** Originally posted by robwilliams **
I was diagnosed with RF when I was 12 years old. I was on Antibiotics for quite a while. I remember it very well as I was in soo much pain I couldn't even walk, my parents had to push me around in a wheel chair. My Mother told me, that my Doctor said it started as a Strep Throat, isn't that strange that something like a sore throat can develop into something as painful as Rheumatic Fever. It wasn't long after, I started having the problems I have now. I was just wondering if anyone else here ever had RF when they were younger and if it was somehow connected to Psoriatic Arthritis or any other autoimmune disease. I have also been told by my Cardiologist, that I have some heart valve problems due to RF. I guess that is why I have the Mitral Valve Prolapse too, I don't know, might just be coincidence, I never asked. Anyone here been diagnosed with Mitral Prolapse and if you were, did they tell you what might have caused it?