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Old 02-25-2009, 07:19 PM
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Contracted Fifth - June 2007
Pain peaked in November 2007
Pain began to subside in December 2007 to Present, February 2009
Ever so slowly the pain (assumed inflammation) is nearly gone
Slight pain remains in one knee
Significant pain (some inflammation) remains in both wrists
+action of pulling a drawer with finger tips palm to ceiling is painful
+nearly all pulling with fingers slightly separated is painful
+downward pressure on wrists such as a push up is excruciatingly painful

Compared to how I felt at peak of pain (you know, Mickey Mouse hands and feet) I am better - exponentially so. I dealt with the wrist pain until I decided that I would again visit the wrist/hand specialist earlier this month (Feb.09). This doctor is fascinated with my case, wants to hear my stories and descriptions, and does not believe in folks living with pain. He prescribed a low dose (4 MG) week-long pack of Methylprednisolone. The dose was so low that the pain was relieved (not eradicated). However, I perceived no side effects such as sleeplessness like I did when I took 10 mg for poison ivy. Even the sleeplessness really did not bother me so much since I also experience the "Super Woman" effect. I completed so many projects that week. :-) Following the Methylprednisolone, I was prescribed Meloxicam 15 MG (anti-inflammatory) once daily. The pain has been reduced to the level of irritating and annoying.

I don't intend for this update to scare anyone. From accounts I've read, I think my extended bout might be rare.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:21 PM
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Default Fifths and pain

I am pretty positive that I have fifths, went to the dr's today. I told him that is what I though it was, he had to look it up. Not sure when the test will be back. The pain is horrible, it woke me up several time last night. I am afraid to go to sleep. It has been 3 nights of pain, each night getting worse than the night before. Please someone, tell me this will end soon. I am 37 and already have degnerative arthritis in my knee. They say rest, but when I get rest it goes straight to my hands and kills.
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:39 PM
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I am still recovering from fifth disease that started 6wks ago. I had a heck of a viral rash which was first mistaken for allergies at first and then it spread all over my body and I was so itch. A couple of doctors could not tell me for sure if that was what it was. They said it is a viral rash with no name at first. I was exposed in the child care centre I work at and finally I went to another doctor and she was sure it was fifth disease and also a nurse was to that I called on the phone about the situation. My rash is going through three stages and now I am getting weird joint pain. This is a scary virus because it last me awhile.
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:38 PM
Location: Orlando, FL
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Hello everyone, I am not sure why it took me this long to Google to see if anyone out there had Human Parvo B19. I got sick back when my daughter was 9mos about 10/07. And I am still reeling the effects of it. Mostly in my left hand, it's really bad some days and ok others. Has your doctors put you on any meds? I am seeing a Rheumatologist, said to be the top in the Orlando, FL area. But they are about to put me on some Chemo meds that treat the joint pain...anyone else out there had to do this?
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Old 04-10-2009, 07:53 PM
Location: Orlando, FL
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Default Can the doctors tell where you are in the cycle of this virus?

I have been dealing with all of this issues for a long time now 10-07 is when I got it. I am so over all the meds I have been put on. So just wondering if you can tell me if there is a way the doctors can tell where in the cycle of the virus I am in?

Originally Posted by mrstewart View Post
Fifth's is a virus, also known as Adult Human Parvo Virus but can lie dormant. The test is just a normal blood test and if memory serves me right, it takes about 24 hours to get teh results back. There is also a range rather than just a pos/neg so you will have a better idea where you are in the cycle of the virus.

I hope you feel better soon. Have you tried capsacin cream on your joints yet? That really helped me!
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:46 AM
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Default 5th disease in adults

I am also suffering from fifths, and am miserable. I am 39. I had a rash that was sooo itchy I thought I was going insane - it covered my hands and feet, torso, arms, and thighs. The itching rash is now subsiding, this is my 5th day,(lol) of having it. My hands have swollen up and are extremely sore(2nd bad day), as are my ankles and one knee. I think this is aweful. The doctor gave me prednisone for the itching, but along with the increased appetite and bone pain, I still itched. Nothing seems to help my swollen hurting hands, I hope this gets better soon, I've already missed two days of work due to sleepness, and the rash.
My son had the rash for a couple days, but other than the effects of a sunburn, seemed to fair fine, and we actually thought it was a sun burn - until I got it.
You are not the only one dealing with this - it is crazy. Caladryl, I think is what it is called, helped with the itching some.
good luck to us all.
Originally Posted by NYMD67 View Post

I am looking for information from other adults who have had Fifths Disease or the Parvovirus (B19)..
It is more common in elementary school children but I have just recently found out that adults can also get this (I happen to be one of those adults right now) and it is horrible.
I am suffering from extremely painful joints and swelling of my fingers & wrists mainly.
My youngest had Fifths Disease ,a very mild case, about 3 weeks ago.

Just wondering if anyone as an adult has had any experiences with it and how long did it last? I am hearing it can be days to months in some people.

The Dr. said to rest, well as most of you know,when you have children, that is a lovely concept, but not realistic. I am on anti-inflammatory but don't seem to have much relief right now.

Thanks for any input...
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:51 PM
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I am so sorry that you are having these symptoms. I surely hope your pain is short lived. I will never forget how I felt when I was in the same state as you (minus the itching). The swelling and pain was horrible.

Other than pain meds to help with sleep (do not accept "No" from your physician), I recommend wearing spacious hiking boots. Those were the only shoes I found that provided enough support for my feet, and allowed me to walk (or even sit) without my ankles swelling beyond belief.
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:07 PM
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I also had Fifth's - caught it last year from the kids in the classroom where I work. Horrible pain in EVERY JOINT in my body- even my spine. I thought I got arthritis overnight. Had the itchy rash all over my thighs and upper arms.
Couldn't stand up from a squat- going down stairs was horrible and I couldn't sleep. Ibuprofin helped. It lasted about 6 weeks. I was only diagnosed after the fact when bloodwork showed the antibodies indicating recent infection. Just remembering it takes me to a BAD place. I am so happy to be better.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:00 AM
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I am so glad I found this post. I was starting to think I was crazy the pain this morning was so bad in shoulders and hands I wanted to cry. My wbc count is very low with this fifths that my Dr. told me to stay away from Ibuprofen but nothing else helps. Any Ideas? could a chiropractor help?
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:35 AM
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Just to follow up, my Dr. took me out of work for two weeks, I am a RN with a physical job. I was on lortab for the pain and gradually have been able to stop taking it. I am now in week 7, and am almost back to normal. Occassionally still have pain in shoulders, some swelling in my hands and feet but am over the worst of it. I will say that I have never been in so much pain. Follow up with Dr. tommorrow and am sure he will return me to work, I even managed to go for a run yesterday, something that was unimmaginable a couple of weeks ago.
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