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Is it normal for a teenager to have arthritis?

Is it normal for a teenager to have arthritis?

No: It is actually not "normal" for anyone to have arthritis. I would be concerned a teenage with arthritis has rheumatoid arthritis. You need to see your physician. Also see a chinese medicine practitioner as both traditional and nontraditional will have a lot to offer. You will need an altered diet as well..No refined flour or sugar, more fresh fruits and veggies. A detailed visit will help. ...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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Long-term joint pain in teenagers - rheumatoid arthritis or some sort of infection?

Long-term joint pain in teenagers - rheumatoid arthritis or some sort of infection?

Need evaluation: Could be either, only a rheumatologist can tell the difference. You need to see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How is jra (juvenile arthritis) diagnosed in a teen?

How is jra (juvenile arthritis) diagnosed in a teen?

See below: A lot of the diagnosis will be based on the history of joint swelling, redness, and pain. And a physical exam that reveals the joint findings. Then, labs can be ordered to help confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between arthritis and just normal growing pains?

How to tell the difference between arthritis and just normal growing pains?

By inflammation.: It the joint is inflamed, then arthritis is present. Signs of inflammation are heat, redness, swelling and pain at the site of the joint. Growing pains are usually just that--pains, without signs of inflammation. ...Read more

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Can teen get arthritis?What is prognosis?

Can teen get arthritis?What is prognosis?

Arthritis any age: At any age we can see arthritis. There are no barriers, but it is important to remember that each type of arthritis and each person with arthritis can be unique. Prognosis depends on the type of arthritis. Viral arthritis arthritis, dependingon the type can resolve; infections that cause arthritis can be cured with antibiotics. Certain systemic arthritis syndromes can be controlled. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get arthritis as a teen?

Is it possible to get arthritis as a teen?

Yes: Arthritis as a teenager is very uncommon however it does occasionally occur. Inflammatory arthritis (like juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) is usually due to an autoimmune type process. There is also infectious arthritis (for example as the result of lyme disease, or after a bacterial or viral infection). ...Read more

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Can somebody start having arthritis in the teen years?

Absolutely: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia), previously commonly known as jra, can start in children of any age including teens. If you know a teen with joint swelling for more than a few days, have them see their regular doctor right away. At that point, if the joint swelling or morning stiffness continues, ask for a referral to see a pediatric rheumatologist. Joint pain alone is not arthritis in teens. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have normal back pains or if I have psoriatic arthritis?

Have it evaluated: See a rheumatologist, be examined, obtain appropriate xrays and have a blood test done to see if you test positive for the hla-b27 antigen. This will help immensely. ...Read more

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What is the symptom progression of teen onsetting juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

What is the symptom progression of teen onsetting juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

Damage if untreated: Children under the age of 16 get juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia) which is an autoimmune disease affecting the joints but very different in many respects from rheumatoid arthritis. Even as older adults, they are adults with jia. Older teenagers can develop rheumatoid factor positive polyarticulatar jia that looks very similar to RA and may develop into a disease that looks similar to ra. ...Read more

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Just wanted to know if rheumatoid arthritis is possible in a teen, and if so what causes it?

Just wanted to know if rheumatoid arthritis is possible in a teen, and if so what causes it?

Au contraire! Rare!: The term jra is not used anymore in rheumatology!. It is now called juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Most children are ccp antibody negative, and the majority rf neg as well. Ra can appear early in life, mainly in females in there mid-teens. I have not had a single RA pt. In the last 43 jia patients seen. Even the sex ratio is different: more like 1 to 1, versus 10/1. ...Read more

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Is it normal to take plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for arthritis?

Is it normal to take plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for arthritis?

Depends: It depends on the type of arthritis. For inflammatory arthritis like RA or lupus it is common to do so. Some md's even prescribe Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for really severe osteoarthritis with some modest success. ...Read more

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Is facet arthritis (moderate) from l2-l5 normal in a 21 y/o F. I was diagnosed at 19. What would cause this?

Is facet arthritis (moderate) from l2-l5 normal in a 21 y/o F. I was diagnosed at 19. What would cause this?

Facet osteoarthritis: Studies show that the differential diagnosis of facet joint osteoarthritis (FJOA) includes Rheumatoid Arthritis, which rarely affects the lumbar spine, seronegative spondyloarthropathies, adult degenerative scoliosis, and spondylolisthesis. The most probable contributing factors in the lumbar spine are degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis. At 21, L FJOA may be related to spondylolysis. ...Read more

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Am experiencing stiffness and pain very like a flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis. Are these normal symptoms?

Am experiencing stiffness and pain very like a flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis. Are these normal symptoms?

Depends: If you are experiencing stiffness for more than 20 min and you have a diagnosis of ra, you are probably having a flare. Call your rheumatologist right away and let him/her know. Flares of disease can be triggered by stress or infection but sometimes nothing. You should discuss with your rheumatologist whether you might benefit from a short burst of oral steroids, or need to modify your RA meds. ...Read more

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Can you have enthesopathy and have a normal mri? Have arthritis and normal mri?What kind of arthritis don't show up on mri?

Can you have enthesopathy and have a normal mri? Have arthritis and normal mri?What kind of arthritis don't show up on mri?

Yes: Mri is sensitive to edematous (swelling) and inflammatory changes in joints and tendons but is dependent upon the severity of the disease and the type of MRI done. Ideally, fat suppression t2 images or stir images need to be performed by the MRI center to see these changes if the disease is early or not severe. At 27 Y.O., it may be to early to see MRI changes although symptoms may be present. ...Read more

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I have rheumatoid arthritis & was passenger in car accident june 9th and I am still stiff like the day it happened. Is this normal with arthritis?

I have rheumatoid arthritis & was passenger in car accident june 9th and I am still stiff like the day it happened.  Is this normal with arthritis?

It can be: Yes, after a trauma like a car accident is may be common to have stiffness, especially with a medical history of arthritis. Sorry about your accident. I hope you saw a physician afterward to check you out. If not, please see one for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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My 9 month olds joints pop all the time since she was born is it normal both mine and my husbands pop and we both have arthritis could that be the cause

My 9 month olds joints pop all the time since she was born is it normal both mine and my husbands pop and we both have arthritis could that be the cause

No: Popping of joints does not lead to nor is it indicative of arthritis. Popping of joints is fluid and air increasing and decreasing pressures within an enclosed capsule (joint). The air disperses and does not have any effect with inflammatory diseases. ...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