....since herpes resides in the nervous system, can it degrade the nerves to the extent that it leads to not only an outbreak but a breakdown? I'm not trying to find an excuse or explain away my actions, but I have been much edgier since this last outbreak.
I'm wondering if any of you have used stress relieving remedies or drugs with any success. ..
I don't think and have not experienced any nerve degradation or damage due to Herpes, but I do get prodrome pain and/or tingling before and sometimes during an outbreak. Sounds like you are very stressed out by your Herpes which is understandable, but you have to learn to control your stress. Sometimes this is also difficult for me, I am kinda hot tempered, but haven't hit anybody due to this even though I felt like it.
I haven't tried any stress relieving drugs other than alcohol and that sometimes seems to be a possible trigger for recurrences.