Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is the most predominant type of arthritis taking place in children. It can occur between the age of 6 months and 16 years. The precise cause of the disorder is unknown. Experimentation says that it is an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorder is seen when the WBCs make confusion to decide the difference between a foreign invader like a micro-organism and body's own healthy tissues and release chemicals to kill them, which result in pain and inflammation. It is utmost important to recognize this sickness in its starting condition and tackle it before it becomes uncontrolled.

There are three forms of juvenile RA and in all of them, joints are the general places of inflammation. More than one joint can be affected and the more the number of victimized joints, the more critical is the sickness. In that circumstance, the symptoms usually do not go in remission.

The first kind of juvenile RA is oligoarticular JRA, which is displayed in four or less than four joints. It is categorized by pain, swelling or stiffness in the joints. Most commonly inflamed joints are of wrist and knee. Sometimes, joint symptoms are not depicted, in place of that, inflammation of iris, i.e. the colored portion of the eye, is depicted, which is termed as iritis, uveitis or iridocyclitis. In time exploration of this can be done by an eye-specialist.

In another category of juvenile RA, called polyarticular JRA, five or more than five joints are inflamed. It commonly makes its presence in girls than boys. Small joints, for example, those in hands and weight-bearing joints, for example, that in hips, ankles, feet, knees and neck are victimized on larger scale. Low-grade body temperature and bumps or nodules may also take place. The nodules take place on the parts where more pressure is given while leaning or sitting.

Third kind is systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. This affects entire body. Its symptoms involve high fever which raises mostly in the evenings and may abruptly come to normal. When the fever starts, the child looks anemic, feels very sick or gets rashes. The rash may burst and subside suddenly. Sometimes spleen and lymph nodes get swollen. Consequently, various other joints become painful, swollen and stiff.

An beginning manifestation of juvenile RA is lax knees, fingers or wrists. Sudden swelling may be depicted in the joints, which can last long. Neck, hips and other joints also can become stiff. Suddenly coming and going rashes may also be displayed in one after another point. Prime depiction is the high fever depicted in the evening and suddenly coming down to normal.

The handling of juvenile RA usually involves drugs, physiotherapy and exercise, however in some typical situations, the kid is required to have injections of corticosteroids into the joints or also operation. It is the task of the physiotherapist, rheumatologist and general physician to work upon the most appropriate treatment line for the child.

Management is mainly focused on symptom relief, i.e. calming down pain and inflammation, and slow down or stop the further progression of the disorder and remove the restraints on the movements as far as possible.

The medications chiefly involve non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), for example, ibuprofen. They are for controlling the harmful chemicals released from the white blood cells and thus controlling pain and inflammation. If they cannot restrict the pain and inflammation, the doctor may start other drugs, for example, methotrexate.

You should be more and more aware of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, if your child has got JRA, so that you can offer him or her the most appropriate care.

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  1. peter k

    Apart from rheumatoid arthritis, what are the auto immune connective tissue disease, and are they common?
    also – if you hv time, I asked this question earlier, if you want to have a crack at any of these:)

    If anyone knows the below answers, it would be much appreciated!
    (ps- i study RA a bit, so dont really need overview/web site referral, just these spec questions thankyou)
    1) What are the biological agents used to treat RA(Rheumatoid Arthritis)?
    2) RA causes anaemia of chronic disease – what does this blood picture look like?
    3) Late surgery for RA may mean joint replacement/etc – what is the early options for surgery in RA?
    4) Whats the role in splinting for RA?

    1. Bee

      Scleroderma is the only other one I know and it is very uncommon and occurs mostly in women.

      Sorry I can’t help you all that well :S

      Best of luck!

  2. freekeswar

    If doing exercise is good for health, why many people are not doing it regularly?
    What do you think might be the reason for this problem? How to overcome this problem?

