I have read NUMEROUS posts/questions from readers re:fifth's disease, AKA human parvovirus B19. All the doctors keep responding that the symptoms "don't sound like fifths disease" BUT THEY DO!! Or at least a result of it! IT HAS BEEN WELL KNOWN FOR YEARS that fifth's disease can lead to arthralgias, and autoimmune (hashimotos, myocardidtis, uveitis to mane a couple) and the whole host of symptoms that go along with them.
O am a nurse, and spent SIX YEARS being told I was a hypochondriac. I finally wound up in an ER in congestive heart failure. FINALLY, I was seen by a doctor who actually knew what he was doing. IT WAS MY THYROID,,,,,Hashimoto's secondary to the Fifths Disease. I had progressed from arthritis, to nonseropositive RA (diagnosed) to fibromyalgia, to Raynauds.....to tremendous weight gain, hair loss, chronic pain, swelling in my legs, abnormal menstrual cycles...finally, I rarely left home, was exhausted by just trying to talk while walking, and was in constant pain. The day I felt I souldn't catch my breath, I went to the ER.
So a word tothe wise...DO THE RESEARCH!! Plug your symptoms in the serch bar....and trust your instincts. i am AMAZED that in my own profession so many are not educated to what all is out there!