If I am still getting regular outbreaks two years post-infection does it mean I will likely continue to have them regularly?
I'm considering going on antiviral suppressive therapy as I have been getting monthly outbreaks over the last four or five months and before that was getting them about every other month. I also get regular itching and tingling, there aren't many days in a month where I feel the virus isn't active or having a physical effect on me.
But, I am worried that if I start taking them, say for a year, I will find myself back at square one after I come off as nothing will have changed and my immune system still won't be able to fight of the virus.
I was only diagnosed during my third outbreak so prior to this and for the most part during subsequent outbreaks I have not used antivirals (acyclovir - as I live in the UK), just licodaine for the pain. This is partly due to the fact that I'm never quite sure whether it's an outbreak until the sore appears as my symptoms are so regular and by then it's too late.
I eat a fairly healthy diet but there's definitely room for improvement. I don't currently take any supplements, but I have just brought some olive leaf extract pills and some red marine algae tablets. I have also just started building up my fitness by jogging.
The aggravating factors are that I have an addiction to chocolate (read emotional eating issues), a fair bit of stress in my life from my job and a bad relationship with my 'giver', but that's another issue entirely.
Basically I'm wondering whether a) I should persevere with a healthier lifestyle and give the natural route one last chance or b) go on the antivirals for a while to give myself some respite and then just see what happens while continuing said healthier lifestyle.
I just wanted to firstly say how relieved I am that I found this community. The work you all have put in over the years is so impressive and you have collectively created an incredible resource. THANK YOU!
I was wondering if I could reach out to all of you and ask for some help. I have been recently diagnosed with gHSV-2 but my first OB was two years ago. Each OB after the initial one took place while I was travelling and I could never get to a Dr in time for a definitive test. In a a way I am now relieved because at least I know with certainty what I have.
In the last two years I have had at least 12-15 OBs. From what I have been reading on this forum my OBs are mild and not too painful. Having said that they are a major cause of stress for me. They usually occur between the head of my penis and the foreskin but recently I have started developing OBs on my upper thigh/below my butt. Now that you have read my longwinded backstory I will cut to the chase ;-)
I am scheduled to see my Dr in London to talk about the choices I have going forward. I am seriously considering a suppression therapy because even though my OBs are "mild" and painless they do last for many weeks. With so many outbreaks a year I am hoping that a suppression therapy will minimise the stress I go through and make the OBs less frequent.
What do you think is the "best" suppression therapy available out there? I usually take Acyclovir during OBs and that seems to be working well. I just wanted to hear your thoughts on a possible long term suppression therapy and the side effects it might have. Is there a preferred and proven medication I should discuss with my Dr?
I apologise in advance for the probably redundant post and than you in advance for reading this and pointing me in the right direction on the forums. Cheers
Anyone out there had experience with herp-b-gone? I am ob free but I got the salve in the mail yesterday so I put some on. This morning I'm experiencing cramping in the seat area (like where a bicycle seat hits). Could it be related?
Natural Therapy: Gypsy Mushrooms (mushroom Rozites caperata) and the herb Prunella vulgaris? Any experience?By Jeremy Spokein
I've just been diagnosed and I'm still wrapping my head around this whole ordeal. I can't sleep at all, even though I'm supposed to get plenty of rest. Anyhow, the thought of having to take medicine that could be potentially damaging to the kidneys is really troublesome. Is this a concern for anyone else?
I was looking at alternative forms of medicine and read about the herb Prunella vulgaris and the mushroom Rozites caperata (Gypsy Mushroom) for suppressive therapy – in addition to garlic supplements daily.
Does anyone have any personal experience with this WITHOUT being on the antiviral pills? Of course including a healthy diet, exercise also.
Thanks for your input