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  1. I had what I think is prodrome 15 days ago then all of a sudden a sore appeared.. This is so against what Ive read its crazy. It was so mild that I wasnt sure.. Now Im praying I didnt pass it to my girlfriend. This is my first recurrence in 9 years.. Man I hate this virus with everything in me.. incredibly unfair
  2. I was diagnosed with HSV1 four months ago. No outbreaks since the initial one. I’ve been on valcyclovir since the initial. Since the first outbreak, I’ve had two occasions where I felt tingling near my vagina for a few days, which I assumed was prodrome.... but no outbreak came. No big deal though, it came and went. I started feeling tingling fourteen days ago and it won’t go away. No other symptoms. No lesions. How do I know if this is even prodrome? Can prodrome last for two weeks? Does this mean I’m contagious? Should I be investigating if it’s actually something else? I can’t find any answers that are based in science and fact.
  3. Here's a list of the "Prodrome" symptoms that I have had... People always talk about the actual genital herpes outbreak but it goes far beyond that... here are some of the sensations a person can get before the actual outbreak , if you know more, reply to this and add to it... - anxiety -depression - Insomnia - loss of appetite - dry mouth - blister on tongue - tingling on back of legs/feet - excessive thinking / over worrying - increase in pulse/heartrate - weak, fatigue, tired, rundown - sadness, feeling like wanting to cry for no reason
  4. Hi everyone I had a question for the H experts. I was diagnosed with Genital HSV1 in October and was getting monthly outbreaks usually on my period. Lately they seem to be spread to every 2 months and have been getting less (go away in one day). I take 1000mg Valtrex daily for suppression (1 tab in morning 1 tab in evening) as well as supplementing with 500mg lysine. however, Ive been get really bad sickly flu symptoms (sore muscles, loss of appetite, sore joints and back) at least once a month for like 3-4 days but Without an outbreak. Before I was diagnosed that happened as well-I thought I had the flu for 3 days before I had the worst outbreak (my first) of my life. this flu keeps returning and is present for 3-4 days with no outbreak. Could this be pondrome symptoms? If so, does anyone have advice on managing this/preventing it/tips for suppression?? I thought pondrome symptoms is mostly like pain/tingling sensation in the area (which I don’t get-my outbreaks happen without warning I usually wake up with one on my period. Double fun lol) if not maybe I have mono or something else I really don’t know. I was just told by a doctor that flu symptoms can happen with herpes.
  5. new to this site but not new to HSV-2... I've had it for over 20 yrs now... I can tell exactly when it's coming on too because I'll get low, depressed, get insomnia in the days leading up to an outbreak. I'll also get anxiety and loss of appetite... my pulse will even go up... then when I get the outbreak... it's like a release and I can calm my nerves because that usually means the end to the drama... Can anyone else here relate to this one? But just like clockwork... I get it... nice to meet all of you... all very brave and congratulate you on finding this cool site
  6. I was diagnosed with HSV-1 10 years ago. I had my first outbreak, took valtrex, and got over yet. I just had my second outbreak 2 months ago. I am married, my husband as far as we know is negative. My question is my major prodromal symptom on my most recent outbreak was itching and tingling to my left labia. This seems to have not gone away since healing two months ago. Is this something normal? Is this a sign of viral shedding still? Should I continue to abstain from sexual activity with my husband? I don't know what to do!
  7. I tested positive for HSV2 on Feb. 6th. My initial outbreak was awful and lasted about 4-5 weeks. I have been pretty good until this afternoon. I think I am getting what I think is prodrome symptoms - Itchy/tingling in the spinal area right by the butt crack, and tingling on the butt cheeks. I am also really tired (although I did not get a ton of sleep last night so not sure if it is related to that). I have no sores that I can see. Do these sound like prodrome symptons? Should I double up on the Valtrex for a few days to be safe? I currently take 500mg once a day. I have been under quite a bit of stress the last few days. I am so hoping this isn't indicative of an outbreak coming. I don't know if I can handle another one this soon. Thoughts? Suggestions? TIA!
