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About four months ago, I met the love of my life. We moved a little quickly then, and though I don't really regret it, he passed on the gift that keeps on giving without knowing it. (Yes, I believe him.) My first outbreak began the day after we first had sex (a week after we started dating), and I thought I was dying. Aside from the lesions and the fever and the swollen EVERYTHING, there was the pain. In my back, in my legs, in my feet. I'm used to pain, being a migraine sufferer, and don't really make a big deal of it, but I cried about the pain in my legs. Nothing helped.

When I finally told him what was going on, he immediately got tested (both blood and culture tests) and confirmed my suspicions, and then did everything he could to take care of me--Theraflu, OJ, driving me to the doctor, and just generally pampering me. I'd never seen such a case of guilt or chivalry and honor.

Acyclovir has helped keep the outbreaks to a minimum, considering my permanent stress level. But I have to say that the worst part is the PAIN. My doc prescribed Ultram, which works great except I'm constantly nauseous on it. I've had two outbreaks since that initial one (which lasted for over three weeks). Each of the two has constituted only of the PAIN and the flu-like symptoms; no lesions.

For all this, I wouldn't trade my time with him, and reading a lot of your posts I feel very blessed. I've had other STD scares and know what it's like to wait for HIV, gonhorrhea and syphillis results, and I've had chlamydia. The lack of respect that those men showed to my body is appalling and angering to me.

Good health to everyone. This is not a stigma--the stigma is on those who didn't respect you enough to tell you.

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Welcome to the forum. I agree that the pain is worse than the actual ob. I have only had two so far, first one in april, second one 3 weeks ago. The prodome systems are the worst. I do not take antivirals, just take lysine and other recommended vitamins and herbs.

They say it gets better and less painful and long lasting as time goes on. Let's both hope so!

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how long does the nausea stay? It seems like it has gotten worse since I started taken Acyclavir (sp?) 3 days ago. I just found out I had it. I have heard that the first outbreak is the worst. I can't even pee in the toilet b/c it burns so badly. Does lysine help even with hsv2? I know it helps with hsv1.

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The lysine is supposed to be good for all HSV. Eat foods that are high in Lysine too. There are links on this site that tell you what foods are high in lysine and high in that other stuff that you should stay away from. I hope that you feel better soon!

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When I first took the Acyclovir I had some weird side effects but they calmed down after several days.

I found that I did better if I took my one dose very close to bed time so I could sleep through the dizziness and nausea it gave me and I took the others first thing in the morning and after lunch.

I also noticed that after 5 days I really started to feel better. I later found that I needed to take something for suppression as the ob's seemed pretty constant for about a month and a half. This is when you switch to taking the meds twice a day instead of three times.

Drink lots of water with this medication it will help reduce the symptoms and you should not take it at the same time that you take some other medications so be sure to read the information that accompanied the rx.

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Topical Remedy

Hi Banana,

I know the pain the first year or two is at the extreme. Didn't the doctor prescribe topical remedy to lesson the sting? If Not, put aloe vera gel in the frig for 10 min and then apply. aaaahhhhh!

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What a great forum!

Thanks for the tip about the aloe, I'll use it next time.

I take acyclovir for suppression on a continuing basis, and the first week the nausea was pretty bad, but after that it wore off some. Just make sure you eat when you take it, or even just drink a glass of milk. (Beer doesn't work, I've tried that.)

I'd like to reiterate: For me, the primary pain isn't the ob itself, it's the nerve stuff going on in my legs and lower back. Sometimes my heels and hips will hurt so badly that all I can do is take a pill and lay down. (Again, Ultram or Tramadol or Ultricet--but be careful if you take it with anti-depressants! it can slow your breathing dangerously. The first few times I took it I think I took the doses too close together and found myself waking up struggling to breathe. See http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drugs_concern/tramadol.htm)

I really appreciate the tips and support, and hope to reciprocate. You folks are great!

BTW--my handle is my nickname from when I was a little kid. ;)

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