Jump to content
Connect Anonymously for Herpes Support.
Sign in to follow this  
tomato80

herpes on my back?

Recommended Posts

On Monday I felt something on my back and thought it was a pimple so I tried to pop it. I couldn't reach it with both hands because it was in the right-center of my back so I scratched at it thinking maybe it was a whitehead and that would "pop" it or close enough. The next day, I felt it again and I felt a raised patch. In the mirror it looked like a rash. Now it's Friday and the rash hasn't gone away, so I went to the doctor. He looked at it and said right away it was herpes simplex. Then he asked me a series of follow up questions: is it painful? have you had a fever? etc. But no, I haven't had any of that. The rash is slightly itchy, but only if I touch it. I questioned the doctor on the diagnosis but he is certain that he's correct. Has anyone heard of this? Herpes in the middle of your back with no other symptoms? I have no idea how I would have gotten it either. I don't even think I've had my shirt off except to take a shower or change clothes. I've thought it could be shingles, as I had chicken pox when I was younger, but I'm only 26, and so that doesn't seem likely.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've never heard of that, though some people get herpes in their eyes or hands so i guess its possible. Did he actually swab it, and did you get a blood test? :eek: You should get him to swab it.

p.s. tomato80 :lol: :lol: :lol:

feel better. hugs!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No, he didn't do any tests. He just said was he was sure it was herpes, dismissed my questions, and wrote me a prescription for Valtrex. Basically, he said you can get herpes anywhere, which I'm sure is true...I apparently just have the improbable herpes in a place I can barely touch and that no one on the internet has ever had herpes.

I'm thinking of seeing a dermatologist, but I worry the wait to see one will be long and by then the rash will have gone away.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think I have heard of wrestlers getting Herpes in weird places. Do you have the virus anywhere else? Mouth, genitals, etc?

I would press for a test, just to know for sure.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
No, he didn't do any tests. He just said was he was sure it was herpes, dismissed my questions, and wrote me a prescription for Valtrex. Basically, he said you can get herpes anywhere, which I'm sure is true...I apparently just have the improbable herpes in a place I can barely touch and that no one on the internet has ever had herpes.

I'm thinking of seeing a dermatologist, but I worry the wait to see one will be long and by then the rash will have gone away.

this doctor sounds terrible. i would definitely go to a different doctor. seeing a dermatologist is a good idea but maybe for the time being a doctor would be quicker.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No, I don't have it anywhere else. I saw the thing about wrestlers, but I can't think how that would have happened. It's been cold and I haven't been without a shirt much. My long time girlfriend is probably the only person who's touched my back in who knows how long.

My sister told me she knew someone that had shingles at 16, so I'm starting to think this is what it is. From the photos I see online, I don't see how you could tell the two apart except by placement on the body. Anyway, thanks for the respones. It doesn't look like anyone's ever heard of herpes on the back and I suppose it doesn't matter since the treatment is the same for both.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yea i would definitely get a second opinion, I know you can get sores elsewhere but didnt know on your back, it could just be a rash even a fungus who knws but get it checked out

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Response to your ?

That happened to me quite a few years ago, except mine was on my shoulder. Raised rash and itchy. The dermotologist said it was Herpes also. I was shocked and to this day do not understand how that happened, but obviously it does.

On Monday I felt something on my back and thought it was a pimple so I tried to pop it. I couldn't reach it with both hands because it was in the right-center of my back so I scratched at it thinking maybe it was a whitehead and that would "pop" it or close enough. The next day, I felt it again and I felt a raised patch. In the mirror it looked like a rash. Now it's Friday and the rash hasn't gone away, so I went to the doctor. He looked at it and said right away it was herpes simplex. Then he asked me a series of follow up questions: is it painful? have you had a fever? etc. But no, I haven't had any of that. The rash is slightly itchy, but only if I touch it. I questioned the doctor on the diagnosis but he is certain that he's correct. Has anyone heard of this? Herpes in the middle of your back with no other symptoms? I have no idea how I would have gotten it either. I don't even think I've had my shirt off except to take a shower or change clothes. I've thought it could be shingles, as I had chicken pox when I was younger, but I'm only 26, and so that doesn't seem likely.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was told last week that I had herpes on my back, the same place that you had yours, but my Dr did a test and it came back possitive for herpes, But thinking back when we were stationed in Japan I also would get a very painful wort on my Vajayjay, the Navy dr said it was nothing to worry about and did nothing. It was so painful that I could not wear underwear. I think for the last 10 years I have been living with it and did not even know it.Please go get a test if you have not already.I also had flu like symptoms.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have herpes on my back

On Monday I felt something on my back and thought it was a pimple so I tried to pop it. I couldn't reach it with both hands because it was in the right-center of my back so I scratched at it thinking maybe it was a whitehead and that would "pop" it or close enough. The next day, I felt it again and I felt a raised patch. In the mirror it looked like a rash. Now it's Friday and the rash hasn't gone away, so I went to the doctor. He looked at it and said right away it was herpes simplex. Then he asked me a series of follow up questions: is it painful? have you had a fever? etc. But no, I haven't had any of that. The rash is slightly itchy, but only if I touch it. I questioned the doctor on the diagnosis but he is certain that he's correct. Has anyone heard of this? Herpes in the middle of your back with no other symptoms? I have no idea how I would have gotten it either. I don't even think I've had my shirt off except to take a shower or change clothes. I've thought it could be shingles, as I had chicken pox when I was younger, but I'm only 26, and so that doesn't seem likely.

