Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
GraySQU

Esophageal Herpes

5 posts in this topic

Hello, I am new here and was hoping to find anyone who is familiar with esophageal herpes. I just found out that my loved one contracted this after a short fling with another woman. I was told he contracted it by kissing and that was the extent of their involvement. It doesn't really matter at this point. We just spent 3 days in the hospital and he was unable to eat or drink for 7 days or so. He is on the road to recovery now. I havent had much success in finding info on this presentation. Our Dr advised us that is like an orally contracted herpes virus. This type of herpes usually presents in immunocompromised patients. He was tested and is NOT immunocompromised. Can we kiss? When? How do we know when the lesions are healed? (they are in his espohagus) Any feedback would be great. Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If this just happened recently (as in within the last 6 months), I don't understand how there can be confidence that he is not immunocompromised.

Also, "flings", however benignly characterized by the fling-partaker, don't strike me as having brakes at the quasi conservative act of kissing for any particular reason, because of just that--they're a fling. So my reaction is that not all cards are on the table. This is so rare for a non immunocompromised person. He should be written up in a medical journal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank u for your feedback

I thank you for your reply...Although I wasn't really looking for someone to point out my obvious insecurities and questions about my relationship. I am aware about how rare this is and was hoping to find someone with actual experience with the recovery and transmission.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I thank you for your reply...Although I wasn't really looking for someone to point out my obvious insecurities and questions about my relationship. I am aware about how rare this is and was hoping to find someone with actual experience with the recovery and transmission.

Hi,

I wasn't intending to assess any insecurities---for all I know, a person can come here and intentionally withold information for some analytical reason. You aren't obligated to tell us every detail or any detail. I was just saying as an "objective" person just reading this cold, that's how it hits me. Objective reactions like that can be valuable or off, but I'd lean toward the valuble side more often---just b/c a random distant person really is removed and emotionally hasn't anything to win or lose by suspecting some missing piece of the puzzle. So they're more likely to just plain flag something worthy of being flagged, vs. rationalizing it. And the point is that if there is some missing piece of the puzzle and a person does have a compromised immune system, it may significantly change how somebody advises you on transmission and recovery. For example, a person with a compromised immune system might be more likely to transmit a more virulent strain of HSV that isn't readily treatable (as insinuated in the 3rd to the last sentence in this NIH report http://www.aegis.com/news/nih/1993/NIH93095.html)

I had a rare complication from HSV so I am intellectually oriented to outlier realities of HSV more than the average person who contracts it. My complication should have been captured in a medical journal like JAMA or the New England Journal of Medicine too.

Insecurities IMO are full of information---I personally think they are liabilities when they are just "there" sitting in us like an unopened letter, but if they are there and we boldly investigate them, I think they can become assets.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Response

I also have had esophageal herpes but I am not immunosuppresed. It is very rare but not impossible. I have been with my boyfriend who is HSV positive for three years and I am just now getting it. Herpes is weird like that. I don't know about your boyfriend/husband's personal life, but he may be telling the truth. He just needs to be tested for the type of herpes that he has, that will tell you what happened.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Latest Buzz

