I'm waiting for my tests to come back, it's been a week and I have one more week to go. How could knowing you have herpes be worse then waiting to find out if you do, i swear my doctor must really hate me.
My question is, does it have to hurt? I went in for a pap smear because my vulva was itchy, and she recommended i get tested for herpes because she saw what looked like scabbed over blisters. I checked with a mirror and it looked like a rash on the very inside of my thigh (who knows what she saw inside me)
I've never experienced any pain, flu-like symptoms, I don't even know where my lymph nodes ARE down there so they didn't swell up. Beyond this and some itching (which went away a few days later), i'm fine.
Is it always painful? And what does the pain feel like? Is it like a fire, or a throbbing bruise?
I haven't had sex in two years (used to annoy me, now I'm really glad. hell, i may never have sex again!), and I've only been with one person. I know this doesn't mean anything...
Mainly I just need to talk about it, this seemed like the place to do it.
Its different for everyone. It doesnt hurt me. Maybe a bit itchy and feels warm and if I apply anything to open sores then a bit of a sting but apart from that the herpes pysically isnt not a problem. Pain and discomfort wise Id much prefer to have an outbreak than a cold. For most people it is the emotional pain that you have to be strong to get over. In real terms it is nothing more than a skin erruption, is easliy managed and will not get in the way of a healthy sex life. Even though logically you may be able to see this, the hardest part is to really beleive it.
I got a swab and a blood test, the results will be in next week.
Sounds like I have it though. I mean, what else could it be? I must have had it all this time and never known. I almost wish I never found out, but I'd hate to give it to someone else. I hope I haven't already.
hey dont jump to conclusions just yet .. it could be allsorts. It does not sound like the typical way that herpes presents. seriously, yu may not have it. I know what you mean about prefer not to know. Ignorance is bliss. Still if it is it it sounds like your symptoms are pretty minor. I know this may not seem like much but some people go through the most amount of pain which makes it harder to cope with. Ill send a wish out for you that it is not it. Can you talk to anyone about this?
i just had my first outbreak starting last friday. it has been very painful. my dr had to prescribe percocet for me to be able to tolerate it. from what i have learned so far, there are two stages of herpes infection. theres the point at which you become infected, and then theres the first outbreak. when you are initially infected there is an immediate reaction, but unfortunately it can be so mild that most people wouldnt even notice. then your first outbreak is usually within 2 weeks of your being infected. HOWEVER, some people may not have the first outbreak for years. its weird. the herpes virus lays dormant under your skin and its triggered for unknown reasons. my outbreak has been OUTRAGEOUS. i have a lot of sores/blisters (inside my vagina and all over the external areas as well). I can't sit, lay down, walk or anything without painful throbbing occuring. and urinating is rediculously painful. I've had to resort to pouring warm water over the area while urinating. i wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy!... its been a week and the pain is just now subsiding. i have found some very useful methods to help with the pain. If this is your first outbreak, then count yourself lucky that it is not a bad experience. the first outbreak is always the worst, the recurrent outbreaks will be milder. and you will know the signs beforehand (itching, tingling inside), so you can start taking any antiviral meds that your dr prescribed. if the itching is really bothering you, try buying a SITZ bath. its basically a bowl that fits over your toilet and when you sit over it, your groin is submersed in whatever you put in the bowl. buy this stuff called DOMEBORO solution. its a powder that you mix with plain warm water and you can put it in the sitz bath. sit in it for like 20-30 mins. it gave me a lot of relief. and remember to be careful with the sores becuase u don't want them to get infected. i went to a dermatologists today and he told me to put caladryl on the outside areas to help speed up the process. fortunately the symptons of herpes breakouts are very similar to hives or shingles, so there are a lot of 'comfort' products out there that you can use. you can find all this stuff at your local pharmacy. the sitz bath thingy is in the area where they have heating pads and humidifiers. the domeboro is in the same area with the caladryl and bandaids, stuff like that. i hope that you dont have it, but if you do it sounds like you're one of the lucky ones that have mild outbreaks.
Hey If yu can get hold of some hydrogen peroxide 35% food grade. Pour a bottle into a shallow hot bath (so that you do not loose too much concentration) and sit in it for about 20 mins. It will bubble like crazy (this is the peroxide oxygenating and killing all the virus) but t will help imensly. This is what I do when outbreaks are particularly bad.
Oh also there is this stuff called xylocaine .. it is an anaestetic and you can get it in a 10% spray from boots. If you spray the area it will sting for about 10 seconds bad butthen it will numb the whole area. I feel for you so much, just be assured that any future ones (if any) wont be that bad.
Yes, I'm very lucky to have supportive friends and family that I can talk to about this. Not talking about it was almost worse then having it. I can't imagine what I would do if I had the sort of mother some people have mentioned, telling them they're a whore and such.
And, yes, if it is herpes then it's extremely minor. I'm still hoping it's something else, just no idea what that something else would be. Yeast tests came back normal. The problem with herpes is the symptoms can vary so much from person to person, you can't know really until you get the tests back.
Trying to think it is something else just feels like I'm trying to fool myself though.
Seriously, having to wait two weeks for results is just cruel. Doctor wasn't very sympathetic, but I can understand when you have to tell people they have something fatal or life altering, that telling someone they appear to have an occasionally recurring, if very contagious, rash... doesn't seem as big a deal.
What doctor did you go to get the blood test I need to go to somewhere else because Kaiser doesnt do blood tests. Also is there really a lymp nood in between your legs. I thought there was only one on your neck do you have break out on your theighs? You may not have that could have been a hair bump also