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folie
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Oct-10-11, 05:19 PM (CST)
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"Is this neuralgia, and if so, what can I do about it?"
 
Hello, all. So, I've had so many problems with my bits for the longest time, but luckily, my GHSV2 hasn't caused any problems, or so I thought. I haven't had an outbreak since my first (in December of 09), and I'm on 500 mg of Valtrex a day, but I've noticed that I get this sharp, electric pain through the inside of my vagina to my labia on one side down through my bottom and the back of my upper thigh. It's often accompanied by a very tight feeling, like the muscle is sore, but stretching doesn't help or hurt. I've tried to determine if there are any triggers; I think standing for long periods might start it, but that's not always the case. It never lasts more than a day, and it hurts, but it doesn't interfere with my life. I definitely don't want it to get worse, so:

1. Does this sound like a herpes-related issue, or could it be something else? I've only noticed it in the past few months, and I've had herpes for a while. As mentioned, I do have a problematic vagina, so I don't know if this is just part of that, or if it's all related to herpes, or if my body is just weird/hateful.

2. What can I do to treat it? Like I said, it doesn't really bother me that much, but I think I heard that nerve pain can happen more often or get worse if left untreated. I'm not at the point where I want to take very drastic measures (unless this is something where curtailing it early on is necessary), but I'm more than happy to up my Valtrex, take another antiviral, massage the area, etc.


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TheOriginalScooter
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Oct-11-11, 07:34 PM (CST)
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1. "RE: Is this neuralgia, and if so, what can I do about it?"
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My guess is the tightness comes from the muscles bracing against the nerve aggravation. Herpes attacks the sensory portion of the nerve. I would make sure you get your routine paps and do nothing. That's "my opinion". Unless your pain is debilitating and ongoing where you are having a hard time functioning, I would not spend the thousands of dollars on testing. I have experienced that pain and I believe mine comes from H. If it gets really bad as mine did use your finger to manipulate your vaginal muscles (vaginal trigger point therapy - you can google that) to release the muscle spasms. It DOES help. You could also look into vulvodynia just to rule that out. I went to one of the leading vulvodynia experts Andrea Rapkin at UCLA - great doctor - who diagnosed me NOT with vulvodynia but with post herpetic neuralgia.


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KD82
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Feb-11-12, 11:43 PM (CST)
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2. "RE: Is this neuralgia, and if so, what can I do about it?"
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   Hi,
I have had herpes now for 6 years...and it has ruined me emotionally and physically. I have recently been having the same symptoms as you. I have sensations through my buttocks, vagina, pains in my legs and ankles/feet. I have been taken a higher dosage of valtrex just recently and thinking this might be causing all this.....Have you figured out what has been causing your situation???
Regards,
K


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folie
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Nov-04-12, 11:05 PM (CST)
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3. "RE: Is this neuralgia, and if so, what can I do about it?"
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Just to let anyone who's interested know, I'm almost positive this is a herpes thing. I just had a small OB on my right side (which has always been the problematic side of my body, from herpes to piercing rejections to the thickness of my underarm hair!) and I've got a nerve-y twinge going through my outer labia down the back of my thigh. It's definitely worse if I'm standing still or sitting. Walking and lying down help. My ever-trusty heating pad also helps a lot, and if I had a bathtub, I would take a nice warm bath. Wearing underwear that rubs along the line between my genitals and leg makes it a lot worse; I noticed that that was what got the pain going this morning. I guess it's boxers or commando-style for the rest of the week!


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