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Q: Is leg pain (only in one leg), which hurts to the touch a sign of GH?

I was just recently told I might have genital herpes. I am currently awaiting blood results to confirm the diagnosis. My OB/GYN did not start me on anti-viral at this time, but I am experiencing upper R thigh pain. It originates in my lower R side of my sacral area & radiates around the front of my thigh. It is very painful, even hurts to the touch. Is this another symptom? I don't understand how this could happen. I have been married for 10 years & never had an outbreak. Neither one of us has ever cheated & my husband was a virgin when we got married & I had only had sex one other time to someone I had been in a long relationship with. I am praying my test results are negative!!!!!
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Chelsea, Community Member
9/20/08 7:02am

not that I've heard of. But I am no expert.

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Macaroni, Community Member
10/ 3/08 11:57pm

I have been tested as having herpes type 2. I have pain in the same area you are speaking of. The pain is on the right side near the sacral illiac joint. It seems I have recurrent outbreaks (I am assuming that is what they are.) They are not typical outbreaks because I do not see blisters. Occassionally, I have something like a rash around the skin of the rectum and some vaginal discharge. However, I cannot actually see herpes like blisters. For the last seven months I have been seeing doctors for this and have been put on acyclovir with little results. I began seeing an accupuncturist a couple months ago and am trying different herbs with her. Though I have seen improvement, I still feel uncomfortable and at times the pain is overwhelming. I search and search the web on how it can herpes can affect the body and it seems few doctors I've spoke with seem to truly understand it... I wish I could offer more to you. I wish I knew for sure what I am experiencing is in fact due to herpes. Below are a couple of sites I found that cite the connection between herpes and their dormant hiding places:

 

http://sciential.net/dcforum/DCForumID9/376html

 

www.articledatabase.com/health-articles/why-does-herpes-hurt-so-much-20006html

 

www.pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/mdd/v05/i06/html/06fyh.html

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Wanda26, Community Member
1/20/10 5:32pm

I'm having the same pain.  It started in my genital area, and them moved around to my buttox, and today it's going down my legs. I went to the doctor today and was told my symptoms sound like herpes. Now I am waiting to get my test results. I was wondering how long the pain stays because it's been awful for 3 days.  I just was hopeing it would go away soon, and what to expect from your experiance?

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macaroni, Community Member
1/23/10 12:00am

Though it has been over a year and a half... I am still unsure what is going on. After seeing a orthopaedic physician, he determined my pain in the hip is caused by the ball joint of the hip causing friction in the hip socket... The pain I had initially has diminished significantly. However, it still comes and goes and I have not been able to link it to any specific pattern. I am not sure if it is linked to herpes or not. It seems my doctors still aren't convinced it was all caused by herpes or whether I actually have it at all. The blood test only shows if you have been exposed. I am at a loss in terms of knowing how this was all connected, but believe it was. Doctors don't seem to know much about the side effect of herpes and don't all seem to be convinced about what tests show. As of this point, I just try to avoid things that make me feel uncomfortable, try to keep healthy by diet and excercise and focus on keeping stress levels low. This seems to help. I am sorry this probably doesn't help you... I hope you find relief as soon as possible.

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rdlloyd, Community Member
12/16/10 7:11pm

I have had herpes type 1 & 2 for 18 yrs now.  The original outbreak was blisters and tingly pain in the area prior to the blisters (outbreaks).  I could tell when I was having an outbreak because of the tingly pain and could actually track the pain to the outbreak area before the outbreak.  It took me several visits and blood tests to get a positive. And the only reason I knew it had to be herpes was because I read a pamphlet at my GYN doctor's office one day and knew I had all the symptoms for it.

Years after the initial infection I stopped getting the small cluster of blisters and the tingly pain.  Now I get pain down my legs and my heel, usually my right leg. Now I get bumps or "pimples" in the area where it hurts most.

Last night I used one of my husband's Lidoderm patches on my calf on the right leg.  And this morning the pain was practically gone on my heel and down my leg.  I am also suffering from some back pain that wakes me up by 4am.  I usually have to get up, walk around, sit at the sofa and just occupy myself until I have a bowel movement.  I was thinking it was related to my bowel movement problem.  But this just recently started (several months).  And this pain was practically gone this morning.  On Dec. 23rd I have an appointment with my primary doctor and I have to get back on Zovirax, but I'm also going to request he give me a prescription for Lidoderm.  I found in the internet that Lidoderm is used to treat Herpes Zoster (shingles) pain.  So I'm sure it will help me with my pain.