    1. Kris L

      There is a very good psychological reason, and there is also a good ‘situational’ reason. Let’s start with the psychological reason … when a person looks at him/herself in a full length mirror naked (and MOST of us don’t do that due to ‘modesty’ even when we are totally alone) the ‘picture’ that registers in the brain is not the ‘reality’ … some people see themselves as being ‘grossly obese’ when they are actually ‘skinny,’ while some who are grossly obese see themselves as looking really good. Most people want to think of themselves as being intelligent and reasonable adults (even if they are only adolescents who ‘know’ they know ‘everything’ while assuming those who are ‘truly adults’ don’t know anything). They think they are ‘close to perfect’ as is, so they don’t want to ‘exercise’ regularly, or at all … while those who feel less confident may be exercising more than they really need.
      Next, let’s talk about the ‘situational’ reasons for not exercising. Some people have ‘physical problems’ that make getting ‘enough exercise’ to be truly healthy nearly impossible. I know of someone who was once a ‘power walker’ who walked 26 miles or more every day, until she was hit by a truck while crossing the street. The ‘back injury’ prevented her from doing ANY walking for the next six months, and even after that, she couldn’t walk more than 15 miles a day. Later she developed hypothyroidism, gained weight (nearly 100 pounds) AND got ‘severe heart disease.’ Now her doctor says that the ONLY exercise she is allowed to do is walk … and that may be NO MORE than two extra miles per day. She has rheumatoid arthritis and must take twenty prescription pills every day … she does walk daily, but she may never ‘get into good shape’ again due to her medical problems.
      Now, what about you and your ‘attitude’ … you ‘assume’ that there is ‘something wrong’ with these people and that something can be ‘done’ to ‘overcome’ their (laziness, ignorance, stupidity … insert one or all) to get them healthy.
      Excuse me, but I don’t want to live in a world where I am ‘forced’ to exercise and ‘look perfect’ … any more than I want to feel ‘forced’ to get cosmetic plastic surgery because my face is not ‘perfect’ … and I doubt most people would ‘enjoy life’ if it was ‘possible’ to do this in real life.
      I’m not saying that you actually have this attitude, of course … but the ‘language’ you used indicates that you ‘may’ have a system of beliefs that says ‘THEY SAY’ and so we ‘should do’ (or MUST do).
      Think about this. How ‘perfect’ is your own figure? How ‘perfect’ is your love life, your career, your recreational time? HOW PERFECT IS YOUR OWN HEALTH?
      Yes, there are MANY DIFFERENT THINGS PEOPLE CAN IMPROVE IN THEIR LIVES … and perhaps they ‘should’ … but there are no ‘laws’ that they MUST, and they can’t be ‘imprisoned’ to force them to ‘get into line’ …
      And what about people who are ‘so busy’ doing some ‘excellent work’ that is ‘sedentary’ (they must ‘sit’ all day, every day, and get FAT due to ‘lack of exercise’) … but they do ‘try’ to do things when they are off … but they can’t ever ‘get perfect’ due to lack of time and energy. Perhaps they give to those who are ‘less fortunate financially’ rather than joining a gym and ‘exercising’ every day, or must take care of someone who needs help ‘physically’ or mentally …
      So … why don’t you ‘give people a break’ and think THE BEST about everyone … look for reasons to PRAISE THEM for what they do, not just ‘how they look.’ Would you rather be a ‘good friend’ or a ‘drill sergeant’? Do you want people to ‘smile and welcome you’ and not try to hide when they see you coming?
      We are each of us ‘individuals’ and we each ‘react’ to the things ‘they’ (any ‘they’ … government, scientists, news media) say differently. That doesn’t make us ‘bad’ or ‘ignorant’ … it makes this a wonderful world to live in …

  3. Just another lonely fool

    Parents of diabetics, would you wear this shirt?
    I found a shirt that says “one day, I want to be able to say that my daughter USED to be diabetic.” I don’t know whether or not to buy it for my mum. I found a store online that sells a lot of great diabetic shirts. Like support stem cell research shirts and sweaters.

