[Question #4003] Is this HSV2?

32 months ago
A little over a year ago I started having really bad itching and burning around my vagina. It was around 2 weeks after I last slept with the guy I had been talking to for months.  It felt like a bad yeast infection. My initial visit to the doctor I was told it's BV but it spread down my thighs and back around my buttocks that's when I knew this was something serious! I went and got blood tested for herpes it came back possible for hsv2 with 20.6 IGG antibody number But I've never had bumps! Still to this day no bumps. It's been over a year now and almost everyday I have a stabbing burning and itching pain ( with no bumps)   I've been to several doctors, an infectious disease specialist, and  I've had 2 MRIs and they find nothing. Is this related to hsv2? Can I be in this much pain without ever having sores?  And my antibody number is really high is this old infection or New? Please help me figure whats wrong with me it's been over a year.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
32 months ago
If you took a traditional US antibody test, that is a significant number and leaves no room for a false positive.  It also indicates an older infection rather than a new one.  However, not everything that happens in the lower part of the body in a person WITH herpes IS herpes.  Can you describe for me that rash that you had that spread down your thighs and around you buttocks?  Was it blister, flat, red, what?  Have you tried any medications to deal with this pain?

Terri
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32 months ago
Thank you for your response. The rash was flat and red like a sun burn, no blisters no bumps. It wasn't so much the rash that was bad but the stabbing, burning and itching pain that was so bad. It definitely feels like its in my nerves like little neddles even putting on my underwear can hurt. Sometimes it just hits out of nowhere like a needle going in me , itching all on my pelvis inter thighs and buttocks (mostly left side) i feel like im going out of my mind i just want answers. I've been on valtrex and it didnt help. I've tried herbs for nerve and immune support that helps some. Over the counter pain meds don't help. Do you know around how old this could be? I have the hardest time thinking that guy i cared about gave it to me I mean I felt like that 2 weeks after having sex with him so I guess it had to be. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
32 months ago
So the rash and itching may be unrelated to the nerve pain.
With this index value, you do not have brand new infection.

Terri
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32 months ago
So do you think it's years old or months? I felt like that the end of April and got tested in May. Also you think the pain I'm having is not related to herpes ??
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
32 months ago
I cannot tell you if it is years or months, sorry, from this index value, it is not possible to know.  I think the pain being from herpes is unlikely.

Terri
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