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Hello. 3 years ago I was diagnosed with type 1 GHSV. As I recall, my ob wasn't really that bad or painful. I suppose it may have something to do with the fact I got my prescription rather soon and was able to get it under control promptly.

However, exactly 3 years later to this month I'm experiencing my second ob and it's pretty intense. I just got my prescription but I'm not sure why it's so bad.

I went through a breakup earlier this month so I've been rather up and down about that. I also had an IUD put in a month ago but it's a copper one so there are no hormones being released.

However, I go through periods where I get my period every two weeks or sometimes go for months without it at all. Lately I've been getting it every 2 weeks since last month so there is a possibility that there is a hormonal issue going on that might have triggered this ob.

Last but not least, I'm rather sick. I started developing my ob and then later that night my nose starred running and then the next evening I was full blown ill. I'm not sure if this is in result of the ob or if the ob is in result of getting sick.

So between the stress of the breakup, my period acting up, and being sick I'm wondering if this is why an ob occurred after 3 years. I just don't know why it's so bad and worst than my first one though. It has me worried.

My first ob occurred in my perenium and seemed to go upwards. For this second one, it occurred there again but now it's spreading downwards on both sides into my anus. :(

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Thanks. I'm alright mentally and socially it's just that I'm upset why it's so severe and painful. It looks to be actually spreading and I'm not sure how effective the valacyclovir is. I'm also torn that this site isn't active anymore as much as it was.

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I am new to this site, so i am not very helpful that way. And i still have a lot to learn. I am personally hopefully at the end of my first outbreak of hsv1 (genitally). I say hopefully at the end because i still have itching and burning where the lesions were. Mine spread back from my labia to my anus and it was painful. I have had kidney stones and migraines and this tops both of those things. This is week 3 so far from the start before lesions to where i am now. Valtrex helped me i think and my doc gave me a script for lidocaine topical ointment which numbs. My Valtrex was started after my lesions were in full swing so it didnt really shorten anything (i dont think). Zinc oxide and manuka honey have been helpful to soothe as well as salt baths. Hsv1 is supposed to occur .8 times a year i read so i am not sure in terms of recurrences. Maybe this outbreak will be your last because your first outbreak was not bad? I am here for you, and i definitely can relate in every way.....

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I appreciate that. I think it may just have something to do with my immune systemy being compromised so much at this point. My first ob 3 years ago didn't last very long from what I remember. As for you, things will get better. Ghsv1 is extremely common and I've been there. As soon as your ob heals you'll feel like a human being again I promise. It's just a stupid inconvenience here and there is all. It's only a tiny fraction of a portion of your life, and all your other time spent is normal and not that at all.

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I agree, what you said makes perfect sense, thank you :). I worry too because my immune system gets weak when i work a lot, stress, etc. and i dont want to always feel 'on edge' waiting for an outbreak....

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