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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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    Putnams 'bony parts' cushion or Putnams 'Dr Huff' cushion - which is best?

    Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:17 pm by Fielder

    Hi everyone,

    I'm a newbie.  I live in the UK.  

    I'm trying to work out the best cushion to get for my vulvodynia.  I suspect that I could have pudendal nerve involvement (the aching and burning pain is from vagina to clitoris) and I have rectocele and some tailbone pain too.

    I have seen some good reports on older threads regarding the Putnams pressure relief cushions....with some ladies …

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    An absolute success story- please read!

    Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:57 pm by Persevere1990

    Dear All,

    I posted on here back in March 2017 having just got a diagnosis of vulvodynia after a few months of relentless and acute pain. I was desperate, I was hurting, I was scared I would never know life without pain there again.

    I tried creams, acupuncture, numbing gels, frozen pads, baths with various internet recommended concoctions- convinced myself I had lichen sclerosus, herpes, thrush- …

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    I'm sorry im rambling

    Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:49 am by Jet227

    hey, im 19, ive been struggling with this almost a year. The first week I became itchy I went in to check about a yeast infection another week later. I have been to 10 different doctors a total of about 15 appointments for this problem for the past 11 months. I have been tested for everything including having a biopsy. I was first told basically to just go home and use hydrocortazone, then I went …

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    New member need advice please

    Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:33 pm by PANDORA123

    Hello, I have just been diagnosed with unprovoked vulvodynia. Im really scared and worried. It burns a lot and it hurts to sit down. I have been prescribed amitriptyle 10mg. Can anyone give me some hope that I can get better from this condition. Feeling low and depressed.

    Thanks

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    MonaLisa Touch

    Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:35 pm by rl2091

    Hi All,

    I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with the MonaLisa Touch treatment for Vulvodynia? My pain started when I went on HRT(pill) for anxiety mainly and my pain abruntly stopped when I stopped HRT. However, when I started on the HRT patch (at my dr's suggestion), the pain returned and has never left. That was 7 years ago. I found MonaLisa Touch on the internet purely by accident …

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    Diagnosed Recently

    Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:55 pm by flissyg

    Hi All,

    I’m so glad I’ve found a place where there are others who understand how I feel!

    So this is my story:-

    I’m 36,  and 4 months ago, whilst innocently sitting in bed reading I experienced a very sharp stabbing pain in my clitoris. It last only a few minutes and then subsided as quickly as it came on. It put it down to “one of those things”.  The following morning I woke up …

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    New and need advice and help

    Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:26 pm by Cin124

    Hi everyone,

    About three months ago, I started having vaginal and vulval itching. Then, about two months ago, my vulva started to feel painful and look swollen, so I went to the doctor. I was tested for herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea which all came back negative. I also had to do a vaginal swab test and the only thing that came back positive was yeast infection. I was prescribed hydrozole …

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    New here would very much appreciate advice at the end of my rope

    Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:09 pm by Jma990o

    This might be a little long but it's been such a long time I've even been able to talk about my problems openly thank you in advance for any helpful advice.
    So ok I'm 24 I've been having this problem for over two years seen quite a few doctors and obgyns alike and nobody will take me seriously I have had a few utis and yeast infections and even bv once and this all started after one of the utis …

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    Post  bridgetae on Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:12 am

    Hi. I've been diagnosed for a couple years but have had the symptoms for as long as I can remember. Took me years to find a doctor that didn't simply brush my symptoms aside. But even now, I don't have consistent access to a doctor because of moving in between states and especially to a state where there is NOT good healthcare available. I was diagnosed with vestibulitis. After reading through some people's posts, I get the idea that this is a vague diagnosis with very little information. Basically, I have had severe pain at the opening of my vagina associated with biking, inserting tampons, sexual intercourse and a variety of other activities. But the skin all around my labia and perineum easily become inflamed and irritated in general but not nearly as painful as the opening of my vagina.

    So I've been through a handful of different treatments including steroid creams, physical therapy, steroid shots in my spine, product and clothing changes etc. The steroid creams had some positive effect. To be honest, I was so discouraged by the lack of progress, I probably quit physical therapy earlier than I should have. Switching to more estrogen-based birth controls helped too. The ones I previously was on tended to dry out my natural lubricants. The only other thing that has been really helpful is a lidocaine-petroleum compound applied on a regular basis. But now I'm stagnant. The pain isn't getting better anymore and I'm depressed. I think i have multiple other conditions but I can't find a doctor who will take me seriously or even address my concerns. It is especially hard because I still do not have a stable living situation so I can hardly see the same doctor twice. What kinds of things can I be doing on my own to diagnose myself and to make things better?

