Arthritis @ 16?

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Brandon
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   Posted 9/27/2006 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Is it possible to get arthritis at 16 years old?

Ducky
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   Posted 9/27/2006 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brandon, the short answer to your question is yes.. you can get arthritis at 16... do you think you have it? What are your symptoms?
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
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Marius123
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   Posted 9/28/2006 2:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Brandon said...
Is it possible to get arthritis at 16 years old?
Yes Brandon.
As Ducky said you can get inflamatory arthritis even at birth.
Nobody is omited by this nasty disease. The young people most commonly suffer from reactive arthritis (especialy if the arthritis is mild) so don't be scared, it's far away from being uncurable. Reactive Arthritis (ReA) is not a chronic disease, that's why it doesn't have place on this forum. If you have symptoms and are concerned about them, go to reumatologist and also do some infectious diseases tests to try to find if there is any cause, respectively cure for your arthritis.
 
Of course, you may not suffer from ReA, I'm just talling that's it's the most common "curable" arthritis among teens and young adults.


Official dx, but I have doubts: chronic reiter's syndrome (1yr and 6 mnths).
suffer form chronic uveitis, conjuctivitis, mild arthritis, subfebrile fever and fatigue, also showing some strange kidney pain

Post Edited (Marius123) : 10/2/2006 5:24:11 AM (GMT-6)


CaMama
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   Posted 10/1/2006 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Brandon,

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!

**

 


 


mmorgan
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   Posted 10/3/2006 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Brandon,

I've had arthritis my whole life. Luckily it is not severe and can usually be treated by OTC drugs.

wbisme
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   Posted 10/26/2006 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Marius123 said...
Reactive Arthritis (ReA) is not a chronic disease, that's why it doesn't have place on this forum.

I no longer regularly participate in these forums. But, I was recently diagnosed with "reactive arthritis" (ReA) and therefore searched the forums for that term. Doing so turned up this somewhat out-of-date thread, to which I feel compelled to respond.

It is true that many patients diagnosed with ReA experience an acute illness that dissipates when an associated infection is cured, and have no ongoing symptoms. However, many other patients experience arthritis symptoms that persist long after the triggering infection has subsided. These patients should be considered to suffer from a chronic arthritis.

One quite readable source that can be used to verify this information is found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactive_arthritis. This source estimates that about 40% of patients diagnosed with ReA can anticipate experiencing a chronic form of the disease. Elsewhere, I have generally seen somewhat lower estimates.

Based on this information, I respectfully encourage members of this forum to provide a "place" for those suffering from ReA. The disease is not common. But, its symptoms and consequences are no less serious than those of many other more common forms of arthritis.

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erin.K
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   Posted 11/1/2006 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   

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.

erin


Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures. MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions; Intra-articular knee injections; Imuran; Mesalamine; Prednisone; Meclizine; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam; Restaril; Dilaudid; Avinza and too many others. 


Marius123
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   Posted 11/1/2006 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
wbisme said...
Marius123 said...
Reactive Arthritis (ReA) is not a chronic disease, that's why it doesn't have place on this forum.

I no longer regularly participate in these forums. But, I was recently diagnosed with "reactive arthritis" (ReA) and therefore searched the forums for that term. Doing so turned up this somewhat out-of-date thread, to which I feel compelled to respond.

It is true that many patients diagnosed with ReA experience an acute illness that dissipates when an associated infection is cured, and have no ongoing symptoms. However, many other patients experience arthritis symptoms that persist long after the triggering infection has subsided. These patients should be considered to suffer from a chronic arthritis.

One quite readable source that can be used to verify this information is found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactive_arthritis. This source estimates that about 40% of patients diagnosed with ReA can anticipate experiencing a chronic form of the disease. Elsewhere, I have generally seen somewhat lower estimates.

Based on this information, I respectfully encourage members of this forum to provide a "place" for those suffering from ReA. The disease is not common. But, its symptoms and consequences are no less serious than those of many other more common forms of arthritis.

