I live in a very isolated area of the United States. Doctors are few and far between up here in the northern reaches where I live.
I am really just here with questions as I know nothing about this, but have been told by a doctor and my primary care provider - a nurse - that this is what I have.
My story: for years I always thought that I had herpes. HSV-2. When I say years, I mean about 30. However, I recently had a test for both varieties of herpes, and they came back negative. I still am unsure about it even with the negative blood test!
Last month, for what I think is the first time in my life, I had canker sores in my mouth. They lasted off and on for about three weeks.
I also tend to get sores around my nostrils, rather like small pimples that are very painful, and this has been for about two or three years.
Another delight is that I have a red round mark on my cheek, about the size of a dime. It periodically flares up and feels like a burn. Then - like right now - it just is a red mark.
However, the herpes like sores have appeared again. It is hard to write about where, but between my buttocks should cover it. Also, pain in my groin from swollen glands, and generally feeling ill. All the symtoms of herpes! So painful, and nothing seems to help. This happens on a regular basis, say once every six weeks to two months. The sores are not always in the same place. This is the place of choice this time.
Anyway, this is my first mail, and it has taken it out of me as this is not something that I have ever spoken about.
I will save the rest for another day.