Saturday, June 28, 2008

Still here!

I can claim that I was so busy working that I didn't have time post, but that would be a lie! I've been a little productive, but not as much as I should be. I'm also having some health problems right now. It started with a mild rash on my legs on Wednesday, then  yesterday I woke up with joint pain in my hands, wrists, elbows, ankles, and feet. It seems to subside over the day, then I don't sleep well at night and wake up feeling worse. I'm feeling tired and run down, too. I haven't been to the doctor yet, because I'm afraid they won't know what it is and just give me antibiotics. I've looked around on the web and the only pictures I found that resemble my rash were for a virus. Then I also saw some entries for "Fifth Disease" and it sounds a lot like what I have. None of my symptoms are too worrisome, so I'm inclined to wait it out and then go see the doctor if things don't improve. I took yesterday off to go with H to have a new car stereo installed, but was in the office Monday, Tuesday, and part of Thursday. I have a lot of things to work on, but am having my usual summer struggles (and feeling under the weather is giving me even more reason to slack off!) I just wanted to check in! 


Seeking Solace said...

OK, I don't want to freak you out of anything, but that is how the RA crap started for me.

Have you tried an anti-inflammatory, like Advil or Alieve? That may help the pain.

When was the last time you had a full blood work up? There are certain tests that you can have to rule stuff out.

I hope you do feel better. Joint pain is truly painful. Drop me an email if you have more questions.

Will & Kate said...

yeah, that might be something to check out. And I think only kids get Fifth Disease because you can only get it once and most people do before they're teenagers or so.
good luck!

USJogger said...


I hope that you feel better soon. Sounds like horrible yuck to me. You don't think it's contagious over the Internet, do you?


Addy N. said...

Thanks, everyone!

SS: I did have a complete blood count back in February or March when I was first pregnant, but I'm not sure they would look for anything like RA- it was a major one, though. They checked everything that could impact the pregnancy, so it was pretty thorough.

W&K: I know that fifth is most common in kids, but the web sources I read said that adults DO get it. I don't remember having any rash illnesses besides chicken pox as a kid, so it's entirely possible I never had it. I guess it's contagious before you know you have anything, so if my daughter gets sick with it, I'll know for sure. I also have rosacea so I don't know if any facial rash would be noticeable (which apparently adults don't always get).

Jogger: Yeah- it's not too bad- just weird and yet another strange health issue! Hopefully it will turn out to be nothing!

Psych Post Doc said...

Hope you're feeling better soon.

EcoGeoFemme said...

Are you feeling better? My first thought was Lyme Disease.