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Rheumatic fever & Fibro

I was wondering if there are other people who have Fibro, and also had Rheumatic fever as a child?

Many of the symptoms of Fibro remind me exactly of how I felt as a six year old child with Rheumatic fever.

Like, could Fibro be the "adult" version of Rheumatic fever, or a cousin to this disease?

Just a thought...

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deleted_user
deleted_user

When I was young my mother said i'd run dangerously high fevers and doctors could never figure out where it was coming from or why it was happening. Even today when i'm about to flare i'll run a high fever and then break into sweat then everything locks up and starts hurting really really bad.

But... docs say that I also have a form of Juvenile Rhumatoid Arthritis. JRA does seem to fade away with age though so it looks like I swapped the RA for FMS oh joy. I can honestly say Fibro is way way way worse on me than the JRA ever was...mainly just because nothing really works for it. At least with the RA i can get pumped full of steroids and scare it into remission lol.

Have they every checked your RH factor or Sed rate? With Rheumatic fever you may be like me and have a form of RA that acts up everyone once in awhile.
WhiteDolphin
WhiteDolphin

That is an interesting thought. I never had Rheumatic fever, but I just thought I'd bump this up and see if anyone else can shed some light on the subject.
NYyankeedeb
NYyankeedeb

funny you mentioned that and yes the pain in the joints feel like that...I was 7 when I woke up one morning...my joints were so inflammed I couldnt walk or move from the neck down..I spent 3 months in the hospital on antibiotics....I think our fibromyalgia is caused by the rhuematic fever...I know grannie here in the group also had rhuematic fever...
NYyankeedeb
NYyankeedeb

also I want to mention...those who have had scarlet fever are also connected to them in some way or another...so how many had rhuematic and scarlet fever...I think we go on remissions and as an adult it flares back up...hugs
deleted_user
deleted_user

Oh wow yea I had Scarlet Fever too.... I never thought about a possible connection with the fibro
deleted_user
deleted_user

I don't know or think I ever had that, but I would get alot of very High Fevers, I got copies of all my Medical records as far back as Birth, and I would Often get the high Fevers, severe "D" as a baby, especially around Immunizations...Fevers of 105 and a time or 2 higher...

any Virus we have ever had, stays within us forever, mostly our bodies fight it down, and keeps it in check, but if our Immune systems go down, they Can rear their Ugly heads once again...Important to always do ALL you can do to keep your Immune system Healthy !!
CarrieinSK
CarrieinSK

My mom and her mom had Scarlet Fever but as far as I know, I didn't. My anti-streptolysine titre is over 600 and normal is supposed to be 200. That's one test we ALL should get done. I was always sick as a baby and got all the childhood diseases...chicken pox, whooping cough, etc.
Daisymae39
Daisymae39

At age 6, I would cry all the way home walking home from school, fever, etc. Then one more I was completely paralyzed on left side. I was taken to hospital, and tied to a bed for 3 months as treatment for Rheumatic Fever. It was extremely traumatic time for me. My entire childhood, my parents were always whispering in other room, as I was the 'sickly" one. I also got mono at age 9, at least they called it mono.....I have always been knocked off my feet when I get strange fevers, and ache in ever inch of my body.

Five years ago it started with "travelling pain", severe throbbing pain in different parts of my body. That was when the doc first used the word Fibro. Now that pain is constant and throughout entire body Rheumy has officially diagnosed as Fibro.

My point being, I think there is a correlation between childhood diseases and Fibro, in this case Rheumatic fever - the pain & exhaustion is way too similar.

So, why can't they treat it like they do Rheumatic Fever??
Daisymae39
Daisymae39

Is Scarlet Fever similar to Rheumatic Fever?
deleted_user
deleted_user

rhuematic hits the upper respitory and heart...scarlet fever is a rash that developes...both are caused by strep...I think...
NYyankeedeb
NYyankeedeb

hugs...yes Dakota...scarlet fever and rhuematic fever are similar....they are both caused by an antibiotic and need to be treated with antibiotics....with scarlet fever you get a rash...like a sunburn rash after 4 or so days it begins to peel like a sunburn...if untreated you can get acute rhuematic fever...scarlet fever is not as tramatic or severe and attacks the heart and joints like rhuematic fever does....I know way back in the days...the only antibiotic they used was penecillin...ozarksgirl...you probably have the JRA from the rhuematic fever...I also have a vitamin D deficiency..
very interesting subject though...one of the thoughts for fibromyalgia is childhood illnesses and I am sure that there are alot more on here that might have had another illness we have not mentioned...
crochetnut
crochetnut

My brother asked me if I thought there was a connection between rheumatic fever and fibromyalgia as he knows another woman with fibro who also had rheumatic fever as a child. I didn't think about it, but it makes sense to me. So I looked it up and it brought me here. I just discovered this site a few days ago and it has already supplied me with so many answers. I appreciate all of you and what you are going through. I don't feel so crazy now. :)
deleted_user
deleted_user

I'm pretty sure there is a connection between Rheumatic fever and rheumatoid arthritis... not sure about it though or if there is a connection to fibro. But the muscular skelatol system obviously affected by all. The idea that fibromyalgia starts with a virus or infection of some kind has been one theory, among many.

I know I was sick a lot as a child too. Not scarlet fever, but many other viruses,etc.

Great idea.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I too think I had rheumatic fever when I was 16. I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I still have very elevated strep titers as well as low vitamin D. I also had what i believe to be poststreptoccocal glomerularnephritis. I believe there certainly is a link between rheumatic fever and fibromyalgia, at least in my case. A whole host of psychiatric problems started then as well, OCD and depression.