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I’m so glad I’ve found this forum to discuss and share our issues.
I am currently going through my 6th bout in the last 10 years. It is on the back of right thigh most of the time although I have had 2 outbreaks on my left upper back. I am always going through a trauma in my life when I get it. My stress levels and anxiety are usually at their highest and it comes out if I’m trying to keep it together and carry on with life without letting myself deal with the issue.
I have never had a swab taken to prove it is shingles as Doctors have always told me it was and I’ve just gone with it, however after doing some research I’ve come across the possibility that it may be herpes due to where it is. I have no idea who and when I would have caught this though.
I get all the symptoms of shingles and the stress/trauma being linked with the outbreaks tells me it is shingles. I also get get a lot of intense mouth ulcers when I was stressed and run down too.
My next outbreak I will see a doctor to get a swab taken to get answers as I’m concerned I’m doing my body more harm by not treating this properly, although research has told me I would be prescribed the same medication for either.
I have two small children who I am very careful around as I was concerned about chicken pox but now I’m concerned about them catching herpes. Also my husband does not have herpes.
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