    BQ: Whats the coolest diabetic shirt you’ve ever seen? For me it was one that said diabetic ninja, with a little cartoon picture of a ninja with an insulin pump.

    1. Jacob

      Often, the symptoms and way that the arthritis affects the body provides a much clearer picture than an X-ray can.

      For instance, osteoarthritis is an asymmetrical arthritis, which means that it will usually affect joints on one side of the body, without affecting joints on the other side. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is a symmetrical arthritis, so usually affects similar joints on both sides of the body.

      There are other symptoms and ways the diseases can be classified, which will help provide a diagnosis as well. Typically, it is these kinds of symptoms that are used for diagnosis, with the x-ray only being part of it.

      Also, it is common for many of the tests, including x-rays, to not alway be very accurate.So, there is no definitive blood test or scan that is guaranteed to test for arthritis.

  4. Trebez

    What does Ankle pain when pointing my foot mean?
    On the top inside of my left foot/ankle I get a severe pulling pain whenever I point my foot. I can role my foot to the side and everything.
    This only happens when my leg is strait, it doesn’t hurt if my knee is bent. But it’s getting to the point where it starts throbbing whenever I wear shoes.

    Please help me, I haven’t had an trauma or injurious incident.

    If anyone knows what is wrong, help regarding treatment would be appreciated.
    Thank you for any help.

    1. 33r345r

      You probably injured one of the tendons or ligaments in the picture below (see wiki link).

      Tendinitis (also referred to as tendonitis) is an inflammation of the tendon. Tendinitis of the ankle can involve the Achilles tendon, the posterior tibial tendon, or the peroneal tendon. This condition usually results from trauma but can result from underlying inflammatory diseases or illnesses such as reactive arthritis (formerly called Reiter’s syndrome), rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. All forms of tendinitis cause pain, swelling, and tenderness in the tendon area involved

      Have a doctor look at it to make sure it is not a blood clot in the leg (see the youtube video below).

  5. Clay

    Will i live a normal life if i have RA and take Enbrel every week?
    I am a 16 year old boy and i have had Rheumatoid arthritis for about six-seven months. I was wondering if I take Enbrel every week will live a normal life and is Rheumatoid arthritis life threatening. After looking at pictures online i am pretty scared about what will happen later on in life.

    Thank you so much for answering.

    1. ★☆✿❀

      No one can say.

      For some people Enbrel works well and they’re virtually in remission, but for others it does nothing.

      The type of arthritis you have is actually Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. It is different from Rheumatoid Arthritis. They use to be thought of as the same disease, but now it’s know that it’s a different process.

      JIA, unless it is systemic onset or you have problems with your organs, is not life threatening. The medication used to treat it usually involves immune suppression so you’re more likely to get infections, which can cause complications.

      If your doctor is treating you with a DMARD (like Methotrexate) or a Biologic (like Enbrel) then the chance of damage occurring like you saw in the pictures, is slim.

      And many children with JIA go into full remission.


  6. MortalGuardian

    Do you believe that animals feel pain?
    Of course, I believe that animals feel pain. But if you think that animals feel pain, do you also think that an unborn baby feels pain?

    If you are pro-choice, how can you justify your stance on this? Do you think that animals feel pain, but an unborn baby does not? How do you make that square round? Explain.

    1. iamnoone

      I am neither pro-life nor pro-choice, preferring to take the stance of “pro-responsibility.” With all the excellent methods of birth control available today, there is little reason for anyone to find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy. For the vast majority of those who do find themselves in this position, it was carelessness which brought them here.

      My heart softens towards teens who find themselves in this position. I’ve walked in their shoes, been a young single mom, and know just how difficult this road is. I would feel extremely sad for any young girl faced with this choice, and would offer comfort and support to those who choose or have chosen abortion. Accidents do happen, and although I wish adoption would be the first choice in dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, there are so many hurdles facing teens that my stance where they are concerned is more compassionate.

