Tuesday, September 19, 2006



I never really looked into how serious Reumatic Fever really was untill now. Now I know why JESUS was praying for me in my room on that certain night.

When I was 6 years old, (1966) I remember I was on the couch sore and a fever. I did not have a clue what it was. I was in the Hospital for 2 months I remember, It was over Christmas as well. I'm not sure when I went back home. One thing I do remember though was I had to take this Medicine that tasted like Coconut. That i remember clearly : yuk.

Now the encounter with God happened after I was at home from the Hospital. I can not remember how long after, but I was at my Home.

One night I went to bed, then during the night sometime I woke up, looked to the left side of the room and half way up the wall Jesus was praying for me, He never said a word, he was just Praying for me. His faced looked like the face on the Shroud of turin. He had a beautiful white Robe on with beautiful colors coming from his chest to his stomach. I do not know how long I watched him praying for me or how he left. I just remember KING JESUS praying for me.

I just do not know why he never said anything to me. I was always wishing he would have spoke with me. And I have always had the feeling if JESUS would not have been there that night I would have died. I give JESUS (GOD) ALL THE PRAISE AND GLORY FOR HEALING ME.

Now use know why I have no problem believing theres a GOD in Heaven whos in control of everything. And I want to prove to the World (GOD) KING JESUS will fulfill all the prophecies in the Bible in these last days. He will return for us in the clouds literally and 7 years later he will come back to Earth Bodily to rule and reign forever.


If anyone has a miracle like this lets give GOD the praise and glory by letting other people know about it. Put your miracles under comments so other people can read them. OUR GOD OF ISRAEL IS AN AWESOME GOD.

Rheumatic fever
From MayoClinic.com
Special to CNN.com


Rheumatic fever is a serious inflammatory condition that can affect many parts of your body — heart, joints, nervous system and skin. Although rheumatic fever can occur at any age, it most frequently occurs in children between the ages of 6 and 15 years. The disease is twice as common in females as it is in males.Symptoms of rheumatic fever generally appear within five weeks after an untreated streptococcal (strep) throat infection. Most cases of strep throat don't lead to rheumatic fever. In fact, even in untreated cases, only a small percentage of people with strep throat develop rheumatic fever.In many cases, rheumatic fever may affect the heart valves (rheumatic carditis) and interfere with normal blood flow through the heart. There's no cure for rheumatic fever. But it can be prevented by prompt and thorough treatment of a strep throat infection with antibiotics.Rheumatic fever isn't as common in the United States today as it was at the start of the 20th century, before the widespread use of the antibiotic penicillin. Outbreaks do occur periodically, however. Rheumatic fever is still common in developing countries.

Signs and symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of a strep infection include:

Sore throat
Red and swollen tonsils
Muscle aches
Many times, however, the initial strep infection may not cause any symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of rheumatic fever may include a combination of painful, swollen joints, chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath. In diagnosing rheumatic fever, doctors generally look for the presence of either two of the following major criteria or the presence of one major plus two minor criteria. In all cases, evidence of a preceding strep throat infection is key to making a diagnosis of rheumatic fever.

Major criteria

Inflammation of your heart, sometimes indicated by weakness and shortness of breath or chest pain. Your doctor might suspect heart inflammation based on a physical exam or on results of medical tests such as an electrocardiogram or a chest X-ray.
Painful arthritis, most often affecting your ankles, wrists, knees and elbows, and often migrating from joint to joint.
Involuntary jerky movements of your limbs and face or more subtle movement difficulties, such as definite deterioration in handwriting. These signs usually disappear over weeks to months.
Broad, pink or faint-red, nonitching patches on your skin (uncommon).
Lumps under your skin (uncommon).
Minor criteria

Joint pain without inflammation
Previous rheumatic fever or evidence of rheumatic heart disease
Abnormal heartbeat on an electrocardiogram
Blood test indicating inflammation
New heart murmurs
Sore throat


The exact cause of rheumatic fever isn't clear. In a few people, it seems that when the body fights a strep throat infection, other parts of the body develop inflammation. For example, the heart valves aren't necessarily infected with the streptococcal bacteria, but they can be injured or inflamed as the body fights strep throat.Medical research has focused on an abnormal immune system response to the antigens produced by specific types of streptococcal bacteria. One possible cause for this is the similarities between streptococcal antigens and heart valve proteins and heart muscle cells. In addition, researchers are studying whether some people have a greater genetic disposition for an abnormal immune system response to streptococcal antigens.

