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Discuss Other Pain Management Options with Your Health Care Provider
In regards to medical treatments, experts have recommended freezing gels and oral pain medication.
Xylocaine 2% gel is available over the counter. A health care provider can prescribe a stronger freezing ointment– 5% xylocaine. Some experts recommend applying the ointment nightly to the area that hurts for 6 weeks. Other experts combine this freezing ointment with an oral pain medication.
The common types of oral pain medications used to treat chronic pain conditions are certain types of anti-depressants (used to treat mood disorders) and anti-convulsants (used to treat epilepsy). These medications have an interesting “side effect” –they can reduce chronic pain. They are not “pain killers”. The medication works slowly – women will usually not notice a big difference for 1-2 months. The medications are often started at small doses and then increased slowly over time. Side effects are common (such as tiredness, dry mouth, headache) but often get better over time. If no pain relief is found after 3 months the medication is often slowly discontinued.
Medications that have found NOT to be helpful in studies include: hormones (such as progesterone and testosterone), antibiotics, antifungal, antiviral, and steroids medications.