Thanks for all the helpful feedback you’ve given me over the past few weeks. After so many doctor’s appointments and nights of worry, I’m trying to get some level of closure with this issue, as I need to move on. I still don’t have a diagnosis; the doctors keep telling me there’s no sign of a recent herpes infection, that my symptoms are not being caused by an STD, but that they still don’t know the cause. They’ve just found yeast, but the yeast meds aren’t working.
I know there’s no way I can 100% know where the HSV-1 virus is on my body. As I told you before, everyone in my immediate family gets herpes cold sores, and I had a tiny odd looking reddish brown sore/cut on my lip a couple winters ago right after having a terrible flu. It burned like hell for two weeks and finally went away on its own. I remember reading about herpes and figured that’s what I had.
And unfortunately, I took my first herpes blood test two weeks after the encounter that could have exposed me to the virus, which means there was enough time for my body to create antibodies. I had an index value of 2.77.
It’s been eight weeks since the encounter. The person who exposed me is positive for HSV-1 but did not have a cold sore at the time. Since then, I’ve experienced terrible burning and tingling in the genital region (1 week post exposure); flu symptoms which may or may not have been related (10-12 days post exposure); pain in my thighs and left leg; vaginal discharge; a constant scratchy feeling in the genital area; and weird tingling feelings on my face. I’ve seen 4 different docs and they’ve all said I need to stop worrying about herpes. I’ve also had a bad sore throat on and off but the ID doc said it’s sinus-related. Could this really all be from stress? I am a very anxious person, as you can probably tell.
Last week, I took another blood test for herpes and the result was the same. I’ve had one negative viral culture when the burning and tingling was god awful, and a negative PCR swab while feeling symptomatic. I’ve had around 8 pelvic exams over the course of this nightmare, and each time my skin and cervix appeared completely normal. No blisters, pimples, cuts, sores, or inflammation. My recent bloodwork shows a normal white blood cell count, which suggests I’m not fighting a viral infection.
I guess I just want to put this behind me, but want an evaluation I can trust/hold onto when it comes to seeing myself in relation to this virus. I know you’re an expert on a disease that a lot of docs don’t know much about.
Should I assume I have it and try to move on? Tell future partners about my anxieties over a genital infection? Should I assume I don’t have it and hope for the best? Of course I’m going to tell future partners that I have HSV-1 and that I’ve had an oral blister. I guess I’m looking for your insights as I try to move forward with my life.
P.S. Should I ask for a Tzanck smear? Would that be helpful?
- This reply was modified 8 years, 6 months ago by HSV 1 infection.