I have a long history of ailments, most of which I believe are autoimmune-related. No doctor has ever connected the dots between them. I've been treated individually for most, while others seem to have disappeared on their own.
Multiple Sclerosis - diagnosed in 1990. Identified by MRIs, spinal tap, loss of mobility and countless other tests. Within a few months, all symptoms were gone and MRI was clear (previous one clearly showed massive highlighted area of sclerosis). I considered it a miracle, neurologist changed diagnosis to "unisclerosis." About a year later seemed to have a brief recurrence of symptoms (numb/tingling left side) but nothing as severe as first epsidoe in which I had to walk with a came, had slurred speech, etc.
Hypothyroid - mid-1990s. Had racing heart at slightest bit of activity, was an active runner so this was sudden and odd. Treated with radioactive iodine, no subsequent issues with thise.
Pre-diabetic - After above got lazy and was pre-diabetic by late 1990s-early 2000. Got serious with diet & exercise, this is no longer an issue.
Somewhere in all of this I began getting unexplained skin lesions/ulcers/infections on one foot, but mainly on my fingers. This lasted about 18 months. Would start as a small bump or pimple, itch, then burst. As the bumps burst the fluid seemed to "eat away" my skin. Dermatologist never could really give it a name and initial topical treatments failed. The one on my foot was deemed to be staph infection but no diagnosis on the hands. Topicort eventually helped. Haven't had a full recurrence in years but sometimes I feel the itch, but fortunately it has gone away.
I know this is long so I will stop now. These are the major events but there have been small curiosities as well. I ABSOLUTELY believe there is something going on in my body that connects all of these, but the doctors poo-poo it. I've always tested negative on a full-STD panel but the last one was 3 years ago when I entered a committed relationship.
My IgG was a frighteningly high 4.53. HSV1 was 1 or less, so negative there. I'm awaiting the results of a Western Blot taken today but terrified it will confirm HSV2. So, is it at all possible that a history of autoimmune diseases cause a false-positive HSV2?