Adult CMV and bone pain

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Hi Everyone,

I was diagnosed with adult onset CMV (positive IgG, IgM and PCR) over a year ago. Although I've cleared the infection, I've had many symptoms from it and was able to get past them. However, I have this intermittent bone - muscular pain that comes and goes, mostly my back, rib areas, and much more intense on in my left back/lower ribs.

Can anyone relate and/or offer me some advice. Thank you!

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    Hi Sam, The symptoms of EBV can last a long time, the fatigue, muscle aches can last a year or longer, do you notice ANY other symptoms?...its interesting you describe your left side...one of the things that gets inflamed besides the lymph glands is the spleen...located just up under your lower floating ribs, it can swell and cause pain in the rib area, back and even radiate to other areas...I would have a follow up with a DR...see what they say, if your spleen is still enlarged you may need to limit your activity or may need further treatment....if its unrelated, then they can decide if maybe some xrays are appropriate!! I had such a severe case I ended up on steroids to decrease the swelling....its best to be sure, it can also be if you increased your physical activity, or done a lot of lifting, you can get inflammation in between the ribs, it goes away after a few days of rest, heat can help....so see what your DR says...Good Luck & Best Wishes💒🌈🍀🎶☮♾🐾

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      Hi Sgt.lindalee! thank you for your reply. My spleen actually got big during my active acute disease, however I've had imaging done recently which shoes it back to normal size. My doctors - who are at academic facility - have no idea. My pain is very intermittent and can change in intesity within minutes. very strange. have you had such symptoms? thanks!!!

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      Hi Sam, I have had things like that, pain in my ribs or in between my ribs but, I have surgical adhesions and back problems, including arthritis, you can get inflammation in those tissues though...the pain comes and goes, moves around but, for me usually the mid/lower ribs(back &/or front)...I use oral Aleve(naproxen) anti-inflammatories, you could try Ibuprofen (ask your Dr first & use with food)or Diclofenac(Voltaren)/Aspercreme topicals,on the specific spots...heat helps me, using heat, then the meds or after I take the oral meds.... like a hot pack or heating pad, it relaxes the muscles around it and kind of helps, you could try ice, it can be better for swelling or throbbing type pain...while its bad avoid lifting and repetitive twisting, bending in your upper body, see if it helps and try to figure out what causes it or triggers it once its NOT hurting, if you can!! Wish I could be of more help, hopefully you get some relief...Good Luck🍀☮

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    Hey Sam- I had adult onset mono in 2017 and it caused some left side rib/shoulder/arm pain. Enough that I had my spleen and heart checked out. I developed post viral fatigue and the symptoms come and go. The rib pain went away thank goodness. But I still get the shoulder/mid back/neck pain when I'm in a flare. High dose curcumin helps me as does CBD lotion. I just saw my first chiropractor (intense!) and am hoping after a few sessions it will help. Hope yours resolves!

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