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Posted by Barney
on September 04, 2000 at 00:31:53:
25 M.1 year. I have been lucky enough to be on an antivirals that help supress my symptoms but I would like to share my story.
When I start to feel the symptoms I start to get light headed and a headache at the base of my neck. A cold feeling falls over the left side of my face. I feel a little tingley itchy feeling in the corner of my mouth. The left side of my face cheek gets and redish. I get small slices or cracks in the corner of my mouth, that crust over. Makes it hard to open my mouth wide sometimes. They last about a week. I notice it more when I don't eat well. I once had an blister outbreak on my cheek that looked like a big zit, which was embarrasing enough to call in sick.
Also. The base of my spine (tailbone) starts to ache. My thighs get sharp aching feeling. And I get really bad cramping gas. And the tip of my penis is red and tender. Thats it. I've had it for about a year now and have had no trouble. I do admit, my primary first outbreak was the worst. At one point I thought my penis was on fire, I was blowing on it to cool it down. I was sick for a month, and really bad symptoms every couple weeks for the first four months. It really toar me down from thinking I had it all, to changing my life completely and introducing me to the real world of viruses and disease.
Now that its been my first year, things have settled down. I'm starting to date again, I don't feel my life is over anymore, and my symptoms are milder. So if you just got it, remember that your life isn't over and it will get easier.
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