I haven't been tested for it, but I've always suspected herpes viruses to be a cause for many autoimmune disease.
I saw on the news today that they suspect it for high blood pressure and arthersclerosis....
Herpes viruses...and there are a LOT of them....are highly communicable and quiet/dormant for long times until something triggers it to come out and wreck havoc.
Keep us posted as to what you find out.
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!