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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  rachiecakes on Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:02 am

Hi All!

I was really hoping to get some feedback from everyone here - it's very hard dealing with an issue like this because no one really understands what I'm going through!

Im 28 years old I've had interstitial cystitis for 3 years - but never an vaginal issues. About 6 months ago I got a yeast infection following a course of antibiotics - similarly I developed IC after a bad UTI. The itching and burning never subsided and since then I've had almost...a dozen negative swabs that show no sign of infection. I don't have redness, swelling or abnormal discharge...my vagina looks...completely totally normal. Unfortunately as you can imagine - the pain, burning and sometimes itch has never subsided. I have periods of relief, periods of mild irritation and sometimes times of terrible pain that makes it hard to walk. The pain is all over - not just my vestibule. Some days my anal area is so sore, around my clitoris and labia.. even my pubic hair hurts. Other times I feel almost normal and sex is normal etc. Sometimes it feels like I have a sunburn - it feels like the skin is so dry (even though it's NOT and theres no visible issues and I'm covered in coconut oil)

Again I get swabbed when I'm feeling good - all clear. I get swabbed when I'm in terrible pain - all clear.

The gynecologist I saw said "this will go away on it's own" but sometimes the pain is terrible!

I've done tons and tons of vulvodynia research and it does seem like all signs point to vulvodynia...but a lot of research says generalized vulvodynia happens more with older women. I already have IC so is my pain less likely to go away on its own? Has anyone had a similar story - or any helpful tips? I've changed all soaps, use coconut oil, wash with emollient etc. all those first line options. I've been researching meds but sometimes it all feels very hopeless. If I go on meds do I have to stay on them forever?

Thanks Smile

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Post  fairlight10 on Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:19 pm

I would stop all lotions and potions in that area firstly. I have been on nortriptyline 20mgs for 5 years.I have tried to drop to 10mgs but I get irritation start up again. 20mgs keeps me comfortable and sane. If I have to take it for the rest of my life then, I will. I could not go back to that pain again. Vulvodynia can affect the urethra as well as the other areas you have experienced this condition. It can affect females of all ages. Women who suffer fibromyalgia, migraine, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel, intersistial cystitis are likely to suffer with vulvodynia. All these conditions can be helped with low dose antidepressants. I hope this has been a help.

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Post  PainBlogger on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:33 pm

If you go on meds and find they work, you can always try coming off them after a period of time. The meds may break the pain cycle so not be needed forever. I've had good results with duloxetine. You can read my pain background here https://vulvodyniasupport.forumotion.net/t2291-four-months-of-significant-improvement to save me retyping. Smile

I really understand your frustration. It really is a horrible problem to deal with. But people do get better.

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Post  Hatty on Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:43 pm

Has anyone tried Gabapetin for pain?

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Post  mary jane on Thu May 11, 2017 4:40 pm

sounds like the nerves are irritated. You could go on a low dose of ami or nortriptyline for a period of time and it should subside. It takes at least 4 weeks for it to work..for me it took 3 months almost but the symptoms dissapeared
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