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November 01, 2007

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Myrna

Karen, thanks so much for this forum!

I am 53, post-menopausal. After 4 years of suffering, I was recently diagnosed with lichen sclerosis, My doctor, whom I liked very much, said I had recurring yeast infections and told me to use miconazole cream. That eased the discomfort for a couple of days at a time, but then my skin felt very tight, as well as being itchy and painful.

Luckily, she moved and I had to find another doctor. Imagine my disappointment, when my new doctor referred me to a gynecologist, to find that my wonderful doctor hadn't been giving me the quality of care I thought I was getting.

I trace my symptoms back to a colonoscopy. Before the test, you have to clean out totally, drinking lots of icky stuff, which left me raw and sore 'down there'. The test itself didn't help, and it took a few days until my bowels and rectum felt normal again. Not long after, though, the pain and itching began. I've never had any discharge, and my case seems to only be exterior.

I have an appointment for a biopsy soon, to make sure it's LS, but I'm fairly certain it is. I've been prescribed the steroidal cream, which seems to be working well, but I was hoping to find a more natural way to manage this. I've made a list of your suggestions and will see what I can find in my area.

Again, thank you so much for your help -- I had never heard of LS before, and it is shocking to find so many other women suffering with it, too.

Tracy

Hi all,

I've been living with LS for over 8 years and have found some temporary relief from time to time through baths, red clover cream and other herbal topicals, and some personal hygiene practices. It wasn't until about a year and half ago that I found a series of treatments that have helped the LS to begin to fade away - all of my symptoms (including but not only: skin colour changes, severe itching, thin and tearing skin, spread of the LS area) are, over time, going away. I've been working with a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pretty intensively. My treatment is herbal. I've been boiling herbal prescriptions at home, drinking those bitter herbs like mad and using some TCM herbs in cream form. I think cooking the raw herbs is much more powerful than pill form. It's taken many months and a lot of commitment but it it changing my LS and my life. Of course, everybody responds differently to treatments and types of medicine and I can't say this will work for everybody but my doctor has had very good results in treating LS in several patients over the years. I highly recommend finding a doctor of TCM whose specialty is skin.

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