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Leg/back pain while on treatment - normal? does it go away?

I am having what I believe to be my first outbreak ever from HSV.

Although I was tested positive 4 years ago, I never had an outbreak until the beginning of this month. I am on valacyclovir 500mg 2/x day for the last 2 weeks and finally the lesions are starting to heal...Yesterday I started to get severe leg, shoulder, lower back pain & a headache... I haven't felt this the whole time i've been taking the medicine or anytime before the outbreak. This is brand new issue and so very painful. I am very flexible & athletic & can't even lean over to pick something up off the floor without pain! Can anyone give me insight on this? is this a side effect of the antiviral and will it go away?
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replied September 18th, 2010
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum.
Your current symptoms of pain are not due to antiviral use. They are probably a post viral sequelae also known as post viral myalgia where you tend to get varied symptoms of aches and pains all over after a viral episode/outbreak.
Take adequate rest and take over the counter pain reliever like Tab Tylenol for pain relief if not able to tolerate the pain. It should come down in 2-3 days time. If it continues for more than 2 days, then report to your treating doctor and get prescription for adequate pain relief.
Take care.



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replied September 20th, 2010
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