I was diagnosed with fifths in January 2010. I am a 33 year old female. It was really bad for about 6 months. Steroids are what helped me get thru it. I did the tapering thing, still had pain after, but found that 15mg made me feel much better, so I did 15mg for a couple of months then weened it down to nothing. Fortunately I had no ill side effects from the steroids except some sleepless nights the first week. Now I am left with what my rhuemetologist calls reactive arthritis, it mostly affects my spine but sometimes my wrists and ankles. I was tested for the gene HLBA27 (sp?) and tested positive. I guess most people who have arthritis have this gene, but not everyone who has the gene gets arthritis. Arthritis also runs in my family. It is like the fifths triggered the arthritis, my rhuemy says. My pain and discomfort is much less severe than when I had the virus. I am being treated with sulfasalazine daily and painkillers when only absolutely nescessary. I am doing great and feel for all of you that are suffering through this. Please have hope and take care of yourself! Stretch as much as you can, even through the pain.
I have no idea if it worked, but I cooked with a ton of garlic and ginger. I bought dehydrated ginger at Penzy's as well and would put a piece or two in every cup of tea I drank. I also bought a juicer and juiced like crazy! My favorite is beets and green apples or carrots with just about anything.
Take care, This site was very comforting to me. I check back time to time even though I have recovered. Please contact me if you have any questions or need any support to get thru this! firstname.lastname@example.org