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Hello everyone. I can't tell if I'm about to have a herpes outbreak or not as there is so much conflicting information on the internet about the stages of herpes. I understand that it varies between everyone and is therefore hard to say exactly what the symptoms are, but I assume there must be some general pattern to the symptoms.
Quick rundown - For the past week my legs have felt a bit achy and weak - mostly when I wake up in the morning and then it kind of wears off throughout the day. I've had a bit of a headache, but I'm sure it's mostly due to all the stress/anxiety I've been going through. Now after a week, my legs are feeling better but now I'm feeling tingling on and off in my thighs/butt/groin area, however its more or less only when I'm sitting that I feel the tingling, not when I'm standing or walking.
My main question - is it normal to have the leg aches typical of herpes for a whole week, and then start to have the 'prodrome' phase with tingling after that? Or are the leg aches supposed to be part of the actual prodrome/outbreak?And is it true that the tingling can last for up to 3 days before the rash/bumps/blisters appear?
I haven't been diagnosed with herpes. I went to the doctor on Wednesday to ask for a herpes test, but he wouldn't run a test on me because I have no blisters (disclaimer: I live in France and socialized medicine looks down on "unnecessary" testing).
The tingling stopped about 12 hours ago but my legs still ache... is this typical of a primary outbreak, assuming that I DO have herpes? From what I've read, once the tingling stops, then a red rash with bumps starts to form soon after (the following 1 or 2 days) - it this true?
just tingling in the legs is most likely something non-std related. should you develop any obvious genital symptoms, returning to be seen again is the best thing to do. leg pains due to herpes wouldn't get better thoughout the day either - it would be relatively constant.
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