After a Full Year, Some Recovery
I have had genital herpes now for exactly 1 year and two weeks. I was dating a person with herpes and they told me they were on antiviral medication and that it was no big deal. They said that many people had it and it was just some minor itching and then it was gone for months if not years at a time. The antiviral killed it within a day or two. I believed them. I was a very healthy adult, ate right, and worked out every day. I was not worried until I got the disease.
The first sign was a brown dot on my genitals. This spread to a fiery rash that burned horribly. Finally, two horrible straw-colored blisters and then unbearable back pain. I screamed in agony for a few days. The back pain never really went away, but became tolerable. Then my butt, legs and feet hurt, and I had flu symptoms for weeks. I could hardly get out of bed for many months. I had to stay home a lot the first few months; venturing out only to get food and medication. Antivirals did not seem to touch the virus. I tried everything. Every type of herb you can find recommended on the internet, I tried. Every herbal tea, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, yoga, everything... nothing helped.
This continued for six months with no relief. Then the legs went numb and started buzzing as if they were plunged in ice water and I was on the verge of losing feeling. Then the leg pain would start again. This cycle continued for another three months. I even was put on Neurontin and that did not help at all. Finally, I started exercising again. It did not take the muscle pain and tingling suffering away, but it must have been helping my immune system. I also stopped taking antivirals.
Finally I started to feel better. Then, about nine weeks ago, I got a very bad cold, with fever. The moment
the fever started, the straw colored blisters came back. The whole cycle started over again. Panicked, I started taking my antivirals again. The blisters took a very long time to heal, about a month. Then the pain started. I immediately began upping lysine and keeping myself on the antivirals and started exercising regularly through the muscle pain. The butt, leg and foot pain are the worst of it for me. Very deep pain that I can only tell you feels like a horrible muscle bruise. Finally, with exercise and antivirals, today, I feel pretty good.
The individual that gave me this disease confessed that they had stopped taking antivirals because they were concerned about taking them too often. I was shocked. I would do anything to prevent someone from going through the pain I went through. The actual genital pain was not too bad. The back, butt, leg and feet pain was horrible. I'd not wish that on anyone.
My personal opinion is that my body needed a long time to figure out how to control the virus, since it had never seen it before. That's the bad part. You NEVER know how YOUR body will react. Some don't know they even have Herpes, while others suffer horribly. You do not want to gamble with your health that way. My body seemed to react to the Herpes II virus the way most would diagnose a Herpes Zoster attack (Shingles). But that's MY body. I may suffer the rest of my life. I may not. It's going to be up to me to try and build my immune system to fight this incessant painful invader off.
I'll keep the exercise and diet going for life, but the antivirals are ending soon. I will only use them for outbreaks.
It's been a very hard year, one of torturous pain and emotional stress.
But I'm alive, and feel pretty good considering how much pain I was in six months ago.
Keep the faith. I'm trying to!