Reactive Arthrits

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celect
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   Posted 1/26/2010 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,
 
I'm trying to find out some information about reactive arthritis.
 
I was DX with Coccidiomycosis (Valley fever) about 4 yr ago.  Ever since I have had joint pains, legs, knees,shoulders hands and hips.... it moves around.
 
I was sent to a rheumatologist who DX me with poly inflamatory arthritis.  He suggest it is a reactive arthritis form the valley fever infection.
 
I have been unable to find any medical litature showing how valley fever can cause a recative arthritis.
 
If any one know of this please reply.
 
Chuck

Alicat
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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I had never heard of valley fever so I looked it up on the internet.  The website for Mayo Clinic did say that if it spreads to the body it can cause severe joint pain.    Did the doctor say if this was something that would go away in time?     Might not hurt to check with a rheumatologist to get some more info.
 
good luck and keep us posted.
 
Alicatsmile
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Alicat
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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   

sorry - I guess you have seen a rheumatologist.   After doing more reading and considering you've had this pain for awhile, wondering if the rheumy has suggested any arthritis drugs for you.

the valley fever sounds a lot like Lyme's disease (carried by ticks), which can also cause arthritis among some other serious conditions.

Were you put on antibiotics when first diagnosed?  

 

Alicat


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celect
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   Posted 1/27/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi
thanks for the responce, yes I've been on all types of med for the joint pains since 2006.
 
for about 2 years now I been on and off meds over this time frame.
 
Currently I' m taking avara, plaquenil, and mincoycline with very good results.
 
I'm just trying to get as much info as I can on the reactive arthritis from valley fever.
 
I also had strep throat and enrythema nodosum from the valley fever.

Alicat
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   Posted 1/27/2010 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Glad that your meds are helping.    there are so many weird diseases we can get that it's really kind of scary.     All of us here share in the pain and frustration of the arthritis part of our diseases.    It's no fun hurting for sure.

Hope you can find the answers you're looking for, but at least it seems like the doctor has you diagnosed correctly and on meds that will help.

If I hear of anything pertaining to your particular disease, I'll let you know.

 

hang in there and hopefully each day will be better than the one before!

Alicatturn


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celect
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   Posted 1/27/2010 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Alicat; and I hope the same for you.

 

Chuck


Alicat
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   Posted 1/28/2010 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi again,
 
I've been researching your condition on the Web and found many interesting medical articles.   I just typed in reactive arthritis associated with Valley Fever in the search field and a lot of different cites popped up.   Play around with it and I think you'll find some info.    Valley Fever used to be called Reiter's Syndrome so you might find more information on that too.    From what I read you and I have a lot in common.   Psoriatic Arthritis is also an immune disease trigger by those of us with the predisposition to psoriasis.     With my disease I've had a lot of problems with my eyes, common bouts of Iritis.   I read that your disease can also affect your eyes.     My joint problems started very suddenly about 15 years ago.     I had one episode of pustular psoriasis on the bottoms of my feet and palms of my hands before that.  It went away and thank God, I've had no further problems with the psoriasis on my skin.   My Dad suffered terribly with it, so I guess I inherited his genes.
Evidently the Valley Fever infection can trigger the arthritis, just like Lymes Disease can.  I have a friend that had Lyme's and she had eye problems, lung problems and also the arthritis.      
I hope you'll find some interesting reading by searching as I did.   Just remember, we're all different but we all share the same messed up immune systems.     I hope yours is the something that will go away in time but if not, there are some great new medications out there.   I'm on Humira and it's made such a difference in my quality of life.    Also - my eye specialists thinks that's why I haven't had as many episodes of the Iritis in the past few years.  
 
Let me know if you find some websites that answer some of your questions.   If not, I'll try to jot down a few for you.
 
have a great day
 
Alicat
psoriatic arthritis, peripheal artery disease

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