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How do parents of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia) understand the illness?

How do parents of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (jia) understand the illness?

Speak with the doc: The best way is to speak with the child"s doctor. The doctor will have experience and training treating jra and will be able to help the parents understand the condition. Also, there are national organizations associated with jra which distribute educational materials. ...Read more

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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How to tell if I have juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

How to tell if I have juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

Peds rheumatologist: There is no blood test that can diagnose juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Child must have joint swelling on exam or active synovitis on an MRI of the joint that must be done with IV contrast (mri without contrast cannot detect active arthritis unless it is advanced), that is not due to infection or injury. Kids with suspected jia should be evaluated by a board certified pediatric rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What is polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

What is polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis: This is rheumatoid arthritis that start during the pediatric years and involves many joints. It is an autoimmune disorder ...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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Why so some children get juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Why so some children get juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune: 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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What are the different symptoms between lupus and juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

What are the different symptoms between lupus and juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

JIA/SLE symptoms: The most common symptoms of jia include joint stiffnesss and joint swelling. In lupus, joints and other organs can be affected such as the skin, kidneys, blood cells, nervous system, and muscles. Lupus can also cause more generalized symptoms such as fevers, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss. ...Read more

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How can a dr tell the difference when diagnosing juvenile idiopathic arthritis and lupus?

Lab work: Each one has their own characteristics, also specific blood test available to your physician can make the differencial diagnosis. ...Read more

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How are the symptoms different from lupus and juvenile idiopathic arthritis? What would clue the dr on testing one disease over the other?

How are the symptoms different from lupus and juvenile idiopathic arthritis? What would clue the dr on testing one disease over the other?

JIA more limited: JIA presents with swollen joint(s) & often morning stiffness for more than 6 weeks. Most labs in JIA are normal--there is no lab test for JIA, it is a clinical diagnosis based on history and physical exam. Lupus can involves many signs & symptoms: rash, arthritis, fevers, fatigue, muscle pain, abnormal CBC, ds-DNA/Smith Ab, high ESR, others. If multiple organ systems are involved, unlikely JIA. ...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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What kind of diseases or isorders could cause both symptoms of hypothyroidism and juvenile idiopathic arthritis? Or is one a complication of the other

What kind of diseases or isorders could cause both symptoms of hypothyroidism and juvenile idiopathic arthritis? Or is one a complication of the other

Autoimmune disorders: Both juvenile idiopathic arthritis and hypothyroidism (caused by thyroiditis) can have autoimmune etiology. There is increased incidence of hypothyroidism in patients with jia when compared to matched normal controls. Another autoimmune disorder celiac bowel disease is also increased in jia. ...Read more

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Are the treatments for lupus and juvenile idiopathic arthritis the same?

Kid autoimmune Rx: There are medications that overlap for the treatment of children with lupus vs. Jia. Both are autoimmune conditions and treatment is based on treating with anti-inflammatories (steroids, nsaids) and treating with immunosuppressants (disease modifying agents, and biologics). Not all medications are used for both conditions. ...Read more

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I have juvenile idiopathic arthritis and am experiencing bad jaw pain. When it gets extremely bad are there any methods I can use to relieve some pain?

I have juvenile idiopathic arthritis and am experiencing bad jaw pain. When it gets extremely bad are there any methods I can use to relieve some pain?

"Jaw rest": Otc nsaids, heat application, soft food diet, avoid chewing gum or any parafunctional habits, oral splint therapy, corticosteroid delivery via sonophoresis or iontophoresis and pt. Best to get early advanced imaging to establish joint health — both hard and soft tissue — and see if any early degenerative changes are occurring. See an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for thorough evaluation and f/u. ...Read more

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Hi, I am amol, my 2 yrs daughter sufferring from juvenile idiopathic arthritis from last 2-3 month. Should I go for alupathic or Ayurvedic treatment.?

Hi, I am amol, my 2 yrs daughter sufferring from juvenile idiopathic arthritis from last 2-3 month. Should I go for alupathic or Ayurvedic treatment.?