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    Post  PainBlogger on Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:16 pm

    Have you tried any dietary changes (I'm thinking mainly in terms of making your urine less acidic or potentially irritating to the skin)? Some people find a calcium citrate supplement helps reduce vulval pain.

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    Post  bridgetae on Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:17 pm

    I have not tried that, but I definitely will now. Thank you.

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    Post  jharris on Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:54 pm

    Hi there:

    I am newly diagnosed as well. I need help and advise. What I tried was Estrace cream and, it helped sometimes and other times not. I was given a steroid cream and that was an irritant and also on Lidocane or something like that while was irritating as well. Please update me anyone on what you did to alleviate symptoms. I am in constant pain and am not sleeping.

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    Post  fairlight10 on Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:18 pm

    Hi. I have had vulvar vestibulitis since May 2012. I was prescribed Nortriptyline 20mgs and it has helped a great deal. It is not a cure but it can eventually calm the pain you are having. It is a tricyclic antidepressant that has been used by many sufferers on this site. If this one dose not help there are many others for you to try. Read the posts on this site. Start at the beginning, they are a wealth of information. Also consider what you eat, drink and any other medications could cause irritation when urinating. I would also recommend Yes water based lubricant. Look at your laundry detergent/fabric softener. These can also cause problems in this area. Good luck.

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    Post  infinitelywondering on Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:37 pm

    have you considered a vestibulectomy?

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    Post  Debbie627 on Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:39 am

    For women with vulvodynia or vestibulitis, doctors often prescribe meds or creams containing propylene glycol. This can cause severe burning, then you apply more to stop the burn, and the pain spirals out of control. Have you ever noticed how you feel best in the morning and then spiral downhill throughout the day? That's because you are burning yourself with the steroid creams and other meds. Give it a test....you will know within 24 hours. Stop all creams and ointments for one day and see if you feel better. Would love to hear your feedback. BTW... your KY jelly contains this ingredient as well, which in my case started my journey into this condition. Feel better sisters!

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    Post  michelle_b on Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:14 pm

    Hi, I've been struggling with vestibulitis for about 5 years now. I've tried numerous creams, numbing ointments and I've seen so many doctors I loose count. I have finally found a couple of specialists and both are recommending a vestibulectomy. My advice after everything I've been thru is to pay attention to what is in the creams you are trying. I trusted my doctors completely in the beginning and many of the ointments burned and hurt worse than the natural pain. Others didn't help at all. I found that switching to Dove hyper allergenic bar bath soap, hyper allergenic laundry detergent, and avoiding Always pads helped significantly for the day to day pain. I use Kotex pads during the day and natural cotton pads at night when I'm home. I also found that pure vitamin E oil was very calming for the skin and I use it when I have bad days. I don't know if there is any negative to using the vitamin E oil so I use it only when I need it but I figure it has to be better for me than the chemicals the docs are prescribing. I also have some symptoms of pudendal neuralgia. One of the doctors I saw prescribed a Valium suppository that worked incredibly well for pain from pelvic floor muscle tension. This didn't help with the vestibule burning pain though. For the aching pelvic floor pain I have I found that using foam rollers on my inner thighs helps a lot.

    I found the doctors all have the same go to trial and error mentality for treatment. It's all very vague and they just throw conservative darts at the wall until they find something that works or they tell you there is nothing else they can do for you. My advice now looking back is not to wait to long, challenge your doctors and if what they are saying doesn't seem right move on. I tried too many conservative treatments for too long and while not detrimental to my condition it took a toll on me physocologly and emotionally. The pain is exhausting and many doctors don't seem to get it. Also, for a while I also switched to cotton underwear and on really bad days opted for commando. I didn't wear jeans or anything tight for a number of years either. I hope this is helpful.

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    Post  Debbie627 on Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:52 pm

    My story is very similar to yours and the creams and ointments and KY Jelly during sex were the culprits not the cures. I had the vestibulectomy ...it didn't help me. Of course afterwards they told me to use estrogen cream to help with healing but that contained harmful ingredients. Once I stopped using that I healed quickly. The answer... keep it pure... no creams, oils... or gels of any kind.

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