I bought some drops the other day to try. I tried a couple drops under my tongue! Nasty stuff! Washing down with water helps but I still hate it. Are you doing drops or capsules? I wonder if it really helps?
The response of your previous doctors is infuriating. So glad you took the initiative to look for more adequate health care! Best wishes for your continued recovery. Sounds like you're in good hands now!
I had unprotected sex including oral sex with my sometime boyfriend last January. About 10 days later, I became very ill with a severe painful burning mouth. Other symptoms quickly followed which included oral thrush (yeast), chills/fevers, inability to eat, difficulty swallowing, feeling extremely ill, weight loss, constant nausea, coughing, etc. These symptoms lasted for months and months. I was seen initially at an urgent care center in Florida. They diagnosed me with oral thrush and treated with the usual stuff (nystatin swish and swallow, lozenges and oral Diflucan). Nothing worked, and the medical people there would not believe that I had esophageal candida when I told them it was in my esophagus and I was still very ill. All they said was, you cannot have that, do not have that, etc. When I came back to Michigan March 31, I thought my doctors here would be able to diagnose and take care of this. However, that did not occur. They all basically said the same thing as the medical people in Florida and I continued to be ill. I finally had to schedule an endoscopy with my gastroenterologist to get diagnosed. I got diagnosed in early June with esophageal candida. No surprise to me. I was subsequently put on an oral anti fungal solution. I felt that what was underlying my condition had something to do with HSV 1. I sought out a diagnosis for that. I was tested, but after testing, I was told I tested positive for having had the virus at some time, but had no active infection. After just under 3 weeks, I was symptom free for about 11 days. Then, the candida recurred. I was put back on the oral solution the middle of July. I thought that because I had this that things with my medical team would move along more quickly, since before this, no one seemed to be concerned that I was so ill. Again, that did not happen. Basically, the doctors just passed the buck and I got no better. I finally fired all of my medical team and secured the help of a new internist and a new infectious disease physician with his help. This took a number of weeks to get this accomplished. I saw my new infectious disease physician on August 18th and was diagnosed a week later with a severe HSV 1 extended reaction. I was put on the antiviral, Valtrex, and was told to continue on the anti fungal. I am not sure how long it will take to get over this, but I think I read it could be a year. However, the candida would never have cleared up if I had not had suppressive antiviral therapy or the reaction had not abated. You are probably asking how we know this is a first exposure reaction to HSV 1. Well, no one would be this sick unless this was a 1st exposure reaction.
After two long and stressful weeks, my blood work came back negative.
I've been crying since I found out. I was so scared that I would be positive and have to confront my ex/assaulter. I can move on with my life.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me on here: Lisajd, LucyLevi, and JBnATL . It means so much! I can't thank you enough.
@Motherhen32, I am sorry you are going through this!!
Blood is NOT HSV2 so if you are bleeding please call your Dr right away!
Also, please talk to your Dr about the issues surrounding HSV2 and a natural delivery. I had 2 children post HSV2 and was planning a natural delivery until I had a separate issue (placenta previa). My understanding is that you can take suppressive medication for the remainder of your pregnancy and if there is no sign of OB you should be able to deliver naturally. If you are having an OB, then you would need a c-section. Either way, everything will be ok!!
Hello, you have support here through this forum. We all are going through this. I'm new only a couple weeks adjusting, but I find it amazing to hear other people's story's and advice. I've only told my mother and father and one close friend. But my partner is in the same position as you, and I suggest speaking here first get comfortable with this and then maybe if necessary you can speak to someone personal you know, but your not alone were are evidence of that.