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Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Life Expectancy
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
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
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
Relatively uncommon: Rarely.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
No. Clinical dx: No. This is a clinical diagnosis. Rheumatologist should clarify. ...Read more
Lab work: Each one has their own characteristics, also specific blood test available to your physician can make the differencial diagnosis. ...Read more
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
Whether the Ayurvedic treatment is effective for juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Can I cure the desease completely. Its for my friends son he is 8 years?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
It can if not treate:
It can if not treated properly and the complications will affect the life expectancy
it is a chronic disease but can go into remissions and 75% of patients go into remission and they have good prognosis. ...Read more
Do people who have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis have a shorter life expectancy than regular people?
Better control now: We have people in adulthood who have had jia also called juvenile idiopathic arthritis. It used to be called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. We have much better ways to control the jia and our patients can have great control of their symptoms. We can use biologics which can help control a lot and some people can actually come completely off their medications and go into remission. ...Read more
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
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
Medication: Pediatric rheumatologists specialize in these issues and can prescribe medications or groups of medications to address the underlying pathology. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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