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Fifth Disease in Adults...anyone had it?

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  • Posted By: Ditto2k
  • May 15, 2008
  • 05:24 PM

My son got this disease from a friend and I also got it. I am 42 year old male and most adults have had it and never new it. But, it some cases it causes arthritis like symptoms in adults. I had a fever for a few days and then 3 days later my joints began to really hurt. I have researched it and it says it can last months. I am in my 5th week of pain. It seems to have gotten a little better. I guess I am a little shocked because I workout, eat good and am in good shape otherwise.
Could there be an underrlying something that this sickness maybe trying to show me? I have not been to a doctor because it is a wait it out disease(no cure), and my insurance coverage is poor. So why pay to have them tell me what I suspect.
Has anyone else had the adult version of this and what did you do?
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  • My sister has been struggling with a bad case of Fifth Disease. When she first got it, her feet swelled up first and then it spread around her body. She has been under the care of an excellent Rhmethoid (sp?) arthritis doctor. I know that every case can be different and she has had an extemely bad case. If it doesn't get better, I wouldn't mess around with it. My sister has been on antibiotics and anti-inflammatory. I know that you can get the viral levels checked. Good luck!
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  • Thanks..fortunately I have not had and swelling or redness in my joints. I did manage to play golf this week but was hurting the next day pretty bad.Sitting in a hot tub makes it worse, and that is the exact opposite the effect it has on arthritis. I find that to be odd. I guess in time the antibodies will overtake the virus and the aching will go away. I was just wondering if anyone had long term problems. Five weeks is enough of this mess.
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  • I finally went to the doctor. He said fifth disease would not last this long and tested me for everything under the sun only to find out that I am extremely healthy. He said there is no need to test for Fifths because there is no cure why waste the money. A RN friend told me that he doesn't have a clue, that Fifths can last for months.This is 7 weeks into this and my joints and feet still hurt and it is symmetrical. I am wondering if there is any other adults who have dealt with this, it is terrible. I am wondering if I should go back for an x-ray to make sure this is not permanant damage.anyone?
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  • I have had psoriatic arthritis since 2004; however, my son got Fifth Disease in May of 2008 and in June of 2008 I woke up with my fingers so stiff I could not shut them. This was different than my psoriatic arthritis, so I knew something was up. I went to the doctor and was tested for Fifth Disease. Sure enough, I showed evidence of antibodies and recent infection of Fifth Disease. I think they were parvovirus IgM and IgG tests. It is now September 2008 and not much relief. Rheumatologist doctor prescribed an anti-inflammatory, but not much help. I'm also losing my hair more frequently and have fatigue here and there. I have young children, so life is not too easy. I'm afraid I'm going to have chronic Fifth Disease. Anyone know of possible treatments?
    TooYoung4Arthritis 1 Replies
    • September 14, 2008
    • 00:54 PM
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  • Hi! I am sorry to hear about your condition. I am an elementary school teacher who contracted Fifth's about 5 years ago. Two children in my class had it. I was 41 at the time. I knew I had it but it was like no one else believed me! It began on a Friday night. I was off from school a total of 8 days. It was right before Easter so I went in for the Monday, Tuesday, and Wed. prior to Easter vacation. My symptoms were: a butterfly type rash on my face which could mimic Lupus, swelling in my joints all over my body that I could not even move. My hands were so swollen that I could not open and close them. I hate to say this but it hurt to hold a piece of toilet paper to do what I had to do with it!I went to an "Urgent Care" type setting first. They had no idea what Fifth's was! Then, I went to a family doctor because we had no had one prior. He was beating around the bush with a diagnosis. He NEVER came out and said I had it. He gave me Tamiflu for pain?? I had so much pain I wanted to die! I think the people @ school thought I was on a vacation to the Bahamas! No lie! When one would call me and I would say how sick I was, it was like that "sure you are" attitude. It was horrible! The school nurse thought it was a big joke. Still to this day, she says things like, "Well, you are the ONLY adult I ever knew who had Fifth's Disease!" Can you imagine?????? Of course, she also misdiagnoses broken bones as nothing! I do believe I have been permanently impaired by the disease. I have had joint pain ever since then. When it is damp, whether it is snow or rain, I am in pain! All I can say is, these people who are joking should get it! Let's see how fake it is then!
