I hope nobody minds, but I'm not really sure if I have something to worry about or not, so I thought I'd see if I could get some opinions on this...
I was diagnosed with shingles maybe three months or so before I turned 28 (male). The doctor told me this was rare in my age group, but I was medicated for it and it went away. I'm told that Herpes Zoster usually reactivates as a result of a temporarily weakened immune system due to another condition. I had the flu a month or two before, so I figured that made sense.
What concerns me is since then, I seem to be coming down with things more often than ever I did beforehand. I'm about 4 months away from being 29 now, and I've had two conditions in the last two months that doctors wouldn't give me a straight explanation on. The first was in October. I had to take a few days off of work for an infection that caused extremely painful sores in my throat, making swallowing and at times breathing very uncomfortable. I was prescribed a numbing agent and told it would go away, which it did in a few days.
The second I'm curently suffering from. I have all the symptoms of infuenza except for nausea and a fever. I had a flu booster a few weeks ago (my first ever), so I assumed it was some sort of residual from that. I was told I did not have a virus, nor did I have pneumonia--rather, something 'behaving like a bacterial infection'. Again--a few days off of work and this time, antibiotics. The doctor told me he ruled out a virus because (and forgive me if I'm saying this wrong as I'm not sure I understand, and I was a little out of it when I was actually speaking with him) something having to do with my lymph nodes was a little 'low'.
Yeah, these are probably little nothing problems, but never before this past year have I come down with things this frequently. Typically I get the flu every other year, and that's about it as far as infections--bacterial, viral, or otherwise. Given the instance of shingles, I'm wondering if there isn't something going on with my immune system.
Maybe I'm worrying over nothing. All the same, does anybody have any input on this? I'd be very greatful!
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