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Sacral HV2 reoccurrence - precautions, etc?


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It's been almost a year since I joined the forum upon having had what I think was my primary (definitely my worst) OB - haven't had one since until now. I have Sacral Herpes, and the sores (4 or 5 small spots on either side) stay up high at the tail bone or just inside the buttocks about an inch down from the tailbone (sorry to be so graphic). I thought I felt prodrome symptoms 2 days ago, but it's hard for me to distinguish because I also have piriformis strain that triggers the same kind of pain in the same area, hip/sciatic, etc. Then I started to feel the mild itching up at the top of my crack (uh oh) so I did the 2-mirror look, and there was a red spot forming on the place where the worst sore was last time. None of the others yet, just the one. I jumped right into my supply of Acyclovir, 800mg 3 x daily, hoping to keep this at bay, reverse it, minimize it, or whatever. I noticed the breakout yesterday eve, I took 2 pills before going to bed, and 2 pills so far today. The sore is worse and beginning to look open already, and I've had 3,200 mg of Acyclovir. This kind of disappointed me. I thought if I hit it right away it would recede right away, or at least not get any worse.

 

Did I wait too late? I started the meds as soon as I saw the sore, which appeared seemingly hours after the itching. Ugh. If I keep hammering the meds for a few days is it possible I may still keep this to one spot, and maybe abbreviate the duration of the OB? Speed the healing? What has been your experience?

 

Also, my partner is aware of my HV2 - I was afraid I had exposed him last year but he tested negative. We are both in our 50's. He is supportive of me and this is in no way a deal breaker for him. He's happy as a clam just getting a good back scratch. But he does love to give me fun. We do not live together, so we don't always get to choose our times together. With the location of my OB (I never get any on my actual ladybits) is staying front-to-front, and keep him away from my sacral/lower back area a viable option to have sex? We often bypass penetration anyway, and just give each other oral or pleasure by hand (which is probably why I didn't infect him last year when I had a full-blown, rip-snorting OB, before I knew what I had.

 

Thank you for any and all feedback.

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@Beowy I have OB's on my tailbone also and they are quite painful. Yes, the symptoms are exactly the same as sciatic/piriformus pain so it's hard to know the difference at times. As for your OB, you likely didn't get the meds started fast enough to stop the OB. Taking the meds to help clear it up can help at this point but the high dose won't make it happen faster. I have been advised that taking 500mg three times a day for episodes may or may not reduce healing time but taking MORE than that will not make a huge difference. Meaning..... if 1500-2000 per day isn't helping then 3200 won't do you much good. I would still take the lower dose until it clears (if I was you).

As for the OB area..... that is the spot the virus has come out but the virus lives in the nerves and can travel down other nerves in the anal/vaginal area. I would suggest you avoid sexual contact of any kind while you are having an OB because you may be shedding in other areas where there is no lesion. It sounds like you have a good relationship and one that could easily find other ways of fulfillment when you have an OB. Intimacy can mean a lot of different things and you can have fun in ways that don't put your partner at risk :)

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Thank you, fitgirl. Actually, my MD originally put me on 800mg 3x day for 14 days! I was much farther along in my outbreak then, too - almost a week in. I was hoping that taking this dose for 3 - 5 days would lessen the symptoms and duration. *sigh* Last time it took a full 3 weeks to heal. To me that's a long time.

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@Beowy I know some doctors prescribe really high doses for OB's but my infectious disease doctor has said that they discovered people taking 500mg a day for suppressive therapy had equal amount of OB's and severity as people taking higher doses so he discouraged taking more than is required or effective. The timing on the OB can be tricky, sometimes you miss the window of opportunity and the OB comes out in full force! The meds sometimes help the OB heal faster and sometimes don't (in my experience). Also.... you are quite new to the virus so your OB's should get better over time. For me, I was one of the unlucky ones, I have had herpes for more than 15years and would get OB's every three months no matter what I did! Then when I got into a H- I started suppressive therapy and OMG..... I have had one small OB (lasted 2 days) in over a year and a half! For me that was life changing. I take 500mg a day and it works like a charm :). You might want to try suppressive therapy to minimize the OB's and further protect your partner. And if you are taking that much of the drug already, 500mg a day would be easier on your body too!

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Most definitely will consider that. I know even getting these things yearly is very depressing for me. My doc feels 100% sure I was infected by my ex over 20 years ago - he had Herpes and disclosed, but he also said he knew when an OB was coming and we would avoid sex. So I'm thinking all is well. 20 years later (last year) I get a grandaddy of a first OB so I'm 9 kinds of confused, especially when my 'now partner' tested negative. I have a good tolerance for most drugs, and even this high dose Tx doesn't really bother me, so I will be calling today to see about the possibility of suppressive therapy.

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I personally find that attacking the virus both internally (anti-virals/diet/l-lysine/etc) and externally .... (epsom salts baths/going commando/etc) so I'm putting all the links to the discussions/blogs that have good info about what has worked for others :)

 

Treatments/medications

http://herpeslife.com/herpes-forum/discussion/6024/dealing-with-outbreaks#latest includes links below

http://supporttruthanddialog.com/easy-simple-self-help-tips-for-relief-from-herpes-outbreaks/

http://herpeslife.com/herpes-forum/discussion/4810/bactine-for-oral-and-even-genital-herpes

http://herpeslife.com/herpes-treatment/

http://herpeslife.com/herpes-medication/

 

Links to some of the items suggested in the links

http://amzn.to/1CHUzZE Link to Alum

http://tinyurl.com/Aloecream

http://amzn.to/1F10r3V Fractionated Coconut Oil

http://bit.ly/zincsoap Zinc Soap with coconut oil

http://bit.ly/Zinccream

http://tinyurl.com/bactine

http://tinyurl.com/Oragelsgldose

http://tinyurl.com/DMSO4HSV

 

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