[Question #4183] Headache, chills, dizziness, burning in neck and shoulder - very worried

32 months ago
I performed oral sex on a woman last October.  So far I've had twitching in lips, white bumps in corner of lip, and sensations in corner of mouth, cheek, and chin.  All on the right side.

Now I have a tight, "goosebumps" feeling mainly in the right side of my head, headache, sore throat, chills, and dizziness.  I've also felt a slight burning sensation in the right side of my neck, right shoulder, and right armpit.  These symptoms have been occurring for the last couple of months.  I'm terrified that this thing is spreading and possibly moving into my brain.  

Can I do anything about this?  Can herpes progress like this?  If not, does this sound like anything else?  If this is HSV2, how can it be affecting me so badly when I've had it for decades?

I've been tested for HIV, Hepatitis B, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea...all negative.  What's strange is that my PCR for HSV1 and HSV2 was negative.  Since I already have HSV2, the only one I'm not sure of is HSV1.  But that usually results in a painful outbreak and I haven't had any of those.

I'm holding out hope that this is due to my frequent sinus infections (just got antibiotics and steroids today).  But that still doesn't explain the slight burning I'm feeling in my right shoulder right now.

I don't know what else to do and it's hard to stay focused when you keep feeling chills and dizziness.  Any insight on this and/or ways to mitigate this would be greatly appreciated.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
32 months ago
I do not believe that your symptoms have anything to do where is oral infection with HSV-2 or HSV 1. Since you already have HSV 2 as you indicated, it would be extremely unusual to acquire this same infection in a new location on your body. In addition, previous research shows us that acquiring HSV one after already having HSV-2 almost never happens. The odds that I have seen quoted based on pregnant women studies at the University of Washington indicates the risk is about one in 55,000. I don't know what might be going on with you that I would bet a ton of money it has absolutely nothing to do with an infection that you may have acquired by giving someone Oral sex.