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What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Caution tetracyline: In children tetracycline can stain the bone. We are fortunate that we can use most of the medications we use in adults in children, but some are not approved for children. We can use Methotrexate and some of the biologics are approved for treatment of jia children such as Etanercept and adalimumab. Iv Infliximab is approved for childhood ibd, IV tocilizumab and Abatacept for jia. Others not yet. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides drugs?

What are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides drugs?

Exercise : You will need medications, but exercise is important pain controller. The cdc has a campaign that says exercise the arthritis pain reliever. We can not emphasize this enough. ...Read more

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Can you tell me alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?

Can you tell me alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?

There is none: Unless joint inflammation is controlled one runs a significant risk of permanent damage and disability. There are no alternatives that will prevent this damage other than appropriate medication. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?

Could you tell me what are alternative treatments for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis besides medication?

Let the buyer beware: I don't know a lot about alternative treatments for jra, but i see lots of patients that missed their opportunity to prevent permanent joint damage when very effective medications are available. That's very sad, especially for young patients. ...Read more

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How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?

How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?

Clinical criteria: Ra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. Pain and stiffness may limit activity. Appropriate treatment can vastly benefit the patient, and a rheumatologist can be your best friend. Labs to rule out other causes are undertaken. Clinical criteria make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How does juvenile rheumatoid arthritis impair you?

How does juvenile rheumatoid arthritis impair you?

Varied ways: There are many types of juvenile arthritis. It can attack the joints with pain and swelling as most likely. There is a form that affects the spine with pain and stiffness. It may also affect the eyes with inflammation. A more severe form can also cause damage to internal organs including the spleen and affect the blood counts significantly. Need careful medical attention. ...Read more

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Which treatment will i get for juvenile arthritis?

Which treatment will i get for juvenile arthritis?

Depends!: Treatments are quite varied and will depend on the preferences of the treating rheumatologist or pediatric rheumatologist. However, treatment for jia should not be directed by a pcp or pediatrician. This is a serious issue! ...Read more

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What helps alleviate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What helps alleviate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Alleviating Sx?: Alleviating sx? Not the goal. Alleviating inflammation is the goal. Symptom relief is secondary in importance! the drugs used are similar for adults, except the doses are much lower and size-based. Jra no longer exist. It is juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Virtually all children should be remitted with currently available medication. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

How to tell if I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

See details: At age 43 that would be unlikely. However, if you have an inflammatory arthritis, see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How can I relieve my tiredness from juvenile arthritis?

How can I relieve my tiredness from juvenile arthritis?

Isit from JIA?: You have juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia) but is the fatigue from jia? It can be do to sleep disorders, deconditioning due to lack of exercise, or to lack of control of the jia you need an evaluation. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (jra) is now designated juvenile idiopathic arthritis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Most not JRA!: Children rarely get ccp and rf positive true ra, usually before mid teen years. We now call it "juvenile idiopathic arthritis, " or jia, in recognition that it is usually different. Apart from joint inflammation, fever and rash are much more common. Treatment will vary depending on the age and size of the child. ...Read more

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Is it possible to outgrow juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Is it possible to outgrow juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

No: There is no way to "outgrow" jra / jia. It can only be put into remission for periods of time from weeks to years, depending on what type of juvenile arthritis it is and how many joints were involved at the time of diagnosis. Kids with more active joints at diagnosis are more likely to flare more often when off meds. Until a cure is found, we work for remission with minimal flares of diease. ...Read more

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Could you have a combination of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Could you have a combination of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: Jra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. The damage to the joints, pain and stiffness is due to an inappropriate immune response which results in the immune system attacking tissues of the host (patient). Symptoms are variable, appropriate DX and rx critical. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms and signs of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Immune dysfunction!: Jra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. The damage to the joints, pain and stiffness is due to an inappropriate immune response which results in the immune system attacking tissues of the host (patient). Rheumatologists can provide appropriate DX and rx. ...Read more

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How to determine juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is destroying you?

How to determine juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is destroying you?

I've never seen it!: Juvenile arthritis can be successfully managed with all of the new drugs available. Complications can always occur, but the condition which could be fatal is virtually no longer that. Make sure you are under the care of a rheumatologist. (i have never heard of jra put in such onerous terms!). ...Read more

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With juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can I take glucosamine?

With juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can I take glucosamine?

Yes, you can take it: But glucosamine is useless for juvenile idiopathic arthritis. You should be under the care of a pediatric rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Will a tens machine help with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

It May: It can help relieve the pain associated with the rheumatoid arthritis but it will not affect underlying condition. ...Read more

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I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. How can I get more iron?

I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. How can I get more iron?

Iron rich foods: Foods such a leafy green vegetables (kale), lean red meats, beans, shellfish, nuts and fortified cereals are high in iron. The iron will be absorbed more readily if eaten with foods that contain Vitamin C such as bell peppers, parsley, broccolli, orange juice, kiwi, cooked tomatoes and strawberries. ...Read more

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Are there any natural remedies to help with juvenile arthritis?

Are there any natural remedies to help with juvenile arthritis?

Omega 3 fatty acids: Omega three fatty acids found in cold water fish and flax seeds have been shown to mildly reduce inflammation in adults with rheumatoid arthritis. They may have the same affect in children. You should discuss with your rheumatologist before starting any supplement or over the counter medication. ...Read more

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Do children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis have to limit activities?

Do children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis have to limit activities?

Yes: Ra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. There are many theories for why it happens, many believe there is a virus responsible. Pain and stiffness may limit activity. Appropriate treatment can vastly benefit the patient, and a pediatric rheumatologist can be your best friend. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

An autoimmune medical condition in kids characterized by persistent arthritis. Symptoms include flu-like illness, pain, limping, and ...Read more