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Ross River virus

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 18, 2007
  • 09:52 PM

I live in Melbourne and for the last 11 days have persisting symptoms of Ross River virus, particularly multiple joint pain. I am currently waiting on blood test results. I have not been out of Melbourne for several months, my son drove through Albury on his way home several days before my symptoms appeared but did not stop. Is it possible to be bitten by a mosquito in Melbourne which is carrying the Ross River virus?

Thanks for you help.
Pete

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  • Hi, I live in central victoria and had ross river virus last year . I hadn't been north of here either. my initial symptoms lasted for about three weeks then subsided, but I have since had symptoms again. My doctor says that RRV does not have "flare ups", but I have my doubts.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 11:04 AM
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  • Hi, Your doctor does not know what he is talking about!! I got RRV when I was 25 years old, my symptoms were pretty bad for about 18 months, my right hand was nearly useless and I got an orthotics brace for it just so I could use it (my hand) properly. Thinking that my RRV was a thing of the past that did haunt me from time to time....I was very surprised recently at the age of 42 that I was diagnosed "AGAIN" with the virus. Something I was told by my doctor years ago that would not happen....Truth is doctors still know very little about the virus and the lasting effects that it has on the body...my greatest fear is what it has done to me long term. I went from being a very sporty and active person to one who has little energy overnight and have never regained that or come near to gaining that again.
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  • I have been searching the internet for information on RRV recently and I am finding it quite disturbing also. Doctors need to do their research on this nasty, nasty virus and inform their patients.
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  • Glad To Hear Others Suffer Symptoms Long After The Initial Attack. I Was Diagnosed With Rrv 3 Years Ago, And Was Bedridden For Several Weeks Without The Energy To Even Walk Across The Room, Agonising Pain In My Body Particularly Hands Feet Wrists And Ankles, And Severe Bloating And Weight Gain. I Still Seem To Have Flareups And Have Ongoing Arthritis In My Hands And Feet. A Nasty Virus Which Has Left Me With A Lack Of Energy Sometimes Extending For Weeks .
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  • One of the things that has bothered me with Ross River Virus is inability to concentrate. I haven't found any written material that addresses it, but its happened in absolute parallel to RRV. I actually had a foolish car accident just before RRV was diagnosed, and looking back, its was because of the brain fog I was already suffering. I'm now two and a bit years on, the pain in joints has subsided to a tolerable level, my energy is much restored (not back to previous levels, but good) and I can think much more clearly, although it comes and goes a bit.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 03:41 AM
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  • Oh my god! I am 30yr old woman and I live in Perth, Australia and was diagnosed with RRV last October, but I hadn't travelled anywhere. I started feeling better around late Jan but for last few weeks feel unwell again, with the same symptoms. Went to gp last week and he said it doesn't usually flare up again, but I disagree. He said i've just got some kind of virus, yeh flare up of RRV i think! My symptoms before diagnosis of RRV and again now are : * very very lathargic* dizzy, nausea* feeling shaky all over (on inside, not really noticeable to others)* small white spot in mouth - doesn't rub off (i do have vitiligo so thinking it's flared up because i been sick with RRV which compromises immune system - and couple white spots now on face/forehead since RRV diagnosis)* bad headaches (diff. to my migraines that i've suffered with for last 26yrs)* night sweats* feel very hot to touch of skin, but no temperature* feel very foggy in head/brain, like i can't really think or concentrate much at all* muscle and joint pain - more severe now than at initial diagnosis in Oct 07 Does anyone else have these symptoms? Do you think it's a flare up again of RRV? THanking you.
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  • I had RRF/V about 15-20 years ago, when I was in my late teens. It resurfaced in my 20's and again now (36). It has taken me weeks to realize what I had, it wasn't until I had a few unreasoned sweating episodes that I remembered about this virus. At least it's good to know why my arms, elbows, hands and knee's hurt so badly and the headaches.Both of my secondary attacks have surfaced while recovering from injury. It seems to hone in on the injured area and then run it's usual symtoms in the rest of my body. This current episode is after a massive calf muscle tear 4 months ago- A lot of work standing on my feet recently made the torn area tense up and I started having physiotherapy and acupuncture then my arms and elbows starting getting sore and then my other leg (?). I had "Tennis Elbow" 4 years ago and it also has reappeared. The acupuncture does help but takes a few days (after the treatment) to have any results, also having massage hurts but does improve the day to day pain/mobility. I'm currently trying "Glucosamine" a shellfish extract the helps with osteoarthritis, joint swelling and inflammation. It does take about 4 weeks to start having an affect.
    painfull 3 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 05:05 AM
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  • Good point, not all is due to RRV. I'm working hard, recovering from injury and no longer the young buck in the herd, but knowing this virus can re-surface and aggrivate/cause more pain than normal gives some understanding of what my body is going through which makes it a little easier to tolerate.It's been over a month since I started the Glucosimine and things have improved a bit, I haven't keeped up the regular doesage and I'm starting to get an extra days rest in each week, which is much more help. There is still pain there. I found the greatest improvement was when I started to get back into my regular exercise routine, my muscles and joints felt an imeadiate relief.Maybe someone will notice a pattern and point out that I was/am suffering from something else, that would be great! But for know I believe RRV was a contributing factor. Once I had that in my mind I was able to find a path to recovery.Having the ability to use our mind to benefit recovery is far more powerful than any drug used in current medicine.
    painfull 3 Replies
    • February 23, 2009
    • 11:50 PM
