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You have never been in any pain or discomfort. You also got advice from someone without your experience! What do you think she might know that you don't? My guess is nothing.
No, you were getting progress. Bite the bullet and set aside the time. This is not a difficult thing to do. You basically need five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening. Do it while using the toilet! You do have time for that, right? How about shower time?
See if you can get that doctor to prescribe betamethasone ointment 0.05%. If so, get back to us, but meanwhile, get to stretching. Once you achieve retraction, you'll be glad you did it.