    sapphire62 1 Replies
    • October 4, 2008
    • 00:26 PM
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  • My daughter had 5th diease, and I'm pretty sure I have it as well. I'm a 47 old male and it's been 2 weeks of bi-lateral pain in my muscles and joints...so bad it's hard to get out of the bed in the morning. The pain wakes me up everynight. I had a fever of ~100 - ~102 for 4 straight days. My white cell count was LOW when the infection was at it's peak. I have no visible rash, but I do have itchy skin. I just want it to go away. I have not had the titer to check for B19 but I'm sure I have it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2008
    • 01:03 PM
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  • My son got this disease from a friend and I also got it. I am 42 year old male and most adults have had it and never new it. But, it some cases it causes arthritis like symptoms in adults. I had a fever for a few days and then 3 days later my joints began to really hurt. I have researched it and it says it can last months. I am in my 5th week of pain. It seems to have gotten a little better. I guess I am a little shocked because I workout, eat good and am in good shape otherwise.Could there be an underrlying something that this sickness maybe trying to show me? I have not been to a doctor because it is a wait it out disease(no cure), and my insurance coverage is poor. So why pay to have them tell me what I suspect.Has anyone else had the adult version of this and what did you do?Thanks Hi, I was diagnosed with the Coxsackie virus, which I was successfully fighting off without even knowing I had it until a Doctor gave me oral steroids for a previous back injury. Unfortunately, steroids hamper your immune system and two days later I was in the hospital with Pericarditis and two days after that horrible burning joint pain. I am also in my fifth week of this thing and finally the pain is starting to get a little better. I am very active and had to drop out of the Chicago marathon due to the combination of my back injury and this horrible virus. Hopefully we both steadily improve from hear. I also heard the "you are very healthy" line. Doesn't really help when you are laying in a hospital bed almost going crazy from the pain.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2008
    • 06:02 PM
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  • My son got this disease from a friend and I also got it. I am 42 year old male and most adults have had it and never new it. But, it some cases it causes arthritis like symptoms in adults. I had a fever for a few days and then 3 days later my joints began to really hurt. I have researched it and it says it can last months. I am in my 5th week of pain. It seems to have gotten a little better. I guess I am a little shocked because I workout, eat good and am in good shape otherwise.Could there be an underrlying something that this sickness maybe trying to show me? I have not been to a doctor because it is a wait it out disease(no cure), and my insurance coverage is poor. So why pay to have them tell me what I suspect.Has anyone else had the adult version of this and what did you do?Thanks I just realized you posted this in May. How are you now?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2008
    • 06:03 PM
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  • I have had Fifth Disease for a year now. I got it in April 2008 a week before my 39th birthday from my son. My son got over his rash in about 2 weeks but here I am a year later still battling the swollen joints. I'm so sorry to see so many people suffering with the same thing that I have but it has also been refreshing to know that I'm not alone with this. The only thing that has brought me relief has been Prednisone (steriods). I know that these are not good for you but for now it is the only thing that has allowed me to function. I had gotten to the point that my hands would go numb when I would eat or brush my teeth. My hands and arms would go numb while driving because of holding onto the steering wheel. I wore flip flops for months because I could not wear any of my other shoes (fortunately my work is casual dress). My Rhuematologist tried to put me on Plaquenil (non-steriod anti-inflammatory) and it was working for me but I started to break out in a rash so he took me off of it. He says it is a good drug but a lot of people are allergic to it. I would recommend trying it if you haven't already. It would be preferred over the steriods. I was doing very well on 5 mg of prednisone every day and was gradually weaning down to 1 mg. I tried to go off of it and after 3 days I was puffing back up in all my joints again. I went back on 5 mg for a week and am now back on 1 mg daily. I'm still very puffy in all my joints but I'm somewhat functional.My doctor has never seen it last this long and is really at a loss as to what to do. He keeps telling me it will eventually go away. I would like to find some other treatment for the symtoms besides the steriods. I'm open to any suggestions.Good luck to all of you!!
