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Don’t be smart, be wise. Pride goes before a fall. Symptoms may include: Painful Pox which reportedly scar the face and infected body parts lastingly, most commonly the face, mouth, penis / urethra, anus… (Source: WGBH Boston 98.7, 8.1.22)

WSJ: Monkeypox Patients Report Excruciating Pain and Lack of Guidance as U.S. Cases Mount


“On the first day of his illness “I woke up with a sore throat, which I didn’t think too much about,” the 33-year-old said. “But by the afternoon my lymph nodes were sore, I noticed a lesion forming on the roof of my mouth, and my throat was worse.”

That was on a Friday. By Monday morning, Watson was suffering severe headaches and body aches, “and I had another lesion show up on my chin, and one down in my pubes at the base of my penis.” So, he went to get tested for monkeypox. A day later, the results came back positive.

“After I was diagnosed, I got worse, much worse,” Watson said… Read it all

San Francisco declares emergency over Monkey Pox

California Man Details ‘Excruciatingly Painful’ Monkeypox Recovery to Show ‘How Serious This Is’

Vanessa Etienne
Thu, July 28, 2022

“It took three weeks and three days before Matt Ford was cleared to leave isolation after contracting monkeypox.

The 30-year-old actor and writer from California opened up to PEOPLE about the painful experience recovering from the rare virus, which is spreading quickly across the United States, and why he’s sharing his story for all demographics.

“There’s no place or reason for shame or stigma in any of this. It can be terrible. It can be awful, but something that helped me is remembering that it is temporary and there is another side of it.”

Ford received a call on June 17 that he was exposed to monkeypox by someone with whom he’d had prolonged contact. He immediately scanned his body and noticed a few lesions had begun to form. After self isolating, Ford got tested at a doctor’s office and officially tested positive for monkeypox a week later before receiving a court-ordered stay-at-home mandate from the LA County Department of Public Health.

During the first week, Ford experienced intense flu-like symptoms including coughing, sore throat, and fever, and full-body chills where he says he’d wake up with his pillows and bed sheets soaked in sweat.

Though symptoms vary among patients, he noticed that once his flu-like symptoms started to subside, more lesions started to appear on his body, counting 25 in total.

“Obviously the [lesions] that already existed in the underwear area were very, very painful and the ones on my face, but I started getting them on my torso, legs, arms, shoulders, scalp; they kind of appeared everywhere,” Ford explains, noting that the lesions became “excruciatingly painful all the time” for about one week.

“And it was more painful if I moved the wrong way, if I irritated them, certain bodily functions that required movement. It was one of the most painful things I’ve ever experienced. I would describe it as like at least an eight or a nine out of 10,” he continues. “There are a lot of reports of people screaming, passing out, just really terrible stuff and I experienced some of that pain and I understand why.”

Being among the first cases in the United States, Ford wasn’t prescribed the vaccines or antiviral treatments that were being provided to later patients. Ford says he simply had to “wait it out” until his symptoms went away.

“The only thing that really helped me with the pain was taking Epsom salt baths. So I took a lot of those in addition to just trying to manage the symptoms. I was maxing out the amount of Tylenol, Advil I could take. Using a lot of creams and ointments.”

Instead of receiving a vaccine or treatment, the only medication Ford was prescribed were narcotic painkillers after his lesions became so painful it left him unable to sleep for multiple consecutive nights.” Read it all….

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