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  • Angie
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    Okay so I have been dating the same young man for over a year now. We are in love and have discussed marriage in brevity. Seemingly the only problem is that he is an alcoholic. Not a violent or abusive alcoholic but an alcoholic non the less. He is currently in treatment for his addiction. One night he snuck out of the treatment center and got completely wasted. They sent him to detox but they did not require paperwork, they just kind of dropped them off so he called and I agreed to let him stay with me for 3 days. (Stupid I know) This was within the stressful and sleep deprived finals week for my college and I was losing it from head to toe. This must of somehow weakened my immune system and he must have been shedding hs1 when he gave me oral sex, because two days later something weird was definitely going on down there. I called my OB. And I swear if I made it sound like a yeast infection or something she would of scheduled me for June. But at the mention of “herpes” she said “I can get you in at 10:40.” I felt the judgement as soon as I exposed my vulva to my doctor. “That’s it alright” she said soooo casually “Is there anything else it could possibly be?” “I mean that’s what they look like. It doesn’t look like warts. It doesn’t look like yeast. It looks like the Cole sores people get on their mouths” That little swab they used to get the culture hurt so bad and she did not care at all when I screamed in agony. You would expect a more gentler approach with a disease that doesn’t have the stigma. I cried as they drew my blood all the way out the door and on the way home I purposely rolled my car in an attempt to end my own life. I felt like my life was over. That I was forever unclean. No one would ever love me if they knew and a whole bunch of other irrational thoughts. A concussion and a dent in the top of my car… that’s all I got. I called my boyfriend in agony and he just could not relate to the amount of pain I was experiencing. Compared to the horrific events of his life this seemed minor. But it was far from minor for me! Now in an outpatient addiction program I stayed with him and clung to his hip for two days. I started over analyzing and obsessing over everything. I thought I spread it to my eyes because my vision became very blurred. I was so afraid that I was going blind after all I read online. I spent a ton of money to get into they eye doctor and there was no herpes. They said the blurred vision was a result of mixing the oral antiviral and my antidepressant. I lied to my mom a lot during this period. When the outbreak was as it’s worst and I was obviously limping (from the pain) I faked that I just had really bad chafing from all the running I do. “That’s why there’s all of that vasaline in my bathroom too mom.” “Oh that doctor visit on your insurance is from a long time ago” “I gotta go home because I’m tired” really meant that I gotta get some ointment on this before I start crying. My boyfriend then began to break out in herpes. He really did not care that much. Which I thought was odd, but it took the whole talk pressure off of me. The sores have dried up and mostly disappeared at this point. What I am really struggling with is the idea that at 21 years old I now have to marry this man. No one else will ever love me. I am committed and this just became forever. Feeling like I have to stay makes me feel like he can get away with murder. If he can’t get sober, I’m just stuck. There are other men who pursue me and they look more attractive everyday just because I feel that I have to stay in this relationship forever. I mean with this, I don’t have a chance with them anyway. I’m in love with him and I wouldn’t trade him for the world. Just the feeling like I have to stay with him and that I am forced to make such a huge commitment this young is daunting. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing to be married to him. I just wish it felt more like a choice, like the way it used to.

    #19445
    Dr. Kelly
    Keymaster

    I totally understand your fear!

    One of the best things you can do for yourself is to spend time in meditation every day and visualize your “perfect” birth experience. This will prepare your body as much as anything.
    I would also do some art therapy around any fears you might have about giving birth. You could paint or do a mixed media project. Birthing From Within is a book which I found very helpful around this topic.

    As far as treatment goes, I would use an oil base like coconut oil or olive oil and infuse it with a few drops of Melissa Oil or Lavender oil. You can apply this topically several times a day.

    Keep the faith and know that we are all here to support you.

