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I posted a few weeks ago about my beautiful granddaughter having herpes. I was having a hard time accepting this and I was worrying myself sick. So worried sick giving myself anxiety. I still have days that I cry and feel sadness for her. I've been doing a lot of research on this dreadful curse I will call it. I'm afraid the Valtrex will damage her kidneys with long term use. When she went to the Planned parenthood where she got diagnosed all they did was give her a script. Should she go back?
Are you supposed to take Valtrex everyday for the rest of your life or only when you feel an outbreak coming? The doctor at Planned parenthood didn’t explain anything, just gave the diagnosis and wrote a script. Should I make an appointment for her to further discuss the Herpes. I don’t know what to expect or how often she takes Valtrex. So far one month of Valtrex and it gave her diarrhea. Finished first dosage and has 3 refills. Thank you for any feed back. Concerned Grandma
Hi! I’ve responded to your earlier messages, and I hope you’ve read my responses to them.
So the doctor wrote her a script for a medication that helps outbreaks heal, and helps prevent additional outbreaks from happening. That’s not a bad thing! It’s unfortunate that she experienced side effects. If Valtrex doesn’t work for her, there are other antivirals that she can try. Any medication can cause side effects, so if this one doesn’t work for her, she should call the doctor, explain the problem, and ask for a Rx for a different herpes medication.
Valtrex (like other anti-viral herpes medications) can be used either as a daily therapy to prevent outbreaks, or as a treatment for an active outbreak. Some people take it daily for 6 months, or a year, or while they’re dating someone, or because their immune system is compromised. It’s unlikely that she’ll need to take it daily forever, but that’s for her and her doctor to decide. If your granddaughter doesn’t understand what was prescribed to her, or why, she needs to call the doctor and ask. If her needs change, she should talk to her doctor about how they should adjust her Rx. For now, panicking about the state of her kidneys isn’t going to help, because 1) as a newly diagnosed HSV patient, she has a good reason to be on medication for it and 2) you have no way of knowing how long she’ll be on it.
I know you’re concerned for her, and you mean well because you love her, but from what you’ve wrote I see a lot of confusion and fear coming from you, specifically. I’m concerned that your fear will have a negative affect on your granddaughter. You need to be positive and supportive, and telling her that she’s cursed is not going to help. It’s not a curse! It’s a virus! A common and easily treatable one! That’s it! She’ll be ok! Really!
Before you schedule another appointment for your granddaughter, ask her if she wants one. If she has further questions for the doctor, great, help her set it up. But it sounds like you have a lot of questions and concerns yourself, so it may be you who needs to have a chat with a medical professional and put your worries to rest.
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*moans* pay the mortgage
*breathes* go make sure we turned off all the lights, our utility bill was fucking $300 this month
Soooo I had to explain herpes to a student who wasn’t understanding that there are two forms of it. Why? I will never know. She’s a visual learner
According to my online medical terminology class flashcards, “herpes” means “to creep.” Wonder if they mean literally or slang-ly?
Literally! The virus lives in the nerves, where it can hide from the immune system. It hangs out silently near the spine and then “creeps" along the nerves to the surface of the skin to reproduce and make itself available to new bodies.
Who thought herpes could be so cute
I really just wish this didn’t happen. Now every little itch and tingle or bump I think is HSV.
Ha, yep. Definitely got really paranoid about every itch or tingle for a while.
It's so good to have hsv support groups on tumblr, it's really helped me. I had 2 spots come up that looked like what could've been blisters but with holes in the middle. They didn't ever hurt or itch but they aren't getting better or worse. I had itching on others parts and that's it. My gyno did cultures and they were negative but she still thinks I have herpes! I got the results and was happy then she ruined it. I was put on meds. I've been so confused and depressed. I don't know what to do!
UGH, the whole not knowing thing is agonizing! And now it’s extended! Balls! BALLS, I SAY.
Aside from a visual exam, the two most common ways to diagnose herpes are swab tests on present sores, and blood tests to look for antibodies. Both have room for error. (Obviously I can’t e-diagnose you, but what you describe sounds like it could be herpes symptoms.)
If you still have symptoms, and you have the resources to do so, I supposed you could try to get a second opinion with another visual & swab test (perhaps at a Planned Parenthood?). Or you could also hold off for a few months and get a blood test. It can take a while for antibodies to show up in your blood, but you’re pretty likely to get accurate results 8 weeks past your primary symptoms. You can read more about testing and diagnosis methods in The Herpes Handbook, starting on page 6.
At any rate, I think you should retest for your own peace of mind. If you still get negative tests 8 weeks from now, maybe the doctor was wrong! And if she wasn’t, at least you’ll know for sure, and you can start the process of dealing and healing. I really think the living in limbo and not knowing thing is worse.
Hang in there. Whatever happens, you’ll be ok, I promise.
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Responding to your post about getting my thumb checked for possible herpetic witlow: Which doctor do you recommend going to? My GP? Gyno? Dermatologist? I really don't know who to do to for the best knowledge. I do have an appointment at my Gyno in two weeks. I've been wanting to go sooner but I really can't afford to keep paying the copay for an unscheduled appointment and tests. Thanks so much for helping me! I'm driving myself mad so I truly appreciate it.
Call your regular doctor first and see what they recommend. They may be able to help you directly, maybe not, and if not they can give you a referral to a dermatologist. (Check with your insurance, too, and see if you need a referral for a specialist!) You could also ask your gyno if they would be able to test your hand for herpes whitlow, being as they have swab tests and all that, but by the time you get in to see them in 2 weeks your symptoms could be gone, and then a swab test is moot.