I have just read that there is thought to be a connection between RA, Herpes Simplex and Epstein Barr.
I have had a long auto-immune trajectory. I had ME for 20 years, followed by 5 years of fibromyalgia and now RA. Before Indeveloped ME I had a number of severe outbreaks of herpes around my eyes. This has been a continuing problem , which has worsened of late. I have repeatedly flagged this up to consultants and doctors as something which I believe underlies some of my problems. I have been patronised and ignored. The lack of synergy between immunologists and rheumatologists is part of the problem. I have had facial swelling all through the fibro period which I was certain related to herpes, but was told that it was not the case. I have never been treated consistently for herpes.
Conventional medicine provides some good things but the lack of joined upness, the artificial demarcations between clinical areas is one of the great frustrations. I don't know if anyone else has had a history of herpes pre dating their diagnosis