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How is jra (juvenile arthritis) diagnosed in a teen?

How is jra (juvenile arthritis) diagnosed in a teen?

See below: A lot of the diagnosis will be based on the history of joint swelling, redness, and pain. And a physical exam that reveals the joint findings. Then, labs can be ordered to help confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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Easing pain in 19-year-old young adult with rheumatoid arthritis?

Easing pain in 19-year-old young adult with rheumatoid arthritis?

Control inflammation: The major way to control pain is to control the inflammation. Are you seeing a rheumatologist? ...Read more

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Why so some children get juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

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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How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?

How is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?

Clinical criteria: Ra (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. Pain and stiffness may limit activity. Appropriate treatment can vastly benefit the patient, and a rheumatologist can be your best friend. Labs to rule out other causes are undertaken. Clinical criteria make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any experience with pauciarticular juvenile rheumatiod arthritis jra?

Peds rheumatologist : Pediatric rheumatologists are trained pediatricians who are board certified to care for all kids with chronic inflammatory (autoimmune)arthritis.Pauciarticular(newer name is oligoarticular=few joints) jia/jra is defined as arthritis in 4 or fewer joints.Jia/jra is a significantly different disease than rheumatoid arthritis and complicated by how it can affect growth.Seek a pediatric rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can juvenile arthritis in children cause CKD in adulthood?

Can juvenile arthritis in children cause CKD in adulthood?

No: You need to look for another cause of your chronic kidney disease (I'm going to assume that is what CKD means). Remember that nowadays, with the fad for subscientific estimates of renal function, many athletic men are overdiagnosed just because their muscles produce extra creatinine. Painkillers for JRA can also impair kidney function, usually reversibly. Insist on a real diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis have to limit activities?

Do children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis have to limit activities?

Yes: Ra (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. Pain and stiffness may limit activity. Appropriate treatment can vastly benefit the patient, and a pediatric rheumatologist can be your best friend. ...Read more

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What causes hair loss in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

What causes hair loss in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

The medecation used: About 20% of patients using Methotrexate could have side effects. They include nausea and vomiting, rash, mild hair loss, headache, mouth sores, and muscle aches. ...Read more

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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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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

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Is depression common in people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Is depression common in people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis and depression commonly occur together: Although this is known, people with rheumatoid arthritis often aren't screened for depression, so it may not be diagnosed or treated. Studies show that if depression occurring with rheumatoid arthritis isn't addressed, the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis itself can be less effective. It's unclear whether people with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher incidence of depression and anxiety as a result of their physical symptoms, or if depression is itself a symptom caused by the chronic, systemic inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers believe that people who had depression before the onset of rheumatoid arthritis may be less responsive to their rheumatoid arthritis treatment. More research is needed to determine the exact connection between all types of arthritis and depression. Left untreated, depression in people with rheumatoid arthritis may result in: Greater pain, Greater risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks, Loss of productivity at work, Increased risk of economic hardship, Deterioration of relationships with friends and family, Sexual dysfunction. What is known is that people who have rheumatoid arthritis and depression that occur together respond better to treatment when both conditions are addressed. Although different medications may be prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis and depression, many activities can be helpful in addressing the physical and emotional effects of both conditions, such as: Regular exercise, Stress management techniques, Friends and support groups familiar with the challenges of both conditions. People with all types of arthritis are at high risk of depression and anxiety. If you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and are feeling depressed or are worried about developing depression, it's important to talk to your doctor. With medication, support and a personalized plan of action, depression and rheumatoid arthritis are treatable conditions. ...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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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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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 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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Who gets rheumatoid arthritis?

Who gets rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs in people across the world: It appears that some people may be genetically predisposed to develop the disorder, which develops when your body's immune system mistakenly attacks the tissue that lines certain joints. The inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis damages and may deform the affected joints. Environmental factors, such as airborne lung irritants, may trigger rheumatoid arthritis in people who are genetically predisposed to develop the disorder. Factors that may increase your risk of rheumatoid arthritis include: Your sex. , Age. , Family history. , Environmental factors. ...Read more

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Can a 16y/o acquire adult rheumatoid arthritis?

Can a 16y/o acquire adult rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: It can happen and is more likely to occur in young girls than young boys. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy with rheumatoid arthritis in young adults?

What is the life expectancy with rheumatoid arthritis in young adults?

Hum: You questionis related to life expectancy in rheumatoid arthritis , but i see other info that is related to tobacco use , and other symptoms. The incidence of coronary heart disease is increased several fold in young women with rheumatoid arthritis ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more