Since December of 2007 I have had monthly/bi-monthly outbreaks (it is now February 2009). I have tried episodic and suppresive therapy with both valtrex and acyclovir. I also take oral contraception. I have also tried natural remedies (lysine, olive leaf extract, echinacea, zinc, vitamin C)...all to no avail. I may go one month without an ob, but since Dec 2007 I've had two months outbreak-free.
I've talked to doctors, ob-gyn, and an infectious disease specialist. No real luck. Please help! The emotional toll of this is too much. I've become depressed, drink alcohol to numb the emotional pain and smoke - while this may not be healthy, it helps me cope.
Could it be that I have a resistant strain?