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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: herpes pain at base of spinal cord


 lk - Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:33 pm

I am a 50 yr old female and contracted herpes about two years ago. I seem to get symptoms quite frequently - sores every 2-3 months and achiness every few weeks (and sometimes almost constantly). My symptoms are often associated with my period and within a day or two of having sex. I would like to know if an achiness at the base of the spianl column is a symptom associated with herpes. It feels like a dull uncomfortable pain right in my tailbone. Is this unusual and is it likely associated with the herpes virus -
thanks.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:03 pm

User avatar Hi Lk,

The pain at the base of the spin may or may not be related to the herpes virus. It sounds as if you are having outbreaks fairly frequently. You may benefit from taking a daily suppressive medicine to help prevent outbreaks.

Your doctor can prescribe this for you and answer any questions you may have about this medicine if you need. Seeing your doctor about the spinal pain is also a good idea. Other possibilities include a pulled muscle, degenerative disk disease or a stretched ligament.

Best wishes.

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