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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  Necromeowncer on Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:10 pm

I have been suffering for months and no doctor has been able to help me. So I've come here to share my story and hope one of you lovely ladies will be able to help me. I've grown very desperate to get rid of this pain.

It all started in march when I had developed a nasty abscess on my clitoris. It was very, very small, never grew, and started off painless. Went to the regular doctor to get it examined. She did not want to try to pop or irritate it because of the location it was in, so she prescribed something that I have unfortunately forgotten the name of the antibiotics because this was months ago... She was very sure it would work to shrink it. I had gone to her three times for a refill, desperate to get rid of this nasty abscess. Nothing had changed, except for the fact that I had gotten a yeast infection from the pills.

Next, I had visited a VERY rude gynecologist, who looked at me once, immediately ruled out that I had an STD and then sent me to get my blood tested for multiple STDs and also gave me medication meant for HPV. WITHOUT EVEN GETTING THE LAB RESULTS FIRST OR ASKING ME ABOUT MY SYMPTOMS. Results came back clean. Needless to say, she caused a lot of paranoia. Did not go back to that crap doctor.

It was about may or June now, and I visited yet another gynecologist. The abscess remained, and I was still having yeast problems. So we started off with tests. I had gotten tested for STDs (once again), got a Pap smear, a vaginal ultrasound, vitamin levels tested. The only thing abnormal about me was that my vitamin levels were low. After the tests were done, the treatment began.

I had taken countless rounds of terazol, with no improvement. I started getting desperate. I cut soda completely out of my diet, while cutting sweet foods out to an extent, same with bread. I began to take vitamin D tablets, probiotics, garlic supplements. I did my best to avoid tight clothing and keeping the area dry, I had gone off of birth control as I believed it was only making the pain worse. My doctor has told me it's the yeast causing all the problems and nothing else. So I did everything I could to keep it away. The pain remained despite all my efforts.

August was when the abscess had finally gone, for it had not popped by itself. The doctor squeezed the absolute hell out of it until it had given out, doing what I was afraid to do. Let me remind you this abscess was on my clitoris. The pain was probably the most horrible thing I've felt in my whole life. I thought after the abscess had gone my pain would too, but it had not.

I started my final treatment. 3 days of terazol, two weeks of estrogen cream, and 600 mg boric acid, 3 times a week for 3 weeks. While I was on this treatment I continued to take probiotics and supplements, stay totally hydrated, and cut out bread and sugar to a great extent. I finished everything, yet the raw burning sensation still remains. The only time I felt the smallest bit of relief was when I was using the estrogen cream.

I have become desperate and very depressed. I am not sure where to look for a doctor that can help me. Some days the pain is worse than others. Jeans feel horrible to wear, and sitting is absolute hell. I cannot get comfortable. Sometimes I feel a burning sensation when I pee and have to frequently urinate and occasionally I will have pelvic pain. A nurse thought I had a UTI but nothing came up on the test.

I am wondering if from the over treatment of yeast, and the irritation/pain that was put on my clitoris caused nerve damage and this all developed into vulvodynia? I'm not sure what to do now or how to get rid of the pain I feel.

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Post  survivor on Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:17 am

Hey - I never had the abscess but I dealt with much of the rest for about ten years before everything finally went away. I am now in 98% remission with the smallest of breakthrough pain.

My recommendation while you are looking for the underlying cause and cure would be to immediately try a large dose of gabapentin and take it 4x a day as well as an antidepressant (for both the body and mind).

See a naturopathic doctor if you can afford it. Great to get a different perspective as well.

The basics: Stay hydrated with a good diet (heavy on veggies, no dairy), sleep underwear free, only wear white cotton underwear during the day. Make sure soap and laundry detergent are gentle. Find small forms of relief to say sane - masturbating & extreme temperatures helped me. Get some pain killers. Try prescription lidocaine cream, etc.

Good luck. Stay strong, I know it's a true hell - but I promise you come out the other side a stronger, more empathetic person.

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Post  Mintaherb on Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:20 am

Hi, I'm so sorry to hear about what you're going through! I've had two clitoral abscesses in the last seven years and the pain is awful. Like you, I was given antibiotics which gave me thrush/yeast. In my experience, taking the anti-thrush pill (Fluconazole in the UK) made my vulvar skin red and sore. So it's possible that your skin is still reacting to this, especially if you took several rounds of anti-yeast treatment. It takes time for your body to heal, especially such a sensitive area as the clitoris. I wouldn't necessarily rush into taking powerful drugs for nerve pain, as the drugs have side effects and can cause horrible withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking them too. I had an especially 'interesting' withdrawal symptom from taking 10mg per day of nortriptylene - I actually went temporarily numb 'down there'. I guess at least that solved the vulvadynia problem! Maybe give your body two or three months to recover from what it's been through first, and then see how you feel. I know that waiting and doing nothing is really hard, but the body works on its own timetable and won't hurry up just because we want it to.

Also, taking the right probiotic to help your gut bacteria/microbiome recover after using antibiotics will hopefully also help your vaginal microbiome, as this is affected by the gut microbiome. A naturopath should be able to advise about this.

Sounds like you're doing all the right things with stopping the contraceptive pill etc. I also wonder if you might be estrogen deficient after stopping the pill , as you say that using estrogen cream helped your symptoms. Have your periods come back properly yet/are you ovulating again and therefore making enough of your own estrogen, now that you're no longer getting synthetic estrogen from the pill? Vulvar tissue needs estrogen, so perhaps there's more than one issue going on here (possible clitoral nerve pain from the abscess/over-use of anti-thrush treatment/disrupted gut microbiome from antibiotics, which in turn has affected vaginal microbiome/estrogen deficiency if ovulation hasn't resumed after stopping birth control). Good luck and don't give up hope!

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