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confused over herpes vs. shingles

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 16, 2009
  • 11:05 PM

So I'm really confused and think my doctor is a quack!! I was recently diagnosed with herpes through a viral culture. I didn't think it was possible, but I took the news and accepted it. It was an awful experience...and I have read that many agree!! The trouble is that i have not been able to urinate normally since the "outbreak". I feel like I have to go all the time and it takes forever to actually start. It feels like the pain is up inside...like my actual bladder. I have done my research online and asked the nurses in my doctor's office if it is possible to have the herpes virus cause this. They assured me no...but I am seeing from research online that it is. The have given me bactrim and treat it as a UTI, even though there is no infection in my urine. They want me to come back in for more tests and suspect I might have had shingles. I have never heard of shingles causing this much trouble. I work in a nursing home type setting and recently one person I work with daily just had shingles. I didn't think you could "catch" shingles from contact like that. The nurse mention that I may not have herpes at all...but my culture came back positive because I had internal shingles (which is a type of herpes virus). They never did a blood test or anything since the culture came back positive for herpes, there was no point I guess. I'm just so confused. Has anyone heard of such a thing? I am obviously going for more tests next week...but was just looking for feedback before then. Thanks.

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  • So I'm really confused and think my doctor is a quack!! I was recently diagnosed with herpes through a viral culture. I didn't think it was possible, Why would it not be possible? If you have had sex (with someone else, not yourself), then it's possible.They want me to come back in for more tests and suspect I might have had shingles. I have never heard of shingles causing this much trouble. It would indeed be highly unlikely. But not impossible.I work in a nursing home type setting and recently one person I work with daily just had shingles. I didn't think you could "catch" shingles from contact like that. Shingles is just chicken pox (aka Herpes Zoster). You can catch chicken pox from anyone else who carries the virus. OTOH, the odds of newly catching the virus and having it immediately express itself as shingles instead of the classic chicken pox outbreak is very, very small.The nurse mention that I may not have herpes at all...but my culture came back positive because I had internal shingles (which is a type of herpes virus). They never did a blood test or anything since the culture came back positive for herpes, there was no point I guess. I'm just so confused. Has anyone heard of such a thing? I am obviously going for more tests next week...but was just looking for feedback before then. Thanks. A more reliable test for herpes simplex is a blood test, one of which is called "Herpselect". It can distinguish between types as well. If you think that you don't really have herpes, then you might find someone who will order that test.Also, if you do indeed have herpes simplex -- the transmittance of HS is often accompanied by additional infections at the same time. It is possible that you have another completely different type of infection causing your UT pain.
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  • I'm just so confused over this and upset. I have had shingles on my back before. I went to my family doctor and I had a positive blood test for herpes. I don't have any blisters or pain when I pee nothing. But when I went to the doc I had 3 white dot down there but they also went away in 3-5days . I also had a positive U.T.I . Took meds and everything was fine. So just thinking to get a 2nd opinion. Any help or advise would help
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