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Sophia M.

A little after Halloween, I noticed my daughter was limping. For a long time we thought she was imitating a relative that lived with us who had a limp. She didn't really complain about pain unless she had to kneel or run. Then one day, she woke up in pain and said she couldn't get out of bed. As I looked at her left leg, I noticed one knee was bigger than the other. It looked extremely swollen. I immediately called her pediatrician and thus began the long journey to diagnose her problem.

She was seen by various doctors, and underwent several X-rays until we were finally referred to our rheumatologist. He immediately ordered some tests and referred us to an orthopedic surgeon. On January 31, 2012 my daughter underwent a knee biopsy where they took samples of tissue and also removed a lot of scar tissue on her knee that was making it hard for her to bend it.

She was prescribed methotrexate and folic acid. Although she does not have a severe case of juvenile arthritis, and it is currently being treated, I will never forget the pain she went through. The hardest part for her has been taking her medication, but she never forgets what can happen if she doesn't take it. Sophia continues to thrive and is an avid swimmer (her favorite therapy). We are extremely grateful to her doctors that diagnosed her and continue to treat her so that she may live a normal life.

Posted Aug. 15, 2014


Sophia M.

A little after Halloween, I noticed my daughter was limping. For a long time we thought she was imitating a relative that lived with us who had a limp. She didn't really complain about pain unless she had to kneel or run. Then one day, she woke up in pain and said she couldn't get out of bed. As I looked at her left leg, I noticed one knee was bigger than the other. It looked extremely swollen. I immediately called her pediatrician and thus began the long journey to diagnose her problem.

She was seen by various doctors, and underwent several X-rays until we were finally referred to our rheumatologist. He immediately ordered some tests and referred us to an orthopedic surgeon. On January 31, 2012 my daughter underwent a knee biopsy where they took samples of tissue and also removed a lot of scar tissue on her knee that was making it hard for her to bend it.

She was prescribed methotrexate and folic acid. Although she does not have a severe case of juvenile arthritis, and it is currently being treated, I will never forget the pain she went through. The hardest part for her has been taking her medication, but she never forgets what can happen if she doesn't take it. Sophia continues to thrive and is an avid swimmer (her favorite therapy). We are extremely grateful to her doctors that diagnosed her and continue to treat her so that she may live a normal life.

Posted Aug. 15, 2014

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