Hi, Beverly, and welcome! First of all, rheumatic fever doesn't come from a genetic background so your grandmother's genes have nothing to do with this. It is caused by a bacterial infection, according to the National Institute of Health. Here is a link from the NIH all about rheumatic fever, along with causes, symptoms, etc.
You may have been misdiagnosed as a child. Have you seen a rheumatologist recently? If not, I sure would find a good one and one that treats fibromyalgia, too.
Check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibromyalgia, including a list of symptoms. See if those fit you. If so, find a doctor that treats patients for fibromyalgia. Believe it or not, there are still doctors that don't think it's real. A good doctor will put you through a battery of tests to determine what is causing your pain. It could be rheumatic fever, rheumatoid arthritis, fibro, or something completely different. There is a link in the Fibro 101 thread called, What Else Could It Be. The doctor will rule out those other illnesses first. Once you know what really is going on you can be treated properly.
I hope this help you.
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 5/16/2009 9:49:19 AM (GMT-6)