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  • #39257

    In reply to: Newbie


    Dray
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    Your not alone. I was diagnosed a few days ago, but my boyfriend left me because of it. I’m devastated and I dont know what to do. He was suppose to be there for me, but he ran. I would have been the opposite with him. I loved him. My support system is very small so I feel alone in this.

    #39254

    In reply to: Newbie


    CaliGirl87
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    Hi Jordan. Let me start by saying, you’re not alone. I got diagnosed a few days ago myself. I’ve been crying non-stop. I think it’s important to surround yourself with a good support group (for me it has been my close family and friends). I’ve been lucky that the few people I’ve told have been so compassionate. I am not where I am supposed to be in the healing process. But I’m actively looking for support groups, like you. I’m also considering professional counseling. I have faith things will get better over time; or we will learn how to cope better with it. In the meantime, I just wanted to say, take care of yourself. I’ve read that keeping a good diet, immune system, and rest are all things that can reduce the number of outbreaks we get. So, I’m trying to do that (hard to do when you’re stressed over this though lol). Sending you my best!

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    #39253

    Topic: HSV-2


    CaliGirl87
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    Like many of you, I was recently diagnosed with HSV-2 and it has been a whirlwind!
    The feelings of sadness, madness, shame, embarrassment – you name it! all there. My experience with this virus has been so weird. I want to know if there are others having symptoms in the same order.

    So, it first started with this burning sensation whenever I peed. I went to urgent care and they thought I had a yeast infection so I got meds for that. At the time, all blood work showed negative for all STDs. I continued taking the medication but urinating was becoming more painful. Went back to urgent care, they took a swab, and put me on Valtrax just in case the worse happened. After taking Valtrax for two days, the burning slowed down and I learned to pee in a position so that the pee would not touch the walls. Unfortunately, I got the dreaded news that I was HSV-2 positive. Suffice it to say, I’ve been a mess since the news.

    Medication was making me feel better. But after finishing my first round of valtrex, I started to feel a burning sensation on my mouth and my lips started to get very dry (like when cold wind hits you). I started putting aquafor on my lips to keep them moist. That helped. But then I started seeing small bumps on the corners of my lips. So, I knew a cold sore wants to come. I’ve been using campo-phenique, Lysine, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, and coconut oil (saw all these methods that have worked for YouTubers). Blisters formed and the bumps never grew. I’m now at that phase were they feel really dry. I’m wondering if it will scab over eventually or what? because they never really became that horrible. Or I don’t know if they will manifest themselves more in a couple of days. This really has me on edge because I’ve never suffered from skin problems on my face. I have back ache to top things off – been using heat pads for that.

    I thought my vaginal issues had subsided already. But itching has commenced again!! I had to get up at 2 AM to fill my tub with warm water and sit for a while. I then added apple cider vinegar; doesn’t sting that much (well, at least for me); that helped me sleep + 800 mg. of ibuprofen.
    What do you guys use for that itching? I’m continuing with apple cider vinegar and adding aloe vera gel. It’s kind of helping. I just don’t want it to get bad to the point I can’t walk. So far, I’ve been able to manage most symptoms. I don’t know if these are all just part of my first outbreak or if they are separate episodes.

    I know I wrote a lot! lol. I hope I get more insight from you 🙂

    #39238

    Bre
    Participant

    Thank you so much for your response. I am just sick about this. So sick, in fact, that I actually took my boys to the ER yesterday due to some irritation. They said that the didn’t see any reason for concern, but I’m not taking any chances at this point. They also said it was almost impossible to pass it this way. This has made me absolutely crazy! I just keep thinking about all of these doctors that misdiagnosed me. Why would my children be an exception? I will say that your story makes me feel a little but better. I’ve spent so much money in the last week on cleaning supplies alone. I even bought white towels for the kids, so that I could bleach them. I’m trying to keep everything sanitized. Again, thank you for responding. I really appreciate it.


    Bre
    Participant

    Hello, everyone. I was diagnosed with Hsv2 last week. I have no idea how long I’ve had it, as I have had these symptoms for years. “You have a yeast infection. “You have BV.” “You have hemorrhoids.” You get the idea. Anyway, after taking this week to process everything, I’ve accepted it. Even though I’m devastated, I’m determined to get through this one minute at a time. At this point, my biggest fear if transmitting this to my children, whether it be through a diaper change or bathtime. I would never be able to live with myself. What if I got distracted by “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy” & forgot to wash my hands? Have I ever done that? Please tell me I’m over thinking this. I won’t even bathe them without gloves now. I even use gloves while using the bathroom, showering, etc. I’m driving myself crazy! HELP!!

