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I have HSV-2, diagnosed summer of 2016 by swab after my initial ob.  That outbreak I took meds for and it was of course the worst one - lasted 10 days.  Then the next month another (took no meds).  Then nothing for over a year.  Nothing.  Then I had 3, year 3 (took no meds).  Then this year...my god.  They seem like they are hitting every month!  Always in the same spot so at least it's been predictable. So now that I have good healthcare in place (the reason I didn't take meds during all the obs except the first one).  I got a breakout at the beginning of the month, bam! Filled my prescription all happy that I finally have meds (valcyclovir) Ok so do the meds, breakout was really mild almost nothing and felt back to normal day 3.  Ok so 3 days later another breakout but for the first time in 4 years its in a different spot.  So I refilled my script and completed 5 days of meds.  This breakout was a little more painful for me than what I normally go through - my thought was that it was because it's in a different spot.  Ok so 3 days now after finishing the meds I have ANOTHER breakout almost on par with my initial and yes, in a new spot.  Like wtf? Seriously? I feel awful and now I'm scared to take meds again but honestly this is gonna be bad when these break.  My whole body hurt last night and the shooting pains were the worst I've ever experienced.  I feel flu-like and nauseated.  I never experience it like that.  I went to be super early because I was so uncomfortable.

I've emailed my doctor for advice and guidance but I wanted to ask if anybody has had similar experiences?  Did medication change your obs or make them worse?  I'm so frustrated I've literally been in OB mode this whole month!!

 

Summary:  mild to almost no breakouts; but when they come they are always in the same spot. 

                    This month I take valcyclovir for a breakout and then after finishing med I get another breakout new spot - worse than normal 

                     3 days after the finishing meds for the second outbreak I'm now on my third in a new spot and it's the worse I've felt since my initial.

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Hi AlyssaN..... has anything changed recently in terms of any foods you eat, different medications you are now taking, stress levels etc?  A myriad of things can trigger repeated outbreaks even while on valtrex.... by the way, did you say you are taking valtrex daily to prevent outbreaks or only when you feel one coming on?  

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On 5/1/2020 at 4:08 PM, CHT said:

Hi AlyssaN..... has anything changed recently in terms of any foods you eat, different medications you are now taking, stress levels etc?  A myriad of things can trigger repeated outbreaks even while on valtrex.... by the way, did you say you are taking valtrex daily to prevent outbreaks or only when you feel one coming on?  

No I'm a creature of habit.  I don't take daily suppressive therapy but when my doctor got back to me that's what she recommended.  Honestly, with this outbreak I didn't go fill the Valtrex prescription.  I doubled my L-Lysine and my outbreak calmed wayyyyyy down in 24 hrs.  Even when the blisters broke the healing seemed much faster than normal.  So now I have this prescription for daily suppressive therapy to pick up and I'm not sure I want to take it.  I know my body and once I tried the meds everything got worse for me.  I came here seeing if anybody had similar experiences to share regarding taking the meds.  I just feel confused.  But definitely don't want a breakout every week like this past month.  Thanks for responding!

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On 5/3/2020 at 9:17 PM, alextheman said:

Stress and lack of sleep are some of the triggers for me.

Two of the things that mostly everybody goes through daily.  Sorry to hear that -that's sometimes tough to control.  

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  • 2 months later...

valtrex made me come out in awful multiple break outs when i changed onto it as acyclivior did nothing for me as a suppressant, 6 months of valtrex i'd get monthly OB then moved up to fortnightly mostly same spot too, even spoke to a specialist who  challenged my diagnoses as he was so shocked i was getting fortnightly OB when on valtrex - said it sounded more like skin cancer, i mean WTF mate!

i've now ditched anti virals and giving homeopathy a go, 5 weeks of no OB now i have a evil OB with 4 blisters in new places, have been told it can flare up before getting better and shows its working, who knows but got to try something else! and i hate pumping my body full of chemicals

i also take other supplements like lysine, moringa leaf vit D - i am afraid none of it really helps!

if you want to know how my homeopath journey goes feel free to private message me and i'll be very honest!

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