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Herpes Symptoms or Not?


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Hey,

I was diagnosed with Herpes 1 (on my mouth and genitals) about a year ago, and I haven’t been back to the doctor since because I can’t really afford to. I’ve been having some pain that is not entirely new to me, I just wrote it off as other things prior to being diagnosed. It’s been very hard for me to tell over the past year when or if I’m having an outbreak, but I’m very sure I am right now and I wanted to know if this pain was normal. 

I’m experiencing bad lower back pain, pain up the sides of my neck, headaches, and tenderness of my right testicle. I also have two cold sores around my mouth, but that’s pretty obviously herpes. I’m most worried about the tenderness in my testicle, and it starts to feel sore at the same time that my lower back does. 


Thank you for reading and any advice is welcome.

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Nerve pain is pretty common around the areas where the virus would be travelling through the nerve pathways from the spine to the surface of the skin (top of the spine for oral herpes, base of the spine for genital herpes). So nerve pain in the thighs and butt tend to be common in the first year or so for a lot of folks with genital herpes (until the body gets more control of the virus). Your tender testicle doesn't sound related to me, though. 

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