I recently came across a link for a journal article written way back in 1999 that says that 60 percent of women who are infected with parvovirus develop joint pain, sometimes severe. Typically, it only lasts a few weeks.
But the article also says 20 percent of those women develop persistent or recurring problems with joint pain that lasts months or years. The emphasis, of course, is mine.
That doesn't sound like such a rare problem as I'd been led to believe by my doctors.
Although the medical community is historically slow to pay any attention to diseases that affect women much more severely than men, and like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and other invisible illnesses, men are much less likely to have these problems from parvovirus.
I'm still not entirely convinced that my problem is parvovirus. I haven't read much about the chronic killer fatigue I suffer showing up from parvo, at least not on the medical sites. The articles all focus on the joint pain.
As my rheumatologist says, all we can do is wait and see.
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