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RA symptoms
An_215670 posted:
In Sept. 2010, I was diagnosed with RA, positive results. I used methotrexate for six weeks and dreaded it. I got very sick for days; weak, intense fatique, lots of swelling, fever, etc. I was also referred by my Physican to an RA specialist. The RA Physican tested again for RA, and it was NEGATIVE, she used a different blood test or strain, not quite sure?!* HOWEVER; I tested positive for CHV, leaving me really really devistated. The virus could be due to a blood transfusion I had in 1989 or in a medical sitting, (I was an EMT) back in the days. It is baffling as I will never really know... Sounds crazy huh?

Come to find out, the virus has similar symptoms of RA. There is hope...once I am treated for the virus for a period of 6-12 months, the symptoms that look like RA will go away and the virus will be gone as well. I pray for this remarkable outcome, as my faith does help.

I take it one day at a time, eat much better, pray more, and exercise every day regardless of the weather or how I am feeling!

I was always on the GO, but that is changing, actually for the better. My family seems to really care, and they ask me less frequently to babysit, etc. (I can say NO when I need too!)

I have a great deal of empathy, especially since I am now very familar with RA (in a round about way)! I continue to pray for all readers!

God Bless your journey, as you are never alone. Keep shining.
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear Anon_67086,

Hello and welcome! I am sorry, I do not know what "CHV" unless it's related to dogs. I have heard of CMV, which is Cytomegalovirus . If you can tell me what it is, I can try to find more information for you.

This article on RA Factor Test explains that some people with RA test negative, so you may want to check it out.

I'm so glad to hear your family is supportive, and thank you for sharing your support with the folks here.

Best wishes,


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