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Hi all!

Not having the best results with my current doc. Does anyone have any suggestions or know who the go to for herpes treatment in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area is? I'm just not having much luck with finding someone who is extremely knowledgeable about the virus.  Thanks in advance! 

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Hello and welcome!

What kind of treatment/information are you looking for? We have a lot of great information here and a lot of knowledgeable people (although we are not Drs). And do you mind me asking if you are male or female?


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Hi! Female! My story is a bit strange. I'm assuming I'm experiencing my primary outbreak, but had exposure over 10 years ago? I've never really noticed symptoms and my husband has never had any either. We've already discussed infidelity and I'm pretty certain it's something I guess I've been carrying. So I've been experiencing symptoms for just over a month now. I'm still taking Valtrex 1g twice a day. I feel like I will get a little better but then the next day I'm bad again. I don't have any outward sores, but get the constant bruise-like pain and tingling. I don't know that I'm on the right track if 2g/day of valtrex isn't really helping it. Does this sound odd to you? So I am hoping to find a doc who knows the ins and outs of the virus who may be able to help me better. 

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Okay, so back up just a little. How were you diagnosed?

Also, everyone's body is different. Some people respond really well to antivirals and some not at all. Others find that one type of antiviral works better than another (there are 3 common ones that I know of). 

Were you tested via bloodtest? What prompted you to test? Was your husband tested?

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So I know this is going to sound crazy, but diagnosis based on history and physical. I said let's try the Valtrex and see if it works. I feel like the symptoms improve, but in no way do I think it's great. It's like they can be an 8 one day, trend down to about a 2, then the next day I'm feeling it come back on again. I am constantly aware that there is something going on down there. I don't know if this is all one episode that is just lasting forever or several overlapping. 

I know you're going to tell me first and foremost get a blood test, but at the moment, based on my symptoms, I'm pretty certain I have all symptoms except the rash. 

Does this sound like a normal first incident to you? Or worse, like someone who's had the virus dormant in their body for 10+ years? 

I will get testing, but based on everything I've read and discussions with my doc, I don't seem like the "typical" case. So would like to just cut to the chase and get to someone who is a hsv pro!

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I think anyone will tell you ... that prior to treatment of any kind - you need a diagnosis. Check out anylabtestnow.com and see if there is a location near you. It's only $49 for an HSV type 1 and 2 IgG blood test and you'll have the results in a couple days. As far as "typical"... most people aren't! You will find sooooo many variations of how this virus presents itself! I myself am atypical and had to convince my Dr to test me as he was 100% sure it wasn't HSV!

As far as treatment it really depends on what you are experiencing and then trial and error. Some Drs may have you try different antivirals to see what provides relief (although for some they don't) and they can also prescribe topical cream to help with the pain. Others have had luck seeing alternative Drs - like those practicing Chinese medicine and found them to be helpful. Unfortunately at this time - there is no cure... only trying things to help with symptoms. And unfortunately for some it's only time that helps! Originally it was my OBGYN that worked with me but they don't typically have a lot of experience beyond meds, etc. 

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Thanks for the info. I really appreciate it. I'm just having a hard time dealing and would like someone who is knowledgeable in treatment to talk to. When the symptoms are there I feel pretty down, but when they seem mild and on their way out I feel good like I'm going to be ok. The physical and emotional roller coaster is getting to me and I'm only a month in on this thing. 

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