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Hi ladies - I am seeking advice. I have been suffering for 1.5 months with either LS or some kind of “skin cancer”. I was told by my OB that my symptoms are so severe, it’s likely I have something terribly wrong. I need support. Please. When I describe this to my family / friends they think I’m crazy or casually say “Oh I’m sure it’s just thrush, it will be fine”. I have no one to gain understanding and perspective from. Any advice / guidance / stories would help me. Started with a terrible itch. I noticed a white patch on my clitorial hood. I called my OB and they said it was likely a yeast infection as I had just come off antibiotics for an eye infection. They treated me by phone with a yeast infection pill (take one and another in three days if conditions have not improved). I took both. It did not work. Went in for an exam. My OB said my entire labia and my perinium were bright white. She said she is not sure what it is but she wanted me to try steroid cream and an anti-fungal cream. I tried that for two weeks. A little better but not much. I called again. She represcribed the steroid cream and said to use it ONLY for another week and if things were not better come back in. I did. The itch was almost completely gone but things did not “feel right” and I was scared to look. I had my husband look. He was “alarmed” and said I should go in. I did. She did an exam and said, “Well, we need to do a biopsy, you likely have a condition called LS or it could be skin cancer” (greeeeat)... so we scheduled my biopsy for this Monday. That was a week and a half ago. She said this cancer is “slow growing” so we had lots of time. I have since then gained the courage to look in the mirror at it. I’m trying to face head on whatever this is that is attacking me. I cried the first time I looked at it in a mirror. It looked foreign to me. White surrounds the inner walls of my labia / vulva and my perinium and anal area are all white and there are pink patches that look like tiny squiggles (maybe three). My right labia looks swollen and when I push on it I feel a squishy ball type of thing inside the skin. My OB cut me off of the steroid cream after my last visit. The symptoms had not disappeared completely so I started using PURE lavender essential oil directly on the tissue that day. The first time I put it on it burned like fire for five straight minutes. The itch had been returning once I stopped using that cream so I had to use something. I didn’t wipe it off. I laid down and breathed through it. The burn subsided to a beautiful relief. Pure relief!!! The next time it burned only a little and the next time less and less. I e been using it now for a few weeks and it has held the itch away completely. Nothing at all. No itch. Such a relief. I love lavender oil. Now my symptoms are tingling a few times a day and white white white. I’m worried about my results. I’m worried about the pain from the biopsy. I should say also that I am a mother of five. My youngest is two and my oldest fifteen. I had a tubal a year ago cause my husband of twelve years is a wuss Not sure if that could be related. I also had two abnormal paps in my 20s with the cervical dysplasia being removed caused by HPV. I’m 41 now. I’m scared. I’m a Mom. If my kids were raised I’d not be so worried. Any advice or guidance would be appreciated and even if I receive nothing in return, it helps to just put this “out there”. Thank you all in advance. I will troll around for some positive stories and will hope and pray for the best for myself and all of you. Thank you!! And I will reiterate, anyone suffering with LS (which I am guessing this is) should try (with their doctors ok I suppose) pure essential lavender oil. Maybe use a carrier oil. It’s worked wonders for my symptoms. Night and day difference. Thank you all again.
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