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Lately I've been in this depressive state and it's mainly because of having herpes. I was diagnosed almost five years ago. I take Valtrex almost everyday. I use to take 500mg twice a day. Now I take it once mainly towards the evenings and I honestly feel like it does nothing. I have not been able to suppress this virus. It has been active in my system since I contracted it and I've tried everything in the books to fight/ get it to go dormant. I feel like I have one of the strongest strains of herpes and it's spread to other parts of my body. The reason I say this is because, for the past year or so I've developed other symptoms. I get a tingingly feeling in my back, feels like my spine and closer to my neck. I get these random headaches to the point where my ears start ringing and I have this swooshing feeling in my ears. I get confused and forget what I'm trying to say and my moods have been a lot more irritable. I still get breakouts and flu symptoms. The flu symptoms are swollen glands/ throat. Runny nose body aches and I cough up some nasty phlegm. My neck gets so stiff that can barely move it. I recently did some research on the different strains of Herpes and it lead me to encephalitis. When the virus spreads to your brain and causes your brain to swell. I don't know for sure if this is what o have but I'm driving myself crazy. I have to go to my GYN but the area that I live in your just a number to doctors and it's extremely hard to find a good physician who cares. No one knows that I have herpes so I don't have anyone to talk to about this. I'm sorry for such a long post but I needed to vent. I'm also wondering if anyone reading this has experienced what I have. Or has any experience with stronger strains of Herpes like encephalitis. Thanks for reading. 

-G

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3 hours ago, Snjt said:

Lately I've been in this depressive state and it's mainly because of having herpes. I was diagnosed almost five years ago. I take Valtrex almost everyday. I use to take 500mg twice a day. Now I take it once mainly towards the evenings and I honestly feel like it does nothing. I have not been able to suppress this virus. It has been active in my system since I contracted it and I've tried everything in the books to fight/ get it to go dormant. I feel like I have one of the strongest strains of herpes and it's spread to other parts of my body. The reason I say this is because, for the past year or so I've developed other symptoms. I get a tingingly feeling in my back, feels like my spine and closer to my neck. I get these random headaches to the point where my ears start ringing and I have this swooshing feeling in my ears. I get confused and forget what I'm trying to say and my moods have been a lot more irritable. I still get breakouts and flu symptoms. The flu symptoms are swollen glands/ throat. Runny nose body aches and I cough up some nasty phlegm. My neck gets so stiff that can barely move it. I recently did some research on the different strains of Herpes and it lead me to encephalitis. When the virus spreads to your brain and causes your brain to swell. I don't know for sure if this is what o have but I'm driving myself crazy. I have to go to my GYN but the area that I live in your just a number to doctors and it's extremely hard to find a good physician who cares. No one knows that I have herpes so I don't have anyone to talk to about this. I'm sorry for such a long post but I needed to vent. I'm also wondering if anyone reading this has experienced what I have. Or has any experience with stronger strains of Herpes like encephalitis. Thanks for reading. 

-G

I used to get the headaches and confusion, but it has been a few months.

I also get the swooshing sound in my ear.

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Hey @Snjt although there are different strains of herpes they are not known to result in a different average experience.

What does make a difference is us. There are far more strains of humans than there are herpes viruses!

Your infection is genital. As such symptoms outside the genital region have a near certain chance of not being related to HSV-2.

The fact that Valtrex does nothing also suggests that herpes is not related here.

What you describe though sounds much more like pan-sinusitis for example. This refers to issues with the sinus passages throughout your head. This causes all the symptoms you describe, headaches, phlegm and ear swooshing (that’s usually due to bone nodes in the ears that can be ground down). It also means that when you actually do get a cold or flu, it hits twice as hard and takes double the time to recover!

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