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  1. I also had a paper cut like sore that I had recently swabbed a few weeks ago. Initially was diagnosed with hsv2 by sight, but the only thing that helped it was antibiotics. Swab came back for E. Coli. Sorry you are going through this!
  2. How many months after your first outbreak were you tested?
  3. Thanks for your response. I thought something similar but keep going back and forth in my head.
  4. Hello, So for those of you who read the post I made around 2 months ago I have some updates. Back in August I saw my primary doctor after itching, labia swelling, and UTI or BV like symptoms. I had no visible clusters or ulcers, just an invisible "cut" along the edge of my labia that could only be seen by pressing near it or near the swelling area. Doctor diagnosed Hsv2 by sight, prescribed valtrex (which did not work) and refused blood test or swab. After that I went to planned parenthood to get the lab order filled out for the western blot. I was examined by an NP there who said it was absolutely not hsv2. She said she felt a cyst inside of the swelling and that the cut was where it was draining out of. I was prescribed amoxicillin and clindimyacin for 10 days. A few hours after taking them the drainage changed from a pus like color to blood red (I saw this as a good sign?). After 3 days the cut had completely healed (I had had this for nearly 4 months), itching went away, swelling completely gone, no redness or irritation. It was all gone until the day after my antibiotics were complete. After that the swelling came back, then the next day the drainage/cut came back as well. The strange thing is this time the cut and swelling healed on their own within 4 days. I had another planned parenthood follow up today and am being referred to a gynecologist. So my question to you all is, has anyone with hsv2 felt relief from antibiotics? I know hsv is viral, not bacterial but is this a weird thing that sometimes can happen? Maybe placebo effect? Has anyone gotten a secondary bacterial infection from their hsv? Maybe that is what the antibiotics treated?
  5. Hi! Thank you for your response. Yes that sounds identical to mine. No one would be able to see the sore/cut with the naked eye and there were never any scabs, bumps, or clusters. My doctor didn't swab it when I was there, even though she only found it when I pressed on the bottom of my labia, far away from the cut causing liquid to come out. I had asked her to swab it and she said the swab and blood tests are unreliable. After taking the Valtrex she prescribed, by the 4th day I had really severe headaches (literally felt like my brain was swelling) and fatigue to the point of not being able to get off the couch, and the cut had not healed at all by that time so I stopped taking them. I told her this on the phone and she said I would need to see a gynecologist because she can't help me any further. I asked her if she could fill out a Western blot test because they are the gold standard and only true way to be 100% sure of a hsv diagnosis. She said that also would not help me with no explanation. So now I have ordered the Western blot and have a planned parenthood appointment next week in hope they will fill out the order paperwork. The cut I have has been there now for 6 months and has only mildly healed twice. Once during a prescription of metronidazole back in June when I thought it was bv. And the second time was this week-- it healed for 3 days while I took extra strength Tylenol each night. What complicates all of this further is that I had a Labiaplasty 3 months prior to these symptoms. During my healing process I had 3 of these cut like things on my labia that my surgeon said were probably due to internal stitches healing and releasing fluid, accompanied by pressure blisters from rubbing during healing. So part of me wonders if this is a surgical complication, although I'm not sure what would cause itching, redness, and internal dryness along with the cut that would last 24 weeks post op. I would return to my surgeon, but after the hsv2 diagnosis I'm so embarassed I don't want to have him assess it again until I get the Western blot back and know for sure if I have it or not.
  6. Hi Joel, I was diagnosed by sight for hsv a few weeks ago. My symptoms began in April of this year, and since they appeared my partner and I have refrained from any sex. We plan on waiting to have sex until I get results from the Western blot test, but it's being held up because my doctor refuses to order one. The last few months of waiting and no conclusive answers have been frustrating and painful for both of us, so I understand your frustration. I totally agree with you that doctors are irresponsible regarding treatment of hsv, and the more I read and interact with them its clear they don't know much about it in general--whether it's diagnosis or treatment. For your relationship it seems like you may have already made your mind up deep down about your plan of action. There's nothing more I fear than giving this to my partner if it turns out I do have hsv, so I don't think you should feel bad about wanting to protect yourself.
  7. Hi! I'm recently diagnosed hsv2. I've been Vegan for 5 years, and was diagnosed with celiac 3 years ago so I'm also gluten free. I eat most whole food plant based, so not a lot of processed foods. I never have really gotten much of my protein from nuts (most of my protein is from tofu and dark greens) so I haven't really made any changes in my diet since diagnosed other than watching my sugar intake. Tofu is also a good source of fats along with avocados, chick peas, olives and different oils. I started taking Lysine 1000 mg 1x a day and Vitamin C 500 2x a day after diagnosed. If you ever need recipes please feel free to reach out!
  8. Does anyone have a high stress job while dealing with outbreaks? I'm in graduate school and am wondering if the stress of this has caused my outbreak to last 4+ months. Any tips on destressing under constant high pressure?
  9. My bottle is Nature's Bounty brand and says to take on an empty stomach. Doesn't state what time of day so I imagine anytime is ok.
  10. Thank you so much for your response!!!! I've been feeling crazy the past 4 months not knowing what was wrong and fearing all sorts of different outcomes. I'm on day 4 of Valtrex right now and it seems the sore has semi healed but there is still itching and burning. I am definitely going to get the blood test soon, see a gyno and hopefully get a concrete answer one way or another. If you don't mind me asking would did your cut end up being?
  11. Hi, I am very recently diagnosed (doctor diagnosed by sight). I also have had a cut on the top of my inner labia but I've haf mine for about 4 months. It bleeds off and on and can only be found when bleeding.
  12. Around 4 lost 5 months ago I noticed a very tiny amount of blood (less than a papercut) on toilet paper. The bleeding continued accompanied by mild itching away from the bleeding area. The symptoms felt like bacterial vaginosis (I've had that before) so I asked my doctor for a script to take care of it. While taking the antibiotics the bleeding subsided and so did the itching. A week or so after antibiotics the same spot started bleeding again. There is no open sore, scab, crust, and the spot is invisible to the naked eye. I can only find it by pressing near it to cause it to bleed. Finally I went to my doctor as the blood changed to a whitish color. During the exam she said she could not find anything, so I pressed on it and then she saw and immediately said "Oh, that's herpes." I asked her if she was sure, because I've had this for 4 months and it never healed or crusted, never was a bump or blister. She said it is a flat herpe and the only way to know for sure was to take Valtrex and if it healed it I would know I had it. Has anyone had a similar type of outbreak? That doesn't heal for months and is invisible to the eye? Thank you.
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