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Alexander

Over the past three years my son has had a few days in his life in which he woke up unable to use one of his legs. Approximately 7 of those times we took him in to see different pediatricians and each and every time they would tell us that they could find nothing wrong with his examination. 

Finally a few weeks ago I was able to get him right into the pediatrician during the flare and she decided to run a blood test and do an X-ray. The X-ray showed mild inflammation but she said that she didn't think it was juvenile arthritis. She suggested that we  see a specialist (rheumatologist) just to be sure since it had been happening on and off for three years, usually in the months of February and March. 

After a one and half hour appointment, the rheumatologist confirmed that Alex did indeed suffer from a mild form of polyarticular juvenile arthritis in his ankles, knees, hands and elbows. I was shocked. Alex has always been a little round, so I think if he was swollen that it was hidden from the doctors as well as me. 

Our rheumatologist prescribed Naproxen (Aleve). However I've decided that I would rather have him take ibuprofen because it is less dangerous and because it is available in a chewable tablet from Walgreens. Taking any medication that is a liquid is a struggle with him and I believe the ibuprofen will yield the same results without the danger. We are also adding flaxseed to his diet to help with the inflammation naturally. Alex is the sweetest little guy and looking at him you would never know that he had anything going on with him.


Alexander

Over the past three years my son has had a few days in his life in which he woke up unable to use one of his legs. Approximately 7 of those times we took him in to see different pediatricians and each and every time they would tell us that they could find nothing wrong with his examination. 

Finally a few weeks ago I was able to get him right into the pediatrician during the flare and she decided to run a blood test and do an X-ray. The X-ray showed mild inflammation but she said that she didn't think it was juvenile arthritis. She suggested that we  see a specialist (rheumatologist) just to be sure since it had been happening on and off for three years, usually in the months of February and March. 

After a one and half hour appointment, the rheumatologist confirmed that Alex did indeed suffer from a mild form of polyarticular juvenile arthritis in his ankles, knees, hands and elbows. I was shocked. Alex has always been a little round, so I think if he was swollen that it was hidden from the doctors as well as me. 

Our rheumatologist prescribed Naproxen (Aleve). However I've decided that I would rather have him take ibuprofen because it is less dangerous and because it is available in a chewable tablet from Walgreens. Taking any medication that is a liquid is a struggle with him and I believe the ibuprofen will yield the same results without the danger. We are also adding flaxseed to his diet to help with the inflammation naturally. Alex is the sweetest little guy and looking at him you would never know that he had anything going on with him.

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