Hello, I was diagnosed with Herpes a little over a year ago. My first outbreak was tough and painful; but once I saw my doctor and got medicine, things improved tremndously. Over the past year I've been getting used to this, trying to listen to my nody, eating healthier, etc. And I've had a LOT of out breaks this first year, (10... 11 if you count the one I feel coming on). Lesions aren't too much of a problem during my outbreaks, mainly because when I experience prodonal symptoms I immediately start taking the appropiate dosage of acylovir, (I take it daily for supression). My prodonal symptoms include tingling/ itching in my infection sites (before the lesion appears), and horrible lower back pain paired with severe nausea. I've heard of the lower back pain and nausea occuring with initial outbreaks, but does anyone else out their suffer through excrutiating back pain with every outbreak like I do? (It is, however a good warning to abstain from sex with my partner, but jeesh, it hurts). If anyone has experiende with this and has suggestions besides good drugs, (thinking about asking the doctor for back pills), please share, i would truly appreciate it. And since this is my first post, I would like to say thank you to all of you out there that have chosen to be honest and responsible--- I decided on the same path the day I was diagnosed.