Patient Comments: Fifth Disease - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with fifth disease.

Comment from: Syl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I didn't realize I probably have/had it until my granddaughter had it and I looked up the symptoms and there they were. Over the last 3 weeks I've had 2 days where I couldn't get out of bed and nearly called an ambulance. I had one day of diarrhea, about a week of low grade fever, about 2 degrees above my normal, pain in my knee, ankle, hand, shoulder and back of my neck. Taking an ibuprofen was like a miracle until it wore off. I have diabetes (for 22 yrs) plus asthma, plus osteoporosis, a low thyroid, celiac disease and assorted immuno-suppressant problems.

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Comment from: carla.perez, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I just found out I have the fifth disease and I am having lots of pain in my joints, hands, knees, and feet. Over the counter pain relievers aren't helping.

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Comment from: LT, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I caught Fifth Disease along with my son who was one at the time (in 2007). My symptoms were all over body flu feeling like full body arthritis. It took a month to subside and then flared every few months the first year. By a year and a half out my pain began building back up and was chronic and daily. I am now in year 6 and have been on Flexeril daily since I sought a Rheumatologist in 2008. My diagnosis to receive the medication is fibromyalgia. I can't take other medications due to a kidney disorder. The medication helps me sleep, feel rested and get through the day with minimal pain. My Dr. describes the onset as your nerve system hyper-reacting to the initial pain and never calming down again. The Arthritis website says that the chronic joint pain can go on for up to 9 years. I wonder if this is the longest they have a case record of in a person with the condition. Staying active is key to fighting the stiffness.

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Comment from: momoftwo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

My daughter came down with a fever and rash two weeks ago. The pediatrician didn't know what it was and ran a CBC, which showed low white and platelet counts typical of a viral infection. They wanted to admit her, but my husband (an MD) thought we should wait and watch. Two days later, I woke up feeling like I'd been in a car accident; I was sore all over. As the day progressed, I had fevers and generally felt as if I were coming down with a flu. Another few days went by like this, and a week ago, my daughter came home with a note from a school nurse saying several kids had "fifth disease." Only then did the penny drop that I might have it too. For days now, I have had excruciating pain in my right hand, especially my ring and middle fingers. It keeps me up at night. Nothing helps. My doctor prescribed Tylenol with codeine, which calms it a little.

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Comment from: KATHYSAUER, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

A couple of weeks ago, my 7-year-old daughter had a rash on her legs, and I thought it was a heat rash. My 30-year-old sister was at our house on that day, and, a week later, she had a 103 degree fever. The next day, she developed a lacy rash and was diagnosed with fifth's disease. Just five days after that, my 7-year-old (who has light skin) had her cheeks as red as if they were about to bleed. Then, she had the rash again and she could not stop scratching for a couple of days. Last Saturday, I started having chills and joint pain, especially on my knees. I knew a fever was coming (I only have joint pain when I am about to have a fever), which was weird because I had no other symptoms. To my surprise, yesterday I woke up with the lacy rash on my body and swelling on my feet. I am using Aveeno anti-itch concentrated lotion (same thing I used on my daughter), and that is helping a lot. I have 3 other kids and a husband, so I wonder...who will be next?

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Comment from: Carmen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I'm 39 years old and mother of two children. I woke up one morning to find my hands swollen. I was extremely concerned. Within three days, all of my joints were so swollen and sore that I couldn't walk, use zippers, or tie my shoes. Most concerning was that I started to lose feeling in my fingers. Finally, I was prescribed anti-inflammatories that eased my discomfort. I wouldn't have thought of fifth's disease until my son came home with flaming red cheeks. Within days he's almost finished, but four weeks later for me, and my hands still feel thick and get achy if I've done too much.

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