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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:55 am 

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I am age 60 and was dx with herpes II a year and a half ago. Valtrex 500 mg suppression and 1,000 mg when "tingling" sensation occurs prevents outbreak of lesions. But I have symptoms that are usually described as "prodromal" such as flu-like symptoms at least a week out of the month. Lately it has lasted for weeks, e.g. fatigue, body aches, sensitive skin, headaches. I require lots of rest. I have increased dosage over time to 1,000 mg daily suppression and 2,000 at signs of impending outbreak but the fatigue, etc. isn't diminished. Increasing the Valtrex causes some nausea/dizziness at such high doses and has not improved my health. Other than my GYN what type of physician could address these issues? I am hindered from returning to work for fear I won't have the energy to do that and stay well. It is summer and there are so many things I want to do. Any hope of getting my life back?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:35 pm 

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whatever is causing these, it's not your hsv2. It just doesn't cause these sorts of symptoms like this. I'd start with your regular doctor to try to figure out what is going on and go from there.

if valtrex isn't agreeing with you, especially at the ob doses, discuss with your provider changing to acyclovir instead for suppressive therapy. You have to take it 2x/day but sometimes folks who have issues with valtrex, won't with acyclovir. worth a try right?

betsy

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