Everybody is different. In my case - maybe 15-20 years ago - almost all-of-a-sudden I started feeling real tired and sometimes had ache and pains almost everywhere. So considering all the ticks we have around - I went down to the doctor and got a blood test. First one came back negative and the doctor refused to "grant" me a second test. I then paid out of pocket for a 2nd test and this time it indicated I DID have it. Still proof of nothing. I got antibiotics for 6 months and it made no difference. Then I went to the hospital pain-clinic and was diagnosed with Fibro Myaligia. They prescribed Amitriptyline. This drug is used in low doses as a sleep remedy and higher doses as an anti-depressant. I took it for a week and started feeling REAL weird mentally. So I had to quit before I became an axe-murderer. A few years later after doing my own research, I suspected I had Hepatitis C. Went to the local doctor and she told me my self-diagnosis was "nonsense" and refused to authorize a blood test. So again - paid on my own and came back positive. I've been tested every 6 months since and am always positive. I've never taken any treatment for it. The only known treatment is interferon "chemo" for 6 months to 1 year. Seems to have a 40% success rate. They geno-typed the strain that I have and gave me a 20% chance of improvement from it. I've passed so far. I'm over 60 as it is and I worry the "cure" might kill me. That's what happened to the founder of Walmart as I recall.
Anybody that has had surgery, dental work, etc. before 1993 can have caught Hep C.
By the way - my friend's wife was diagnosed with Lymes 20 years ago. That diagnosis changed from Lymes to Fibro Myalgia, then to MS, and now to Lupus.
Obviously medical "science" is not an exact science.
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