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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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 bi
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!!
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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?
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