Lichen planus and lichen sclerosus are different. The biopsies show different cell structures, though it is possible forthe same person to have both diseases, and some unlucky people ( women and men too) get other auto-immune diseases as well.
I had LP on one leg, my body, one arm, scalp , nails and mouth but not on the vulva, and soon after that lot more or less went, guess what ? - I got LS on my vulva....yes, hit the jackpot !
The main symptom difference in our private regions seems to be that LP affects the vagina itself, though the external appearances might be slightly different too.
Whatever these things are called, they are just horrible.
The Chinese have had some good success in curing/ getting remission using ultrasound.
Sue, help yourself by bathing frequently in warm, not hot, water. It needn't be deep, just enough to sit in. Oil helps. I add few drops of E45 bath oil to the water. Don't use soap. No perfumed stuff.
If you are getting burning or soreness when you urinate, pour or spray warm water over the area at the same time.
Pat dry or blow dry. Protect the sensitive skin with a thin layer of vaseline after you are completely dry.
Give your underwear an extra rinse after washing.
Tell your hubby how you are feeling. You need his support.
It is hard to cope with this by yourself and friends can be embarrassed.
Take care all.