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rivergirl, Community Member
11/16/08 2:58pm

I've had GH for 18 years and in about one in five outbreaks I have associated leg pain in my left leg.  It's quite painful as you say, and goes from my buttock down to my foot.  My leg is painful to the touch and and it can get so painful I develop a limp.  The pain is relieved somewhat by ibuprofen.  The outbreaks with leg pain usually mean I'm going to get a lesion on my upper leg, normally it's in the genital area.  I take Valcyclovir and if I double my maintenance dose starting as soon as I feel the pain starting it reduces the duration and severity.

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Erin, Community Member
3/10/13 7:30pm
So what if your getting over your firs outbreak? Can you still get the pain? My blisters are going away but my legs and feet are killing me! Reply
Wizardess, Community Member
11/21/08 3:27pm

I've suffered from GH for 5 years and I'm on the onset of another attack. I know this because the leg pain started last night but this is the most severe it has ever been. Its all down my left side starting from my foot, over my calf, my knee, the back of my top leg and buttock and my lower back. I've had the central heating on constantly since I've come in from work because as soon as the house goes cold the pain increases.   I have to entertain family tomorrow evening because it's my son's 8th Birthday and I'm sorry to say this but I'm absolutely dreading it! I feel so under the weather and a little sorry for myself. The fact that these attacks may continue for the rest of my life fills me with dread. I can't even imagine having another relationship.

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tigerlily, Community Member
12/14/10 11:39am

I have had Herpes for many years and it is interesting to note that there are quite a few different types of outbreaks that can occur.

I am comforted to know that others experience the hyper-sensitive skin reactions.As many have described down the Left side of their leg to the sole of the foot.I have a lasting sensitivity after an outbreak that seems to really be taking its time.....Anyway I know for myself peanuts,chocolate and alcohol can be attributing factors (along with stress) to having an outbreak.I went to a Herpes clinic in Vancouver and was told about these ingredients that can attribute to an outbreak. Peanuts,(not almonds) if eaten in the amount of 1/2 cup will give me an outbreak especially if accompanied by a lively pint of beer. Too bad but it is conclusive  evidence for me. Any creams that help for the skin sensitivity? I use a lysine ointment(available at vitamin shops) for any blisters that does seem to help,along with hot baths and then drying off using a separate towel to dry blister areas.

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In pain, Community Member
4/16/11 9:45am
You have the very same symptoms as me. I made the mistake of eating too much trail mix which contains peanuts. A few days ago, more like a week ago, I had some beer compiled with heavy stress from work and my boyfriend, I now have severe leg pain. It usually happens on the right side but this tome around it's the left side of body (lower body). I've been so tired lately, obviously because my body knows I need rest, which helps the virus pass with little detriment to my daily life, anyhow I've been so tired I've been drinking a coffee everyday to keep up with work and this along with peanuts, booze, or chocolate can trigger the virus. Oh n I wasn't eating much due to trying to loss weight. This is all a bad mixture n just asking for an outbreak. I've read countless books on this an diet is a huge factor at least in my case. Protein is your best friend like fish is the best form due to all the good oils lysine and omega as suppose to peanuts which has l-argenine. They sell lysine at stores, I'm going to get some today. I hope this helps. I've had this virus for almost a decade. Reply
tigerlily, Community Member
1/ 3/11 12:45am

You have to accept that you will have outbreaks....it's not the end of the world.Take relaxing warm bathes,use a soothing moisture cream on the sensitive areas you've described and wear warm soft clothing like thick socks and leggings.Try Yoga for stress relief, take care of your health,use Lysine ointment on the blisters at least twice a day.Alcohol,peanuts and chocolate if consumed often all have ingredients that can (with stress bring on an outbreak.) You can have another relationship, just avoid intimacy if you suspect an outbreak and follow your common sense. We don't deliberately look for this type of virus and it is unfortunate but if you dwell on the negative it will not help your situation...you can still have fun.

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curious9, Community Member
9/29/09 10:43pm

I have had those same sympthoms for years now, but over the pass 2 years they got worst,first a bump comes in the genital area,the glands of sometimes both legs become swollen in the groin area of the legs,and hurt really bad just to touch them,then the bump turns to a blister sometimes clusters,I would sometimes have severe pain in my lower back I knew something was wrong and the problem could no longer be ignored I told my doctor and she did a bloodtest and yes it was herpes I caught it from my cheating husband of so many years being married, I was faithful,never ,ever say a man is not cheating,just hope and pray,because if you trust him that much,he will take advantage of your trust.

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bonbon82, Community Member
7/28/10 9:11am

I have had GH for 10 years and I always have leg and rear end pain prior to an outbreak. It is always the leg in which side the out break will occur (left leg left side right leg right side). It feels very tender and sore. I can best describe it as ultra skin sensitivity and muscle sensitivity. I dont know if this is an onset symptom but if it is not a text book symptom yet they should probably rewrite the text book cause clearly this is happening to many people with the same condition. I hope this helps someone out there to feel better and less worried about their condition. It happens to the best of us.