Allopathic Medicine: Allopathic medicine is another term for western medicine with physicians that have the initials md after their name. Usually they treat patients with evidence based medicine. On the other hand ayurvedic treatment has been around for thousands of years but is not necessarily evidence based medicine. Ultimately, it is who you are comfortable with. I would suggest allopathic medicine. ...Read more

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What is involved in low-dose corticosteroid therapy in juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

What is involved in low-dose corticosteroid therapy in juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

Hummmmm!: What is involved is simply taking an oral corticosteroid my mouth at a prescribed dose and having good follow up. Steroids are wonder drugs! They are also trecherous, cause injury and have serious side effects. We all have steroids ciruculating in our bodies in various amounts. It is the dosing, need for the drug, judicious use, thorough follow up that make them a success and not a danger. ...Read more

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One of my legs is an inch longer than the other, and occasionally my left hip and right leg hurt with movement, is this juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

One of my legs is an inch longer than the other, and occasionally my left hip and right leg hurt with movement, is this juvenile idiopathic arthritis?

Leg length: A leg length discrepancy by itself can cause the symptoms your are experiencing. A corrective shore lift can help significantly with symptoms. See a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician or orthopedic physician for evaluation. ...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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What is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What is 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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What causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What causes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Autoimmune: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system gets confused and starts attacking the joints instead of fighting intruders like bacteria and viruses. Genetic factors play a role in risk for developing autoimmune diseases. Exposure to certain viruses may play a role as well. ...Read more

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Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis criteria pls?

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis criteria pls?

Joint swelling >6wks: Jia/jra — general guide
1. Age of onset <16 yr
2. Arthritis (swelling or excess joint fluid), or 2 or more of these: less than full range of motion, tenderness or pain on motion, & increased warmth in at least 1 joint
3. Above signs (seen by doc)for > 6wks
4. Type seen in first 6 mo:
a. Polyarthritis: ≥5 inflamed joints
b. Oligoarthritis: 4 or fewer joints
c. Systemic -fever, arthritis 5. No other cause. ...Read more

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How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis treated?

How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis treated?

Many ways!: First, it is no longer called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, but juvenile idiopathic arthritis, because it is not rheumatoid arthritis in children! There are so many treatments available, using several meds in tandem as therapy. It is almost always remittable. See a rheumatology specialist! ...Read more

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Can i possibly have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Can i possibly have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Unlikely: The onset at age 49 is unlikely. Since you do not mention your symptoms, there is no way to definitively answer your question. ...Read more

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Help? I believe I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Help? I believe I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

At age 34: You wouldn't have jra unless the diagnosis was made at least 18 years ago. There are many causes of joint and tissue inflammation and pain : rheumatoid positive arthritis, rheum negative, lyme, lupus, fibromyalgia.
Diabetes, thyroid disease and others

See a physician. Start with an internist or family practitioner who can then evaluate you. ...Read more

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What can I do to address juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What can I do to address juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Medication : Pediatric rheumatologists specialize in these issues and can prescribe medications or groups of medications to address the underlying pathology. ...Read more

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What can I do to better cope with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What can I do to better cope with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

JRA clinic for best : Be under the management of a jra clinic at a pediatric teaching hospital like luries children's hospital in your zip code. ...Read more

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I have jra (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) and my back has been hurting me. What can I do?

You need to see MD: You are 34 years old has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since you were a child
you are having back pain, we can not answer your question without knowing what meds you have taken or are taking. You can take any anti inflammatory meds for pain like Motrin or naprosyn (naproxen) for relief and follow up with your rheamatologist. ...Read more

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My best friend has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, where could I find information on this?

My best friend has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, where could I find information on this?

Good websites: http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/arthritis/jra.html
http://www.Mayoclinic. Com/health/juvenile-rheumatoid-arthritis/ds00018 Two websites you may find helpful. ...Read more

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I've juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and epilepsy. What are the risk factors for a pregnancy?

What do you mean?: Are you asking whether you will have a fertility problem? Are you asking about risk of spontaneous abortion? Are you asking about fetal malformation? Are you asking about effect of pregnancy on your epilepsy or your arthritis? Please restate your question. ...Read more

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


Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more