Has anyone else ever had this? I've had this off and on for 3+ years, but it's becoming more frequent and really starting to scare me. One day I'll just wake up with sore skin that hurts to the lightest touch, even from clothing brushing against it. Pressing into it doesn't hurt at all and it definitely feels like skin pain - super sensitive like when you're coming down with the flu or like a mild sunburn, and cold things against it are excruciating. It starts in a small area and tends to spread outward during the course of a few days to 2 weeks. I used to get it all the time on my left side only, usually the back of my thigh, but sometimes my whole leg. I always associated this with having herpes type 2 (embarrassing
) so it never bothered me. BUT now I've been experiencing this on the right side of my body as well and not only on my thigh. I've had it on the underside of my forearms and my torso. Right now it's affecting my right side, wrapping around between my navel and mid-back. If it were just related to herpes, which isn't life-threatening but annoying, I wouldn't be worried. But I'm not sure how herpes could affect so many areas since I thought it affects one nerve line. Now I'm jumping to the worst-case scenarios - MS, Lupus, etc.
I seem to have a variety of odd symptoms lately and am starting to worry that they're connected somehow. First it was a tightness, shakiness, easily fatigued right arm (made better by strengthening in physical therapy, thank goodness), then it was a stiff, easily fatigued right leg (that seems better it certain positions or after a hot bath), and now this. I'm SOOO worried. I have to say I did notice a huge spike in my anxiety after I had my baby boy in December 2012, but I'm hesitate to chock it all up to anxiety. I have noticed a correlation in the frequency of herpes symptoms (not necessarily visible outbreaks, but this sore skin that WAS limited to my left thigh) when my hormones fluctuated wildly, and have noticed more of this sore skin since my pregnancy, so I wonder if it's connected somehow. I wonder if the hormone craziness is exacerbated the HSV-2 and making it act atypically or mutate somehow. Or I wonder if I have some awful autoimmune disease. I'm so scared, can someone please help me? Has anyone ever experienced this before?