    Many Blessings,
    Dr. Kelly

    #19448
    Mae
    Participant

    Hi women of Pink Tent! First off, I really want to thank Dr. Kelly for making this safe haven for women with herpes like myself.
    June of last year, I left my stable Florida home to live with a guy I met in New Jersey (Where I’m originally from), to start a relationship. I’m a person that believes in finding true love or true love finding you so I took this chance and left to be with him. I do have family in Jersey and unbeknownst to me my family knew his family, so I thought all was well. When we started our relationship I told him we would use condoms and I didn’t want to chance the fact we could get pregnant, not even thinking about contracting a std or virus. But with a little sly talk and ‘I love yous’, that percaution went out the door. Which baffles me to this day because I’m smarter than that. A month or two goes by and I find out I had chlamydia. I told him immediately and we both went to the clinic to fix the problem. Surprisingly, I was understanding and didn’t hold the situation against him. A few weeks later I wake up to a pain I never felt before in my life on my buttocks and vaginal area. I knew immediately something was terribly wrong. At the time I was staying over my grandmother’s home and asked if she could take me to the urgent care doctor. I didnt want to tell her why but I did. Her face was just as worried as mine. So we get to the doctors and I go through a visusl exam. As soon as the doctor looked he diagnosed me with herpes. My heart dropped and I began to cry… alot. Before arrival, I already had the thought in my head what was wrong. I already was ashamed but to know right then and there that my assumption was true hurt every inch of me. After the news I told my then boyfriend about it and he was shocked from what I can tell but I knew he gave it to me because he was the only man I had unprotected sex with and a few weeks before my intial breakout, he had what I now know as a break out himself . Me and my ex lasted for 9 months. In that 9 months I lowered myself to think no man would ever want me except for the one I was with because we shared the same issue. I thought I would have to do things to keep him with me so I wouldn’t be alone. That thinking slowly but surely blinded me to the fact that all the work I was doing in the relationship was being taken for granted. I was verbally, mentally,and physically abused by the guy I thought I had to spend the rest of my life with. In my head, too much has already happened. So, I put everything he done to the back burner and even moved across country with him and his family! Before I could open my eyes to the self destruction I was putting myself through and the mistreatment I was given, I found out I was pregnant. Thank God for family because the day I opened my eyes to everything, I left for my Grandfather’s home (which was fortunately in the city we then moved to), and later paid my way back to Florida where my immediate family was. On that bus trip, I was an emotional wreck. I was completely stressed out thinking of how I allowed so much to happen to me and due to that stress, I lost the baby. After the long bus ride, I reunited with my family who has helped me through this process and shown me nothing but respect and an abindance of love.I even started dating again. I’m still trying to figure out the dating situation but I give everything up to God and pray I can happy with a man again.
    Alot of what happened to me could have been prevented if I thought things out and used my already known knowledge to use. I just want to assure women who have been through alot, including finding out your diagnosis, that everything will be ok. There are people who won’t understand sometimes but then there are people who do understand your situation! You will overcome this obstacle and it does not define you! I am only 22 and learning these things as I go on with life. Love and blessings- Mae

    #19147
    Dr. Kelly
    Keymaster

    So I take the Medication thinking it will help the outbreak go away faster. I have aclovir. I believe it does help. But I don’t know. I think taking the medicine when the OB is already present is that much too late. i have also noticed that the more I stress the worse the outbreak may be. I usually don’t have outbreaks that long and have no problem waiting until it passes but recently I had one that really bothered me. It seemed I could feel it throughout the whole day. And the next day.
    Is there a skin ointment I can use or some other treatment that you might have discovered to make it more bearable for those times it is super horrible? I googled that carmex or baking soda might help but I so hesitant in trying any ole thing. I want to do something that will work. Any ideas?

    #19879
    Jessica
    Participant

    So I take the Medication thinking it will help the outbreak go away faster. I have aclovir. I believe it does help. But I don’t know. I think taking the medicine when the OB is already present is that much too late. i have also noticed that the more I stress the worse the outbreak may be. I usually don’t have outbreaks that long and have no problem waiting until it passes but recently I had one that really bothered me. It seemed I could feel it throughout the whole day. And the next day.
    Is there a skin ointment I can use or some other treatment that you might have discovered to make it more bearable for those times it is super horrible? I googled that carmex or baking soda might help but I so hesitant in trying any ole thing. I want to do something that will work. Any ideas?

