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  1. Hi Folks, I just wanted to ask if there are others like me out there (male or female) experiencing prodrome symptoms without an OB. I've been diagnosed and swabbed with HSV1 genitally. The first time I noticed it was a week after sex with a woman 8 years ago when I was in uni. For the last 2 months I've been experiencing itching and nerve tingling in my groin and thigh area. My partner knows everything but her and I haven't been intimate since and I'm starting to worry it will affect our relationship. I've been occasionally doing things solo for the last few months... wonderin
  2. Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and new to HSV-2. This forum has really helped me understand the virus and how to cope with it. Everyone here is so supportive and great. Two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with HSV-2, first visually, and then a culture test to confirm. When I was diagnosed visually, the doctor put me on Valtrex for 7 days. My first outbreak was uncomfortable, but still manageable. I was mostly upset when I found out. I started the meds after 3 days of noticing sores. I've been in a monogamous relationship for a year, so my natural reaction was that my partner cheated
  3. I have been having recent prodrome symptoms upon dating someone new. It’s like I was completely fine before we started dating, then as soon as it’s time to get intimate, I start to feel the prodrome symptoms. Tingling in legs, butt, genitals. I think I’m nervous about giving it to him, as I am with all of my new partners, but the symptoms are a continual reminder that I have it, and he’s fine with it, I’ve told him all about it, but I’m still anxious about it. My question is, if I’m having prodrome symptoms, but taking my meds, and we use a condom, and I have NO outbreak, is it okay to have se
  4. I started Valtex in March after having had H for over 30 yrs. I had approx 6 ob's per yr and wanted to take it to zero. At any rate I started having constant prodrome symptoms such as tingling all over glute, thigh and vaginal area and never had prodrome prior to Valtrex. I transitioned straight to acyclovir from Valtrex and all that is completely gone in two weeks time. I know that it's not a side effect at all ( tingling) for Valtrex. I even called the FDA and put it in the list of side effects after reading about similar symptoms from others on Valtrex. I was also having vulva pain.
  5. Hi all I keep getting an ache in my left butt cheek every few weeks. I never noticed this prior to my diagnosis. However, I get the sharp ache but no outbreak. Is this normal and do prodrome symptoms indicate shedding? Does anyone have any advice with managing the pain? I'm just not sure if I’m being hyper vigilant since diagnosis!! Would be greatful for some advice. Thanks.
  6. Hello, I'm marc, i only got diagnosed 3 weeks ago with hsv-1, and had one outbreak. I'de like to know, what are your herpes prodrome symptoms? I would appreciate if you could be very specific: * Like what is your exact symptoms? what do you feel? * how long does the symptoms last? like are they continuous 24/7? * how many days before the outbreak does this symptoms happen? * do you take your high dose meds as soon as you get the symptoms? Thank you for your advanced replies!!
  7. Hi all, I had a question regarding the “tingle” feeling one with hsv-2 has. I work out 5 times a week, eat healthy, ect. I do sit for 8 hours a day at a desk job. From research I have found that sitting can effect nerves and cause different sensations in your thigh area. (Sciatic nerve for example) I feel tingles in my lower butt, upper thigh, genitals on the outside (I am female), upper upper inner thighs (really whole thighs). When I feel the tingles, I readjust my body and the tingle stops or goes somewhere else. Could this simply be due to sitting all day vs. prodromes? Tinglin
  8. So, My next question. After my OB (which I think is still not over), but the lesions etc have healed, When can I go back to exercising? I have the aching, tingling, numb, burning feeling in my privates. I also have a band of on-fire feeling across my butt - but nothing going on there - just the sensation. Also, my complaint last night of the shooting, horrid pain, burning etc etc up and down my leg. I don't do anything vigorous - about 30 to 45 minutes of moderate exercise on the elliptical. Do you think there could be too much friction if I do that? I don't want another OB. Please advis
