Responses to the McGill Pain Questionnaire Predict Neuropathic Pain Medication Use in Women in With Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus


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Abstract

ObjectiveThe goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that responses to the McGill Pain Questionnaire are predictive of adjunctive neuropathic pain medication use by women with lichen sclerosus (LS).Materials and MethodsThis is a retrospective chart review of 430 women with vulvar LS treated at a tertiary referral vulvar care clinic. Demographics, responses to the McGill Pain Questionnaire, and use of neuropathic pain medications were collected. Bivariate and multivariable logistic regression analyses were performed to identify factors significantly associated with use of neuropathic pain medications.ResultsOf the 430 subjects, 119 (27.7%) used neuropathic pain medications for vulvar pain. Factors significantly associated with use of these medications include lower body mass index (odds ratio [OR] = 0.96, p = .02), non-White race (OR = 2.97, p = .05), and total McGill Pain Questionnaire score (OR = 1.05, p < .001).ConclusionsVulvar pain is a common presenting symptom in women with LS. Responses to the McGill Pain Questionnaire may be helpful in the long-term management of women with LS as a screen to identify those patients who might benefit from adjunctive neuropathic pain medication use.

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