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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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Post  gingercat2426 on Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:56 pm

So... I guess everyone has their story but at the end of the day they all have something in common.
For me, it started in October 2012. I had been with my partner for about 18 months and all was going well I had just come back from a month long trip and I was so excited to see him again. But upon penetration it hurt, it had never hurt like that before.

For a while I thought maybe it was the medication I'd had to take for the trip. I had to keep taking it for a month after I got back so, I put up with it. I kept sleeping with my boyfriend despite the pain thinking it would go away once the medication was out of my system. Two months later and it wasn't better, if anything it was worse. If the sex itself was tolerable afterwards it would sting like nothing else - I would spend half an hour hunched over in the shower crying with the pain.

Around March of the next year I realised that it wasn't going away by itself. I went to my GP who diagnosed thrush. I was skeptical (having had thrush before) but if it was a simple as a course of cream then it was worth trying. Needless to say it didn't work so I went back to my doctor. Up to this time I had been using Nuvaring as contraception so my doctor suggested I stop using it - maybe it was causing some kind of irritation?

A month after stopping nuvaring I waited a little while longer and it didn't get better. The pain was less intense, I would be in pain during sex but I could grit my teeth and bear it. I would be sore the next day but I could live with it. Until around last Christmas when I decided that I was tired of the pain. It wasn't as bad as when it started but smaller things were hurting me now, a finger or a small dildo - any kind of penetration was painful from the beginning.

So now here I am, I've told my partner that I don't want to have sex anymore - I don't want to do things that hurt me and I don't think I should have to. I'm worried that he might leave me because of it but I just can't hurt myself anymore. I'm not really sure where to go from here - my regulur doctors haven't been any help. I know I could find a someone else but I'm a student so I don't have a lot of disposable income to afford specialist.

So that's me.

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Post  emalita on Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:12 pm

Thank you for sharing your story. You're right, although our stories are all different, there are always some similarities.

I'm so sorry that you're in pain, and even though it is hard to refuse intercourse, I'm happy to hear that you are taking care of yourself by avoiding pain. People say that there are other non-penetrative forms of intimacy, but I really struggle with that because my pain is constant (unprovoked). I hope you are able to find comfortable ways of being intimate, and I hope your partner is understanding.

You mentioned you were on a medication for a trip when this all started. What type of medication was it? An antibiotic?

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Post  PainBlogger on Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:05 pm

You may find these books helpful:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heal-Pelvic-Pain-Strengthening-Incontinence/dp/0071546561/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461164343&sr=8-1&keywords=heal+pelvic+pain

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sex-Without-Pain-Self-Treatment-Deserve-ebook/dp/B00K7IH67U?ie=UTF8&keywords=painful%20sex&qid=1461164499&ref_=sr_1_7&sr=8-7

Those are UK Amazon links but should be available on the US site or whatever site is for your country.

If you have access to a pelvic health (women's health) physiotherapist/PT then I'd recommend trying to get an appointment with one. The exercises my physio has given me have been really helpful in getting me back towards a point where I hope to be able to resume doing things I haven't been able to because of the pain. It's important not to push past the pain because that can cause tight pelvic floor muscles which then make the pain even worse. I'm on medication for nerve pain (duloxetine) which is also really helping, but it's the exercises (stretches and dilator exercises) that are really helping my muscles relax again.

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