Sudden soreness in all joints
I found another thread on this but it was closed so I'll start a new one.
About a week ago I was hit with sudden -- like over a couple of hours or so -- pain in all my joints: elbows, wrists, knees, fingers, shoulders. I was naturally extremely worried. What could it be? I consulted doctor Google and found only alarming possibilities, like septic arthritis and reactive arthritis and worse. Over the next few days I consulted three real doctors. They all said pretty much the same thing: some kind virus or germ infecting my joints ... it'll probably go away. I'm a professional guitarist and the news wasn't what I wanted to hear. On the worst day -- about day three -- I could hardly walk my knees hurt so much and I haven't had a good night's sleep since I got it.
Today I was picking up my daughter from pre-school and was talking to a mother there. She told me that her daughter had just got over something called Parovirus, aka Slapped Cheek. She told me the little girl had had a rash and fever but that her husband had also got it. In adults, she told me, the symptoms are flu like: awful aching in all the joints. I have since spoken to him and his symptoms were exactly mine.
Although I'm still not 100%, I feel 1000% because I finally know what I have and that it will only last 1-3 weeks.
I thought I'd pass it on for anyone going through the terrible worry I went through.