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HSV1 misdiagnosis?

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  • Posted By: blugreengirl
  • December 31, 2008
  • 07:52 AM

In August one morning I woke up with a patch of small blisters on the right side of my stomach. Thinking it was some sort of insect bite, I ignored the lesions and they healed within a couple weeks. A few weeks later I was at my doctor for something else, and she saw the patch and identified it as a localized patch of shingles.

In Early September I was diagnosed with HSV 1. This came as a HUGE surprise to me. I have been dating my boyfriend for over a year, and he is the only person I've ever been with. He had been tested before we were sexually involved. The doctor said I likely contracted the disease through oral sex, but my boyfriend has not had a cold sore on his mouth since he was 5 years old.

It's been four months since my herpes diagnosis. I have come to accept it and am now emotionally fine. I have a constant wonder, though, that the virus was misdiagnosed. I spoke with a dermatologist who told me that genital shingles does exist. The outbreak was only on the right side of my genital area (the left was PERFECTLY normal) - shingles only appears on one side of the body. I have experienced no recurrences since the initial outbreak. I have read that culture tests could show positive for HSV1 or 2 when really what is present is the zoster virus, shingles. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Yes, I believe it could have been misdiagnosised. You said the Dr. saw the patch on your stomach and said it looked like shingles. They can do a blood test that will show if you have the HSV 1 or 2. But since the Dr just looked at it...in my opinion...the Drs today are just to trigger happy to call every bump they see a herpe. But you could have gotten it thru oral sex. Even if your bf has not had a cold sore since he was 5 the virus lays dormant and if your immune system is down or you have a open cut- wham you got it too. It also takes about 21 days or so for the virus to appear. If you have another out break have the dr prescribe you a anti inflamitory med and see if that makes it better. If it does you prob. have HSV. Has your bf come down with any sores on his genitals? You can even spread genital herpes when you have no symptoms and are wearing a condom.
    dana911 16 Replies
    • January 1, 2009
    • 03:58 AM
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  • You could get a blood test for the combo herpes 1/2 and if it is negative, it was most likely the shingles.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • January 1, 2009
    • 05:46 PM
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  • You could get a blood test for the combo herpes 1/2 and if it is negative, it was most likely the shingles.Yes, but I'm sure I've probably had a cold sore on my mouth at some point. Wouldn't it come back positive due to that then??
    blugreengirl 1 Replies
    • January 1, 2009
    • 06:07 PM
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  • Absolutely, so you request the specific HSV2 blood test, IgG and IgM. I thought that the belly rash was HSV1 according to the doctor, but if you have had it on your mouth, it would be rare (I think) for it to appear on your belly. Do you think it might have been hives? Your BF should get a blood test for hsv 2, too. He might not know he has it. I think shingles gets a little more troublesome than what you described with lower back pain but I'd like to think that genital shingles does indeed end up being diagnosed as herpes. My doctor says it is too difficult to test for just zoster because just about everyone has it from chicken pox, so to determine that a patch was zoster instead of herpes becomes rather tricky. I would think that if your herpes 2 blood test comes back negative, and your BF also comes back negative, that it could have been shingles or hives, but rule out herpes 2. I would not be kissing if the man had a blister/burning because then he could spread herpes 1 just about anywhere.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • January 3, 2009
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