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How often do you get flu-like symptoms because of hsv? Run down feelings, nausea, headaches, fever, lack of energy, etc..?

.... and what are the symptoms you get?

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In the beginning, I had fever, lack of energy, headaches and other pains very frequently. Lately, the pains have decreased tremendously; however, they reoccur from time to time. Right now, I have a headache and I had back pain last week, but it has gone away. The symptoms that I have experienced throughout my ordeal with hsv2 are:

1. Headache

2. Backache

3. Upset stomach

4. Tingling in legs/arms/vagina

5. Pressure in groin/vaginal area

6. Buttocks pain

7. Vaginal irritation

8. Vaginal discharge

9. Fever

10. General sick feeling

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I've had some of those symptoms periodically.

One time I had all of those symptoms together for the mother of all ob's but it also included blisters but they never ruptured or scabbed they just got smaller and went away. I felt like my vagina was on fire. Truly I'd rather give birth again, without pain meds, than go through a repeat of it.

usually I get a headache and some itching or pinching sensations in my genital area.

once in a while it is accompanied by back pain and lately a strange red painful line up my butt crack.

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It is funny that you mentioned a strange red line on your butt. I too had a red line located in the same spot. At the time, I did not think that it would be herpes. Actually, there are a lot of things that has happened to me that I did not connect to herpes, but as I look back on the situation, I realize that it was herpes all along.

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When I was first diagnosed (03/07) I had the "flu" like symptoms. After that I havent had any complications. Even when I was first diagnosed I had one small bump, and went to the ER twice and they said it was just a rash and I was fine. I finally went to my OB dr and he too said it didnt look like like HSV, but took a culture of the skin and did a blood test and 4 days later my results came back positive. Im so blessed that I dont have any OB's. What helped me is I workout 4x a week, eat a balancced diet (Sat/Sun I kinda cheat, not that much) and I take Lysine 1000mg daily and Valtrex500mg daily, and try to live a stress free life. I do at times feel a little tingle or slight (very slight) itch, but thats it, I assume Im shedding at those times. My dr also said Iam very lucky that my initial OB was very small, so small he was almost certain that that wasnt my first outbreak, due to it being so mild, barley even visible.

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