"The infectious agents that have been implicated as an infectious trigger of rheumatoid arthritis include Epstein-Barr virus, parvovirus, and bacteria such as Mycoplasma and Proteus (2). However, the results from these studies have not been consistent."
I was diagnosed with SEVERE mono when I was 17. Thoug hI never tested positive for mononucleosis, I tested negative for Strep and Leukemia. Therefore it was assumed that it was the Epstein-Barr virus. I also started smoking that same year. AND I drink an alcoholic drink every night. I was a caffiene nut. This interests me more than anything now...
You see what we need is to band together here and put a little insight into this and we can help solve it. Now granted I have NOT been diagnosed with RA but I do have osteo. And I do show the signs of RA. When i find out this next month I will know. It is looking like there may be some merit to this work.
I did have a chance to look over these links, very, very interesting. I am half Cherokee and half Irish, my rheumy has also said things about the links in our heritage and RA. Never thought I would see some of the research on the matter, thank you. I have tested positive for EBV and parvovirus and I am lucky I go to a research hospital who is looking for more autoimmune connections with parvovirus. It seems that in some people it is not a simple virus.
It would seem to me that a virus like EBV would spread more quickly through the native american society as they are more family oriented and live in close proximity to each other. If they already have a genetic predisposition to develop RA, might viruses like EBV be a trigger?
so glad you found some common ground! If I had native american blood in me I might be able to tan, but alas I am a pale Scot/Irish gal. Never had mono either, but wanted to bump this up because it is a great thread!
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