I have had crohns and arthritis for over 20 years and just got infected with Fifths when our adopted daughter had it going around her school in may 2009. When I was taken to our local hospital in May last year they thought it was a heart attack, but everything came out OK - maybe OK for them, but not me. Finally, after many months of seeing my family doctor, I had a blood test which came back that I had had fifths disease - as far as my doctor is concerned, you had it, now you dont - wrong answer!!
I have significant pain in my chest every day and it is I suppose alright that I am currently unemployed. I cannot walk over two blocks without being winded and I am only 47 years old and dont smoke. Over the past 6 months I have had heart tests and my doctor still thinks its possibly my heart.
Currently i am on a narcotic and it takes away 70% of the pain, but I still have problems sleeping at night. I sleep most days until 11-12 and still feel tired all day - i really hate it since I am used to walking all over our small town and not being a potatoe.
I do see that many other people are in worse health than I, but I cannot do much with our 7 year old daughter and find that I am getting to a point that I possibly need counceling.
Any help or stories would help.
Fifth and 47