Brand new to this site and in desperate need of help!
I have been getting mysterious wounds on my right hip area for the past 6 years. They begin as a severe burning sensation, like I sat on a curling iron, and it can happen at any time, any place - no matter what I'm doing! This intense burning sensation is followed immediately by a large blister - different shape and location each time, but always on the right hip area! Then the blister bursts within an hour or so, and an open wound forms, which turns into a 'crater' looking sore with redness and inflammation all around the edges. It leaks a yellowish, greenish goo, sometimes with a little blood, and it will last anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks.
The first one I got, I - as well as the doctors - thought it was a spider bite, and after about 4 weeks - a general surgeon cut out the wound and did a culture of it to determine what kind of spider or insect bit me, but the tests came back as "unknown venom", with the presence of a staff infection. I used to get them only one at a time, and many months apart. One time I went 7 months without getting another one, but lately I've been getting several at a time - still all in the same location. I've been to several doctors, including dermatologists...had massive blood test and biopsies, but all come back negative except for a staff infection each time. I’ve even been tested for all the various strains of the Herpes virus, including Shingles, but all come back negative! I've tried taking an antiviral med at the first sign of a wound, but they never help. Nor do any creams or saves. :( They just have to run their course, but lately they have been back to back! They never itch, but the pain is very severe and feels very deep down in the tissue.
Can anyone offer any suggestions as to what this may be? I’m middle-aged, have had 4 children. About 10 years ago, I began having pain and inflammation in all my joints and my CRP is always elevated – with my RA levels elevated about every 3rd time. It’s all so strange!!
I would greatly appreciate any and all input on this affliction. Thank you all in advance!
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