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.
Only within reason. Patients with jra should avoid high impact activities such as running and are better to pursue non-impact sports such as swimming, bike riding, cross country skiing, etc. There have been however remarkable advances in treatment by dmards (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs)that modify the body's response to infection and disease and may thereby allow unrestricted sport.

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Why so some children get juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

We don't really know. There seems to be a genetic predisposition to developing jra. It is thought that there may be environmental factors that trigger ones immune system to inappropriately attack one body tissues. (autoimmune) for example exposure to smoking has been implicated. Considerable research is being conducted on finding the exact triggers and autoimmune pathways. Read more...
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...

Do people who have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis have a shorter life expectancy than regular people?

See below. A new study has found that people with rheumatoid arthritis appear to age faster than people without the disease, a finding that may help to explain why those with the condition have shorter life expectancies. Read more...
Inflammation and... Inflammation which is chronic, will definitely decrease lifespan. Also, if untreated, or not well treated, inability to exercise, and drugs like prednisone, which causes metabolic syndrome, can shorten lifespan, since Prednisone causes obesity and Insulin resistance! Read more...

What can be done about juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

Multiple therapies. Many experts use biologic drugs soon after diagnosis as they don't produce growth or endocrine problems like steroids. Read more...
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...

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...

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...
JRA/JIA symptoms. Children with juvenile arthritis most often have visible swelling of one or more joints for several days at least and morning stiffness in the affected joints. If you are concerned that your child has juvenile arthritis, take them for evaluation to their doctor and request a referral to a pediatric rheumatologist if there is any concern. Pain is often not associated with arthritis in younger kids. Read more...

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...

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...

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...