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Elly

Hi everyone! My name is Elly..

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Polyarticular Arthritis when I was 8 and a half. When I was 4 I kept getting pain in my wrists and when I was 5 I had pain in my knees almost every day and then when I was 6 I had pain elsewhere (e.g. my elbows, ankles, shoulders etc...) so my mum took me to the doctor and he said that it was "growing pains".

But I kept complaining of pain in my ankles, knees, wrists or elbows so we (me and my mum) kept going back, for two and a half years they had absolutely no clue as to what it was.

So when I was eight and a half I went to Dr. Polley. He was the one who knew what it was, Juvenile Polyarticular Arthritis, so Dr. Polley put me on medication called methotrexate.

I get it injected into my left leg on one Friday and into my right leg on the other Friday and it goes in that pattern all the time. It’s horrible.

It reduced my self-confidence a lot, it has restricted me from doing some everyday things and that's very hard for me but don't feel sorry for me.

Anyway, thanks for taking your time to read my story.

Elly


Elly

Hi everyone! My name is Elly..

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Polyarticular Arthritis when I was 8 and a half. When I was 4 I kept getting pain in my wrists and when I was 5 I had pain in my knees almost every day and then when I was 6 I had pain elsewhere (e.g. my elbows, ankles, shoulders etc...) so my mum took me to the doctor and he said that it was "growing pains".

But I kept complaining of pain in my ankles, knees, wrists or elbows so we (me and my mum) kept going back, for two and a half years they had absolutely no clue as to what it was.

So when I was eight and a half I went to Dr. Polley. He was the one who knew what it was, Juvenile Polyarticular Arthritis, so Dr. Polley put me on medication called methotrexate.

I get it injected into my left leg on one Friday and into my right leg on the other Friday and it goes in that pattern all the time. It’s horrible.

It reduced my self-confidence a lot, it has restricted me from doing some everyday things and that's very hard for me but don't feel sorry for me.

Anyway, thanks for taking your time to read my story.

Elly

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