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Help with various symptoms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 6, 2009
  • 11:10 PM

Hello, I just want to check about some symptoms that I am suffering from at the moment. Maybe they are not all connected, but I want to really figure out what might be wrong with me. I'm a 20 year old male and I don't have a history of medical problems.

First, I have enlarged groin lymph nodes, one on each side. The left lymph node feels a bit smaller and hurts more when pressure is applied (the surrounding area hurts somewhat too) while the right is not as painful.

Second, I have a rash on the left side of my lower back. It is very bumpy and gets agitated when touched. It may have started to crust.. I think I might have a smaller, similar rash on my grain near the left lymph node (but it is not directly on it and is very localized). The left side of my groin (within the pubic hair) is also quite itchy, but no rash is evident.

Third, some slight flu/cold-like symptoms. Sore throat, runny nose, the like. I don't believe I have a temperature or fever however.

This is all I can really say... I hope someone can help me out.

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  • Just want to update with a picture of the rash. It might make it easier to identify:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v85/EnoRed/stuff%20to%20never%20delete/HPIM1471.jpgAlso, the largest of the two lymph nodes (the right one) doesn't seem to measure any larger than 1 cm... I'm unsure by the question "does it move when pushed?" though, as I don't know just how much they are supposed to move. They do move a bit side to side when I press them, but their position appears to be fixed. I'm also not sure how much of the pain on the right one (which is not muc) is caused by the lymph node itself or by what's underneath it when it is pressed into it...
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  • I am not a doctor or anything, but it does look like the kind of rash you would get with shingles. Shingles is caused by a virus, so I guess it could cause lymphnode swelling as well. There are a couple of good pictures of the rash here: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/MD/dermnet/shingles63.html Kiera
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  • I was suspecting that it was shingles, but I just wanted to be sure...I am slightly worried about some of the later effects of shingles that I have heard about, particularly "zoster sine herpete" that can apparently effect the nervous system... What risks do I have of contracting this and is there any way to lessen or negate the risks? Would a doctor be able to help?
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  • First thing I thought of when reading your post was also shingles. Go to a doctor--this can get worse and become very painful. You want to treat as early as possible.
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
  • If I remember correctly shingles can only be treated in the very start. I think in the first week. It can take a very long time to recover from, but I think I remember something about the younger the quicker the recovery. I am slightly worried about some of the later effects of shingles that I have heard about, particularly "zoster sine herpete" that can apparently effect the nervous system... What risks do I have of contracting this and is there any way to lessen or negate the risks? If I remember correctly I think 1 in 5 develop this problem. Also you are extremely contagious until the rash has developed crusts, but not before or after. Your GP should be able to diagnose and treat any symptoms. Good luck, Kiera
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  • I won't be able to see my doctor until Monday at the earliest, and I'm not sure when I discovered this... It might have been Wednesday or Thursday.I've read you're only contagious if people make contact with the rash itself, and it can only cause chicken pox (so they would theoretically be fine if they have already had it). How true is this, as I have made contact with people while the rash is still there, despite it feeling slightly dryed and crusted? I don't want to think I've infected my friends with this...
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