  8. I'm just healing from a breakout and I still dont fully understand my triggers or signs of prodrome yet. I can say the sores have fully healed but I'm starting to get little odd feelings in that area accompanied by mild itching. It's been almost two days I feel like this is prodrome and I'm wondering how long it lasts and does it always mean another outbreak is oncoming? I hate to think I'll have one back to back.
  9. 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... wondering if you all think that might be further aggravating things or keeping it going. Anyways - open to all input! Thanks
  10. 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 on me, but after educating myself, I realized I could have had it a long time ago and now just experiencing my first outbreak. I told my partner, and he said it could be from him, but he's never been tested positive. Anyways, I decided to stay educated and figure out how to fight this in the long run since it's with me for the rest of my life. After my 7 days of meds, I decided to go off of it - until another outbreak started to happen. All the lesions from my first outbreak has now healed over. Right now, I'm off of my meds but I am feeling this constant tingly sensation on my upper buttocks. It's sensitive to touch, but bearable. My genitals have this constant itching feeling. I've been off of Valtrex for 3 days now, does this mean I'm having another outbreak? I'm having all these prodrome symptoms, but I don't see an outbreak. Should I go back on Valtrex? Did anyone experience this? I heard that my body is just trying to build up antibodies at the moment to fight the virus. I would much rather stay off the meds if I can. I've been taking supplements such as vitamins and lysine. I also have an appointment with a naturopath to figure out a natural way of coping with this. But what I'm really hoping for is to never have another outbreak - which I know is unlikely. Any type of support or suggestions on this matter would be greatly appreciated!
  11. 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 sex? I only ask because this prodrome phase is coming and going for ab a month now. Also, I have been very stressed, and I notice when I am calm, relaxed, and not feeling anxious about being intimate with him, I have no symptoms, if not very small symptoms. Also, what can I do naturally to keep the prodrome phase at bay, as I very rarely actually ever have an outbreak, it’s just the prodrome symptoms.
  12. 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. It's all completely gone so I don't know if it was the way it's metabolized in my body or what. Just wanted to share.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!!
  15. 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, but these constant feelings serve as a constant reminder and are painful and discouraging. Has anyone had a similar experience or any suggestions? Thanks in advance : )
  16. 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? Tingling mainly happens while sitting and/or legs crossed. Healthy BMI. My doctor thinks that psychologically, I’m overacting on what I think are prodromes and in turn causing sensations to occur. (Like thinking about being itchy somewhere on your body, and then causing an itch). He has prescribed me a med that in low doses, turns that off in my brain so I don’t cause this to happen. Would this play a part? Anything here would be great and appreciated! -Thanks!
  17. 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 advise! I think exercising again would cheer me up. As I have said, the docs here are frigging nonchalant. So, their response is always - it's a skin condition, do whatevs! Thanks! X ~ me
  18. 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? Anyone else have experience with this?
  19. 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 have not had a flare-up in my vagina or vaginal area, only my butt cheeks. The symptoms are tingling, burning, feelings of needle pricks and bubble pops on my skin. The symptoms radiate from my lower back to my butt cheeks, crack and even my thighs. The symptoms range from mild to extremely aggravating to the point it interrupts my day. Symptoms see to get worse around my period as my hormones change. I've gone to Dr. and she was totally clueless as to what was going on, why it was happening. She said it may be nerve damage and prescribed me nerve medication. I opted not to take it because the side effects out weighed the benefits of the medication. Also, I am looking into more homeopathic/natural remedies. Besides the Acyclovir, I am only taking vitamins (Vitamin C, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Lysine & B12). I thought it might be the medication (Acyclovir) so I stopped taking it for a couple months to see if the symptoms might stop but they didn't, actually I had a really bad flare-up. So I've been on the medication since. I have recently started taking Lysine and B12, but I've read it can take about a month to get into your system. I am beyond frustrated and very afraid these symptoms may never stop. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, what happened what did you do to get rid of symptoms? I am open to any advice. Thank you!
