About a month and a half ago I had intercourse with someone I wasn't too well acquainted with. About a week later I started noticing itching/discomfort, stomach cramping, and a mild feeling of malaise (maybe). So I went to the university med clinic and the doctor looked at my hand and misdiagnosed my eczema as a herpetic whitlow. I told her that I was almost positive it was eczema since I've had it for ten years and she revoked the diagnosis immediately. Nonetheless I was on edge since that. I went to Urgent Care and had them evaluate it and it indeed was so. Anyways so I was off edge a little until I started having painful urination (this was recently) and stinging passing of feces. So I went back to Urgent Care and the doctor said it was probably something in the bladder and gave me Ciprofloxacin to fix it. It did nothing so two days ago I went to him and he said it is very rare that herpes causes painful urination or burning sensations in the urethra, but that it would be more of a really deep sore feeling (which I may of had as well). Anyways he gave me Doxycycline and it seems to have alleviated some of the pain during urination, but the stinging/itching rear end while defecating still persists. I really don't want to go to the doctor again since I've gone seven times in the last month and a half. Could anyone tell me their input on this matter? I've had no ulcers to my knowledge, although there may be a lump near my anus . . . ? I'm not really sure since it's kind of hard to check back there. Any info?View Thread
Most definitely, blood tests are not nearly as conclusive as an actual sample from a blister/sore. You need to call your doctor/dermatologist and demand that he/she gives you the results from the test. It is actually illegal for him to withhold information--so go in there and get him/her to tell you what is up. Personally I think it's important to know just so you know where the most common problem areas are going to be and how to prepare for it when you feel an OB coming on. Your doctor should be giving you full detailed information on what exactly you are dealing with--it's not fair to leave you with a general diagnosis. Especially if a future vaccine is found that cures one of the strands; that would be great info to know.View Thread
Blood tests are hardly ever conclusive--the only truly accurate tests come from blisters/ulcers. If you were told it was herpes from a blister then it's probably herpes. Good thing is Herpes, from what all the doctors have told me, is not something to completely turn your life over for--if your outbreaks are minimal like you've stated then just avoid sexual contact during an OB and be very conscious of protection etc. when you do engage in sexual acts. Also be sure that you inform your partner and partake in suppressive therapy methods. You might have a visible outbreak once or twice a year, and with therapy maybe once every few years. Be aware that the Herpes virus can still be spread even when not visible--flare ups are not always visible and precautions should be taken whenever engaging in sexual acts. Research Herpes to get a broader understanding of what it is, the first outbreak is the worst--everything after that is no worse than a moderate case of Eczema or Poison Ivy. Good Luck bud.View Thread
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