I've had hsv-1 genitally and orally now for 9 years. Since I was 15y/o. It started out with cold sores that I used to have from childhood that I contracted from a family member, and then at 15 it spread via auto-inoculation to my genitals as well as many other ransoms parts of my body. I didn't understand what was going on with me as I hadn't even had my first kiss at that age and only shared drinks with immediate family. So when I researched online and figured out it must be herpes I was DEVASTATED. It completely tore me apart that it would happen to me so young and so innocent. Fast forward 9 years and here I am. I just officially decided to face this demon and go to the doctor to get tested and find out the exact strain about a month and a half ago. Acyclovir didn't work, on valcyclovir and I'm not seeing results either. I've been taking countless supplements--lysine, pau d'arco, red marine algae, ooo, olive leaf, bht, alcohol topically, h2o2 topically, DMSO, and the list goes on!! and still having outbreaks. It's terrible. I'm miserable. And I just pray one day I can get relief. I'm not in no way looking for a complete cure to be realistic, but to have at least a week outbreak free would be a miracle for me. Now my outbreaks have completely morphed since taking all of these supplements, they're usually tiny bumps that don't blister but also don't heal! They take FOREVER to heal (3 weeks and counting now), and everyday a new one pops up somewhere else. I honestly don't know what to do anymore besides keep taking them and praying that something works. I feel like an alien in my body. My bf also has the same strain and experiences WAY less outbreaks than I do and has a worse diet than me. I feel like a prisoner in my own body. But I still want to share my story because I haven't yet given up and if there is anyone else like me, who has it as bad as I do, I don't want you to give up either. We can fight this. It will take time and lots of changes but I refuse to believe that I'll suffer nonstop outbreaks for the rest of my life. No way!
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