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Hi everyone,

I was diagnosed with genital herpes 4 years ago after my first (very painful) outbreak. Immediately after that I continued to experience such frequent outbreaks my doctor put me on acyclovir daily for suppression. That helped tremendously and I went from having 2 outbreaks a month to 2 outbreaks or less a year. It was amazing. I hadn't really experienced any increase in outbreaks until recently. I just got married in February and my husband is in the military so we were stationed in Germany... I'm from Massachusetts so it was a big move. I was excited about moving but ever since I arrived here I've been experiencing a huge increase in outbreaks, even though I'm now taking 1000 mg of valtrex daily. I've been having almost back-to-back outbreaks. I don't know what's causing it or how to stop it and I can't take more of the medication. I have been incredibly stressed as I can't find a job and haven't really made any friends yet and I've been feeling pretty lonely and depressed. I know these are all causes of outbreaks, but I've felt incredibly stressed and depressed for periods over the past few years as well and it hasn't affected my outbreaks as long as i was on medication so I don't know what's going on now... Im looking for any advice, tips, strategies, or comfort that anyone has to offer. Thank you guys.

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Have you heard of lysine? That could help, but the main thing you need to do is try and destress.

Do you have a fitness center available to you? Working out, doing yoga and other exercises will do wonders to relieve stress. Personally I walk about 5 miles a day and I feel great afterwards, I highly recommend it.

Good luck!


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I understand what you are going through! I have had almost constant outbreaks for over a year even been on suppressive therapy. I have no idea what is causing them- although the one thing I am thinking is hormone imbalance. I am on valtrex daily and lysine with no effect.

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