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Autoimmune reaction to Fifth Disease

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  • Posted By: suzieq61
  • May 22, 2011
  • 02:24 AM

I developed severe joint pain in November out of the blue - never had a rash or any of the other symptoms of Fifth Disease. I finally got in to see a rheumatologist who told me that she thought I had Fifth and that it could take 6-8 months to go away. She put me on 600 mg. of ibuprofen 3x/day and told me I could take Tylenol too. After two months of horrible pain she put me on prednisone. After two days of only 5 mg. of prednisone, the symptoms were gone completely. After a month of being on the steroid, she told me to stop it and the pain/swelling stayed gone. Then suddenly about 6 weeks later, the pain is back and it's not responding to steroids the same way. I'm always better in the a.m. and as the day goes on, my fingers, wrists, shoulder, knees, or ankles may be affected. I'm attached a picture of my hand taken a few days ago. The rheumatologist acted like she hadn't a clue why I would have pain again and suggested I had tendinitis (wrists), bursitis (shoulder), and inflammatory osteoarthritis in my fingers. This made no sense to me - three separate issues that simultaneously co-occurred out of the blue? Has anyone had any experience with the symptoms going into remission and coming back? What can I do to get the disorder to go back into remission? Any ideas would be gratefully received! I see a new rheumatologist this coming week.

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  • I developed severe joint pain in November out of the blue - never had a rash or any of the other symptoms of Fifth Disease. I finally got in to see a rheumatologist who told me that she thought I had Fifth and that it could take 6-8 months to go away. She put me on 600 mg. of ibuprofen 3x/day and told me I could take Tylenol too. After two months of horrible pain she put me on prednisone. After two days of only 5 mg. of prednisone, the symptoms were gone completely. After a month of being on the steroid, she told me to stop it and the pain/swelling stayed gone. Then suddenly about 6 weeks later, the pain is back and it's not responding to steroids the same way. I'm always better in the a.m. and as the day goes on, my fingers, wrists, shoulder, knees, or ankles may be affected. I'm attached a picture of my hand taken a few days ago. The rheumatologist acted like she hadn't a clue why I would have pain again and suggested I had tendinitis (wrists), bursitis (shoulder), and inflammatory osteoarthritis in my fingers. This made no sense to me - three separate issues that simultaneously co-occurred out of the blue? Has anyone had any experience with the symptoms going into remission and coming back? What can I do to get the disorder to go back into remission? Any ideas would be gratefully received! I see a new rheumatologist this coming week.Ask your doctor to test you for celiac disease. It can cause all kinds of problems not only GI problems. Go to celiac.com for more infomation. Check out the forums. A lot of people who have this experience all kinds of symptoms. A gluten free diet might be the only thing you need. :)
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