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Shingles..??? - JB
Feb 6, 2001

Doc JB, im 22, 5'11, 130 lbs.. i had unsafe sex w/ a woman... on the following morning i felt sore or hot or aching at my upper back ( coz of this my face sweats at times) this achining, hot... goes on 5 days after my exposure and on 6th day my upper back became aching (particularly my back ribs) and to my upper back neck also my front neck sometimes get cold and still my upper back is hot when i touch it w/ my hand. on the 7th day this aching or hot something slowly moves up to my upper back neck and a little both in my arms. On the 9th day, my upper back's hot and ache sensation subsided, only a little sore or cold at my upper neck. What does this symptom called??? (Is it called Shingles) I searched in a dictionary Shingles means accute inflammatory on the spinal nerves. Is this Shingles i had described above? If not, what is it then? Pls help me understand. Thank you. John

Response from Dr. Bartlett

John, sometimes shingles can begin with the kinds of symptoms that you describe. However, this is usually followed by a rash. In addition, if you has shingles as a complication of HIV, it would not typically occur so rapidly following exposure. I would suggest that you go to your health care provider and get tested, and please be safe in the future!

mosquito bites... - JB
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