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What will it be like living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for life?

What will it be like living with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for life?

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

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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


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Can someone diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis grow out of it?

Can someone diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis grow out of it?

No, not at all: 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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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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Can juvenile rheumatoid arthritis turn into rheumatoid arthritis?

Can juvenile rheumatoid arthritis turn into rheumatoid arthritis?

Not technically: Jra, now called jia (juvenile idiopathic arthritis), has several forms which are different from adult rheumatoid arthritis (ra). One form of jia has the same characteristics as adult RA with many joints involved and a positive rheumatoid factor on blood testing. This may persist into adulthood. Some doctors believe this is simply the adult RA starting in childhood. ...Read more

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How do you get diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you get diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

See a doctor: As always, the wisest course of action is to see your physician. He/she may refer you to a rheumatologist that will take a history, examine you and perform a number of tests, including blood work and possible x-rays. Based on this information, the rheumatologist will confirm the diagnosis and review treatment options. ...Read more

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What can be done for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

See below: There are treatment options. You need to discuss them with your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What are the statistics of having to use crutches or a wheelchair because of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis ?

What are the statistics of having to use crutches or a wheelchair because of   juvenile rheumatoid arthritis ?

Numbers are changing: No accurate statistics exist due to the dramatic improvement in outcomes of treatment in this condition. In the past, many children ended in a debilitated condition. Modern drugs such as the biological response modifiers (enbrel, humira, etc.) have kept people out of wheelchairs and leading much better lives. ...Read more

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Could juvenile rheumatoid arthritis return in the future?

Could juvenile rheumatoid arthritis return in the future?

Yes, highly likely: 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 disease. ...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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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (Definition)

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