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  • I became ill with 5th disease about 10days ago, fever joint pain and after 6 days broke out with rash, thought I felt alot better after rash came out for about a day and just back to same feeling very weak and tired and severe joint pain, my dr. said you can go back to work I cant even find the strenth to stand up very long besides everything else to do with this. Has anyone else had this complete exhaustion? I take it I may need to get a refill on the methylprednisolone tablets.
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  • Hi everyone - I've been reading the posts and have to wonder if any of you have been tested for Lupus? I had the same exact symptoms for 18 months before I was diagnosed. Evidently, they both mimic each other. I don't think I was ever tested for 5ths. I'm going to call my doc and find out.
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  • I have been tested 3 times in the last year for lupus, RA & other things that might cause joint inflammation. All of my bloodwork as come back normal. I didn't even test positive for the Fifth's disease but my Rheumatologist said he is not real certain of the validity of that particular test. It was so long from the time that I had symtoms to the time that I was tested for it he felt that could have affected the results as well. Anyway, he doesn't believe that it is coincidence that I got this when my son had fifth's disease so he is positive that is what I have. Hi everyone - I've been reading the posts and have to wonder if any of you have been tested for Lupus? I had the same exact symptoms for 18 months before I was diagnosed. Evidently, they both mimic each other. I don't think I was ever tested for 5ths. I'm going to call my doc and find out.
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  • I've had similar experiences to all of you. I contracted Fifth disease from my stepdaughter and was violently ill for 5 days. I couldn't keep even water down for 3 days and had severe inflamation in hands, knees and feet. I couldn't grip anything and if I was down on my knees, I wouldn't be able to get up without help. Steroids were a life saver in the short term. When I was first tested, they thought it might be lupus because of a subtle redness in my face (mask) and the initial blood work had high RA levels. The second round of bloodwork tested for many things (9 vials of blood taken!) including Lyme disease and Fifth disease. I tested positive to fifth disease. It took a full 18 months for my body to stop producing antibodies, as tested through occasional bloodwork and my symptoms began to morph in that time. The joint pain was so intense and the fatigue so debilitating that they thought it was rheumatoid arthritis. At about 8 months into it, the pain began to subside, the fatigue became more managable and then changed to severe muscle pain. After a couple of doctors later.....I'm now dealing with fibromyalgia. I've had fibro now for 6 years. The doctors seem to be clueless about all this. I'm wondering if anyone out there is still fighting pain or illness that long after getting fifth disease.
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  • I have read all of your posts and thought I was the only one in the world that had fifth disease. I received this horrible disease from my Granddaughter in January 2009. Thought I had the flu but immediately knew that something else was going on. I already arthritis and so this has been awful on my joints. I have read everything I could get my hands on. My Doctor's visits have been few after finding out there was nothing to help this disease. I was assured that this is not harming my internal organs or central nervous system. My immune system is working and fighting this nasty virus with all its might. At first I had the symptoms for about a month and then it dissappeared. It has reoccurred this month and I am in my 4th week. The Doctor says it might be a year to deal with it. I tried all kinds of pain medicines and now am on Naproxen, an antiflammatory drug. I have very few days where I feel Ok and when I do, like yesterday, I hurry and do all the errands, etc that are necesssary to function in life. I am 73 years old and it has been really ******n me. I guess misery loves company but I am glad to have found others with this delibitating disease. I try to keep positive and see the true blessings in my life. Some days it is so hard. My life as I have known it is on hold for now. I send all of you strength and hope.
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  • Hi, I tested positive for Fifths in Sept. of 08 after having had severe joint and muscle pain since May of 07! A rash appeared under left breast in May o7, which I think was the beginning of ***l for me. My left rib hurts super bad, constant ache deep. I still have the exact same pain all over every moment of every day. I cannot take it anymore. I went to pain mang. this week and am now taking Lortab 10 three times a day and amrix. Inf. Doc told me it could burn out in one to ten years! WHAT THE????? There is no follow up with him he just said good luck. I am 37 mom with two kids who never had this. My life and marriage has been ruined by the constant pain, me always crying and looking like poo all the time. I would rather give natural birth again ten times than deal with this. Daily chores are hard to do and so is driving,. I just bought a cane and people just about laugh at me becuase I'm "too young " for one. If they only knew how painful this is. I have also been told I also have fibro, myofascial pain syndrome and in Sept. of o7 I found out I have syringomyelia, which also causes alot of symptoms. Husband doesn't care or want to hear about it. This is so real!!! Will it ever subside? I would do anything for my legs and everything to not ache. People that are healthy take their well being for granted and it has made me a bitter person. I'm sorry but I miss being happy and I feel everyday like I am dying and no one cares. We are left alone to suffer. I hope if this virus goes away the fibro symptoms will go too but it has been so long already. My wrists hurt so bad just from typing. No meds have even helped remove a litle bit of the pain and believe me I have taken everything out there, methotrxate, muscle rel, pain meds, anti- inf and on and on. Someone please help... Thanks for listening.
