Post Edited (Marius123) : 10/2/2006 5:24:11 AM (GMT-6)
Sadly, yes, you can get arthritis at any age.
What are your symptoms? have you spoken to your doctor/parents about this yet?
Good luck. It's not the end of the world if you do have it, but I hope you don't!
thank you wbisme. that DID need clarification. in fact, i could be classified as a reactive arthritis from Lymes Disease (which had gone untreated for 10 years this triggering an AI disease) developing into RA.
Brandon, welcome to HealingWell. has you doctor ever discussed or brought up Juvenile Rheumatory Arthritis? are you seeing a Dr.?
at 16, it is possible to develope Juvenile RA...which, many times people outgrow. JRA may last a short time...it may last several years or even into your 20's. it may also vary in severity as each human being is unique. some teens with JRA have minimal pain & little mobility problems. others? may need some help with meds like Remicade, Enbrel & Humira to help them with joint problems.
another possibility, could be when teens get a reactive arthritis like the above mentioned. and that can be from a bacterial infection or even a virus. STD's can also trigger a reactive arthritis. any infection left untreated for too long can lead to an arthritic condition.
inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis & Crohns disease (which young people live with & is common in case you're not familiar).
also, if you are a hardcore athlete! and have had many knee injuries for example? it is possible for OsteoArthritis to happen, which is just wear n' tear and NOT a systemic disease.
what made you think of this? how are you feeling? i'm concerned about you so when you feel up to it, be sure to share your story okay?
please write back soon! take care.
Upss, almost 4am....... good night all
Post Edited (Marius123) : 11/1/2006 6:50:35 PM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (wbisme) : 11/1/2006 9:55:19 PM (GMT-7)
Hi sam - yeah it does stink. I've had it since I was little as well in my knees and ankles. How long have you had it? Do you take any medications for it? Has it inhibited you much from staying active or has it been around long enough to have already slowed you down?
Take care. ***