Post Edited (3kidsmom) : 6/4/2006 6:16:30 PM (GMT-6)
Oh, and are you on birth control by any chance? I had to stop - it was making my liver worse. You might want to think about changing to a non-hormonal option if you are on one now.
Did they check for Epstein Barr Virus or Cytomegalo Virus???? Both cause Mono.
Oh, also, this doesn't mean your Parvo theory is wrong - my cousin had some weird disease that was positive in a test, a year and many many meds later, a blood test she was fine and doc said, 'oh, I guess you never had it..."
duhhhhh, what??! What an idiot!
I'm not sure if Mono actually causes joint pain - but, antibiotics, illness, etc in general CAN. When you body is run down, I feel, anything can happen.
Also, you mentioned the joint pain you had last year and all thruout the winter, if you have reactive arthritis and/or actual arthritis, you're body will hurt when you are sick, run down, the weather changes, or all of the above....if you ARE sick and HAVE some form of arthritis, then yes, it will affect your joints for sure.
Mono is caused by one of those 2 virus's. I had a very acute case of it. I was hospitalized for enlarged/bruising spleen, over the top liver enzymes (also enlarged) high fever, and dehydration. The PCP sent me to emergency not sure what was wrong, but wanted me to at least get hydrated and my spleen watched - and the idiots there snorted and almost sent me home for having "the flu."
2 more specialists saw me and didn't know what was wrong with me. It wasn't until the infectious disease doctor made his rounds did he test me for EBV and found it to be positive. I was stuck in there for a week, luckily, I mostly slept.
I wasn't allowed to pick up or hold my 2 babies (2 and 3 at the time) for 5 months. I had a relapse at 8 months.
My point is, you just never know....it may take a few different types of doctors to figure it out.
Glad to hear that you're finally getting some answers and good help. I do agree with you in that I learn more online from other people with similar diseases/viruses than my primary actually knows. And that scares me because I'm not a doctor and I do not have a medical background! But the healing well forums have a plethora of knowledgeable people, and quite a few (like Erin) who do have a medical background. Keep coming back and let us know how the parvovirus stuff works out.