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Doctor insights on: What Happens If You Stop Taking Methotrexate For Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

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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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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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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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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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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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Could seronegative juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cause..?

Could seronegative juvenile rheumatoid arthritis cause..?

What?: You did not finish the question, but there are many rheumatologic features and systemic features of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, now called juvenile idiopathic arthritis, since most juvenile arthritis patients do not have ra! ask again, so i can help. ...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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What is the definition or description of: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the definition or description of: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Juvenile Rheumatoid: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis(JRA) is also known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). JRA/JIA is joint inflammation and stiffness lasting more than 6 weeks starting in children under age 16 years. The immune system attacks healthy joint tissue in JRA/JIA. Inflammation appears as redness, pain, heat and swelling. ...Read more

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What are my chances of going blind with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

Small: First, you need to know which type of jra (a.K.A. Jia or juvenile idiopathic arthritis) you have as the risk of eye disease varies with the different types. Even if you are in a category of increased risk, the chance of blindness is small with proper screening and follow-up. ...Read more

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Can my finger have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Very unlikely: A single finger is unlikely to be on the basis of ra. See a rheumatologist to be certain. ...Read more

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Can just a finger have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Possibly: Some children have pauciarticular arthritis. This means only 1-3 joints are affected. This may result in risk of eye changes more often than persons who have multiple joints affected. Labs and exam are needed to make a diagnosis of jra. There are also injuries that can later result in finger jt stiffness or swelling or decreased range of motion. ...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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Is the juvenile rheumatoid arthritis rash itchy?

Usually not: However, some older patients report pruritus (itching). ...Read more

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Why shouldn't aspirin be given in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Why shouldn't aspirin be given in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Reye's syndrome: Aspirin is not recommended for any children due to its association with reye's syndrome that can lead to liver failure. Plenty of other meds work well and are safe if given in the recommended doses such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Naproxen is a good medication for temporary relief but it does not put the disease into remission. Effective treatment is weekly low dose Methotrexate and a tnf inhibitor. ...Read more

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Methotrexate (Definition)

Methotrexate was originally used in the early 1950's as a treatment for cancer but was also found to be effective in many other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It has anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties which make it an excellent first line therapy for RA ...Read more


Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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