Topic: First outbreak: questions
So I got diagnosed with herpes two days ago… I contracted it from my ex boyfriend, who was asymptomatic so he did not know he had it. I’m still in quite a shock but before I can deal with all the emotional issues that come with this disease I have some questions about the first outbreak, and I would really appreciate if you could help me 🙂
1. My outbreak is bad. Like really bad. I have blisters all over and my vulva is completely swollen and irritated… is it normal to have this many? I can’t sit and I can barely walk so this is really worrying me…
2. I know this may be a dumb question… but will my vagina go back to looking the same as before? I just can’t recognize it anymore
3. How long, in your experience, until I can walk and sit normally again? I need to go to work again soon..
4. Does it get better?
Thank you for your help and let’s stay strong!
Topic: Intense Itching
I am new. I was diagnosed with both HSV1 and HSV2 almost two years ago. I wasn’t in a relationship and still am not. In the past, Ive had sores that start with what feels like nerve pain. For whatever reason Acyclovir does not seem to work as well as Valcyclovir. Recently I’ve been in between job and haven’t had health insurance and that’s when the problem started. Doctor visits were just too expensive and so was medication. I tried a lot of home remedies such as ACV baths, lemon balm extract, L Lysine etc. but nothing helps. Right now I’m experiencing some intense itching. It affects my daily life, sleeping, and my work day. It’s so embarrassing to talk about because no one I know has come out or even knows about my diagnoses. I don’t remember my previous outbreaks being so itchy. So I went to urgent care. At this point it was just unbearable. The doctors confirmed that Herpes doesn’t make you itch in the way I was describing. They prescribed medication for Yeast and BV. You know when I doctor gives you medication and you just know it’s not going to work? Well so said so done. Then I realized my soap was irritating my Vagina more. So I thought maybe it’s contact dermatitis… again I’m back at square one, soaking in baths and basically not sleeping at night because I’m itching! Now the itching is painful because I’m sure my skins more irritated. I can’t help it. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow as I now have insurance so we can start figuring out what’s going on. Is this intense itching normal for HSV2? Also, what works to make it stop!?
Topic: Managing outbreaks
I’ve had herpes for nearly 5 years, diagnosed after a brief promiscuous period when my boyfriend of 6 years cheated on me and we broke up. But for the last 4 years or so I was taking antivirals daily so haven’t had an outbreak in years. Recently my doctor has told me that I shouldn’t be taking them daily and to stop. The first month or so was ok… No symptoms. But in the last 3 weeks I’m on my second outbreak! I also have ulcerative colitis which makes my immune system low. I’m also a nurse which is high stress.
I’m not sure if I should go back on the antivirals to suppress the symptoms or what I should do.
I’ve been with my partner for 4 years and he knows about my herpes but we haven’t communicated a lot about it because we haven’t had to with me taking the antivirals.
I feel defeated and am looking for advice.
Topic: I just been Diagnose HSV1
I feel like my world is ending. I am still shocked and feel like it’s a nightmare. I don’t know how to cope with it,I feel so bad I deserve this for having unprotected sex. I just need someone to talk to.
Has anyone else been diagnosed or noticed there first out break randomly? Like they weren’t having sex anytime leading up to it? Can’t even fathom who or how it happened? I’m curious because ive heard mixed things! Like my doctor told me that it would’ve had to come from the most recent partner or recent sex but I’m reading on here that others were told differently. That it could’ve happened any amount of time ago and just now appear years or months later. My mother was diagnosed with herpes when she was pregnant with me, I wonder if somehow I was always a carrier? Is that a thing? Thanks for reading my rant.
Topic: New Diagnosis & symptoms
Hi everyone, I was diagnosed today. Im just wondering if anyone has had any similar symptoms as me? Feeling kind of concerned and not sure if this is the side effects of my medicine or not. I have had a lingering headache the past few days. I first noticed the sore about 3 days ago and went in yesterday and they called me with results today. I also have a sensitivity feeling I guess on my right leg like it’s a sore tingling, raw kind of feeling on my hip, thigh and lower leg. Very weird and random and makes me nervous. I never had any flu like symptoms. The pain of the sore doesn’t burn necessarily it more so stings to me and only when it touches other skin or when I move to fast. Thanks ladies.
I found out yesterday that I have HSV2. I was shocked. 2 years ago, I developed a staph infection. I took antibiotics and it went away. A few months later it came back. Since 2017 this 8 times with this “staph infection”. Not once did a doctor swap it as they were confident it was staph. On Sunday, I went to Urgent care, and the doctor saw it and immediately said it was herpes. My heart dropped. Never once did I consider it was anything besides staph or ingrown hairs from shaving. After confirming with a test, and thinking.. I realize my ex, gave it to me. I remember him having an ingrown hair and we thought nothing other it.. and both spots would line up perfectly on us :/ I am devastated. My ex also had given me gnorrehea while together. He was a horrible cheating disgusting man.
Anyway. I was shocked. I AM shocked. And I am down right angry that none of these doctors tested it. Not once. I mostly saw urgent cares as it was inconvenient times it was start to bother me enough to need to… I’m just sad. I needed to vent badly(as you can see). I am usually so carefree and bubbly but I’m just down and sad. I’m awaiting surgery for reconstruction of multiple prolapses in my vagina as well and this news has made me hate my body.. and hate him again even more. I’m scared to ever have sex again.
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