  9. I’m new to the Hopp family and am struggling to manage my prodrome symptoms. I contracted HSV (unsure of the type) 4 months ago and haven’t received a positive test, but all signs point to HSV. I have an overall feeling of tingling, burning, itching and discomfort in the genital/anus area constantly. I’ve taken natural supplements, tried creams, and have been taking Valacyclovir for the past 2 months and nothing works. I thought after the initial outbreak (3 small spots on outer labia and a horrendous and angry cluster on my neck) cleared that this was something I could manage and cope with, b
  10. I've had constant lower back, buttock, and leg pain the past 5 weeks. It hurts to sit and the pain gets worse by evening. Occasional my penis will feel sore and irritated. Slight redness. There is no physical outbreak. It seems the pain travels gradually. The pain began two weeks after initial encounter. It started with a pain felt inside penis. Question - Are these possible recurrent symptoms but no outbreak? Or one long prodrome phase? What is the likelihood of onset neuropathy issues with herpes? Is there a concern regarding nerve damage? Should I continue antivirals? Anyo
  11. Hi there, So long story, I have HSV Type 1 oral. I've gotten cold sores on my lips my whole life. Or so I have been told. Now I'm not so sure. I recently dated a woman who was type 1 genital positive. We only had sex a handful of times and the first few times we didn't use protection. She takes Valtrex daily. I'm curious if I could have still gotten HSV 1 genital from her. For the last 2 months I've been getting pain while urinating, and pain in my penis in very specific spots. It started with just the pain in my penis, but there has been a definite progression to it. Occassiona
  12. Hi All, I am new to this forum but I found out I had herpes in 2013. I started taking Acyclovir as suppressive therapy. For two years I had no flare -ups or any complications. Since about 2017 I have had constant Prodrome symptoms but no flare-ups or minor flare-ups. I initially thought the symptoms were because my Dr. changed my medication from Acyclovir to Valtrex. Thought maybe I was having a reaction to the medication, so I had her switch me back to Acyclovir but the symptoms persisted. I should mention that I have Sacral Herpes, meaning I get flare-ups on my butt cheeks. I
  13. HSV2+ Female to HSV2- Male.... Is transmission to the negative partner pretty much guaranteed if the positive partner is shedding or in the prodrome stage? From everything I’ve read across different forums, it seems as though even during these stages, a man is still not highly likely to be infected due to their genitalia… Is this true? Slight burning sensation in the bikini area (thought it was just because I had shaved the night before and am sensitive and hair was trying to regrow) of the upper thigh during a couple of days when vaginal sex occurred twice… No condom use, positiv
  14. Hello, I am a 23 year old female with genital HSV 1. I had my initial outbreak in April, and it was actually pretty mild. I was taking 2 Valtrex every day and cleared up basically after 5 days. I'm just curious about what prodome symptoms are and when you are about to have a second outbreak. I've had tingles and one time had a little nerve pain on the inside of my thigh, but no sores or anything appeared. Is it possible to have prodome symptoms but no outbreak? Just wanting to know so I can protect any future partner(s) when I feel like I am ready to open m
  15. Hi! Kinda new here but 7 years w/ HSV2. I wrote a whole other thread about my situation, but in a nutshell, I got HSV1 from my ex, never had a cold sore, but when I was kissing my new boyfriend last week something popped out on my lip. Didn't worry too much about it, thought I bit it or something, and anyway I was on antivirals for the HSV2. Turns out it probably was a little cold sore blip and he was DEFINITELY exposed. I did mention it to him with a brief interchanged where he indicated he may have had them in the past. See other thread for details (Called: I'm terrified I gave my partn
  16. This is my first post. I found out about last Sept that I had HSV-2 that I had so shamefully & regretably contracted from some 1 night stand asshole drifter who I KNOW did this to me on purpose. I disclosed to my amazing bf & he is totally ok with this. The problems are that IM NOT ok with it. I have to wear very binding & tight outfits for work and have literally been in pain everyday since weeks before I found out. There are NO sores- but it always hurts...Is this normal? We have only been able to have sex like once per month because of this. I have suicidal thoughts CONST