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va757, Community Member
9/29/10 8:23pm

I've had herpes for about 6 years and im currently 26. I suffer from this leg sensitivity severely! i can tell when im going to have an outbreaks when my pelvis, and the backs of my thighs, calves, and foot start aching.  It is painful to the touch and makes walking difficult.  It will subside usually in a week or so usually while im still having the outbreak.

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sara, Community Member
2/ 3/11 10:59pm

  Im sorry to say this but even though the leg pain is not a textbook symptom it is exactly that. I was diagnosed with G.H two years ago and I contracted it from my boyfriend when I lost my virginity. I was 26. When I get slightly stressed my body reacts by breaking out or attemping to break out in blisters. I say attempt because the first sign that I get before an outbreak is the painful, ultra-sensitive, throbbing in various parts of my leg. It can be my foot, my thigh, my calf. Then I get this strange tingling feeling in the genital area. I immediately start taking my anti-virals (I don't take a daily dose becasue I am afraid my body will become accustomed to the meds and they won't work as well) and then I dab the tingling area with alcohol. I know this sounds crazy and it burns very bad (dilute alcohol with a little water or use witch hazel, because it does not burn nearly as bad) but this is the only solution I have found that works.....SOMETIMES.... If I catch it early.  If not, the blister fully forms and takes anywhere from a week to two weeks to go away. Just know that you are not the only ones dealing with this pain. 1 in 5 people have HSV-2 or genitals herpes.  MOST do not know they have it and that is why it spreads so quicky. Some people never get symptoms.  SOOOO SAD....

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svepaz, Community Member
3/16/11 2:06pm

I've had GH for 7 yrs. In the beginning it was crazy. I would get an outbreak every single month and it would start with the pain (usually on my left side). But with time it got better. I wouldn't get them that often and sometimes it was just the pain, no blisters. I recently got married and in our 2yr relationship I had maybe 4 outbreaks, but lately I've been under a crazy amount of stress and my body is going insane. I haven't been eating healthy and I don't have time to exercise anymore. I've had an outbreak for a week now. It started with the usual pain, then the blister, and now that the blister is gone I still have that awful pain on my left leg. I know how frustrating and discouraging this can be, so for all of you that are going through the same thing, know that you are not alone. Like someone said there it is extremely common. In my case I don't even know how I got it. I had been with two guys and none of them supposedly have it.(they got tested) I thought my life was going to be over, that no guy wanna be with me... but love surpasses all pain and frustration. This body is just a shell. So my advice after 7 yrs dealing with this crap... eat healthy, exercise, stay as stress free as possible and find someone who loves you for who you are no matter what!    

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vish055, Community Member
3/26/11 5:09am

Hi i want say something its not a HIV its normal pain but one thing remember always this type of woman or girl never be happy bcz u cheat your husband you cheater. i thing this is not big pain when ur husband listen then u get big pain ok.

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ghyj, Community Member
12/19/11 1:38am

I too deal with alot of leg pain when I have an outbreak, does anybody know what to do for the pain?

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Valleloop, Community Member
12/20/11 3:43pm
You should research meralgia paresthetica. I do not have GH butdaily have the leg pain you are referring to. I have had this for years it is horribly uncomfortable and painful. I have found lidoderm patches applied to my thigh help amazingly and biofreeze helps too. Reply
Wowzer, Community Member
3/19/12 8:13pm

I'm sorry to say this but how do you know if he has cheated are you with him 24/7 he could had cheated in gave you the std are you could had pick it up off a dirty toliet 

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RobotTakeover, Community Member
3/ 2/13 4:35pm

I've been diagnosed for a few years now and very rarely get outbreaks but when I do I usually know they are coming on because the back of my right thigh gets a tingly pain that feels almost like a rash caused by pants rubbing up against it too much and the muscle feels a tiny bit tight. The pain isn't too horrible for me, however, it is uncomfortable and I'd rather not feel it. So far I have only had outbreaks on the right side of my outer labia and a couple times around my anus, so I assume that the pain in my right leg is just in the "path of least resistence", as I've heard that's how the herpes virus acts through the nervous system which is why it usually appears mostly in the same area (where it was contracted). 

I wish I could be more help. All I can do is relate to your problem.

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rila, Community Member
9/21/13 7:58pm

Has anyone tried using Manuka Honey both for the lesions as well as the pain? I believe they say that the potency of the enzymes in the honey is best in the world and the application of it reduces the induction of oxygen which would normally allow the virus to thrive. I'd like to know more if anyone has any info.

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