Does Parvovirus turn into R.A.?

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3kidsmom
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   Posted 6/4/2006 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Or are they separate?  I posted on another site and people there seem to think so.  I have been looking here and I don't see a bunch of posts about this. 

3kidsmom
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   Posted 6/4/2006 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
It's so strange that on another arthritis chat board, lots of people posted that they believed Parvo turns into R.A. or at least triggers it. Here it's silence when I ask. It's not a bad thing. I was kind of upset that lots of posters on the other board claimed they had parvo then they were dx with R.A. It made my head spin and my heart sink, to be honest. I AM looking for answers, though. Even if they scare me. If you feel that there is in NO way a connection between parvo and R.A. I really want to hear your opinion as well.

erin.K
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   Posted 6/5/2006 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
hey there,
physiologically, ANY virus or infection that goes untreated for an amount of time can turn into arthritis. with viruses, in particular, it can trigger an immune response and set off an AI disease the same way that trauma can (like pregnancy).
also, certain medications can trigger arthritis. reactive arthritis or Reiter's syndrome could occur as well after a virus.
personally i did not ever have parvovirus but i am familiar w/ bacterias and viruses acting as the etiology behind RA.
sincerely,
erin
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Ducky
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   Posted 6/5/2006 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey 3kidsmom - Welcome to the Arthritis Forum... sorry for my delay in welcoming you... I do not have any knowledge of the parvovirus and arthritis, however, I did find this: 

Adults can and do, in fact, become infected with the virus that causes Fifth disease in children. The virus is called parvovirus.

In children, it causes a lacey or blotchy rash of the trunk and/or extremities and redness of the cheeks that looks like "slapped cheeks." The condition may have associated aching of muscles and joints similar to the flu and usually resolves in days.

In adults, the flu-like symptoms are often more severe and the condition is called parvovirus infection, not Fifth disease. They typically do not get a rash of the face, but can have the lacey rash of the body. Joint pains are common when adults get parvovirus. The joint pain usually resolves in weeks, but 10% of patients can have a more prolonged arthritis that does mimic rheumatoid arthritis. The rheumatoid factor blood test is usually negative, but can be positive. The treatment involves medications that reduce inflammation in the joints.

Parvovirus is very contagious. One a person is infected, they become immune to further infection. The virus can be diagnosed by blood testing for parvovirus B19 antibodies.

I also read that a lot of times parvovirus arthritis gets mistaken for lyme's... Interesting stuff.. Please let us know how you are doin..  Duck
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Ducky
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   Posted 6/6/2006 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
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Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea


litljen
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   Posted 6/8/2006 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm new to this forum as I usually visit the Ulcerative Colitis forum. I was just diagnosed on Monday with arthritis associated with IBD. They are running lots of tests to see if it is any kind of other underlying arthritis. Interestinly enough, I had Parvovirus 2 months ago. The rheumatologist is running another titer to see if I still have the Parvovirus in my system. I'm interested to hear the responses here since this does affect me as well. I had joint issues long before I got Parvovirus so I don't think that the virus in particular caused my arthritis but it certainly caused it to flare up worse. I'm hoping my R.A. bloodwork comes back negative. I hope you get the answers you are looking for.
 
~Jennifer

Ducky
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   Posted 6/8/2006 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jennifer, welcome to the Arthritis Forum... you'll have to let us know what happens with your titer once you get the results back... Good luck to you and hope to talk to you soon!

Duck
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

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