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Significant cramping because of herpes?

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Everyone is so knowledgable on here, I love it! thanks in advance for the help!!


My question is that I have been having consistent cramping in my lower abdomen and it sometimes spreads down into my groin. It can be mild continuously but also quite intense at times where I feel like I cant move. I have been taking Valtrex for the fourth day down there and my mild breakout down there, that I could see visually, has seemed to dissipated, however, the cramping hasn't gone away.


Just wondering if any one else experiences significant cramping? I'm still learning what is typical for my breakouts and am wondering if this is normal or if it could be something else and I need to take action. In hindsight I think back and have had bad cramps in the abs and groin in the past with no visual breakouts. I had an IUD in prior to my first breakout and its still in and my periods are very very mild if I even have one. So this cramping is relatively new and seems to be linked to the HSV from what I can tell.


fyi- I have genital hsv1

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Did you get tested for other possible STDs? It sounds like the cramping your are experiencing could be gonorrhea or chlamydia. ( I didn't spell the former correct, forgive me) although it could be something else entirely. Are you having other symptoms such as yellow or green discharge? Don't be ashamed or think I'm trying to offend you. I've had gonorrhea myself, and had cramps and discharge. Go get checked out, if it is the culprit your doctor will give you some antibiotics.

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I'm with Violet that your cramps probably aren't herpes-related, they're just happening in sync with herpes. The prodrome symptoms that create pain that people tend to feel related to herpes is in the nerve pathways from the base of the spine to the genitals (since herpes uses your nerves as the highway system to get to the surface of your skin). So for the people who do have pain (many don't), the thighs, buttocks and lower back tend to be the biggest culprits. But internal cramping doesn't sound related to herpes. It also may not be another STD at all like Violet says, but best to get that checked out by your doc just to be sure.

This content is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis. I'm not a medical professional, so please take this as friendly peer support. 

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