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What Happens If You Stop Taking Methotrexate For Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
See below: He/she may experience a flare in his/her symptoms. Let the doctor know what's going on. ...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
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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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Impossible: At age 44 pain is involving a single finger is never going to be jra. ...Read more
See below: There is no specific blood test to diagnose jra. ...Read more
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
Sure: If it does not cause significant pain, physical activity is always a good idea. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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