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Possible strep carrier/rheumatic fever

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  • Posted By: snickers26
  • January 15, 2010
  • 03:56 PM

:confused: Hi! I'm new here and was wondering if anyone could help me. My boyfriend has been suffering from symptoms that we think are due to rheumatic fever, probably caused by untreated Strep throat infections when he was younger. He is 30, and has been going through heart pain and congestion with overall weakness (in flare ups) since he was 21. When he was a child/adolescent, he got strep throat like a dozen times - 3 times in one winter. Many of those times, he would not get treatment because the doctors found negative strep results. After so long of not getting better, they would test him again and they would find him positive for strep. He has seen cardiologists and such in Boston and here in Florida only with the result that he is imagining his problems, and should be on anti-depressants. He doesn't currently have a strep infection, but seems to be suffering from post-streptococcal type effects... He also gets a kind of transient arthritis. If anyone has any info or suggestions, we would most graciously appreciate it. Thanks again!

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