I can't take it anymore

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  1. stradbac

    stradbac New Friend

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    I'm a return player of about 1 1/2 years now. I stopped playing over twenty years ago for a number of reasons, not the least of which was my being plagued by cold sores. I rarely got them while not playing. I've tried everything but they return. I took Lysine, goldplated my mouthpiece and I have a suppy pf famvir on hand for the periodic outbreaks. This is extremely frustrating because I want to play. I'll do 2, two hours sessions a day, (time permitting), I make consistent progress and then, Bam!! Another one. It takes days for the thing to clear up enough before I can play again and then it take a few days of cautious playing to recover. Two steps forward, one step back.
    So, my question is, does anyone have a miracle cure? Is there something out there that I'm not aware of? Can I do or take anything to prevent these things from tormenting me? I'm 48 and not getting any younger. This is my last trip around and I'd like to see how far I can take it. Any info or suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. TrentAustin

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    I am allergic to silver and gold. When I switched to stainless steel mouthpieces most of my issues (swelling, burning, and fatigue) greatly diminished.
     
  3. Dave Mickley

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    talk to your Dr. about Valtrex [pills] works wonders for me.
     
  4. veery715

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    My outbreaks of cold sores are directly related to my level of stress. If you have a stressful life, finding a way to reduce the stress may help. I would also consider consulting someone about: Chinese medicine, ayurvedic medicine, and a change of diet toward the vegan concept.
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  5. godchaser

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    "..does anyone have a miracle cure?" -stradbac


    That's a shame, Strad. Nothing worse than the inability to pursue what we enjoy. I've been meaning to read some of Bruce Fife's books: 'The Detox Book' and 'Oil Pulling Therapy', specifically. 'The Cocunut Oil Miracle' looks like a good read as well.

    Bookstore Detail


    Your post also reminded me of:

    www.fantastic-voyage.net


    -Some incredible, preventative health strategy there.


    Cheers



    Chris




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  7. gglassmeyer

    gglassmeyer Piano User

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    there are also some cheap plastic or acrylic mouthpeices that folks use in marching bands in cold climates. That's a cheap way to go and if you don't like those mouthpieces find a stainless steel one (assuming you don't have issues with stainless).
     
  8. Al Innella

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    Talk to your doctor, cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex 2virus, I get them maybe once every year or two usually when i`m run down or sick with a fever.
     
  9. ExtraTeeth

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    I've had a lifelong problem with mouth ulcers and have to avoid eating abrasive type things like toast. I also have to be careful to avoid certain brands of toothpaste.
    If one does start to appear, Kenalog paste will usually stop it developing as long as I catch it early.
     
  10. Dave Mickley

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    As Al said - cold sores are caused by the herpes virus and when I was playing a lot more I got them quite often [about every month]. Since I was prescribed the Valtrex I get them about every other year. When I feel the tingle start in my lip I take one pill and the cold sore never appears. My last bottle lasted about 9 years, they got so old I threw them away.
     

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