Vulvoscopy ???

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:roll: Hi I'm 33 and have been having severe itching with inflammation and splitting for just over two years tried everything to clear and I mean everything.... I have been married for 15yrs and have 5 children.

I finally went to see GP and was told that they would swab for thrush etc. and take it from there came back clear and gp mentioned LS but then started talking maybe psoriasis as I mentioned some white scar looking bald patched on my head?? after trying a topical then betnovate with no difference I have been referred for a vulvoscopy and gp said they may take biopsy. Gp said there is chance it's LS but I am very young???

So I have prepared myself that this will all happen at the appointment on 26th Feb, but after recieveing the appointment it is worded as just an appointment in the clinic so does this mean I may end up waiting for the vulvoscopy???

Sorry if I am rambling but I am hoping that somebody may be able to help. Thanks

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    Hi, When having problems I was refered to a vulva clinic,thought I would be having some swabs taken. I had three biopsies taken by local injections. I was so not informed! I think where you live makes a difference,more ladies on this blog seem to have a general anesthetic and stitches. If it was a general you were having then you would know because you have to starve befor. I didn't have stitches, I had three small holes which took about three weeks to heal. I would say be prepared for local at the very most. If its general, then there will be another appointment. good luck. x
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    Thanks very much for replying. I sort of got the drift from my GP that it would be a there and then biopsy! but after the appointment came I thought perhaps it was'nt. I have mentally prepared myself to get the biopsy done there and then and would feel the appointment was a waste if I had to wait again if you know what I mean. I am in the midlands under heart of england NHS trust and the appointment itself was only 24 day wait which I was pleased about but I just want somebody to diagnose me so I can get things under control(hopefully!).

    Thanks again.

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    Just thought I would write to say I had my appointment today but have to wait until 25th March for the punch biopsy with local.

    He did say he could see a small white area? but still said I was far too young. We will have to wait and see I suppose.


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    Hi, bad luck you have to wait for your biopsy.There have been a few postings of children having LS plus some ladies younger than yourself. I agree there are many of us older and past the menopause, but with better doctoring how many of us would have been diagnosed earlier. I had problems in my thirties and after every cream, pill and swab I finally called it a day and looked after myself. I had womb problems in my fifties and the gyny who saw me refered me to a vulva clinic. So here I am. All I can say is you are so lucky to get an early diagnose, so the best of luck on the 25th. x
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    Hallo Lisette

    I agree with your response. LS disregards age in that it can be hormonal - auto-immune - genetic - emotional stress - or all combined related.

    What I cannot fathom out is a lot of women like yourself Lisette fail to mention the physical/emotional pain involved. A disease is one thing but when the medics turn around and say there is nothing we can do about the pain - this simply blows me over.

    They just cannot be bothered researching the condition. They simply dismiss us. This is why we must stick together and help each other along. I live in Ireland and it took an american professor to hazard a guess as to what my condition was.

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    I totally agree, there seems to be a lot of people that give up trying to get answers that maybe started with symptoms many years before they actually got diagnosed.

    I too was brushed under the carpet as I was hospitalised a few years back and everything was put down to autoimmune problems but never followed up just told to basically live with it now these problems have taken over.... I do believe stress plays a huge factor I lost my Dad aged 51 3 yrs ago to cancer and have had numerous family members die very young over the last few years so yes I do believe my problems are a mixture of stress and autoimmune and I for one will be glad to have a diagnosis so I have a name for whts going on with me if that makes sence.

    I really wish people did'nt have to wait for so long to be looked after with this.


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