      Were I governing this world, I would make sex education within the schools a little more hardcore, and access to prescription birth control more readily available to teens, with no parental permission necessary. Teens are going to have sex, there’s no stopping them. Education and easy access to reliable contraceptives is key. Too many parents fail to talk with their kids, so the schools need to step in. Too many parents are so wrapped up in their own lives that they fail to see what’s going on with their children, making it difficult for young people to talk with their parents about sex, contraception, and pregnancy. Teens need better sex education, and they need to be able to use methods of contraception other than those which are bought over the counter, without fear of parental repercussion.

      My stance towards the older ladies hardens just a bit, because there comes a point in your life when abortion should no longer be used as a form of contraception, and one must own up to their responsibilities. Once someone reaches their twenties, it’s time to pay the fiddler. Either use reliable birth control or place the baby for adoption. At this point, there is little excuse for an unplanned pregnancy, and even less for aborting the child. The vast majority of abortions at this point are ones of convenience, which I find to be most selfish. Perhaps I take this too personally, because I chose to raise my kids.

      I’ve seen this question asked countless times during my stint in R&S, with someone always bringing up abortions performed due to cases of incest, rape, danger to the mother or congenital deformity. I absolutely agree that in these instances, abortion should be readily available. Yes, I agree that the fetus feels pain, and I find abortion heartbreaking … but no woman who finds herself in any of these situations should be forced to carry the pregnancy. While I’ve always wished that women would choose adoption, there are instances where the mother’s health or mental health takes precedent.

      Sometimes, there just aren’t any easy answers. There’s no real way to make this square round, and the abortion debate covers a grey area so vast that the end will never be in sight. I’ve seen the pictures of aborted fetuses, those precious babies… Plenty of tears have been shed, and while I do hate the idea of abortion, feel it’s a necessary evil in some instances.

      As stated previously, I’m a single mom who chose life … a single mom who would desperately love to have another child. That won’t ever happen because I’ve hit middle age, but here’s something interesting to consider. I have rheumatoid arthritis, and one of the medications used to control my disease is methotrexate. Methotrexate is known to cause terrible birth defects, and is sometimes used to induce abortion. Before prescribing this drug to me, my rheumatologist informed me of the dangers, and stated that if I could not use this drug responsibly, he would not prescribe it.

      I was forty-one at that point, so an unplanned pregnancy wasn’t in the forecast. I’ve been taking high doses of mtx weekly for many years, and know I won’t ever become pregnant because, within three months of use, the drug threw me into early menopause. But what if it hadn’t? What if I had been in a relationship, found myself pregnant on methotrexate, and faced with the prospect of giving birth to a child with serious birth defects?

  7. mrs_george_harrison

    Why is my jaw locking and clicking everytime I open my mouth?
    And everytime I eat… It started 2 weeks ago and my dentist said ‘it just happens’ which I think is very rubbish advice. He said it’d go away in a while. It hurts for me to open my mouth wide like a yawn or eating or talking sometimes. It clicks and locks. It’s not very nice. Do you know what it is?

    1. Wendy H

      Many people do not realize that the muscles which control the jaw for talking, chewing and biting are located in the temple area of the head, on the sides of the face, and down the front of the neck. Consequently pain is often felt as headaches, facial pain and neck pain. There are a number of myogenous disorders; the most common being myofacial pain, trismus, and spasm. Purely myogenous disorders are relatively easy to treat.

      These disorders involve the actual TM joint. As the illustration above shows, the TMJ sits just in front of both ears, and allows the lower jaw to open and close. There is no other joint in the body like the TMJ. It has two joints connected by a single bone which also articulates with 32 teeth. It has both a rotating and sliding motion with a small disc interposed between the joint. That is why without advanced knowledge of the functions of this joint improper treatment can often lead to harm. These disorders are more difficult to treat and are characterized by jaw clicking and popping, jaw locking and deviation, and pain in around the ear. Below are descriptions of the most common problems with the TMJ:

      1. TMJ Arthritis: Arthritis can happen in the TMJ just as in any other joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is uncommon in the TMJ but osteoarthritis is relatively common. This can result in grating or grinding noises in the TMJ, pain and changes in the bite. Disc displacements predispose a TMJ for osteoarthritis. Treatments are to decrease the inflammatory chemicals within the TMJ and decreasing the load or stress on the TMJ.

