[Question #6719] Fear over symptoms

12 months ago
Hello, a week ago i had a sexual interaction with someone without protection while under the influence, since then i have been getting tests with all negative responses besides herpes as of yesterday i have experience similar prodome of lower left back pain but no outbreaks for almost 14 hours, is this normal?  Im working on getting tested soon but my fear that I already have it is getting worse despite visiting doctors and them telling me iits too early to see, is there anything you can tell me about this?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
12 months ago
Low back pain is really not a prodromal symptom.  I know, it says that on the internet someplace, but it really isn't. 
Your doctors are correct - it is too early for an antibody test.  You could obtain and IgG test for a baseline value if you've not been tested before but you can't really get anything reliable for a minimum of 6 weeks when the test will be 70% accurate.  If you develop any skin changes on your penis that are abnormal please be seen right away.  But people who are having a true primary outbreak will almost always have lesions, if they are going to have them, within 2-10 days.

Terri
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12 months ago
So for a immunoglobulin g test, what should i be looking for if i want to find out if i have herpes? I currently have no signs outside of vomiting and flu like symptoms after that sex moment.  Is it possible to feel a prodome symptom but get no outbreak?  Or is a prodome symptom (ie pain on genital area) suppose to be quick and done, reoccurring, or continuous?  I also checked a doctor a few days ago and he said some of my genital symptoms are related to a male yeast infection, does the symptoms of this and herpes line up to be almost identical?  What should my next steps be?
12 months ago
To put things frank, its been a week, i have had brief feelings of symptoms but then they just go away, I felt this burning sting on my tip last night just for 5 seconds then never again, i have red and itchy groin but was observed to be yeast infection.  I have been coughing and vomiting ever since then for no reason it seems.  And some days i feel fatigued like i am right now.  Most of these signs show early HSV 2 but im just trying to figure out what im suppose to feel vs what im feeling now, since i could just be feeling a simple sickness but bad timing.
12 months ago
Forgot to add this annoying tingle feeling that comes and goes almost on a daily basis, every other day my testicle makes me feel discomfort on alternating sides, i hope all this info can help with what im asking
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
11 months ago
So yes, it's possible for yeast and herpes to present with some symptoms in common - itching and redness being two, but with herpes, we would normally see sores in addition to those other symptoms. Prodrome usually lasts a few days and then stops and an outbreak comes.  Not always but most often.  Vomiting and coughing are definitely not herpes symptoms.  If it's been 7 days (now maybe 9 days) and you have not developed sores, I doubt that you will.  Herpes also does not include testicular pain.  And tingling can just be anything, not specific to herpes.  You could test now and get a baseline result, telling you what might have been your herpes status prior to this encounter, but it's too early to test to include any input from this most recent encounter.  It takes time to make antibodies. 

Terri
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11 months ago
Then i guess at this point, i wanna know if it’s common to have these feelings and not have sores? Can i still be infected with herpes, are these feelings suppose to be touch and go? It feels really spastic where ill feel fine for hours then like 10 to 30 min of discomfort and small pain, then it comes back later the day, then tomorrow?  If I possessed almost half of the symptoms that comes with being first infected by the virus, being the vomiting, couching, and diarrhea would still fall under that? I have no swollen lymph nodes but idk if thats something i missed or it never happened.  Can i rely on sex partner research? I asked my recent partner who may have given me herpes and she has no symptoms, same with her past 3 partners, no bumps or rashes or anything.  What can I wait and see for or do at all?  At this point it’s affecting my sleep and eating schedule
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
11 months ago
I don't think that your symptoms are consistent with herpes.  Vomiting, coughing, low back pain, and diarrhea are NOT herpes symptoms.  When we talk about flu symptoms, we aren't talking about GI flu symptoms.  While itching can be associated with herpes, with no lesions or sores, I really am not that concerned.  Could you have herpes with no sores?  You could, but less likely.  And no, you cannot rely upon the impressions of sex partners about whether they have herpes or not.  80% of people with herpes would deny that they are infected simply because they don't know and they've not had symptoms that they associate with herpes.  Your intermittent sensations really don't qualify as herpes symptoms, in my mind.

I think now your only way to know for sure what is going on is to get a type-specific IgG test down the road.  If positive, you could have been infected for years (if you've not tested before) or had a recent infection.

Terri
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