hi everyone,

I've noticed some progress since I've switched from tricyclics to duloxetine and I thought people might be interested to know. I was going to post last week, but was in two minds because I didn't want to tempt fate and have a relapse! Well, as of yesterday, I have had a bit of an increase in pain again Neutral , but I've decided that I still should be optimistic and, whatever happens next, I've had quite a few better days over the last few weeks.

I've been on the duloxetine for about 6 weeks, started on 30mg and now on 60mg for the last 4 weeks or so. In the last three weeks my maximum average daily pain has been a 4/10. Now, I should point out that I think I'm quite conservative in rating my pain. I never rate it above a 6. Why? - Because when the doctors say 10 is 'the worst pain you can imagine', I can imagine a great deal! In my way of thinking, if it was a 9 or 10 I'd be on the verge of unconsciousness. So, 6 is my worst, but 6 is pretty darn bad. Anything above a 1/10 means it's disrupting my mood, though it's between 3 and 6 that really gets me down.

I've had quite a few days where my pain has been as low as a 1/10 in the last three weeks. Last week it was about 1/10 most days - which I'm really glad about. What's more, that's including some days when the external problem area has been slightly provoked by touch (though I've still been very careful about what I'm eating/drinking/wearing/washing with/sitting on). I don't know if my internal pain is any better because I have not investigated.

I don't know what (if anything) has made my pain increase today, but it's back to spiking whenever I empty my bladder Neutral . Hopefully it will calm down again soon. It's about a 3/10 right now.

So, basically, I just wanted to share that I feel more optimistic now than I have in a while. I feel like if I can have a few more weeks like last week then maybe I can make a dent in breaking the pain cycle more permanently. Even if have two steps forward and one back then that is still gradual progress. I think the duloxetine is playing a substantial part in the progress, although it is possible it's just random and I'm still having acupuncture and doing physiotherapy exercises also. But I continue to keep a pain diary, so I can reassess in another month or so.


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Re: Some Progress with Duloxetine

Post  WaahwaahUK on Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:46 pm

This is fantastic to hear! Hope it continues for you.


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