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Ok, well I've read the "before posting" section and still thought this new post was appropriate. The reasons being the time laps and my new symptoms. But I totally understand your point and am very thankful regardless. I'll make sure to just add to threads in the future.
About my symptoms:
I'm sure I have something, I just don't know what it is. About a week ago, I had written my fear of having herpes off. I became care free, then this itching started. I looked up other STDs that create itching and found Follicalitus, Lice, Scabies, Jock itch, and Yeast infection. But through process of elimination, its pointing back to Herpes. What concerned me was the "Symptomatic Course of the Disease" description I read. It mentioned the signs of an outbreak first beginning with inflammation. This included, swelling, tenderness, itching and sensitivity. That's what this feels like. It also mentioned that one of the "triggers" was friction on the skin. Which I'm assuming is why it gets worse the more I walk around. The muscle in my left calf and back thigh feel a bit tense as well. Sorry to spew all this out-But I'm a nervous wreck and can't sleep. Mentally, it's been rough.
While Grace may be extremely good at what she does, she cannot diagnose you on your symptoms alone. If this is as nerve wracking as you say it is, you need to go see a doctor who can give you the proper tests and get diagnosed that way.
I'm sure I sound like a bit of a witch but please just look at things from my perspective too. I do this as a volunteer. You are getting a medical professionals help for nothing. Obviously I had to go look at your prior posts to say what I did so having this question in the original post would've saved me the time of looking up that info. this forum gets very busy somedays so anything anyone can do to help make it easier for me to give decent info is much appreciated by me :)
and as sutherlandsarah pointed out - there are limitations of what an online forum and looking up info online can do. Nothing can beat a medical provider seeing your symptoms in the flesh and being able to do a proper exam and testing.
Haha, No, you don't sound like a witch at all. Perhaps a saint-Although I'm not religious. I fully understand and can't thank you enough grace. With your compassion, you're making the world a better place.
Today, I woke up with numbness on my inner thigh, pain in my left testicle and the muscles in the back of my right leg have been tense and kind of tingly for a few days. Although I'm 99% sure I have it. I'm going in to get tested today.
After doing more research online. I'm realizing that I'm experiencing the prodrome symptoms of herpes. I'm learning to except that I have it and trying to prepare myself for a soon to come first outbreak.
What I'm more concerned about is recently having sex with someone-And the possibility that I've given it to them. I could never forgive myself if that's the case. At the time of the sex, I felt no symptoms but a few hours after came pain in my calf and an irritation and slight itch in my pubic area. This is very concerning as I read that it is most contagious during prodrome and outbreak. Before the sex I figured I was fine and wouldn't be putting anyone at risk. I don't know if I should tell them the situation or leave them be unless they mention something. I feel terrible about this.
I'm perplexed...again. So I'll share my symptoms with you, and follow with 3 questions. I've gone to the doctors 4 times now and still no answer. They told me I shouldn't bother testing until I reach the 3 month mark-Unless I have an outbreak. Although no outbreak yet, the symptoms I'm experiencing are begging to scare me. They Seem serious. I'm worried it might be HIV and, or, Shingles. It has been a month and 10 days since I've been thoroughly exposed to HSV2. The woman I had unprotected sex with may have had anything.
Here are my symptoms:
I've been depressed
Right leg is soar all up and down with tingling for 6 days now
Tingling and short stings on scrotum and crotch area.
Short stings all over body (occasionally)
Itchy pubic area/slight burn
Tiny shiny itchy bumps on top of left hand (3 or 4)
Single red raised bumps on wrist and forearm(about 1/16" diameter)
Dizziness/tired (I'm never dizzy)
Weight loss, 7 pounds in 1 month
Muscles twitch all over me body
My questions are:
1) Can you get Shingles from catching Herpes?
I've already had chicken poxs when I was young.
2) Can you get shingles from having HIV?
3) Do my symptoms point to something els?
Interestingly, I've described the leg pain to a few doctors and they say it sounds like nothing. Where as, upon looking it up line, It is mentioned as being something serious.
Thank you for reading and taking the time with me-It means a lot.
You need to continue to follow up on this with your provider. It's very unlikely to be shingles and it's very unlikely to be hiv related too.
It probably also would behoove you to stop looking up things online. All you are doing is adding to your anxiety about all of this from the sounds of it. NOTHING replaces a proper exam by a trained medical provider.
I went to the doctor today, and she sure seemed puzzled. I got a rapid HIV test(negative!) thank God! I also did a urine Chlamydia test that I'm waiting for. I showed the doctor the bumps on my arm and she said it's "probably" folliculitis and not to worry. I am to come back for more testing (HSV/HIV/etc...) soon. Until then I just don't know what to do. I have very little money at the moment. This is a free clinic and although they are very nice, I'm so desperate for some sort of clue. I'm becoming progressively more and more tired and weak. I feel like this is becoming urgent and don't know where to go or who to talk to.
Thanks for reading and all your help-hope your doing well:)
Hello grace and all. I want to thank you graciously, for reading the following:
I' m still trying to find out what is wrong with me. While new symptoms arise, I stay concerned with no answers. Here are 2 questions. Each is followed by symptomatic clues that may help in drawing parallels.
1)Concerning a rash in my groin, what type of doctor specializes in this area? In other words, who do I go see?
I went to a dermatologist, a regular doctor, and multiple std clinics-No answers.
Any guesses to what this rash is, or how to kill it?
A description of the rash:
I've had it since I was exposed to herpes two months ago (who knows what else). It is right in the crease of where my leg meets my groin-Right next to my testicles.
It's red, itches, hurts slightly and has began to bleed slightly. The skin in that area peels away. The rash begins to go away when rubbing alcohol is applied everyday. Yet, it returns when I stop.
Since I was exposed to herpes, I've been getting Foliculitis (folliculitis) in random places. I asked the doctor if it could possibly be from HIV and she said "no, Folliculitis would only happen after having HIV for a long time". I tested Negative for HIV last week. My Folliculitis is occurring on top of my wrists(right in the bend) and down the center of my chest (below my breast plate). These are definitely not ingrown hairs.
So the combination of these two never before experienced symptoms, along with my extreme Sciatica (not due to a herniated disc) is alarming. I still have not had a Herpes outbreak for two months since contact. I've experienced Sciatica for the last 10 days. Upon the first day of taking Quick Clear( an herbal HSV-outbreak elimination supplement) it went away. Now I plan to discontinue its use to see if it comes back.
Any incite is so much appreciated as I have little money to go to a doctor who can take the time to figure this out with me.
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