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» What has been helping ME (much less pain over time!!)
Wed May 16, 2018 3:43 am by leoscc

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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Next stop, Gabapentin...

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Next stop, Gabapentin...

Post  WaahwaahUK on Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:43 pm

So my GP said he can't prescribe me lyrica / pregabalin without me trying gabapentin first. So, I now have a prescription for gabapentin. I'm ever so slightly terrified as have heard mixed stories about side effects etc but have decided to try and stay positive. Who knows? It may work for me...
I'm still having physio for nerve issues with my pelvis. Finding that soooooo hard as it causes major flares in pain but persevering.
Just thought I'd post an update. At the moment, no one can say for sure what's caused my pain, however I think I have come to the conclusion so far that this time last year after being treated with lots of different meds like steroid creams and pessaries for an infection, my nerves have gone berserk. I've had subsequent pelvic issues from holding myself so tight for months on end. Physio is addressing that, and I'm hoping, the right meds will help calm my crazy nerve pain. Hmmm...

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Re: Next stop, Gabapentin...

Post  PainBlogger on Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:58 pm

I've taken gabapentin in the past for my non-pelvic pain issues and I didn't have any adverse effects. I went up to 100mg, four times a day then eventually was switched to pregabalin as another dr preferred pregabalin for his patients. That was all before my pelvic pain started. But, yeah, I had no problems with gabapentin. I hope you have some success with it.

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Re: Next stop, Gabapentin...

Post  WaahwaahUK on Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:09 pm

PainBlogger just wanted to say thank you for your input on my posts since I've been here. I really appreciate it. It's so valuable just hearing someone say something like that about their experience sometimes. Going to give it a shot from tonight. Pregabalin seems to be an issue where I live due to cost.

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Re: Next stop, Gabapentin...

Post  PainBlogger on Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:18 pm

You're welcome. If my protracted experiences with various medications etc ( Rolling Eyes ) can be of use to others then at least that is something positive Very Happy . Yes, pregabalin is newer and more expensive than gabapentin. Both can take a few days to get used to hence the dose is normally increased slowly.

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Re: Next stop, Gabapentin...

Post  WaahwaahUK on Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:32 pm

I just find your manner very down to earth, and encouraging. So thanks! Hard to explain without sounding weird!

One thing I want to do is write down in detail things that I've tried and things that have helped a little because without this forum, I would honestly never have known where to go to or what directions to try... It's just not something many people know or have experience of. And of course, so many potential causes or additional / related issues.

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Re: Next stop, Gabapentin...

Post  WaahwaahUK on Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:49 am

4 nights on 100mg gabapentin and I couldn't face it any more... I'm so disappointed as I was determined to ride out any initial side effects... I had extreme night terrors and nausea and dizziness that I had to call in sick to work. I couldn't function. I go to work in pain every day as it is. So, I've stopped it for now. Going to try and continue with physio, magnesium, bicarb baths, epsom salt baths, wine (occasionally) and thinking about trying lidocaine for a period of time. The raw soreness I could do with some help in calming and wondering if that might help over a period of time.

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Re: Next stop, Gabapentin...

Post  PainBlogger on Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:26 pm

Sad That's not good. A drug that makes you feel worse than you did to start with has to get the heave ho. If you can face trying something else and your GP is agreeable then there's pregabalin or duloxetine - and, as you say, lidocaine. I was better after eight weeks of lidocaine 2% (Instillagel 11ml syringes - one syringe lasted two nights) on cotton wool at night than I was before it. It did calm down the surface burning quite a lot. We all react differently to different drugs it's such a nuisance that it's not more of a predictable science. I'm going to hopefully increase my duloxetine when I see my doctor before Christmas. I'm sure it is helping me somewhat and (logically, though these things don't always follow...) if I up the dose it'll hopefully help a bit more.

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Re: Next stop, Gabapentin...

Post  WaahwaahUK on Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:53 pm

Yes I was so disappointed, as I really was ready to persist with initial side effects if I had bay but I just couldn't take it... I don't think he'll let me try pregabalin. He seemed reluctant due to cost. I may ask about duloxetine. Thank you. Really glad to hear its working somewhat for you. I'm feeling it all today - really aching and sore. I think I got so tense on the gabapentin which hasn't helped. Even my jaw hurt like crazy! Anyway, I've bought over the counter vagisil today to try a little of and make sure I don't flare with it first and then will hopefully give that a go.

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Re: Next stop, Gabapentin...

Post  PainBlogger on Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:06 pm

I hope it gives you some relief. Bear in mind that it may contain fragrance in the added ingredients (at least the similar Lanacaine does, or used to) so if you do get any irritation from it, it may be that rather than the lidocaine.

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Re: Next stop, Gabapentin...

Post  WaahwaahUK on Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:30 pm

I've just seen it says that on the tube! Thanks for the warning. I think I'll try it somewhere close but not currently sore first.

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