I am a 47 year old who has had HSV2 for 29 years. I usually had outbreaks at my tailbone area where the nerve is and rarely had them on the vaginal area. In the last 2 years my husband has left me, I am in school full time, working part time, trying to pay all the bills and perimenopausal with depression and hormone swings. My sleep has been difficult and I have been super stressed. For whatever reason, I the virus moved directly onto the clitoris area and has not gone away for 5 weeks now. I have tried acyclovir/famcyclovir, red marine algae, L-lysine, topical zinc sulfate cream, and NOTHING has relieved it. I can’t sit comfortably, every night I try to leave my vaginal area open to air and pray it will stop causing searing nerve pain to the clitoris. I am afraid now that I will never be able to have a partner, or even masturbate because I can’t get the virus to leave the clitoris area. So sad and frustrated. Does anyone know if any topical treatments exist that work?
Topic: Is it really HSV-2?
I received the terrifying news last week that I have both HSV-1 and HSV-2. I went to my OBGYN because I’ve been having recurring outbreaks of bacterial vaginosis, but I also developed 2 sores on my labia around the same time. My boyfriend and I really thought the sores were friction blisters because we weren’t having vaginal sex due to the BV and using other measures to fulfill our sex drives (if you follow me). So I figured I’d ask my doctor about this during my exam. She took a quick look and told me it was herpes (OMG!!! Complete SHOCK!!!). She didn’t do a swab test because there were no supplies due to COVID testing. I asked about treatment and she brushed me off saying it wasn’t necessary because I have a boyfriend (ridiculous advice). After leaving the appointment I learned there was a blood test and requested I get this done to have some sort of confirmation…which came back positive for HSV-1 and HSV-2. My concern is that my symptoms were not at all consistent with a normal outbreak. I only had 2 sores, they never blistered- just turned into small “lesions”, and I never had any scabbing when they were healing. They just went away. So is there a chance my test was a false positive? I’ve read a lot about this being a possibility. PS- My boyfriend is so freaked out we’re likely breaking up because of this nightmare. I don’t know what to do!!!
Thanks for your advice…
Topic: Pain not subsiding
I was given some tablets and numbing gel yesterday which does not work at all it is more painful to put it on that the actual passing urine which it is intended to help me with.
But in general anything hurts, I keep getting a kind of shooting pain around the sores and it really makes me jump sometimes, the whole area is getting quite hard and the odd bits (sorry for the gross information..) especially where the first sores appeared and slightly crisping over, I assume this is a good thing but the pain is still unbareable, I would have imagined that once they started to heal the pain would slowly fade out, I understand I’m still very very early into the treatment and I know a lot of advice is to have a salt bath but Unfortunately I only have a shower cubicle and do not have access to a bath.
Topic: Diagnosed at 50
Hi. I just joined today. I got my HSV2 diagnosis on Friday. I found out my ex-live in bf of nearly 4 years was sleeping with me & someone else who has Herpes. He knowingly stopped using a condom with her all the while still having sex with me over a period of 7 months. She had no idea about me nor I her till I found out recently he got engaged to her. This is a devastating blow. I am looking for guidance & support. Has anyone taken Lysine supplements or any herbal treatments to combat outbreaks? My nurse advised me my doctor does not prescribe antiviral meds unless I get an outbreak. I think back & I might have had an outbreak last year but I am not 100% sure. I have been plagued with yeast infections my whole life & some symptoms are similar. Any help is greatly appreciated. If anyone needs to talk or email I would be happy to be in touch.
My ex and I broke up months ago oh, and I did not find out until I was diagnosed and my first outbreak did he knew well before we broke up he was positive. He never told me. I started my first round of treatment 4 days ago yet I am still having new ulcers. They have doubled since last night. I am terrified and do not know what to do! Please help. I started taking 3000mg l-lysine a b12 complex and zinc. I also am taking 800mg Acyloviar 5* a day.
I’ve been looking for a community I can ask questions and find support and clarity from for the last couple of days. I was diagnosed with this condition approximately 10 days ago and confirmed via blood test 4 days ago. No other symptoms accompanied it as Google claims. Within this time, I’ve had 2 outbreaks.
I’m 31, sexually active since I was 27, and only had 5 partners up to this point in my life. I got a hormonal IUD placed in about 6 months ago, and had my first ‘unprotected’ sex for a month since that time. (By unprotected, I mean no condom). I did not have sex for the last 5 months because my partner is in the medical frontlines of COVID. With the IUD in, I experienced three skin condition issues since that time–HSV2 was the most recent. I am Mediterranean and of course, appreciate that diet the most, I exercise 4 times a week, don’t drink or smoke or do leisurely drugs–I like to think that I maintain a good and balanced lifestyle.
I maintain good relations with my 4 previous partners and current one obviously and I ALWAYS practiced safe sex up until after the IUD was placed in. When I asked them to be tested with my reason, their reaction was…shocked to say the least. All 5 were negative. The tests were repeated: same result. How is it possible that I have it then? I can’t argue with the results of a PCR test or the obvious outbreaks.
I asked my PCP, GYN and dermatologist if the IUD could have something to do with this. Especially since along with my diagnosis, I also got BV and a yeast infection. I was prescribed antivirals that gave me chest tightness, stabbing chest pain and abdominal pain, headaches, toothache, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite. Three days into the 5 day regiment, I stopped and was rushed to urgent care.
To note, I quickly had accepted the fact that I have an incurable disease, but I still refuse to accept the fact that all three docs tell me that there is only one treatment option available and that the ‘benefits outweigh the costs’. More importantly, I refuse to accept the tonality of the responses: it’s a ‘you have it, so learn to live with it’ approach. This is a skin condition, yes; there is a societal stigma associated around it, yes; it’s also not discussed and there’s little to no support from the medical community, yes; …but who are you to tell me that ‘that’s life’ and expect me to swallow mechanical, repetitive, nonchalant reactions to something that is not only affecting MILLIONS of people?
My current partner is clearly more medically minded than myself and mature enough to accept what this condition is and wants to find ways to work around the outbreaks. But how do I work around those when I seem to have them every week? I’m almost convinced that the IUD could be a stimulant of this condition. I wish there was a medical practitioner out there that is willing to look into all factors…not just one. In reading up on the herpes condition in general, it appears the whole population has a string of herpes in their system. What if it reactivates in other ways depending on environmental factors? Why does it have to be JUST sexually transmitted?
Thoughts? Experiences? I’d love to hear about other with a similar situation.
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