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With juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can I take glucosamine?

With juvenile rheumatoid arthritis can I take glucosamine?

Yes, you can take it: But glucosamine is useless for juvenile idiopathic arthritis. You should be under the care of a pediatric rheumatologist. ...Read more

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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Pediatrician is almost certain my 5 year old has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Can a child have RA with the pain, but no swelling?

Pediatrician is almost certain my 5 year old has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Can a child have RA with the pain, but no swelling?

Yes: There are a number of criteria used to make the diagnosis.....As long as your doctor is using these standard criteria, he/she is probably correct. You can look them up on the internet viat the american arthritis foundation. ...Read more

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Does juvenile rheumatoid arthritis affect physical appearance?

Autoimmune: Jra (also called jia) for juvenille idiopathic arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology. Joint deformity and dysfunction can result from the damage caused by the dysfunctional immune system rheumatologists can provide appropriate diagnosis and treatment which often entails immune suppressants. ...Read more

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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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What are some good excercises for people with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

What are some good excercises for people with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Swimming,walking,bik: Swimming , walking and stationary bike are three exercises which can be done safely and will benefit the patients sport activities if approved by the rhamatologist only. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a severe cause of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

How do you know if you have a severe cause of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

JRA: See a rheumatologist, so he can examine you and order the necessary blood work to determine your problem. ...Read more

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I have jra (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) and my back has been hurting me. What can I do?

I have jra (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) and my back has been hurting me. What can I do?

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

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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 ?

Unknown: 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, (adalimumab) etc.) have kept people out of wheelchairs and leading much better lives. ...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, (adalimumab) etc.) have kept people out of wheelchairs and leading much better lives. ...Read more

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Will a tens machine help with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Will a tens machine help with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

It May: It can help relieve the pain associated with the rheumatoid arthritis but it will not affect underlying condition. ...Read more

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I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. How can I get more iron?

I have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. How can I get more iron?

Iron rich foods: Foods such a leafy green vegetables (kale), lean red meats, beans, shellfish, nuts and fortified cereals are high in iron. The iron will be absorbed more readily if eaten with foods that contain Vitamin C such as bell peppers, parsley, broccolli, orange juice, kiwi, cooked tomatoes and strawberries. ...Read more

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What should kids with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and kidney issues do?

What should kids with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and kidney issues do?

Everything they can : These kids should have a full range of activities as tolerated. The worst thing you can do is to try to shield them from normal childhood activities. They'll never forgive you for that. Don't cripple them with chronic illness syndrome. ...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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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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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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What is abnormal in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in blood work?

What is abnormal in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in blood work?

Many thinks: Erythrocyte sedimentation rate.High c-reactive protein.High anti-nuclear antibody.High rheumatoid factor cold be present cyclic citrullinated peptide (ccp). Like the rheumatoid factor, the ccp is another antibody that may be found in the blood of adults with rheumatoid arthritis. ...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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Chondroitin (Definition)

Chondroitin is a nutritional supplement that is often used in combination with glucosamine and msm as a nutritional treatment for arthritis and inflammatory conditions. It is promoted to improve joint health (arthritis, breakdown of cartilage, etc). This form of nutritional supplementation for the prevention for the improvement of arthritis and joint health was originally ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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