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    How do you live with this? EmptyWed Aug 14, 2019 2:38 am by agtoronto

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    » Dating with Vulvodynia and Vaginismus advice
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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  Persevere1990 on Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:15 am

    Hi everyone,

    It's great to see there is a support network here... I was diagnosed a few weeks ago and have started nightly treatment with lidocaine cream one week ago. Not noticing any difference yet.

    I notice I get flare ups throughout the day, typically after peeing, showering, walking and when I'm stressed. I'm pretty sure my vulvodynia was caused by nerve damage due to a bad case of thrush over Christmas.

    I am really struggling to cope with this condition so far and get very anxious when I'm at work or out the house about it. I'm panicking that I'm never going to have a day without pain ever again.

    Does anyone have any similar experience or advice to share?

    Thank you
    Xxx

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    Post  amf329 on Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:36 pm

    Hi there,

    I just wanted to reach out to say that I'm sending you hope and healing vibes.

    I've been dealing with this issue - though I've chosen not to label it V because I know it's not just that, and claiming that it is just labels me as 'sick' - for over a year and a half now BUT I am SO much better than I was when it first started. And that was pretty horrific so I have a lot of empathy for where you are right now. Just take it one day at a time, ok?

    While I'm not 100% healed, I'm very close - and I have tried a lot of things to get well... and am still figuring out this last piece of the puzzle... But I have had weeks of no pain at all so I know I can get there. And I know you can too.

    My first suggestion is to decide you will get well. The second is to use what you need to by way of prescriptions/medications/etc. to get through this part. While I'm not a huge proponent of drugs because they don't heal but they CAN help when the pain is bad. And my third is to search this forum for success stories and stories of healing and hope, as that will help ease your mind.

    We're all different and we'll all healing on some level though it may be by different methods so stay open to what may work for you...

    hugs,
    A

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    Post  Persevere1990 on Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:43 pm

    Thank you for the reply A, it makes such a difference being able to talk to someone who really understands.

    Over the last two weeks I have started taking 30mg Nortryptiline every night and it dramatically decreased my pain levels. Over the last 5 days I have been mostly pain free with just a few hours of pain on one or two days. I am hoping the pain can be reduced further by staying on the medicine. I have been to have accupuncture too, twice now and hope this is also contributing to the results.

    Can I ask what has worked well for you in terms of treating the pain?

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    Post  ellenb on Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:30 am

    I know this may sound silly but it has helped me some. Get a squirt bottle and rinse after you pee. This helps if residue from your urine is causing the pain. I've been taking gabapentin, seeing a physical therapist. Steriod cremes and lidocaine have not helped me but everyone is different. I feel your pain!! Good luck

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    Post  Madsmum on Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:27 pm

    Hello
    My 12 year old daughter has vulvodynia and has had it for about 4 months. It was awful not knowing what was wrong with her but knowing has made it a bit easier to try to deal with after lots of misdiagnosis that made her pain worse. She has missed nearly the whole term of school but has managed 10 days since half term and she has caught up with her work. She is seeing a vulva specialist who prescribed instillagel which is a lighter form of lidocaine. Lidocaine ust stung her but the gel doesn't hurt and can be used as often as every 30 mins. The specialists says to use it at least 4 times a day or when you need to and it can be used with other creams like emuaid. We tried emuaid but we are not sure it worked. I got her a bony parts cushion which she says helps in the car and on soft furniture but not on hard seats so I have ordered a Bonmedico orthopaedic surgical ring donut pillow for her to use at school as the hard seats take their tole the next day and it takes the pressure of according to people with piles and some vulvodynia sufferers use memory foam donuts so I thought I would try something more orthopedic.Vagikool was recommended by the specialist it's a gel ice pack that you freeze put in a sleeve and put it in your underwear and this is the only thing that really seems to help my daughter straight away. So I bought 4 of them

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