Rheumatic Fever


How was your rheumatic fever treated? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Wirunner, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 03

I was diagnosed with rheumatic fever in summer of 1958. I was in the hospital for a week. Then I was confined to the hospital bed for 6 months. The disease severely damaged my aortic valve. I missed a year of school, and the biggest consequence of my disease was my activities where limited. I did not participate in sports and was treated with penicillin till I was 18. I was able get help with my college education from vocational rehabilitation programs, and graduate from college. I had my valve fixed in 1985.

Comment from: Jojo, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 08

Sounds like I was lucky! I had 3 attacks of rheumatic fever as a child when I was in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. I was bedridden and put on aspirin 4 times a day. I did nothing for 3 or 4 months each time. Blood tests were done and EKGs. I was lucky to have a doctor who was a friend of my family who came every week to see me. I have no murmur or any rheumatic heart disease. In fact, the cardiologist I see recently told me that I don't need to come back to see him unless something new develops.

Comment from: Shej, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I had rheumatic fever at age 7 and was bedridden for a year. Then I had it again at age 10 and was bedridden 6 months. My symptoms were leg aches and nosebleeds. I was given cortisone shots and they tested my blood every two weeks. I had a heart murmur when I was young but not since. I have lived a healthy life until recently. I have wrist pain and autonomic nervous system problems like standing intolerance, small fiber neuropathy, and low blood volume. I have low heart rate and low normal blood pressure. I also have pre-syncope episodes and vertigo.

Comment from: Bonnietta, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I had rheumatic fever at the age of 7. I remember I had to take three months off school. Up until the age of 11 I had penicillin injections, and at age 11 I stared taking penicillin tablets twice daily till the age of 21. Every time now I am feeling low or under the weather it always affects my joints; I don't know if this is due to a weakness caused by the effects of rheumatic fever. I now also have an under active thyroid, again this is connected to the immune system. However you have to get on with life, there are bad days but more importantly you have to make the most of the good days. That's life.


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