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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Had dengue fever, diagnosed with Plantar Fascist, pain in joints. Is this normal?

I had Dengue Fever the first 10 days of January this year. About 2 weeks later I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciatis. Also, my neck and knees and wrists and joints in my hands have had pain in then since about a week after the Plantar Fasciatis flare up. I feels strange to be having pain out of nowhere in all the same places I had the pain during Dengue. Can Dengue spark conditions that are just coming on without me knowing about them...i m 36 so I m at that age where maybe arthritis and plantar fasciatis type things start happening. I m otherwise very healthy...a bit out of shape, but i m doing some mild jog/walking for 25-30 minutes 3 times a week to get in also makes the PF feel better because it stretches out my feet . Can you tell me if other Dengue patients have experienced ongoing joint / tendon pain that s brought on after Dengue? Thanks!
Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Yes viral infections can result in arthritis.
Viral arthritis is a type of arthritis that is triggered by a viral infection in the body. When viral arthritis attacks it can cause some of the same symptoms that people get with other types of arthritis like joint pain, joint swelling and inflammation. There are several virus-related illnesses that can cause the viral arthritis to ensue including: Dengue fever, Hepatitis B and C, HIV, HPV etc.
Viral arthritis is easy to treat and it typically disappears within a matter of few weeks and treatment is usually by anti inflammatory medicines only and local hot fomentation.
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Thanks for posting your query,

You are suffering from polyarthralgia and it is common after viral fever like Dengue fever. Post viral arthralgia is easy to treat and well respond to antiinflammatory drugs, hot fomatation and physiotherapy of joints.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful
You can consult me again directly through my profile
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
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