I understand what you’re going through if you have just had herpes and are experiencing extreme pain emotionally and physically.
Sometimes, I find that it is the physical pain that I feel the most. Sometimes I think it’s the physical pain. Other times, I think it’s the emotion. They are both there, and you may be feeling something you’ve never felt before.
First, take a deep breath. Then you can know that everything will be fine. It may not feel like it, but you’ll get through it. Every storm ends with rain.
Let’s talk about how to treat your first herpes outbreak. You have probably been diagnosed. If not, you can try HerpAlert. You have likely been prescribed an antiviral if you have been diagnosed. The good news is that the antiviral will begin suppressing the virus, and you will feel better. Although I am not a doctor, I cannot tell you whether to take the antiviral. Typically the antiviral is prescribed to be taken in two doses: 500 mg in the morning and 500 mg at night. This will ensure that the medication is not circulating to the brain and fights acute illness.
You are feeling better now, let’s discuss the emotional pain and trauma you are currently experiencing.
There are many emotions that can come up. Fear, anger, fear, betrayal, and hurt are just a few of the emotions that can arise. We start to wonder what happened, why, how, when, and from whom. All of these feelings are normal. It’s okay to feel that way. Emotional rollercoasters are part of the healing process as well as part of the diagnosis.
We can go through flight, fight, or freeze. People who ignore the diagnosis and go into fight mode are the ones that don’t. They use it to cope with the situation. It can be as simple as numbing the pain with substances or simply not dealing with it. I encourage you to take control of your emotions. Your herpes diagnosis will eventually be dealt with. It’s much easier to deal with it now than it was years later.
It was a strange thing that happened to me. This is possible. I believed I was doing everything right, so I wouldn’t get an STI or herpes.
This is how I dealt with my emotions. I discovered how common herpes was. 33% have HSV1 while 1 in 6 have HSV2. It was surprising that herpes is so common that people don’t talk about it as much. It was then that I realized that herpes was stigmatized and that there was only one way to get rid of it.
It took me two years to get over it. However, getting herpes was the only way to discover who I was and gain the confidence to become the person I was meant to be.
While I have other blogs that discuss what products you should use when you first get diagnosed, I wanted to focus today on emotional healing. It’s crucial to heal your emotions. It took me two years to heal and that is something I don’t want for anyone. This is why I founded the Secret Society. It is our online community for people living with herpes. It’s a secret chat group that has 2 live calls per week.