I am a male, fairly fit and I am now 60 years old.
I got Ross River Fever (RRV) about 15 years ago when I was camping at a place called Sandbar (near Forster, NSW, Australia).
(You get Ross River Fever from a mosquito bite)
All my joints were aching like you wouldn't believe, I could hardly walk, I had a fever, a torso rash and I was extremely fatigued.
The first doctor I saw thought I had German Measles which ended up being wrong.
Two doctors later and I still didn't know what was wrong with me all they could tell me was I had some kind of a virus.
It took around 18 months before I felt right again, the pains in the joints slowly disappeared, slowly out of the legs then out of the arms and wrists.
One day (after I was fine again) my wife was reading a newspaper article about RRF and the symptoms mentioned described were me to a "T".
I had a blood test done to see if I had ever had RRF and YES! I HAD, you beauty! at least I know what was wrong with me back then.
Now, some 15 years later I am experiencing the same symptoms, not as bad as when I first got RRF, the pains are mostly in the upper area, the arms and wrists and if I do anything active I am buggered for days afterwards.
I have now had countless blood tests done to find out what is wrong with me this time but every test shows that I am fine. (Arthritis has been ruled out)
Of course I asked for a RRF test to see if thats come back and it shows it hasn't, only that I have had it at some time in my life
I was told to wait another 2 weeks after the first RRF test and test again but again thats come back negative also.
Some 5 months have gone by since I started getting the joint pains and I am still not 100%
I know how I felt when I got RRF originally and I firmly believe regardless of a negative result that I have it again today.
So here is the question for anyone interested,
Does anyone out there know if you can have RRF come back to attack you without it showing up in a blood test to say it is active again?