    • Terrell
      Yes I was very transparent that I was in a relationship he stated suppressive therapy would be the route.
    • gonnakillher
      We agree there is an overblown stigma because ignorant people think herpes is only derived from promiscuity. But stigma doesn't make the symptoms and likelihood of transmission disappear. No matter what, you're faced with telling someone you want to be with that the most intimate part of your relationship will be extremely risky and they may end up dealing with the terrible pains also. Please, be a little more realistic about it instead of lying to yourself and pretending that squashing the stigma would cure the disease and solve all the problems w/dating. I think there is nothing wrong with preparing to deal with it ahead of time. You prepare yourself for everything else in life, don't you? In this case, if you turn up positive then you're more prepared to handle it. If you're negative then you just won the lottery. Don't deny the facts in order to cater to your emotions...you're kicking the can and it will only make things more difficult later. As far as not being diagnosed yet, some of us are dealing with poorly educated doctors who rely on outdated information to make their decisions. So we're left with diagnosing ourselves and struggling to find help. I don't think I need an official diagnosis to know that herpes antiviral medication relieving me of herpes symptoms after sex with someone who knowingly had herpes, means I have herpes. Denying that would be stupid. And even though these posts may offend others who are still sensitive about it, they help me cope knowing others share the same feelings and situations. Anyway, my goal either way would be to always remember the pain it put me through, to count my blessings and be more grateful for things, more responsible, and more compassionate toward others dealing with any illness/depression. Suffering is constructive in many ways. It just takes time to realize it.  @SomethingsUp have you read any of the success stories? Might help. 
    • LucyLevi
      Hi G Don't worry there is help on here and lots of people who you can talk to and the chat room is always a good place to ask for support. I'm afraid I don't know much about PCR blood tests. Perhaps it's because I am in the UK and we tend to use igG testing. I can understand your frustration but there will be an answer to this and getting a blood test will help shed some light. Take care Lucy 
    • G.anonymous
      @LucyLevi thank you for trying to be helpful. When I discussed it with my doctor that it's impossible that I have herpes, she gave me the look of "Don't you think I've seen a lot in order not to diagnose one". My Ob was very severe to a point that Zovirex would burn for long hours   after reading more about herpes symptoms and how they look like, I got fully convinced since Everything said that I have it. That's why I'm not doubting at all that I have herpes.  My ob are gone now and I should wait 12 weeks to get tested.  Moreover, my current bf did a PCR blood test and it was negative. I've read that they can be the most precise results. My past partner told me that he got checked and he was clean from everything. I'm just so frustrated right now and depressed. 
    • LucyLevi
      Hi G I am no expert but in the absence of more useful answers here are my thoughts: I think you should have a test if only to find out whether you have HSV1 HSV2 or none, Knowing which it is makes a difference. If you get active sores you can get them swabbed. If not you can get a blood test after 12 weeks or so. I'm surprised your health care provider did not do a swab.  The result described above is is a skin test not a blood test. So I'm guessing he had a swab test for evidence of genital HSV which could show negative if no active lesion is evident.  Also it won't confirm if he has an oral infection of HSV1.  Is it possible your boyfriend has cold sores in the past and has passed you HSV1? Likewise he could get a blood test and as 4 months have elapsed since his last partner that could be now. Hope this is helpful.... and take care there is lots of help available on here and people who are a lot more informed than I am who will chip in! Lucy
    • cantdoit
      Makes you wonder how sick this poor man is and here he is working so hard to help people with this shitty virus. I spoke with him on the phone one time. He gets how horrible this virus is. He's talked to scads of people who suffer endlessly from nerve pain and constant outbreaks as well as the psychological aspects of it. He really cares. I hope his health improves. I thought his comments about it tricking out immune system made sense. It's an insidious virus. 
    • G.anonymous
      @WilsoInAus4  yes a pcr test on blood. But it says here that it's reliable (and other resources) 
    • LucyLevi
      I just read his blog thank you @cantdoit  I thought his parting message said a lot about his determination in respect of his own health issues If you ever saw “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” all I can say is, “I’m not dead yet.” Let’s save mourning for when it’s appropriate. in the meantime, let’s get ‘er done Real message about positivity 
    • cantdoit
      Halford just commented on his blog which is good because he'd been a bit quiet which was concerning given his health issues. He also made an interesting comment about how this tricky virus dupes our immune system into not attacking the virus and to just living with it.  He feels his vaccine will wake up our immune systems and encourage it to attack. Very interesting. May explain why many have severe issues and few don't. 
    • WilsoInAus
      PCR on blood?? That is the wrong test. It must be a blood test for IgG antibodies, type specific for HSV-1 and HSV-2. He should return for this test if he is keen to understand his status.
  • Featured