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SpaceGoat

Funny thing happened at the doctor...

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SpaceGoat

I was diagnosed earlier this month with Herpes through a swab test. I was going to ask my OB/GYN on Wednesday when I go back for a sonogram (I'm 19 weeks pregnant) for a blood test so we could find out the type and how long I've had it.

I had to go to a specialist (ENT for a chronic ear infection) this week. I haven't seen a doctor in their network in 5 years. Actually, the last time I saw a doctor in their network was for an STD test after my first husband confessed he cheated 6 months after the fact. He cheated on me when I was pregnant and our baby was born 5 weeks early and very sick. I kicked him out and went for STD tests & suggested he do the same. He begged me not to go get tested. :confused: He was very relieved when my tests came back negative and said he thought he had one after cheating on me but "couldn't tell" me or seek treatment for himself.

Anyway, sitting in the ENT office and reading my medical file as the nurse entered my information on the computer. Imagine my surprise when it said clear as day HSV-2.

I never got the test results, though. Actually when they did the tests they ran a test by mistake and it came back positive that led them to believe I had Lupus or RA and sent me to a specialist.

I am relieved I have had this for so long without an outbreak until recently (caused by a month of antiboitics), but mostly relieved I have had this for so long due to the baby I'm carrying.

Anyway, it seemed kind of odd to me. If I had seen that without having this outbreak and being diagnosed I would have been like "WTF is that? Nobody ever told me" and asked to be tested again because I would have thought it was a mistake.

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Shayna

Spacegoat, this is the first time I've where another person had an ob only because hey took an antibiotic. That's what happened to me, too. I don't think I would have ever known otherwise because I've never had another ob.

I'm glad I know so I don't pass it on in ignorance...but I'm really glad you found out so you can all take the precautions to keep your baby safe ;) !

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SpaceGoat

Oh, I'm so glad I know, too. My OB/GYN said the antibiotics were suppressing my immune system, quit taking them and let my body fight for itself.

Antibiotics make me so sick. Blech. I always tell the doctor that they make me sick (I've had an allergic reaction to one) and they will prescribe one that *shouldn't* cause vomiting and diarrhea and make me sicker than a dog, but they always do. I hope an OB isn't going to be a new fun side effect whenever I have to take antibiotics.

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Shayna

I've actually taken a course of antibiotics since and I didn't have an ob. The time I had the ob from them I was fighting a finger nail infection from a manicure that was a biotch to get rid of, so I was on the strong stuff for a long time.

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SpaceGoat

That is good to know. I would hate to have another side effect of antibiotics. I'm glad it's not happened again for you. :)

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