RA caused by genetics, smoking and a virus. You?

RA caused by genetics, smoking and a virus. You?

So perhaps you've read articles theorizing about what causes RA. Here's one:https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/causes/environm...

To summarize, it is thought that often three things come together : a genetic component, smoking (incl second hand smoke) and triggered by a virus like Epstein Barre, Lyme etc.
So my question to you folks is can you see these three things contributing to YOUR case? Myself, there is RA in my father's family, I grew up in a house filled with… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

I was in the midst of a three year depression when I started having RA symptoms. They say that depression can trigger RA, and since there was already a family history, I guess my goose was cooked. When I started doing RA research, I discovered that RA can cause depression. So, perhaps it's a bit of which came first, the chicken or the egg?

posted about 3 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Check out net on RA/A infections and there is a list staf as well food/p/ uti/ clyam/chest inf/ pnu /so on it goes I take doryx for chest infect.had tick though had one years ago.. Also have hyper thyroid now hypo now ...

posted about 3 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Quite possibly! I was exposed to secondhand smoke everyday on the school bus for two hours a day and had the Epstein virus pretty bad at 31yrs and sceptaceamia followed by sceptic shock at 32yr. I wonder if those things combined caused RA then?!

posted 11 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I grew up in the 50's with one parent smoking and just about ALL uncles and aunts and maternal grandfather smoking. I was always sick with sore throats, ear infections. chest congestions, stomach viruses, etc. until I had my tonsils removed when I was 19. THEN I got mononucleosis at age 21. I feel like I have never fully recovered. Now I am 65 with full blown RD and Osteoarthritis amongst other many other health issues. Of all my siblings and many cousins, only myself and my older sister by 7 years has RD. Hers is under control for she was diagnosed with RD 25 years ago. I was diagnosed 3 years ago. My Rheumatologist believes, based on my progressive state, I have had RD for MANY years! She believes that in my case, it derives from a virus that I never fully recovered from like Epstein Barr. In my case, I don't see the correlation with 2nd had smoke.

posted 11 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I guess some things were meant to be 😢. My maternal grandmother had RA. Although I’ve never smoked, my mom smoked (in spite of concerted actions on the part of my sister and me to get her to stop), when I was a teen bars & pubs were always filled with smoke. I had mono (Epstein Barr virus) in my late 30’s. I was just doinf some reafing on thyroid issues; my mom also had an inactive thyroid...not sure of the cause. I come from a family addicted to “secrets”.

posted 12 months ago
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