When to seek medical advice

If you have a sore throat along with a fever that has lasted more than 24 hours — or a severe sore throat without cold symptoms and without much fever, especially if you've been close to someone with strep throat — see your doctor to determine whether you have strep throat. Although most of the time strep throat doesn't lead to rheumatic fever, you can usually prevent rheumatic fever by using antibiotics to treat strep throat. Also see your doctor if you've recently had a sore throat and high fever and you're experiencing difficulty breathing or chest pain.

Screening and diagnosis

If you or your child has signs or symptoms of rheumatic fever, diagnosis will likely involve a physical examination and questions by your doctor regarding these signs and symptoms. The physical exam may include:

Checking your joints for pain and inflammation
Examining your skin for rashes or lumps
Listening to your heart for abnormal rhythms or murmurs
Your doctor may recommend an electrocardiogram (ECG) of your heart to check for abnormal rhythms. Electrocardiography involves attaching electrode patches to your skin to measure electrical impulses given off by your heart. The electrical impulses, which cause your heart muscle to contract, are recorded by an electrocardiograph machine. They typically are recorded in the form of waves, which are displayed on graph paper or on a monitor.

No laboratory test can confirm that you have rheumatic fever. Doctors base a diagnosis of rheumatic fever on the presence of several major and minor criteria. The most common major criteria are:

Joint pain and swelling that migrates from joint to joint
Inflammation of the heart
Diagnosing rheumatic fever requires not only the presence of key signs and symptoms but also evidence of a recent strep infection. Your doctor may take a blood sample to test for the presence of antibodies to streptococcal bacteria. However, it's possible that by the time you see your doctor, your throat culture test for strep will be negative. In that case, the only suggestion of strep may be you telling your doctor about a recent sore throat accompanied by fever.

Electrocardiogram: Tracing the electrical path through the heart


During a first rheumatic fever attack, about half of people develop heart inflammation, but this doesn't always result in permanent damage. Most people with rheumatic fever recover fully after six weeks. In some cases, however, one or more of the heart's valves may be scarred. Permanent heart damage due to rheumatic fever is known as rheumatic heart disease. In many cases, heart damage isn't discovered until years later.In rare cases of rheumatic fever, the inflammation causes so much damage to the heart muscle that it leads to congestive heart failure. In other cases, a scarred heart valve may prevent adequate blood flow or may permit backward flow of blood. If there's serious impairment to the function of your heart valves, surgery may be needed to repair or replace the damaged valve or valves.

Rheumatic fever can also affect these parts of your body:

Joints. Often, several joints are affected with painful swelling, redness and sensation of heat.
Brain. If acute rheumatic fever affects the brain, loss of coordination and uncontrolled movement of the limbs and face may occur. These movements are called chorea — from the Greek word choreia, which means choral dance. They're also sometimes called Sydenham's chorea, rheumatic chorea or St. Vitus' dance. Chorea occurs in about one in 10 rheumatic fever cases. Chorea usually subsides or disappears within weeks to months. Skin. The disease can produce broad patches or, irregularly, round, pink to faint-red areas on your skin (erythema marginatum). Lumps or nodules may occur beneath normal-appearing skin.

Heart failure


Treatment of rheumatic fever involves a dual approach:

Antibiotics to rid your body of the streptococcal infection and prevent recurrences. To eliminate any remaining strep bacteria once you have rheumatic fever, your doctor may prescribe penicillin or another antibiotic. Usually, you'll then need to take additional antibiotics for several to many years to prevent additional attacks of rheumatic fever. Without continued antibiotic treatment, recurrence is common during the first three to five years after the initial infection. Other medications to ease the symptoms of the disease. To reduce inflammation of your heart or joints, your doctor may recommend specific doses of aspirin or an over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. For severe heart inflammation, a corticosteroid medication, such as prednisone, can reduce the inflammation.


Preliminary drug trials show potential for a vaccine to prevent strep. But until an effective immunization is developed, the only known way to prevent rheumatic fever is to treat strep throat infections with antibiotics.

Most of the time, a virus is the cause of a sore throat, and viruses don't lead to rheumatic fever. However, a sore throat with fever lasting more than 24 hours may indicate a strep infection. Only a small percentage of people with untreated strep throat will develop rheumatic fever. Prompt and proper treatment of strep throat with antibiotics can prevent strep throat from progressing to rheumatic fever.

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