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Symptoms: Fever, back pain, etc... when will they go away?


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I was diagnosed last Wednesday (Aug 1), but my outbreak started two and half weeks ago (July 25)... I had horrible symptoms... the whole gammat really. The sores were the least of it b/c they were so few, but peeing was awful. Sore throat, fever, cramping type pain...

My sores have gone away, though there is still some itchiness that I wonder how long will last?

But my main question is about fever and backaches... the fever isn't constant, and is always below 100, but I'm still concerned about it... is it just my body fighting the virus? And if so, when should I expect it to end?

I also have a relatively constant dull ache in my lower back... is that also my body fighting the virus??

Just needing some advice to ease my mind... it's such a mental struggle these days.

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It's gonna get better.

I was diagnosed back just before Memorial Day. The back pain/fever etc. that you're describing should subside when you're through your inital outbreak.

I had total body involvement when I got my first OB. Fever, chills, nausea, aches, itchiness...you name it. And I probably had a reoccurance shortly after, because it seemed like it was nearly a month before I was feeling completely "normal" again.

However I can speak from experience that it does get much better. I have had one OB since my initial (stress induced I'm sure) and I only had minor discomfort with that one. A mild headache (no fever) and some itchy feelings a little achy.

Keep your head up...it's gonna get better!

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I'm wondering too when the pain when subside, it's not as bad as it was, it gets worse at about the same time each month, but i don't get an outbreak, during the same time each month i get the body aches, back pain, muscle aches, thoart feels funny, nausea,etc. bad thing is i have a hard time dealing with stress, get stressed easily, so i be in pain for almost a week, then try to calm myself mentally, cuz emotionially when i'm down then that's when the herpes acts up. I heard your body starts to get use to having the virus after a certain amount of time, i heard years but not for sure.

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hormones definitely affect the bodies ability to fight the virus. Unfortunately some women get cyclic OBs or symptoms. Even though you aren't getting a full-fledged OB, the virus can still act up and make you crazy. Higher progesterone levels are associated with a weakened response to H, and that occurs a little before your cycle starts...

It is supposed to get better over time...

Have you tried anything to help control the virus?

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I've found the worst thing is the acheing in my legs... I can't walk more than 50 yards without my legs shaking and they feel like I've just run a marathon... thought I was the only person suffering from other symptoms... I think the soreness has improved after three days on the anti virals but the aches seem to have got worse. feeling a bit lonely and miserable this evening. this site is a huge help...

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I sympathize

The soreness in the legs and back is always the worst for me, and have occurred pretty much once a month since my first outbreak. I'll get those with the flu-like stuff without lesions, and I'll run a low-grade fever. If you can get your doctor to prescribe Ultram, it's very helpful (and non-narcotic! it acts only on the nerves, which is where the attack is occurring) and there is a generic form of it that is very cheap. The only problem with the Ultram is that it makes you very nauseous--keep ginger or peppermint handy and eat constantly while taking it, as well as a good-size snack prior to taking it. (I've found Tums and Pepto are not very effective in dealing with the nausea.)

My first outbreak, I was in Disneyland. Walking. All day. I literally cried because my legs and heels hurt so badly and nothing helped. The subsequent issues I've had have only lasted a few days, but that first time was three weeks easily, and then another three weeks before I felt 100% again. Hold on, it will get better. And no other outbreak will be this bad.

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getting worse...

feeling a bit like I'm back to square one again... flu symptoms have almost gone (on day 7 on meds) but as yet no real relief from the sores. I also appear to have them all over my hands now too! this is something I've had for years on and off (although never as sever as this, it's all over my hands)and always been told was exema however looking at them again it looks extreemly likely that its one and the same at what I've een suffering from down below.... Could I have passed it on to myself without knowing. off to the doctor again in a bit anyhow to try and combat this latest issue... Just having hrrific images of being covered in the bloody things from head to toe. not to mention the pain. Thought it was all so simple... Take the meds and it'll go away then take them again next time. Not take the meds and it gets worse... HELP...

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i used to get all those pains all the time - ive had it since 2005 and dont get any symptoms at all now.

even when i do get an OB is gone in a few days.

time is a healer. - the body just needs time to learnabout the invaders and how to counter-act them.

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  • 2 weeks later...

this is a pain in the rear, I just got finished from having my period. and my symptoms haven't improved, lower back ache, sore thoart, body aches, feeling esxhausted, light headed, then comes in the panic attacks, trying to figure out if i have something more than just a reaction to the herpes virus. but i think it's from being kind of depressed, but i'm not as depressed as i usually get (really down in the dumps), but still all this week for the past 4 days, I been feeling exhausted, leg aches, and lower back pain. Lord help me, I can't take this much longer:x

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Are you taking anything for your H? Vitamins, supplements, anti-virals?

For me personally, my mood was terrible until I started to feel better physically. I would just start crying when I found a new bump (I had chronic OBs), and the constant aching & fatigue made me feel like I would never be normal again. If you are really having a hard time, consider some type of treatment, and if you are already taking something, maybe change things up a bit.

Hang in there...

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  • 3 weeks later...

im really glad that i am not the only one who experiences this.....its not just the tears or blisters down there.....its the aches and the fatigue, the low-grade fever, i feel like im sick. i feel sick in my throat and in my stomach.....i dont want to eat, nothing will taste good. and this is only the beginning! ive got another 14 days of this crap.

everyone in my family is wondering why in the world i am so tired since i get plenty of sleep and barely do anything. wish i could tell them....

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