Yes, it was most likely a systemic, chronic infection that was never diagnosed or treated.
The symptoms that you and your brother have could also be related to one or more chronic infections. In our published studies on RA we found different infections, such as Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, Borrelia, etc. and these infections also cause pancreatitis, which can cause a diabetes-like state. In fact, my wife has this problem, but it was incorrectly diagnosed as type 1 diabetes, when in fact, it was pancreatitis.
Thank you so much! What kind of specialist could I see about this? I desparately want to get to the bottom of this. My diabetes and high blood pressure have caused kidney desease- stage 3- and maybe getting to the main problem will help. Thank you so much! Rich