    #19490
    Shocked
    Participant

    hello everybody! i am back and a little more calmer now that my mind has been on other things. sooo. lets try to deal with this step by step
    1. the unchangeable fact : we have HSV 1 now !
    2. now what!
    2.5 lol
    treatment options & look for a cure
    prescription drugs
    herbal remedies
    scams for a cure
    3. make a list of questions so i can see a doctor and get a consultation on the do’s and dont’s with hsv1 and treatment options
    4.deal with it !

    so i guess im all in its homework time.

    so i guess what ill be doing is looking for temporary relief from the itching and burning feeling from the open wounds and looking for a cure someone has that no one knows about.

    so here i go pray for me on our journey
    p.s. ill keep tract of my progress or lack of progress so no one has to go thru what im putting my family thru being Guine pigs for a cure. im sorry but if we are gona hae this for life i might as well spend my life on finding a workable solution.
    p.s.s. lol if you know of anything that may help feel free to leave a comment or suggestion for me
    thanks and god bless

    #19749
    Marie
    Participant

    I was wondering the same thing, Dr. Kelly and Eli. I’ve always had my OB on the top part of my buttocks and I’m super paranoid about having an OB anywhere else on my body, especially in my genital area. I looked up that s1 dermatome nerve chart and its hard to tell if it falls in that area, it doesn’t look like it but I’m not 100% sure. I was diagnosed in 2010 and my OB have always been in that area and I pray they stay there but any little pain I feel in my private area, I’m checking and I hate that feeling of paranoia I have.
    I take Valacyclovir daily for suppressive treatment. I’ve never had any OB’s really bad but just to help keep down the spread I take them daily plus I think it helps with my psychological wellbeing as well. Eli, you should talk to your doctor about putting you on some sort of suppressive treatment especially if you’re under a lot of pressure right now. I lost my job this past July and I had an OB (minor but still an OB) because of stress and that was STILL with me being on the Valacycovir so that should tell you any amount of stress for us isn’t good. Oh and start journaling if you can, it helps.
    Take care and I pray things become less hectic for you.

    #19800

    In reply to: Menstruation

    Calm
    Participant

    Hi Dr Kelly,

    I wanted to ask your opinion on suppressive treatment at the end of pregnancy – the last few weeks. Did you take any medication? I have heard suggestions that one can go on either an acyclovir drip at delivery or take the pills in the run up to labour.

    I wouldn’t want to take anything that might harm my baby, but I also don’t want to be the cause of harm to my baby if I don’t take them!

    (Men are so lucky, they have none of this responsibility).

    Kind regards

    #19565
    Dr. Kelly
    Keymaster

    Lisa,
    Thank you so much for sharing and please consider Pink Tent your home away from home. A place to ask questions and get support. While most of the women here have HSV, this is a safe place for anyone with a herpes virus.

    I do think that my book would be beneficial to you as the number one defense against any virus is to strengthen the immune system. There are several recommendations throughout the book that addresses how to do this naturally and how to decrease the stress in your life. In addition, many of the antiviral treatments specific for herpes simplex also works for herpes zoster.

    If you would like to purchase the book, you can do so at http://www.livelovethrive.pinktent.com

    Welcome to our community!

    Live. Love. Thrive.
    Dr. Kelly

    #19904
    Redhead
    Participant

    I have been on antivirals now for over a year and I want to try something natural, but I’m scared. I only get outbreaks a few times a year, so I could either try something all natural or just start using the antivirals when I feel an outbreak coming on. I purchased Dr. Kelly’s book and course and I am very optimistic, but still scared to go off my antivirals all together. If I go off them totally, will my outbreaks increase? If so, for how long? Have any of you gone the all natural route with any success? I have been on these antivirals every day since I was first diagnosed. My doctor knows that I am prone to anxiety, so he said to just take them every day and to stop worrying about it. Any ideas for me ladies?

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