    #39214

    D
    Participant

    Can’t imagine what you ladies have gone through! I just got diagnosed. You are so brave. Best wishes.


    D
    Participant

    Thanks for sharing. Diagnosed today. Never had an outbreak before and haven’t been with a guy in 2 years. Suddenly I have symptoms. Googling like crazy and lysine seems to be something that might help as I was vegan for awhile. Like you, I am thinking I will never have another relationship. At this moment that seems ok!


    justLIV
    Participant

    Hi Ladies,

    So glad I found this website and a place to openly discuss my hsv2. As stated in the title I was exposed and diagnosed with hsv2 in April of this year. I contracted it by a guy I been knowing for years and thought I trusted. Like most I was scared, pissed, sad you name it. My first outbreak was the worst like most people experience. I was given valtrex to suppress the outbreak then experienced a second outbreak that was kind of painful by not like the 1st one. After I started doing more through research of what I could do to help suppress the symptoms naturally. I use Lysine that was purchased from my local grocery store and also I take Olive Leaf extract pills. This helps boost the immune system and fight viruses inside the body. I naturally have a weak immune system so I take things to help boost my immune system, which I feel is what will help me have less to no outbreaks. Also, Vitamin C is a great immune booster as most know. I have come to terms with having hsv2 and don’t want it to define my life. When first diagnosed with hsv2 I did feel my life was over, the first thought was no one is going to want to date me and I may not be able to have kids. This of course is NOT true after speaking with two of my physicians. I just wanted to be of encouragement to anyone recently diagnosed with hsv2 and feels alone.

    #39207

    Penny
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    I’m 21 and been diagnosed recently. I’m moving to a new state pretty soon and I’m just afraid of how life is going to be with this

    #39202

    Jess
    Participant

    Hello! I know how scared you must feel and I promise it gets better. When I found out I was very fortunate to have a doctor who was very laid back and assured me that almost everyone has some form of herpes. She used having acne on your face as an example, except we have it “down south.” I was prescribed valacyclovir and it really helps me when I have an outbreak. I have been diagnosed for almost 5 years with heroes and I truly don’t even think about it anymore. My thoughts are with you! I hope this helps💛

    #39201

    yammy
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    I feel the same way and I was diagnosed with this 2012 please be strong hugs 😢xo

    #36663

    Ashley
    Participant

    I was diagnosed a year ago and have not dated/been intimate with anyone since. What are tips on how to get back into the groove of dating? How have others responded? I’m very anxious about it.

    #36403

    Jessica lopez
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    #35668

    In reply to: HSV & HPV


    Clm95
    Participant

    I also have hpv and HSV2.. I was diagnosed with hpv 3 months ago and I just learned to except it and that’s it honestly no big deal… then HSV2 reared it’s head and had to be the center of attention… I’m trying to except it. For me it’s hard because I have suffered from always needing things routine changes normally send me over the edge.. after being diagnosed with hpv I’ve gotten myself to “ just go with it” I mean with the statistics showing how many people have it and modern medicine can help… I try looking at it as.. this is an annoying skin condition that yes I have for the rest of my life but that’s all it is is a skin condition! I’m still struggling with how to be confident and love myself because like I would assume most people when they find out I feel gross and like I won’t be excepted but I know in my heart this isn’t as bad as the world makes it out to be ! We will all get there! Head up

    #34534

    AB
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    I have been diagnosed with HSV2 and I am currently experiencing my first outbreak. I was praying that whatever I was experiencing was not HSV2. I feel so broken. My nieces are over (ages 5 & 4) and I trying not to cry in front of them, because as I watch them so innocent, I pray that no one ever puts them through this. I told the guy I am dating and he still says he loves me, but I don’t even know when we can be intimate again. I feel like he doesn’t deserve a girl with a disease. I plan to take medicine everyday…the thought of doing this for the rest of my life (I’m 31) makes me want to cry a river of tears. I am broken. I can never tell my friends and family.

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