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  • Hi everyone - sorry to hear of all the suffering with fifth disease at 43. I recently contracted it from my son (outbreak in his classroom and he brought it home). Three miserable days of 102 degree fevers, no appetite, severe body aches and no energy at all. I thought it was a late spring flu until the rash appeared on my arms, legs and torso. A week later, I'm still extremely tired with no energy. The rash isn't visible at this point but my skin itches. I seem to be spared the joint pain so far. My appetite comes and goes but I have absolutely no energy.
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  • hello my name is brendan and im 12, i think i got this virus. at my school there have been other cases. mine is kinda weird thouhg. my dots which are like ****k points have started on my feet and are slowly moving up. in the start i expeirenced severe headaches. im wondering if i have fith disease?
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  • 3 weeks ago my 5 year old daughter who had a low grade fever told me it hurt to chew, and later that her legs hurt. Then a few days later the super red flushed cheeks appeared and i said to my husband she looks as if she has fifths disease and he looked at me as if I made that disease up. Well I took her to the Dr. the next day and he thought she had Fifths disease, lots of rest, plenty of fluids, tylenol, and love is what he recommended for this viral infection. So 5 days later my husband whom is 35 wakes up and he cant walk right, he says his arms are weak, neck hurts, legs are aching. He goes to his Dr., they give him muscle relaxers ect. Well its not until the middle of the night that I realize he too is showing signs of fifths disease. So we are now on like week 3 and both of them have been sooooo itchy. As of today he has a lacey rash ALL over his torso, legs and arms. He looks miserable! Benadryl NOT working for him but seems to be helping my 5 yr old. As far as me and my 1 yr son, we are showing no signs of any of this. Anyways I made an appointment for the AM for him to be seen again, because its viral they say there is nothing for it, but there has to be something for the rash!
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  • I've had fifth's disease now for 1 month. I am a 30 year old mom and I run a daycare in my home and all the kids got fifth's when there was an outbreak at school. They are all fine now, but I am still sick. The virus was so strange though, with the 103 degree fever for 5 days straight, severe headaches, and a horrible itchy rash that was almost like hives. Then I went a whole week and was totally fine with absolutely no symptoms. Then on Friday, I started to get severe joint aches, so badly that I couldn't move all night and then all day Saturday. The joints in my hands were so swollen that even when I spread my fingers, they still touched at the joints. I already have carpal tunnel in my hands, so this made is even worse with the pain and numbness. The aches in my neck were so severe, I couldn't hold my head up and in my knees so that I couldn't walk. This morning was ok, but now in the afternoon I am covered in the rash again. I don't understand what is going on--I can't stand to be so sick all the time- my job requires me to be active and I am a student, but can't type with severe pain in my hands. Will this ever go away?!?!?
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  • I am a 33 mom, I got it from my 5 year old about 2 weeks ago. I feel like everyday is a new symptom. I think my husband is sick of it already!My other 2 daughters have had it so I thought I was ammune. My first doctor told me I has Rubella because I have many swollen glands in my neck. I am ammune to rubella, he is a quack, he never even tested me for anything even after i told him my daughter had fifths and strep 10 days earlier. I went to my old doctor(that doesn't take my insurance any longer, but I was scared i had hodgkins) and he tested me for everything under the sun. all I had at the time was swollen glands, and rash. The next morning I couldn't move my neck, and was in terrible pain. the next morning my hands feet and knees were so swollen i could barely bend them. the next day my doctor called me with the results. he said my numbers were through the roof for fifths. no I am dealing with a headache every morning that stops me in my tracks , and I am concerned I am taking way too much advil. My doctor assures me this will all go away soon. But every day it is something new.
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