Wednesday, April 01, 2009 Patsy, Community Member, asks

Q: Is there any connection between RA and CMV

I was diagnosed with CMV about 10 years ago and suffered awful arthritis type symptoms and numbness in my arms, legs and face.  I have had joint pain and nerve symptoms since then and was just last month diagnosed with RA through blood test.  Is there any evidence that CMV provokes RA?

 

 

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
4/ 2/09 11:43am

Do you mean Cytomegalovirus? I did some poking around in Google, but couldn't find anything on CMV being a trigger for RA to most of the links I found talk about people with RA getting CMV related to their immunosuppressant drugs. I'm not a doctor, I know next to nothing about CMV, but I would suspect that anything that gets your body out of whack could potentially be a trigger. Although it is still unknown what causes RA, there's some evidence that traumatic injury and surgery may trigger the disease in people who have a genetic predisposition to RA. So I guess it's possible that an illness such as CMV could trigger RA if you were predisposed to getting RA. However, I would suggest that you ask your rheumatologist about it, as they would be far more knowledgeable in this area.

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Barb, Community Member
7/15/10 3:51pm

Know this is old but it popped up on my Yahoo search.

 

I had CMV (Cytomegalovirus) in 1985 and in 2009 was diagnosed with RA.

 

With CMV the compliant was fatigue and appetite loss, I don't remeber any pain, joint or otherwise.


There still is little information out there about CMV and RA - but it wouldn't surprise me if there is some kind of link.

 

I'm looking it up because I'm pending results on a CMV retest to see if it's reactivated.

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