  20. 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. Occassionally I'll get a tingling on the tip of my penis before or after urination. The pain is never constant and there is no pattern to the pain. Eventually the pain spread to my testes, pelvic region, lower back, and middle back. About 3 weeks ago I began having aching pains in my hips, thighs, and knees. I haven't had any sores of any kind. I've been blood tested and low and behold, positive type 1, negative type 2. Saw a urologist who tested me for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and UTI. All negative. Started me on antibiotics, azithromycin and doxycycline. Symptoms subsided significantly then rebounded once the azithromycin wore off. My symptoms are going away but I'm very paranoid. Those of you that had the pain in your hips, thighs, etc. How did it feel? I appreciate any advice.
  21. 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 just dissapeared after some time. I had blood test in that time and result was "you are positive, but virus is not active now". Fortunatelly its not recuring now (but anybody experienced someting like that?) The prodrome feelings are worsening right after the urination or several hours after sex. I was checked by urologist, venerologist (full panel, including HIV), neurologist, MRI but nobody knows what is the problem. I tried antivirotics for like one month with no effect, now Im on Lyrica with no effect. Im very uncomfortable that I dont know what is my problem. Its really eating me alive. Anybody suffers from the same? Like long long prodrome feeling without real outbreaks (or very few)? Can I have the prodrome when the blood test shows "virus not active now"? Thank you very much for answer, Im really down.
  22. 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 through a tissue or two. SO, that brings me to now. I have been experiencing tingling/tightness on the pads of my thumbs, left pointer finger, right ring finger, which comes and goes for the past 4 weeks. It went away for a few days then came back with a vengeance on my right thumb and right ring finger more recently, so I have band aids on those fingertips. There are no visible sores, not even under the skin, but now that I'm approaching the close of this 4th week there is burning pain on my right thumb and I'm no longer experiencing the tingling. Everywhere I've looked online, the prodrome lasts anywhere from 2hrs-2days. So I'm curious as to what is going on with my digits? Has anyone experienced extremely long prodrome like this? I'm also really concerned about spreading the virus even more since viral shedding can occur during prodrome. I go back and forth on whether this is hsv or just my mind playing tricks, but the fact that I've never had anything like this happen with my digits and it just so happened to occur after the outbreak in my nose is too coincidental. A few things that I'm currently doing/or had done: - I was on Acylovir for 3/five day treatments - I'm curretnly taking Lysine supplements (anywhere from 2000-4000mg a day depending on my symptoms) - I am putting super lysine ointment on my finger tips and then putting a bandaid over them since that helped with the tingling and is currently aiding the burning. - I have a DR appointment with a new doctor the day after tomorrow since my previous doctor was not helpful. Hoping to get answers or testing done, but know that that's a slim shot with no blisters present at this point.
  23. 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, positive female partner on daily suppression. Couple of days after sex, burning sensation still there, but not worse ( same feeling does also seem to be on the back of the leg near the buttocks), add a slight burning in the anus/butt crack area. One instance of a major tingling in mons pubis area that lasted five seconds or less. Bare shaved again night previous to this. Absolutely no visible signs of an outbreak. Am I overthinking it that the chances of transmission were really high at this time? I was well lubricated, and there was no grinding, as I’ve read doesn’t help the situation because of the friction. Partners penis was visibly clear of any cuts or breaks in the skin. Sex only occurred when the feeling at the top of the thighs has been happening, not when additional sensations occurred. And even the feeling in the thighs was not happening immediately before sex, during sex, or immediately after. Seemed to come back several hours later…
  24. 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 partner cold sores.). Here's my question: he told me this morning in a text that his coffee and everything he drinks/eats feels carbonated on his tongue, like he burned it. Could this be a prodrome symptom? Could he be developing an initial outbreak? I've been panicking all day! Please help!!!
  25. 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 my body up to someone again. Any help/tips are appreaciated! Thanks!
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