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You don't have to look on the bright side of life! This is a place to vent your doom & gloom and be the pessimist if you need to. Positive contributions are welcome but not necessary. Stink it up people!
You are talking about science, and we don't need believers in science. The skepticism is healthy.
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Understand that most members of this forum are medical laymen — myself included — and although your posts sound convincing, it'd be unwise for any of us to inject mystery fluid into our spines because an anonymous Internet user told us to.
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I agree with both replies. I too had a mini break down, and cried all day for days. But I started to research like crazy and it really did help me come to terms with my diagnosis. Not only that but it made me feel like I had some control over it. You will get there. Give yourself time and keep coming back to this site, it is full of great advice and support. I'm sorry you are going through this.
@JBnATL, thanks for the clarification. That's great to know. I'll almost certainly reach out to her.
@Sanguine108, I have been tracking my food intake carefully for a couple of months in MyFitnessPal. Though my nutrition isn't optimized for my current goals, I don't think there are any smoking guns in there wrt to this..
@Free73, thank you! Great information. I think you've hit on several major points. The hydrocortisone, in combination with the major change and 'shock' to the system, as well as general 'stress', has compromised my immune system, or at least pissed-off the HSV.. I guess it's not uncommon to see an increase in outbreaks during periods of stress and change to the body such as these..
My exercise routine is evolving as I'm still a beginner. I started in July and have been averaging ~4 workouts a week, ~100x10 sets,reps/wk.. I've been hampered lately by a strained pec minor a week or so ago which has impacted most of my upper-body work.
Also, my body probably sees the additional energy demand as even more stressful due to my adrenal/RT3 issues and reduced caloric intake. I set my levels in MFP and Garmin Connect about as low as they would let me and I'm still almost always way under..
Since you've been working out all along, what do you think has caused you increased outbreaks?