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Oh and also, for the sake of completeness, I did end up asking my former partner where the supposed shingles lesions were on his body: once on his arm, once on his back below the shoulder blade.
I appreciate all your help, Terri. I just got back my HSV results. Still HSV 2 negative, HSV 1 positive at 2.3.
In the meantime, I tested positive for ureaplasma and have started antibiotics that seem to be finally alleviating my symptoms.
Thank you. If my HSV 2 test were a false negative, do you think these symptoms align more closely with HSV 2? I am planning to have another blood test next week.
Thank you, Terri:
Would you please clarify whether you think that my symptoms could be caused by HSV? I also was recently diagnosed with a urinary tract infection caused by Group B Strepoccocus. I took antibiotics, Keflex, for that infection and a subsequent culture was clear, but the rest of my symptoms remain. I have had recurrent UTI’s throughout the same period of time that my symptoms began.
Oh! And I don’t know where the shingles lessons were on his body. Unfortunately, I don’t feel comfortable reaching out to ask.
Thank you for your response. I tested negative for HSV 2 by IGG in the same test that came up positive for HSV 1. It was through Kaiser and there were no titers/antibody levels: just positive and negative.
I have had both a throat and genital swab for HSV and both have been negative for both HSV 1 and 2. But again, no blisters have been present.
I have never, to my recollection, had a cold sore at all. My mother and brother both have, though. And a different ex boyfriend, who I dated for many years, also had regular cold sores.
I have not been tested for mycoplasma; thank you for the suggestion. I have reached out to my doctor to request the test.
I will also reiterate my request to just try antivirals on a trial basis to see if my symptoms alleviate. Last I asked, my doctor said that because of potential side effects and because she saw no reason, she would not prescribe them.
I appreciate your help and any further suggestions you may have with this additional information.
Update: my new partner recently came down with what has been diagnosed as tonsillitis by urgent care, negative for strep. I am terrified that I transmitted HSV to him, although I have been candid with him about my concerns, symptoms, and my positive igg test.
I continue to have a worsening, burning pain the back of my throat and jaw and sometimes at the base of my tongue and above my soft palate. Other times, it feels like a gripping pain behind my tonsils.
I have been reading about HSV1 being a causative factor for trigeminal neuralgia. I am very concerned that the severity of my symptoms may result in a greater likelihood of encephalitis. Have you seen HSV1 present as trigeminal neuralgia in the absence of blisters?