March 9, 2020 at 3:37 pm #69537hoping_to_recoverParticipant
I was diagnosed with HSV-2 and HPV 18 months ago at the age of 29. I had maybe four flare-ups last year, I only took a Valtrex here and there – 10 tablets total during this time.
The biggest problem I have is pain in vaginal area only on the left side and corresponding pain in the left thigh and leg. The vaginal pain first started maybe after two months I contacted HSv-2. It stays for maybe two weeks and went away. Second time it started was in summer after I swam in a lake, I had it for a couple of weeks and it went away again. Third time it started was three months ago – this time it only got stronger from 3/10 to an occasional 7-8/10 and became more prolonged, sometimes close to 80% of the day and waking me up at night. The aching, gnawing, exhausting pain in the left thigh and leg added to that as well as some joint pain.
I went to see doctors and started doing physical therapy without much success so far. Acupuncture brings some temporary relief as well as, although not always, bathing under warm water. Some doctors don’t know what the issue is, some say it is pudendal nerve / post herpetic neuralgia. Note that there have not been any visible flare-ups on my skin for 3+ months.
I am afraid I will have to live in pain and won’t be able to have sex anymore. What can I do to improve my situation? I want to try to take 2 grams of Valtrex for five days to see if it helps.
I feel like my immune system has been shaken up since I contacted HSV-2 and I wonder if I can recover from it to have the quality of life I used to have when I was healthy and to have kids.
– Any promising new research to treat those infected with HSV-2?
– I have newly discovered stomach issues (GERD, acid reflux, esophagitis) and afraid that Valtrex can be really hard on my stomach. But I guess there are no alternatives?
– What are your thoughts on Lysine and other dietary supplements?
Thanks a lot in advance,
March 15, 2020 at 2:57 pm #69577Terri WarrenKeymaster
I would strongly suggest that you try 500 mg of Valtrex daily for two-three months to see if your symptoms improve. Honestly, this sounds far more disk related than herpes related. I doubt that your acquisition of HSV 2 impacted your immune system. I’m wondering why you are thinking that?
There are several new things being studied to treat herpes in the works, yes.
A new study suggested that herpes antiviral medicine is taken with omeprazole, for example, was more effective at reducing outbreaks than Valtrex alone. I’m not suggesting that, just telling you about the research. Herpes is not known to cause GERD but in some people, it can cause nausea.
The research on Lysine does not show good efficacy but some people do find it helpful.
I would suggest that when you have this pain you describe, that you have your genitals swab tested for herpes, even if you don’t have an outbreak to see if you are shedding virus at that time.
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