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Herpes and Nerve Damage--am I always having an outbreak??
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Herpes and Nerve Damage--am I always having an outbreak??

Hi!

I have had HSV-1 in my genitals for about 6 years now. The first two years I rarely had an outbreak, aside from the first torturous one. Then, shortly after two years, I experienced some burning pain down my thigh, and tenderness in the area where I had my first outbreak (left labia)...sometimes this pain went into my left buttocks as well.

Now the pain seems to be there all the time. It's almost as if I'm having a constant outbreak. I have a read a lot online from doctors who feel the pain is not associated to herpes, but with the amount of posts I see, it has to be! I have recently started dating someone, and he has no problem with the herpes at all (yay!), however, I don't exactly want to spread it either.

I take a gram of valtrex a day, am starting up on Lysine again...I eat fairly healthy. I'm 27, in shape, and only have herpes as the "health issue."

Am I really shedding all the time? That is my main question! Can I be intimate with him, and not feel there is a HUGE risk every single time? (Obviously there is always some risk). My doc says there is no way I can be having a  constant outbreak, so it's just confusing. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

"Meg"
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Hey Meg!

If the symptoms have been fairly constant over the past few months, herpes is an unlikely possibility; while other causes such as genito-urinary infections, inflammations, trauma, ulcers, erosions, neurological causes, referred pain from other regions would need to be considered. I would suggest getting this evaluated by a primary care physiician or a gynaecologist. After a definite cause is identified, it can be managed accordingly.
Hope this is helpful.

Take care!
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