  17. Hi, so this is my first post, and much like everyone here I've been searching the internet for answers and/or other people who can relate. Long story short, I have had oral herpes since I was 12, it recently spread to the inside of my right nostril (when I was blowing my nose and not paying attention to the tissue getting in contact with my sore). I have severe allergies so I'm CONSTANTLY blowing my nose or wiping away mucous so I tried to be as cautious as I could with the outbreak in my nose to not be in contact with my fingers, but I know there were times when the mucous must've seeped thro
  18. Hello, I'm positive for HSV2 15+ years. Last 4 years I'm suffering from "prodrome feeling" almost constantly, but with just 1-2 outbreaks per year. I feel tingling, itching in my penis, at my perineum and anus (how embarassing to describe that), sometimes its progressing to right groin. Sometimes even to right shoulder blade (totaly weird). Sometimes my penis is less sensitive (and Im totally panicking then). Until the end of the last year, I used to have time from time blisters on my penis, but not typical outbreak, it was like one or two very deep blisters which never bursted, but
  19. I have no outbreak that I can see, but I have constant creepy crawly feelings and tingly randomness as well as dull aches. This happens even when I’m valtrex at the gram per day for ten days dose. My doctor is an idiot and hasn’t even told me about daily suppressive dosing. What do I do? I’ve lost 20 lbs. and I was already skinny . My immune system is hampered from Lyme disease already. Help.
  20. So... I started seeing a new guy recently. A few days after having sex with him for the second or third time, I started noticing symptoms that I initially mistook for a yeast infection. Itching, discomfort, unusual/odorous discharge. I am prone to yeast infections so this wasn’t a huge surprise to me, and I was able to get diflucan prescribed from my Doc over the phone, which I started taking immediately. Well, a day or two later I decided to make sure what I was experiencing really was a yeast infection, so I went to an urgent care hoping to get help fast. At this point I was having pelvic di
  21. I️ outbreak over a week ago, forgot a couple days of my suppressive therapy and now the lesions is gone but I’m still experiencing some sensitivity in the area. Even a week after it’s better. Is this usuall? I’m still taking suppressive valtrex daily. I️ diagnosed in April of this year. Not sure if it would be advisable to have sex or not. Any thoughts?
  22. It's been a bit over a month since I contracted GH (HSV-1) and had my first OB. It is still a shock and I'm having a hard time NOT focusing on how different my life will be from now on. What's making it worse is that I still have that tingling/itchy, almost air bubble/crawling feeling in the area where the sores were every day even after I completely healed from the initial OB. I know that these feelings would most likely signal an OB in the future but I'm on daily valtrex and am wondering has anyone else experienced this even weeks after the initial OB? If so did it stop after a while? Is it
  23. Hi everyone, I have somewhat of a long story to tell, so please bear with me! June 4th I had just started my period and felt an itch towards my rectum, gave it a scratch and thought nothing of it. The next day I was sore but thought "I probably just cut myself, no big deal". That was until I took a look at what was going on and saw a small open area clustered next to three blisters on the left side of my perirectal area. I tried to convince myself that it was from scratching as I had long nails at the time. I also noticed a swollen lymph node in my left groin. The first thing tha
  24. Hi. I've read lots about prodrome stage of having painful/tender skin around the site of the herpes infection or down the left leg or tailbone area... since the virus ultimately hides out in the spine. But I seem to always get the skin pain distinctly high up on my left hipbone/waist, a swath of rather painful and tender skin about the span of my hand around there like exactly where your hand would sit on your hip. Long ago I got a few blisters on my labia and perineum a few times (I've only got HSV1 according to antibody bloodwork) but for the past couple years they have migrated to my
  25. Hi everyone- I love that this site exists, and I'm very grateful for your advice. My situation: about 3 weeks ago I had an unprotected sexual encounter with a woman (who was not my partner). A week after that I went to a clinic and got tested and preventatively treated for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. The panel and Herpes IgG test came back negative, which makes sense given that it was taken such a short time after exposure. Since that time, I have had many of the prodrome symptoms (lasting several days)-- including tingling, shooting and burning sensations throughout my groin and b
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