Herpes Treatment takes the pain away

Details of my condition:
I have hsv 2 . I was diagnosed a little over 6 months ago after dating a guy. I was tested negative the first time and then when I had another outbreak which was way worse than the initial one I went to get tested again and this time it came back positive. At first I was using otc creams because I assumed it was a bug bite or irritation from soap or something of that sort. My outbreak was not located on my vaginal area but instead right in the crease of my leg where my bikini line and underwear meet. Most people think you have to have outbreaks exactly on your private which is a common misconception.
Drugs I take & Dosages:
I was prescribed Valacyclovir 1 Gram. I take those every so often. My doctor recommended getting me on antisuppressants because I also suffer from depression so my outbreaks were pretty frequent maybe a 1-2 times a month. Initially the first nurse I saw kind of threw it off and was like I'll prescribe you some when needed.
Efficacy:
The drug is very efficient my doctor said to take 2 at the onset of a outbreak and when I feel tingling or itching (which normally means ob for me) I go ahead and take 2 a day for about 3 days or so. Even though she prescribed them for everyday use I only take them as needed because of the side effects.
Side effects:
Very strong urine with a smell of the medicine, chest fullness, loss of breath easily, headaches, and back pain.
Other types of treatments:
I have tried taking l lysine but it does not work for me. I also have tried balancing a arginine to lysine ratio diet which you can research online which worked for a small deal of time but not always.
Advice to other members:
Always try different things, what works for others may not work for you. If you do not feel comfortable discussing treatment with your doctor change doctors ! It's that simple. A doctor's job is to make you aware of your treatment not make you feel ashamed because of it. Good luck :)
By Anonymous, Durham, North Carolina, United States |Herpes|