      2. TMJ Disc Dislocation: Disc displacements happen in the TMJ similar to the neck or back. This happens when the ligaments, which hold the disc in place, become stretched or torn. This leads to popping or clicking with jaw opening or closing and can lead to jaw locking. This frequently happens by trauma or repetitive strain on the TMJ such as in teeth clenching or grinding. This is treated by reducing the stain on the joint and adapting the disc/joint complex.

      3. TMJ Capsulitis: Capsulitis, sometimes called retrodiscitis or arthralgia, is a sprain within the TMJ. When a trauma or repetitive strain overloads the functional capacity of the joint, this leads to the production of inflammatory chemicals. Arthritis and disc displacements can also stimulate the production of these chemicals. This is treated by reducing the strain on the joint and reducing the inflammatory chemicals.

      Link below (with pictures)

    1. germ guy

      the better question is “name a disease that CAN be diagnosed by karyotype”.

      because there are very few things that can be dx’d that way.
      a karyotype is just a picture of the person’s chromosomes — the only valuable information that could really be gleaned from that is the number of chromosomes, and a vague idea whether those chromosomes are structually normal.

      The easiest answer for a disease that CAN be diagnosed this way is Down’s syndrome – trisomy 21
      Turner syndrome – absence of one of the sex chromosomes
      Klinefelter syndrome – presence of an extra X chromosome.

      There are others, but they are quite rare.

      Other than the things I’ve mentioned above, you cannot diagnose any other diseases with a simple karyotype.
      the above respondent is correct:
      Coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, Cancer, multiple sclerosis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, ….
      none of those things can be diagnosed by karyotype, because none of them are caused by either an absence of a chromosome, or the presence of an extra chromosome.

  8. Mrs J

    Has anyone ever tried the new mattresses advertised on tv? The sleep number or the tempurpedic?
    Or another one I didn’t think of? Do they really feel better than a regualr mattress? I have arthritis in my back and hip. I have tendonitis in my shoulder and acid reflux makes my stomach hurt. It gets difficult to find a comfortable postition at night.

    Thanks in advance.

  9. erinmbamom

    Has anyone had the implant surgery to change their eye color?
    I am seriously considering having this surgery, but I am apprehensive since it is not done in this country. If you have had this done, would you please provide me with details about the facility in Panama, lodgind arrangements, and any post operative discomfort or side effects. I would also love to see before and after pictures! I have yet to see anyone who chose the amber lens.

    1. UP

      The eye has basiclly 3 layers. It starts out as an outpocketing from the brain. This forms a ball that grows and approaches the ‘skin’. When this gets close, there’s a collapsing of the cup into two layers that form the retina and the pigment epithelium.

      This double layer’d cup becomes the retina, but the front part becomes the back of the iris, the colored part of the eye. Part of those cells become the dilator muscle of the iris and respond to darkness to dilate the pupil and allow more light, and the other layer becomes very ‘dark’ to stop light from going through the iris except for the hole in the middle, the pupil.

      The surface of the iris comes from a vascular layer, and comes from a mesodermal layer (not neuroectoderm like the retina). The iris has lots of vessels in the back part of the eye. It lays against the white layer, and the retina lays on top of it. The combination of the iris in front, and the choroid in the back form a layer called the UVEAL tract. If one were to remove the outer layer of the eye this layer would look like a dark grape (uva in spanish…sort of get the drift?)

      This layer is VERY sensitive to changes in your immune system.

