Since April 2006 I have been getting some kind of "infection" or "irritation" every month, during or within a week of my period.
Symptoms change slightly from month to month but always include a rash, swelling, redness, itching, burning, pain of the entire external vaginal area. Sometimes, depending on how long the symptoms continue, I have some discharge that feels like acid on the "irritation", other times I have no discharge. Sometimes, if the symptoms have prolonged for some time, the vaginal skin becomes so irritated that the skin bleeds when I am wiping myself. Urination is also sometimes extremely painful. However, I have never had any lesions, vesicles, or bumps of any kind. It is simply a really bad rash or irritation.
I have been to the urgent care clinic, walk-in clinics, family doctor, OB/GYN, in total at least 6 different doctors trying to get some kind of diagnosis. All have different opinions of what I "may" have, but no specific diagnosis.
I have been tested for everything under the sun several times over. This includes: clamydia, gonorhea, syphallis, bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, trichomonas, and herpes.
Everything came back negative except the yeast and an indeterminant HGG test for herpes and a positive HGM test for herpes.
They say that HGM only tells you that you contain antibodies but it can not tell whether those antibodies are from HSV-1 or HSV-2 or if you have had a recent exposure. One doctor says that the indeterminant HGG test is suspicious but can not diagnose on that alone. He says that the rash I get is not a usual herpes symptom as it is too even and circular...whatever that means? But in order to get a culture it has to be taken within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms and all the doctors have at least a 10 - 21 days waiting list to get in to see them. So I end up at the urgent care centre or the walk-in clinic where I get a doctor not listening to my year long story and just throwing me a canestan prescription and shoving me out the door.
I am at my wits end here. I am getting something every month and it is not a yeast infection as the cremes or pills don't work. They infact make the symptoms worse. I have tried hydrocortizone cremem at the request of the OB/GYN as she said it may be dermititus, which also makes it 10 times worse. I have been given a battery of cremes from anti-fungal, anti-biotic(pills and cremem), nerisoprone, and nothing works. I have also been perscribed prednizone which makes the symptoms weaker but the symptoms reappear next month like clockwork.
I don't know what to do anymore. It hurts to pee, it hurts to wipe, it hurts to wash but yet it hurts not to wash, it hurts to sit, it hurts to walk. It is interferring with my sex life dramatically. And no one can agree on what I have.
My partner has been diagnosed with herpes years ago but he has only had his first outbreak and has been asymptomatic since then.
I didn't know until tonight that you could still transmit herpes without any symptoms. So I am now thinking maybe I might have herpes. But there is one thing I can not figure out....I have never had any lesions, vesicles or bumps of any kind....and I mean NEVER. Is it possible to have herpes and only get a rash or symptoms resembling those of yeast infection of bacterial vaginosis? And why am I getting this every month with my period... I thought with herpes the outbreaks are less often and less intense after the intial outbreak?
PLEASE SOMEONE HELP BEFORE I GO COMPLETELY INSANE!!! I CAN"T HANDLE THIS ANYMORE!
THanks so much. At the very least, I have gained some very good information from this site. Thanks again.
How about ask your doctor to give you a Pyridium EQ....that would help you with all your burning, discomfort etc. I have HPV 1 & 2 and never have any symptoms but has been suffering with same problems specially a week before my monthly period or when I am stress. Try it, it may help you.