Parvovirus and Arthritis

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 12, 2011 at 11:39 PM

I experienced sudden onset joint pain about 6 years ago, while stationed overseas. Since, I've had pretty chronic joint pain (for a 25 year old), including locking joints. I've been tested for everything over the past 5 years, and the first positive result was for IGG Parvovirus B19 antibodies.

Has anybody had this virus and experienced lasting joint pain? And if so, are there any dietary or supplemental recommendations you could offer? Also, did it improve with time?

The usual supplements like fish oil, glucosamine, chondroitin, etc., don't seem to make a differences. Only extreme amounts of anti-inflammatory meds seem to take the edge off. I've also read the docs someone posted from PubMed about B19 and its potential effects on the thyroid. All my thyroid panels have come back regular.

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on December 13, 2011
at 12:56 AM

You need your doc to test your blood for Epstein Bar Virus as this virus can lay dormant for years and then cause autoimmune diseases such as arthritis in the connective tissues as well as thyroiditis later in life....but yours may be very active now.

And when you say all your thyroid levels come back ok...does that include Reverse T3, Free T3, Total T3? Just looking at TSH is worthless.

Eating absolutely no grain products and sugar at the present is the only way to attack autoimmune diseases. NSAIDS bring relief but they do not cure.

There is some evidence that copious amounts of Omega 3 fish oils to the tune of 15000mg of EPA plus DHA does help some autoimmune situations.


on January 10, 2012
at 04:30 PM

Did your doctor run a sedimentation rate? If so was it high or an indication of an autoimmune reaction? If inflammation is low, follow a strict paleo diet (follow it either way), be active and avoid muscles and joints becoming deconditioned and make sure your symptoms are not depression related. (based on personal experience after tested pos for parvo)



on December 13, 2011
at 06:08 AM

I've had EB and now have rheumatoid arthritis. I find high doses of prednesalone, fish oils,Wheat free and sugar free diet helps best coupled with moderate exercise. ie swimming and walking ( but no XFit. Boo).

It's not easy to say no but it's worth it. Good luck. Maz

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