      People with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondiylitis, Psoriatic arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Juvenile Arthritis, Certain gastrointestinal problems involving inflammation such as Chron’s disease, or urinary tract diseases….and on and on and on…

      The reason for all this ‘stuff’, is that if you “instrument” your iris to change the color, are you opening an immunological can of worms that will condemn you to years of anti-inflammatory drops, cataracts, loss of vision from chronic inflammation, secondary glaucoma from the inflammation and/or the anti-inflammatory drops used to control the inflammation? The ANSWER is


      These are NOT HAPPY PEOPLE! (hint)

      The ‘new’ iris will not have any neurological connections. It will not respond to light or stress the way the old (came with the body one) one does.

      If you are getting an implant, is this a lens implant? If it’s an iris implant or something that sits in front of the iris, whatever that implant is made of IS GOING TO DAMAGE THE INSIDE OF THE CORNEA so that the little cells, the endothelial cells in their one layer architechture, will eventually not be able to sufficiently keep your cornea dry, and you’ll end up having to use drops to lower the pressure in your eye, as well as dehydrate your eye with high %salt solutions, and that’s before the first TRANSPLANT to save your vision.

      Is all this really……er….necessary?

      Have you really been told the risks? There are a LOT of risks to this if you are doing this because you want blue eyes.

      And having blue eyes does NOT make you a nice person. Does NOT make you kind, or attractive, or gentle, or generous or a nice mother or….and once you know ‘him’ and he loves you, eye color won’t matter at ALL!

      But daily drops 4-6 times a day, oral medications that make you sick (not so romantic) are just not a good idea.

      Let me know who the surgeon is, I trained in Panama and may know the guy.

    1. monika J

      I have never seen any body loosing height.
      in some diseases like rheumatoid arthritis etc the legs deformed and
      give such picture as u described.

  10. Chris L

    Pain in left and right lung areas and underneath breasts.?
    Im a male and I am having pains that radiate throughout my entire left and right lungs and especially on the outter lining of the lungs towards the center of the chest. The pain goes from dull to sharp and along with this I have pain underneath my breast area. Also, I have pain in my upper abdomen area that is right below the ribs on both sides. Could you help me out by telling me what this could be?

    1. AutumnWynd777

      Pleurisy is an inflammation of the pleura which is the membrane lining the lungs.

      Pleurisy can be caused in relation to other diseases of the chest e.g. pneumonia, malignancy (lung cancer, mesothelioma). It can also be caused alone. In this case pleurisy is caused by viral infection, bacterial infection or TB. Other causes include systemic lupus erythematosis, rheumatoid arthritis, liver and kidney disease, heart failure and pulmonary embolism.

      Clinical picture
      Chest pain on the same side of the affected pleura. Pain is characteristically related to breathing. Patients complain that they are unable to take a deep breath without feeling pain. Pleurisy maybe associated with pleural effusion.

      Diagnosis depends on the characteristic clinical manifestations. Examination may reveal pleural friction rub — the abrasive sound of the pleura’s two layers sliding against each other — in this case the diagnosis is clear. Chest X-ray or CT of the chest can be used to exclude associated disease.

      Treatment of the cause if one is found. After excluding the presence of concomitant diseases treatment can be accomplished with an anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen. Cases accompanied by fever may require antibiotics.

    1. Eudora

      I agree with alohilani. It is amazing what we can adapt to. My nephew got juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when he was only 3. Looking back at what we went through, what HE went through, it seems amazing. He endured great suffering and nearly died. We have pictures of him that look like he was starving. He couldn’t eat, due to the pain.

      I could never have guessed we would not only endure all of that, but actually overcome it. He was once in a wheelchair, which was normal to us. That’s just the way it was. Since then, he has had his hips replaced. In fact, he called me today and told me how happy he is. He spends a lot of time working and with his children.

      People adjust to whatever life gives them, which makes them either stronger or embittered. I look at my nephew, after all he’s endured, and I am extremely proud! He is an extraordinary person, whom I love greatly.

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