By Feeling Normal Again
Sorry, this is so long....I'm new to the group, fairly new to forums in general. I'm usually "the lurker" type who views and reads but hardly ever posts. But since coming to terms with hsv2 and finding things that have really worked and have helped me, I don't mind sharing my story in hopes of helping others!
A little over three years ago, my nightmare started. Intense all over body itching which was always followed next day by genital OB. Constant reoccurring OBs. Excruciating headaches, (mainly behind the right eye, right temple, and the base of the skull), light sensitivity, stiff and painful neck, swelled and painful lymphnodes, hip and low back pain, stomach bloat, and of course, sores/blisters... whatever you want to call them, they were so painful, I would literally cry everytime I went to the bathroom.
No medications, oils, or supplements worked as well as I would of liked. And the more I researched into the headaches and the "not so typicaI" symptoms, the more terrified I got. Frustrated at money spent and energy, time, and hope wasted, I dove into research, reading medical journals, searching for anything that might work.
I found a case study by an infectious disease specialist with a female hsv2 patient with the same severe symptoms I was experiencing. Her chief complaint was crippling headaches. After traditional meds were failing, he was working on boosting her immune system with supplements. So, I decided to give that a try. I started taking anything I could to boost my immune system.
Echinacea and Dandilion roots, zinc, vitamin c, and golden seal, and I kept taking olive leaf extract (I'd already been taking it for a while). I started having a couple of good days here and there, but bad days still way outnumbered the good and still had constant reoccurring sores.
I kept researching...I stumbled across medical journals where different institutions were testing different trees for herpes treatments. Some even doing clinical trials with good results. After seeing the name of one specific tree from India pop up over and over, I decided to give it a try. Azadirachta indica, products derived from tree are Neem capsules and Neem oil.
Surprisingly affordable on Amazon, I ordered Organic India capsules and NOW brand Neem oil. Took two capsules twice a day and rubbed Neem oil, over sores and anywhere else I'd ever had an itch or tingle, twice a day. Shocked when after just a few applications, pain and itching of all existing sores were gone.
So, no more sores, but was still having most other symptoms. I was reading some research journals on preventive anti-cancer herbs (just for fun reading, I'm a nerd). Well, I came across a natural treatment, Graviola/soursop tea, being used to help patients with lymphatic cancer. I thought if this stuff is strong enough to help the lymphatic system of cancer patients, just maybe, it could help my lymphatic system with my hsv. In the medical field, there's a phrase, "treat the symptoms."
Again, affordable on Amazon, I ordered 30 Organic Omura soursop tea bags. After just one week of drinking two 8 ounce cups a day, steeped for 10 minutes and sweetened with raw cane sugar or raw local honey and international delights coffee creamer (gmo free), I felt significantly better. Decrease in headaches, neck pain, swelling, lymphnode pain, and all other symptoms.
I take a few other things like Gotu Kola, grape seed extract, and apple pectin for energy, vision, and brain health. Astragalus for female and hormonal health, and milk thistle once a night before bed to keep liver and kidneys from getting overloaded.
After a couple of months of taking this regimen, I felt more normal than I ever thought imaginable. I cut back to taking all supplements one week on/two weeks off. I quit taking golden seal and cut back Graviola tea to once a week in the a.m. and Neem oil once a week before bed.
And I found that Ginger Soother (a $5 drink from Whole Foods which last me months) and a good probiotic as needed helped any stomach issues.
I hope any of this helps others who are suffering from the same nightmare I was living in after contracted and diagnosed with hsv.
A positive mindset also goes a long ways when fighting any disease or illness! Almost TWO years of No Outbreaks! Not cured of course, but I feel like I've beaten this and found natural treatments that I can definitely live with!
Asking only HSV-2 folks, do you ever get really strong headaches (on the top of your head) to the point you almost cannot think straight?