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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 kind of doctor do I see for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What kind of doctor do I see for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Get proper treatment: Be sure to see a board certified pediatric rheumatologist.General pediatricians and family medicine docs are not familiar or comfortable with using weekly low dose Methotrexate and TNF inhibitors that are needed to control 99% of kids with correctly diagnosed JIA/JRA.It's worth traveling some distance to see a pediatric rheumatologist since most adult rheumatologists do not treat it as effectively ...Read more

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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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What can be done for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

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 is the best treatment for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis ?

What is the best treatment for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis ?

See details: It really depends on the specific manifestation and the severity of the involvement. Is one joint involved or are many involved? Is it more systemic with fevers, rashes and heart involvement. These answers determine the treatment options. A rheumatologist can guide you. Options include nsaids, prednisone, Methotrexate and tnf agents among others. ...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?

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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Joint pain since the age of 13. Shouldnt they order tests for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

No.: Most juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients are both ccp antibody negative, and rf negative. The diagnosis is largely clinical, with evidence for joint and systemic inflammation (crp). ...Read more

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What can be done about juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What can be done about juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Get proper treatment: Be sure to see a board certified pediatric rheumatologist.There is no reason to suffer with this disease considering how highly effective the medications now available.General pediatricians and family medicine docs are not familiar or comfortable with using weekly low dose Methotrexate and tnf inhibitors that are needed to control 99% of kids with correctly diagnosed jra. Nsaids are not enough rx. ...Read more

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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 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 sort of symptoms has a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Many Sx!: Joint pain is most common, but high fevers and rash can occur, but usually in less than half. Inflammation of the eye can occur, but much less common. If a child has a hot swollen joint, see a rheumatologist! ...Read more

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Is it okay to have my niece do capoeira if she has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Is it okay to have my niece do capoeira if she has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes, but see doctor: All exercise is good for preserving joint motion. The danger would be if there were to be strong physical contact with a damaged joint that had lost range of motion. In juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, some joints become immobile and cannot bend normally. Also, the cervical spine should be examined for prior damage and the bone density should be assessed for osteoporosis. Needs doctor clearance. ...Read more

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My daughter's doctor thinks she has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. What should she do to cure it?

There is no cure: Unfortunately there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. There are continuing advancements in treatment. Medications considered disease modifying agents can made a big difference in the progression of the disease process. First make an appointment with a pediatric rheumatologist for the appropriate testing to see if your daughter truly has the disease. The rheumatologist will guide you further. ...Read more

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I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, what can I do for my eye?

I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, what can I do for my eye?

See ophthalmologist: The major thing is to remain under the care of an ophtalmologist. You must continue with routine screenings because the eye inflammation associated with jia may be not apparent until irreversible damage has occurred. ...Read more

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I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. What can I do for my eye?

Medications for..: Medications for spondylitis are used successfully. Iritis or anterior uveitis is not a feature of rheumatoid arthritis. Jia has iritis as a major extra-articular feature. Topical steroids will help most patient. Other drugs used include Cyclosporine and tnf-alpha inhibitors. They do very well. ...Read more

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Need a good juvenile rheumatoid arthritis doctor in memphis, tn.

Need a good juvenile rheumatoid arthritis doctor in memphis, tn.

Consider Birmingham: I don't know any of the pediatric rheumatologists in person who practice in Memphis or other places in Tennessee so I can't recommend them myself.It's quite a long drive to Birmingham, Alabama to Children's of Alabama (3hrs 47min) so it may not be possible for you to travel that far.However, I can guarantee your child will receive the best treatment anywhere in the U.S. if you see any of us 6 docs ...Read more

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Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...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