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I've had HSV2 for 4 years now. Recently had an unrelated minor spinal injury that caused some severe neuropathy. So instead of taking narcotics for months, my doctor just had me try my first round of Immunoglobulin IVIG treatments (4 days getting the intravenous blood infusion) labeling my symptoms as something called CIPD (google it). (IVIG treatments give you a boost to your immune system).  Also note, I can't take steroids long term also because it spikes my sugar and I have Type 2 diabetes. 

I wonder if anyone else here has tried IVIG? I have read that some people have taken it to suppress HSV. Love to hear from others. It's too early for me to know if this works - I'll report back in several months. Just so you know my background - I had OBs in the first year about every 8 weeks, which consisted of neuropathy and maybe some small bumps. Then the second year I only got those same symptoms every 4 months or so, then i only get these now about once or twice a year, and it's mostly just some tingling and nerve pain. So we'll see how this works out. There are articles out there too. 


Edited to add this link... 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7759773/#:~:text=Since intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) proved,%2FKg every fourth week).

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