See below. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease that typically causes significant joint pain, swelling and stiffness in the hands and feet due to an overactive and uncontrolled immune system.
Auto immune disease. For some reason the body attacks part of itself using the immune system. It mistakes you own tissue for something not supposed to be there an attacks the tissue.
The synovium. Ra is an infllamory process of the lining of the joints (the synovial membrane or synovium).
Symmetric joint pain. A chronic inflammatory disorder that affects joints and may also affect tissues outside the joints.
Positive RF. I assume that you mean rheumatoid factor. Rf.This test is sometimes sent when the patient describes joint pain. It needs to be interpreted in the context of the patients symptoms because sometimes a positive test is meaningless or associated with a disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. The ccp test is more specific for rheumatoid arthritis than the rf. Both tests are often sent.
Anti-CCP antibodies. This test picks up the anti- ccp antibodies that are antibodies that attack our own proteins and r specific 4 ra.
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.
Should take meds. I don't know what you've done so far to obtain the diagnosis you should be on rheumatoid meds and be monitored by a rheumatologist on a regular basis you made need an occasional cortisone injection for certain flareups.
Autoimmune disease. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It is an autoimmune disease, which means the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Ra can occur at any age, but is more common in middle age. Ra affects joints on both sides of the body equally. Wrists, fingers, knees, feet, and ankles are the most commonly affected.
Different from RA! It is not rheumatoid arthritis in a child, which is uncommon. Most young people with jia can do quite well and lead completely normal lives, if treated shortly after developing their illness. Many conventional drugs like methotrexate, to the new tnf-alpha inhibitors can work wonders. Daily Prednisone is rarely used. And do not become your disease. Illness makes you appreciate what's important!
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.
Great sources. There are great resources for this information such as the arthritis foundation, the american college of rheumatology, the lupus foundation of america, the national institute of health, etc.
Don t use naturals. If the diagnosis is rheumatoid arthrtis, you need real medications that will modify the prognosis and the evolution oif the disease. Natural remedies will not do that. You have to consult with a rheumatologist.