I am a male, fit and I am 60 years old.
I got Ross River Fever (RRF) about 15 years ago.
It took me a year and a half to find out what was wrong with me, (3 doctors couldn't) and it was only because my wife was reading a newspaper article about RRF and read the same symptoms being described as I was complaining about.
I had a test done for RRF and sure enough I had had it.
It took me about a year and a half to fully recovery from it.
Now, 15 years later the same symptoms (aching joint pains and fatigue) have returned, but right now most noticeably in my arms and wrists, and the other joints to a much lesser degree.
I have had blood tests to check me out for almost everything possible and all have come out negative.
Again the test result for RRF only said I had had it at some time in my life but it did not show that I was again affected.
The specialist said to wait another 2 weeks (after the first RRF test) and check it again. Again it said I had it but not right now.
So I still don't know what I have at present, it has been with me for about 6 months now and regardless of the tests I personally still believe I have RRF back again.
I am told if you get Malaria it can come back from time to time and I am now convienced that RRF can do the same.
Does anyone out there know if this is true, that you can get it back again with a blood test showing a negative result?
or will a blood test always tell you you have it back again (which of course means I have to keep searching and even more blood tests for what is wrong with me right now)