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  • I have read the information you have all been kind enough to share with everyone. I guess we are all similar.The Blood TestI contracted RRV at the age of 42 suffering all of the symptoms and bedridden for 12 months. I was advised by my GP at the time he could not tell me how long I have had the virus due to the type of test result which only leaves a "MARK" stating RRV is present?. I took this to mean the "MARK" stays with you for life.RehabilitationI found a hospital that had a rehab unit and I attended for one month 5 full days a week. This unit consisted of a neurosurgeon, physiologist, physio therapist, dietician and a lifestyle coach. Believe me when I say I crawled in when I started and skipped out at the end. It did seem that RRV loved my body when it was idle and although it was the hardest challenge I have had in my life I was restored to an upright mobile human being.The Journey back to "Normal"RRV has left me with poly fibromyalgia and poly arthritis. I still have the so called flare ups, migraines, aching muscles and joints, hot all over like a fever but no temperature and very, very lethargic with a foggy head, bloating stomach and weight gain that has never left and so on.It has been 9 years since I was first disorganised and can I sympathise with all of you as this is an insidious virus and is not fully understood by our medical experts.Has anyone heard about the possibility of parasite infection from RRV. If so could they please let me know what they have heard. Thanks KJ
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2009
    • 06:07 AM
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  • hi , ive had ross river for 2 years now and i still get flare ups everynow and then especially when im run down or sick..... my dr even told me its normal for it to return every now and then before its completely gone but if ur worried which sounds like u r id go for a 2nd opinion hey... i still get my achy joints n muscles and get tired but not as bad as what it was when i was diagnosed with it :) hope ive help u out .Oh my god! I am 30yr old woman and I live in Perth, Australia and was diagnosed with RRV last October, but I hadn't travelled anywhere. I started feeling better around late Jan but for last few weeks feel unwell again, with the same symptoms. Went to gp last week and he said it doesn't usually flare up again, but I disagree. He said i've just got some kind of virus, yeh flare up of RRV i think! My symptoms before diagnosis of RRV and again now are : * very very lathargic* dizzy, nausea* feeling shaky all over (on inside, not really noticeable to others)* small white spot in mouth - doesn't rub off (i do have vitiligo so thinking it's flared up because i been sick with RRV which compromises immune system - and couple white spots now on face/forehead since RRV diagnosis)* bad headaches (diff. to my migraines that i've suffered with for last 26yrs)* night sweats* feel very hot to touch of skin, but no temperature* feel very foggy in head/brain, like i can't really think or concentrate much at all* muscle and joint pain - more severe now than at initial diagnosis in Oct 07 Does anyone else have these symptoms? Do you think it's a flare up again of RRV? THanking you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 19, 2009
    • 10:44 AM
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  • Hiya allIm wondering if the Ross River virus can pass thru to the unborn child? Also, has anyone heard if Theta Healing as a remedy?
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    • February 10, 2010
    • 05:54 AM
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  • Hi, I have never been to a doctor about my symptoms for diagnosis and it began in 2000.I was living on a sheep farm in Bridgtown WA never cared if mozzies bit, still don't to be honest.Anyway started getting very stiff painful Achilles tendons and painful calves, every morning hobbled and also after just sitting for a while...went on for about a year...subsided briefly after chiropractic realignments...but has over the years continued to flare up regularly. i also have trouble with my hands no and then as well a permanent pain from use in little fingers and carpel tunnel.Is it just old age? Haaaa.=)Barely remember having fevers or other symptoms but suffered alot with tiredness and felt terribly out of sorts for so long it became normalised. I just worked through it, never thought it could be RRV as i knew a man in Denmark that had it at the time and he was literally incapacitated by it, his ankles swelled and were very painful but he had fatigue etc too, couldn't work at all.I just kept going, waitressing and harvesting and such, so it just didn't cross my mind at that it could be me.Can i still get a blood test now that will indicate if i have indeed ever 'had' RRV?I ask because years back the subject had come up with another friend that had been living in Bridgetown WA around the same time who had also suffered from the ankle pain for a prolonged period.Mother has mentioned the 'virus' has been said to just linger indefinitely in the system and wreck connective tissues. Since that year my ankles have never been right and any injury or over use makes the whole thing flare up again.I am loath to go to Quacks for any reason bare last resort, usually any attempt at coherent information that is not outdated or downright wrong is futile.BUT in order for my blood to be taken and tested i will require referral.i think if i just KNEW one way or the other WHY this is ongoing i would be able to find a way to recover or manage it better.Comments anyone
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2011
    • 03:37 PM
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  • ive had rrv for over 3 years and this virus is the worst thing ive had to face ever. hands and feet pain was my 1st symptom, over the next year my knees and elbows got bad, i couldnt kneel down, was tired all the time, evry joint on my body was affected at one time or another with movement of pain travelling around the body. 2nd year to third year the symptoms would change in suttle ways. the doctor had no idea it would last this long. 3 1/2 years on im am left with light achinging hands and feet also headaches that would last for DAYs which may turn into a migraine. the exhaustion has never left, the foggyness has never left. im incapable of working as ive made several attempts. now ive been diagnosed with psioratic arthritis which is a double wammy as symptoms are similar. insidious virus that would change its symptoms over a long period of time. sympathies to all who get the long period of time version. oh and mustnt forget the memory problems, i would walk into a shop and forget why im there only to realize that its the wrong shop im in.
    ray watson 1 Replies
    • December 2, 2012
    • 10:04 PM
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  • HiI contracted RRV in 1989 in Western Australia. Doctors don't seem to think RRV reoccurs, but i believe that 20 plus years later RRV revisits me. Sometimes many years apart, but still recognisable.
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