I have been having most of the same symptoms as everyone else here for the past 2 weeks. Woke up one morning, and my right hand was swollen and extremely painful. Thought I was having a bout of arthritis, but the next day it was so painful I went to my walk-in clinic for something to relieve the pain. They took x-rays & tested me for Rhuemetoid Arthritis, Lymes Disease & something else I don't remember....all negative. Prescribed me anti-inflammatory & darvocet for pain. Stayed home for 2 days, & swelling and pain started to subside. Four days later, it was in my left hand & wrist. Pain was so bad I wanted to chop it off! I was getting spasms in it every 10 seconds. Also started vomiting, & assumed it was from the anti-inflammatory I was taking. Dr. said to stop it & just take Advil. Felt better in a couple of days & went back to work. Two days after that, I came home from work & couldn't even eat my dinner because my left side of face & jaw was stiff & hurting a lot. I was on the computer looking up all these symptoms & couldn't come up with anything that "fit" what I was experiencing. Jaw pain went away next day. I was feeling good so I cleaned my house. Later that day, my left arm started hurting. By nighttime, I couldn't even lift my arm, the pain was so bad, up to my shoulder & shoulder was swollen. Didn't sleep at all that night. Next morning, I was getting such horrible spasms in my shoulder I knew I had to do something. Once my family saw how much pain I was in & being that it was my left arm & that my left jaw was hurting two days ago, they thought I might be having a heart attack & called an ambulance!! I kept insisting it wasn't my heart....didn't feel like that. But off I was to the emergency room! Was there all day taking blood tests & x-rays. They gave me Percosets for the pain & that helped. They sent me home with Celebrex, & told me to follow up with the Rheumotologist that saw me in the hospital. It's been a week now & still have not gotten an appointment. Arm pain finally went away & I went back to work 2 days later...that was Thursday. Was doing fine, until I cleaned my house again yesterday. Now my upper left side of my back & neck are hurting. Not as bad as the other times, but bad. Laying down is the worst. Now I know something is going on. All blood tests & X-rays from the hospital were negative. My sister mentioned to me today that she knows of two people with similar symptoms who ended up having Adult Fifths Disease. Well, I went to computer, and sure enough found a lot of info. on this & this website. I am starting to believe that this is what I have. I haven't been in contact with anyone who has had this, as far as I know, so don't know how I would have picked it up. I'm actually hoping that this is not what I have, because it seems to be with everyone for a long time and I don't know how much more of the pain I can take. But I am definately going to contact the Rheumetologist doctor that I saw in hospital tomorrow & ask if I was tested for Fifths. This really sounds like what I have....nobody else seems to have an answer for me. My diagnosis upon leaving the ER was "migratory arthritis"!!! Whether this is what I have or not, I hope everyone gets rid of this disease soon.
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