Yes, I know, it´s weid but It´s possible. I have the exact same thing, a rash on my back, dindt hurt, and it went away after a week. Then, it appeared again after a few years, at the same spot, then again... so I started to suspect it could be herpes (although it didn´t look like it, nos blisters, or vesicles...) Last time it appeard I went to the doctor and right away she said it was herpes. To make sure, you can ask another doctor to ask for the blood test for herpes.

But dont worry about it, herpes is very common, more people have it than the ones who don´t. I think, as I watched my father having outbreaks on his mouth my whole life, it didn´t come as such bad news for me... it´s just weird to tell the guy I´m dating that I have herpes... on my back...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not unusual

I've got the back breakout going on now. But I'm not at all surprised. I was actually completely relieved that it wasn't skin cancer. Somehow my mind went to cancer first even though I've had herpes on my leg multiple times. So back doesn't seem far fetched. When I was young I had sores on my mouth regularly for years and I have a spot on my leg that breaks out every couple years. So far, knock wood, no vaginal herpes.

What I was wondering is if the Shingles vaccine might lesson the chances of these "body" sores. Anyone have any insight, or experience with the vaccine. Technically I'm a couple years too young to get it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Herpes Dating Web Site

    Guest, would you like to try dating another Herpster in your area?

    Search Now
  • Newbies

  • Latest Buzz

    • Evictorious
      So the hsv2 did not show up on the blood test, only the hsv 1, I never get cold sores so I would imagine I have been a carrier for a while. I saw two Doctors and both thought it was a yeast infection but the meds did not work so I asked about the blood work and swab culture for herpes. I never had blisters, just painful concave sores and lots of swelling and pain. What is PCR? I think it was a swab culture but I have not seen my lab results yet.  I have been in a relationship for the last  14 weeks, we used condoms at first but stopped awhile ago.  I did have unprotected sex accidentally with someone the week before that so 15 weeks ago. It was casual and I'm not really sure how to even get a hold of him.  So it is possible the exposure could have come from him. My current boyfriend has only had one other sexual partner in the last year. I have no idea where this came from. Thank you for your response. I will deffinitely check out the forums on natural things I can do. 
    • Seeker1960
      I wouldn't jump to conclusions but herpes is a posibility. Herpes cannot be positively diagnosed visually. There are othwr condition that produce similar symptoms. Go to the Doctor and have tje blisters swabbws within 48 hrs. If they dry up and you swab you may get a false negative. Take a  blood test in 12 weeks
    • Tense
      Wow, sorry this sounds pretty crappy. I too have been recently seen because of an outbreak. I wouldn't care abo It having this but, my love of my life was gone for 6 months and  now wants me back. What do i do?? Don't know what to say to tell him. Will go on supporessincd therapy.  To be honest. Sounds like he has something anyway. The o.b doesn't have to present. Some may not have an o.b because they have a good immune system. I am proud of you for getting tested to begin with. He may be positive and  may never test for fear of the knowing he has it. The tingling in the face is yes shedding. I get that and then get one on my nose. It sucks. Sorry to hear about your problem with all this. I am here to listen. I am deeply depressed and at a major low but, talking to many here will help.   
    • hopeing
      Yes they are likely herpes, go see a doctor.
    • Tense
      No, no oral. I kissed him,gave him oral and grinded on his part. The Dr swabbed my cervix, not the sores. I had a bad burning sensation, red area, and then i got red pimple like sores That popped up on the 11th the pain and itch are finally going away. I have been on acyclovir 400 mg 3 times a day since the 11th.  I had my rectal Area a few days ago pop up with a bunch of white pustukes that hurt like hell. He had a cut on his lip which I  now think he was having an outbreak.   
    • jingle
      The positive hsv1 blood test means you probably have oral hsv1 from childhood. Do you know what the value was for the blood test for hsv2? The positive swab may mean you recently got infected with hsv2. What kind of swab was it? culture or PCR? What symptoms did you have that was swabbed? Do you have any estimate of when you would have been exposed with the virus? any days when you had a new partner or unprotected sex? You might want to wait at least 12 weeks, ideally 16 weeks (and in rare cases up to 24 weeks) to get another IgG blood test done for confirmation about hsv2. In the meanwhile, if it is definitely hsv2, you're right, valtrex is most effective if taken as soon as symptoms start, no more than a day after symptoms start. Your body will adjust with time and you will likely not need to take it all your life, although that are people who take valtrex daily and do just fine. It all depends on how well your immune system can keep the virus in check. Do you ever get cold sores on your lips? If you don't, inspite of having oral hsv1, your immune system has learnt to keep hsv1 in check, and will eventually learn to do the same for hsv2. There are many natural alternatives, please read through the natural remedies section on this forum, it's a good place to start. No 2 people are same when it comes to natural remedies (or even valtrex for that matter) so you'll need to experiment and see what works best for you. By the way, the fist outbreak is the worst, so it's possible you may not even have another outbreak or may have outbreaks very rarely. The first year is usually the most outbreaks. Good luck, and let us know if you have more questions.
  • Trending

×