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   Posted 2/3/2006 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, things were just going too well for too long.  Got my IBS cleared up back the last part of August and have been doing really well since.  Just taking a Welchol a day, maybe two if I eat something bad or get anxious and give my stomach the undulations, but I don't think I've really had any diarrhea since then.
So I came down with a fairly severe cold about a month ago.  No so bad I went to the doctor, but I laid out from work 2 days and Stuart laid out 3 with it.  I had that horrible dry cough that feels like a tickle in the back of your throat and that took weeks to overcome. 
So about two weeks ago I started having pain in my back and my right knee, and I thought I had just strained myself at work or something.  Then both knees, both wrists and the big toe on my right foot started aching too, like they were bruised, and I thought, well, this isn't a strain.  And while some days are better than others and some parts don't hurt at all and some hurt really bad, then they switch up, it's not really getting any better.
So I went to the doctor this morning and she thinks I have viral arthritis (although she did have blood drawn to test for autoimmune disorders).  She said sometimes you can get a virus, like a cold, and even though it appears to go away, it really just moves and settles in your joints and causes inflammation.  Ibruprofen will help get rid of the inflammation and the virus will eventually go away on its own.
Has anyone else heard of this?  I looked a bit online and it seems to be more common in children than adults because childhood diseases, like chickenpox and rubella are more likely to cause it. 

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   Posted 2/3/2006 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow Keri... I'm sorry. I never heard of this but I hope it goes away soon. It sounds very painful.
Hugs, Des
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   Posted 2/3/2006 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I've not heard of it, but I do hope they can find you some relief and that it doesn't become overbearing for you....take care

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   Posted 2/3/2006 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, it sucks to be 26 and to groan like an old woman and flop down on the toilet seat because my knees don't want to bend too much. Good thing I don't have diarrhea right now! I'd have to go buy one of those handicap toilet seat risers. The other night I hurt so bad I just sort of half squatted--like your mother taught you to do in public restrooms--only I was aty home, lol. Getting down all the way was just too much.

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   Posted 2/3/2006 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
My Aunt had something similar - she woke up one day in terrible pain, thought she fibromyalgia, but the doctor said whatever it was would go away 6 months, and it did just that.

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   Posted 2/3/2006 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I'm glad mine isn't fibromylagia, because that's what my mother has and you always have to worry about those genes.

Hopefully mine won't take 6 months to go away! Stuart and I are going on our big week-long medieval camping event in mid-March and I have to be up to walking a good bit. Even the toliet is down the road from us. Not far to a normal person, but when you're gimping along like Frakenstein, like I was doing the other day, it gtes a lot further away.

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   Posted 2/3/2006 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Keri, this sounds dreadful. I really hope you can get it under wraps soon. This is something you can just catch? Seems funny to me. Are you supposed to take antibiotics or something?
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   Posted 2/5/2006 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
wow, i hope you feel better soon!
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   Posted 2/6/2006 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Antibioitics don't work on viruses, and I would be very reluctant to take them anyways, especially since I think antibioitics caused my bad spell of daily dairrhea and pain back in the summer (I took them for strep, so I really didn't have a choice).

I don't think you actually "catch" a virus that causes you to have arthritis. Best I can understand, you catch a virus--like a cold--and it, for some reason, settles down into your joints rather than going away. Apparently it's not at all uncommon in children and from what I read it implied that what my mother always termed as "growing pains" might actually be this viral arthrtis. I can remember having random bouts of sore knees; my mother said that was just my bones/joints growing. But it never lasted long; just a day or two.
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