Thursday, August 16, 2012


This is my first posting and it was difficult to choose a condition/ailment and remedy to start with. But I decided this particular find could benefit many, many people. Anyone who has had chicken pox, gotten Herpes Simplex type 1 (HSV-1), or shingles, will know how painful the blisters can be from this nasty virus. Though I haven't personally experienced Herpes Simplex type 2 (HST-2), the genital blisters are also extremely painful. There are actually seven types of herpes viruses. To make it worse, the virus remains in your body forever, just waiting to erupt. The HSV-1 virus lays dormant in the nerve cells near the ear.  Throw into this mix the fact that there is a condition in which a person can have shingles without the rash. It is called, zoster sin herpete and not many doctors know about or believe it to exist. That is what happened to me and why I have to share my "find" in the hope of helping others who experience shingles, with or without the rash.
About 15 years ago, I was periodically experiencing a pain and sensitivity on one side of my head. It would usually start on my ear lobe and then either go across part of my face or head. The area would have a throbbing like pain and be very sensitive to the touch. At that time, I was still a user of Tylenol or Ibuprofen. But neither of those pain relievers offered much relief. I started looking through some medical books and decided it was a neuritis or neuralgia and there was not much to be done about it. Usually after 2 weeks or more, the symptoms would subside; that is, until the next episode. After about 5 years of this, I had such a severe attack that it sent me to the doctor. The strong, throbbing pain was at the back of my head and bringing me to tears. My GP gave me an extra strength pain killer along with a referral to a neurologist. I had a brain MRI done which showed some stenosis of the spinal cord in the cervical area, was given a prescription for neurontin and a script for physical therapy. Opting not to take the neurontin, I started trying to find out what this really was. By then, 3 or 4 weeks had gone by so the symptoms were gone. Bear in mind that with all these "outbreaks" I never experienced cold sores or blisters. At least I thought I didn't. Nothing was appearing externally, but I would usually get a "canker" sore in my mouth towards the back of my gums. Sometimes it actually felt like I had a sore throat and later realized a sore would be down the back of my throat. Along with this came the feeling of being exhausted and sometimes, muscle and joint pain.
Then, I stumbled across information on herpes virus infections in a book I purchased, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James F. Balch, MD. This book has since become my medical bible. It mentioned some natural remedies for coping with an outbreak and lysine was among them. It was the one I tried first and never needed anything else! When the sensitivity and dull pain would start, immediately I took 500mg 3 times a day. It usually halted the outbreak in its tracks or reduced the duration to about 3 or 4 days instead of 2 to 3 weeks. This was a miracle to me. Now, many years later, I take lysine as a preventative 1 or 2 times a day. If I have been under stress, am overly fatigued, or have been exposed to someone sick, I take it 3 times a day. Also, nuts and chocolate (along with some other foods) have an amino acid called arginine which contributes to herpes outbreaks. Those are 2 of my favorite things to eat, but I try to watch the amounts I consume. Lastly, it was just recently that I discovered you can indeed have a shingles outbreak without the rash! How nice to confirm my hunch that it was/is shingles I experience/d during the painful episodes, without a rash. Many people are misdiagnosed, as I was by the neurologist. In fact over the last couple of years, the pain has shifted to across my face and eyes. The pain in my eyes can be sharp, stabbing and scarey. It is more important than ever for me to prevent the outbreaks, or quickly halt them. So to all of you out there searching for relief of shingles pain, with or without a rash, I hope this has been helpful. Feel free to contact me with questions or your experiences.

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I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one. These are just my experiences and conclusions.
© 2012

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have experienced what you described, the herpes pain without a rash and am going to buy lysine today. Thank you so much.