That could certainly be the problem. But then what? It sounds like the Hep infection never entirely went away (most don’t go away entirely and continue to persist). In addition, secondary, follow-on chronic infections may also be a problem here (because of the possibility of arthritis).
It sounds to me like you have some long-standing infection problems that have never been addressed properly.
Three small errors in my postings.
The left outer knee in 1997
Ureaplasma in 1981.
15 individual specialists since 1997 .
When a person goes to a rheumatologist the rheumatologist needs to ask if the person has had a recent virus or food poisoning as then they can join the dots up when labs do not show e.g. HLA B 27.
Thank you for your reply.
I forgot to mention that in 1988 I was diagnosed with ureaplasma and I was not informed or treated. In 2004 I had a 15 mm mantoux (at my request), this was put down to BCG 30 years earlier.
I certainly agree with you that I am not diagnosed, that the primary cause is elusive and until such time of getting a diagnosis my quality of health is taken from me.
I have seen 12 specialists in 15 years and nothing has been achieved.
The Ureaplasma (a mycoplasma) infection could still be a problem. Similar Mycoplasma infections are often found in rheumatic diseases, such as RA, where over one-half of patients have such infections. These infections are very difficult to completely suppress, and most patients with them suffer from relapses due to persistence of the infection after treatment. Long-term antibiotics like doxycycline are often used against Mycoplasma species (see Treatment Considerations, www.immed.org) with various degrees of success. A successful blinded clinical trial has shown the usefulness of long-term antibiotic treatment of RA. Prof. Garth Nicolson