Blessings,

Yep wbisme you are right about everything you said about ReA. I did not express myself enough clear to be understood correct, It's my fault again, and it happens often to me, sorry about that, I say apologize to Brandon mostly if he has also understood me incorrect. I ment that ReA is primary not a chronic condition, thats the reason that we don't see that much reactive arthritis sufferers on the arthritis forum, not that ReA sufferers are banned here nono   nono nono .  Personally I know young girl from my region who had reactive arthritis after chlamydia for 1 month, and then 'cured' or 'in complete remission', I'm not sure know how to say it. Since ReA primary is not a chronic condition for many of the sufferers the ReA diagnosis may later pass into another but this time 'chronic' condition for some people..... of  coures that's exactly what I wanted to say! Rheumatic diseases are very unpredictable but does not necessary mean suffering for life! In addition to your resume about ReA I could add some statistical data about the distribution of the diagnoses between different types of autoimmune arthritis. We talk only about autoimmune arhtritis now. I read official statistics for the different types arthritis frequencies among population. Of course osteoarthritis is on first place, but osteoarthritis is degenerative arthrits, not auto-immune and it's also known as "eldery arthritis", so we could hardly talk about it in 16yrs old. Next place takes 20% of the diagnoses which are undeferentiated inflamatory arthritis,reactive arthritis or misdiagnosed arthritis, then confirmed RA and JRA goes with about 10% of general arthritis diagnoses and then are followed by the seronegative chronics: ankylosing spondilitis, psoriatic arthritis, arthritis associated with IBD, and gout with about 3% for each.
 
All this stuff mean that having arthritis at 16 does not necessary mean arhtritis for life especially if the arthritis is mild. Rheumatic diseases are very unpredictable, but relax visit rheumy and keep an eyes for infection symptoms, fevers, other extra-arthritic symptoms...which  may giude the docs for finding the cause, in case if they can't find it shortly, which sometimes can take months and even years;(

Upss, almost 4am....... good night all


Official dx, but I have doubts: chronic reiter's syndrome (1yr and 6 mnths).
suffer form chronic uveitis, conjuctivitis, mild arthritis, subfebrile fever and fatigue, also showing some strange kidney pain

Post Edited (Marius123) : 11/1/2006 6:50:35 PM (GMT-7)


wbisme
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   Posted 11/1/2006 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the clarification, Marius.

Thanks also for sharing the interesting epidemiological information. I myself suspect that other forms of arthritis are regularly misdiagnosed as osteoarthritis, leading to overestimation of the prevalence of osteoarthritis. But, I don't have any data to back up my suspicion. I can only offer that 2-3 of my physicians incorrectly diagnosed my condition as osteoarthritis whereas a rheumatologist has diagnosed me with ReA. I suppose that it's also possible for some especially unfortunate folks to suffer from multiple types of arthritis, but I don't really want to get into that <g>....


Brandon, I hope that you're still here. Or, better yet, that your symptoms have disappeared. But, if you do have symptoms, the HW board is a good place to learn about them and about what you should expect from medical professionals.

Peace,

P.S. Marcus, Now that I understand what you meant by "place," I can't imagine why I originally understood you as I did. I was probably having a bad day or something.

Blessings,
Crohn's Disease, Diabetes T2, Chronic Kidney Disease, Asthma, Chronic Pain, Kidney Stones, Ureteral Strictures,
Reactive Arthritis
Imuran, Prinivil, Zocor, Prandin, QVAR, Methadone, Amitryptiline, Alka Seltzer Gold (for alkalinization), Low-dose Aspirin

Post Edited (wbisme) : 11/1/2006 9:55:19 PM (GMT-7)


yalinda
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   Posted 11/2/2006 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
marius, no need to apologize for english not being your primary language. i am so impressed with your ability and others to commuicate in english with us as i dont think that is your primary language? i think your letters look upside down and backwards to ours? hehehehehe sometimes things get lost or messed up in translation. we should all be forced to type in other languages and i know unless german or spanish i'd be lost! heck one word like read, read, and red can put a tail spin on something. but.... enough OT talk sry back to Re A brandon you still out there?
Guten Tag. :) yalinda

sammygene
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   Posted 5/7/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi..my names sam...im only 16 have i have arthritis in both og my knee's in my left wrist and in my right ankle :( it stinks

erin.K
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   Posted 5/8/2007 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Sam,
Man that does stink! I had the start of RA when I was your age, had really bad knee& back pain but never knew why.
So how did you find out? What type of doc do you see?
I take it you're in highschool right? Does it stop you from doing a lot of things you want to do?

Write back soon & take good care!
:) erin
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg. 


CaMama
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   Posted 5/9/2007 8:33 AM (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. ***


 

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