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Old 09-13-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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New Here, sharing my experience with herpes and questions.

I have had symptoms for well over a year, and for a long time my doctor would look and say hmmmm I'm not sure what that is, it could be a yeast infection. I was in so much pain and put on antibiotics for uti's and sent to see a specialist. (Urologist) One day when my doctor was away, his colleague did some swabs and asked if I'd ever had herpes. I was so offended, no way was that possible. This was in September of 2011. Last spring in April of 2012 I had a painful bad outbreak of blisters on my right butt cheek, right in the middle. I was told I had either shingles or herpes when I'd gone to the hospital, had swabs done, and when I followed up with my doctor, he said it was shingles. I never received results for any herpes swabs I had done.

Last month I went back to the urologist, same symptoms of painful urination, raw skin, etc. When I had seen him previously, he had done a cystoscopy and also stretched my urethra and said I had stenosis. He noted my very raw vaginal skin. So when I went back to see him as he flipped through my file he casually mentioned my herpes type 2 and I covered my face in my hands literally. It all finally made sense. The symptoms, the pain, the blisters in my MOUTH even.

So now that I can tell when my outbreaks are it is a lot different. Some of my symptoms are abdominal pain, sore tingly skin, trouble going pee, and painful urination. Yesterday the spot on my butt was SO sore, but I saw nothing at all. This morning I looked in the mirror and sure enough, angry red spot. I'm not taking antivirals, but have some and the topical ones as well. (I hate pills)

So that's a bit of my story and I just wanted to share. I never did get results from the herpes/shingles swab and my doctor apologized to me profusely for not having the results from last September. You'd think this is important stuff to let a patient know.

My question s are what others do during outbreaks. Medication? Supplements? Rest extra? My son asked what is wrong and I lied and said I have a virus, that it is shingles because you can get it many times. I feel bad, but why am I getting it in 2 spots at the same time?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-13-2012, 04:00 PM   #2
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Re: New Here, sharing my experience with herpes and questions.

Sorry for your troubles. Everyone experiences different things with type 1 and type 2. What works for some does not work for others. For me when I feel the tingly strange feeling I take L-lysine and most of the time it calms it down. I have Valtrex but thankfully have not had to use it more that twice since I was diagnosed. They say it gets better as your body learns to indentify and attack the virus. For the last few years for me the most I get is a pimple like bump that is red and feels sunburned but not much else. But stress def. sets me off and some foods too.
You have to listen to your body and it sounds stupid but when you feel bad you need to treat yourself better ... more rest, healthy fruits and veggies, bubble baths. Whatever you need to regroup.
Hope it gets better for you soon. And shame on the doctors for not giving you the results!
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HSV-2 positive. Found out 9-27-07. Flu-like symptom 6-7-07.
Year one outbreaks Sep Oct Nov Dec Apr Jun. Ugh.
Year two outbreaks Dec Apr/May

 
Old 09-16-2012, 01:59 PM   #3
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Re: New Here, sharing my experience with herpes and questions.

I haven't tried L-lysine or valtrex, but I think it's a good idea because it's uncomfortable having outbreaks even when they aren't frequent. This is the first one since April that I've been fully aware of. This time I knew, but thought it wouldn't get very bad. I had pain all the day before, but now it doesn't hurt at all.

Thanks.

 
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