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A few questions, I need help

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drummer33

hi everyone, i have a few questions that would help me out.

Ive had hsv2 for about 2 years now. OB frequency has stayed about the same averaging about one a month.

I live a stressful lifestyle. I am in very good physical shape and I lift heavy weights at the gym every day and push my body to its limits. And on the weekends I like to go out and drink in excess. Im young, and its just what my friends like to do. Ive noticed that my OBs tend to occur after a weekend that drinking is involved (beer is my favorite and ive heard its high in arginine) or after heavy caffeine use. My OBs however, are very light and do not cause me much trouble physically, but more so emotionally. I rarely ever get sick. Whenever my friends get sick, I'm always the one who doesn't. This leads me to believe that my immune system is functioning properly.

1) I guess my first question is, does my lifestyle make me more prone to OBs than others? I hear many people on this forum that say they rarely have OBs and that the virus only comes back every now and then. Why am I not one of those people?

2) Should I be taking suppressive therapy? I have before and it works, but I wanted to get my body used to the virus and im not sure that it is taking.

I feel that Ive figured out the triggers of my OBs and it's all within the lifestyle that I live.

Any help that could be given would be extra helpful. Thank you for listening to my rant :)

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Createss Galore
....I live a stressful lifestyle....Ive noticed that my OBs tend to occur after a weekend that drinking is involved (beer is my favorite and ive heard its high in arginine) or after heavy caffeine use....does my lifestyle make me more prone to OBs than others? I hear many people on this forum that say they rarely have OBs and that the virus only comes back every now and then. Why am I not one of those people?....I feel that Ive figured out the triggers of my OBs and it's all within the lifestyle that I live.

Any help that could be given would be extra helpful. Thank you for listening to my rant :)

I don't think it's a rant. You're just asking. :confused: But anyway, no matter what we do to manage H, some of the manifestation of the virus is something we can't do anything about because of our individual biological makeup I guess. :dontknow: That may be why you are not one of those people whom you ask about. Some have more OB's, some less. Some poor souls can't find anything to use or anything to do/don't that works at all. Some live in a constant prodrome state.

I read another thread where someone stopped drinking beer. Maybe you can reduce your intake and see if that helps. I don't drink beer/alcohol, but I am a coffee fiend :coffee:. I've cut back my # of cups p/day, and I mix 1/2 regular 1/2 decaf, but I won't quit drinking it. I guess my OB's aren't severe enough :-|.

I've read where others have brought up the lactic acid, that is generated in the body during exercise, as a possible trigger.

For myself I've also noticed that the stress doesn't only have to be negative, like being emotionally upset. Being highly excited or exhilarated can also encourage an OB.

Take care, :hello:and come back again to read and post.

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I think you should take the antivirals for a year and then maybe try to ween yourself off them. Also try to cut back on the beer. Antivirals haven't been working for me but its because I'm pregnant. Nothing is working right now but ofcourse I have my cravings for chocolate and I'm not about to give that up. lol. Maybe taking lysine will help. Have you tried that?

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