For a long time I believed that a harsh virus that lasted "for -EVER" ( Christmas 2014 ), was "when" and possibly "why" my pain and "flat-out- fatigue" began. It took over 2 years to get it diagnosed, but I always looked back on that virus as the starting point. Jillian, didn't you say it was during a virus when your pain stopped? Anyone else make any connection between RA and a virus? Just curious.