At the end of last month I noticed what looked like a pimple on the shaft of my penis by the scrotum. At first I ignored it as being just a weird pimple and tried not to overthink it as I am one to do. Then at the start of this month I noticed my urine began to burn and I was feeling pain in my waist area, my butt, my testicles, and my penis itself. Scared I went to a walk in clinic. The doctor told me she thought the bump was qenital warts but that she believed that the pain was either in my head or caused by a coincidental UTI. They ran tests for std but apparently did not include herpes in the test. Which I didn’t know at the time. Wanting a second opinion I went to a urologist who took one look at the bump and declared that it was nothing. He ran his own urine analysis for the pain and buring urine though.
A few days later I got a cut on ny lip that in full disclosure I sort of made myself while trying to pop what I thought might be a cold sore. I went to a demertologist the next day and she from sight confirmed that I had a cold sore for which she perscribed me valtrex. I feel I should point out that the cold sore never hurt or itched as people said it should. She also biopsied the bump on the shaft of my penis to test it directly but did no other std tests since she knew the walk in clinic was still running their tests. Which she assumed, as I did at the time, that herpes would be included in that test. She was the first to give me results. She let me know that the bump from my penis was certainly just acne.
My tests all came back clean for everything. The urologist explained that the urine of mine that he tested had no white or red blood cells and so there was no sign of an infection. The pain subsided greatly over the week as I was on valtrex although from what I understand a uti could easily have subsided in that time. (Although even as I write this the pain is not completely gone but the burning urination is almost entirely gone and I’ve noticed that drinking more water than usual does seem to make the burning less likely.)
The day I finished the valtrex (last tuesday) I noticed swelling on my anus. At first I myself believed that was simply a hemorrhoid but later that day I noticed what appeared to be a white head on the swelling. I went immediately to the walk in clinic again and a different dr looked at it and said it was a hemorrhoid and looked infected so he gave me an antibiotic and told me to take sitz baths to eas the discomfort the hemorrhoid was causing. I started using the sitz bath thursday morning and noticed it did help a lot with the disconfort and the swelling had already gone down by then. Finally I got an appointment with a GP this Friday (day before yesterday ). He looked at my anus but said he didnt really see anything at all except what was maybe a very minor hemorrhoid. He did send me to get a blood test (finally!!) but I wont have the results for almost a week. Then today (because I cant stop checking) I noticed what appears to be two or three little bumps right on the inside of my anus. I can’t be sure though as I can’t get a great look myself obviously.
My question is this. Does this sound like anyone’s experience with herpes? I’m not a believer in coincidence and especially the presence of what was most likely a cold sore during all of this is hard for me to believe is just happenstance.