I was told that I have herpes yesterday, but I feel like I waited too long to go to the dr, this is my 1st outbreak & it's absolutely the worst pain in my life . The dr gave me this med 400mg 3x a day . When will I find some relief ? So far I've taken 4 pills since yesterday & also including today .
The first outbreak is usually the worst. It will take a few days before it starts easing up. You can sit in a cool tub of water to soothe it in the meanwhile. Did the dr give you something for pain? That is certainly needed. And some gabapentin. If you would get to the point where you can't pee at all, go to the er.
The first outbreak is the worst by far. It does take at least 3 full days for it to start to work but the sooner you catch your next one the better.The first one will last a couple of weeks, hopefully less if you started the med soon enough. Are you going to be on something daily or just when you have an outbreak. Really there are 2 different dosages, one for when you have an outbreak & one for daily maintenance. Personally I would suggest taking something daily, at least for a little while & the amount of outbreaks you have should lessen with time. Tylenol or aspirin should help some with the pain, but some of it is probably nerve pain & there is not a lot that helps with that. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask me & I will help in any way I can. I know it is nice to have someone who can relate.
I think you can also send me a private message, if you would prefer. Also do some research & get some knowledge of what can cause the future outbreaks & how you can tell they are coming on. I know that it really really sucks, to put it nicely. I'm sorry you are going through this!
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