I was diagnosed with JRA at the age of 10 through a tissue biopsy on my ankle, so I am quite sure that I did have the disease. I was treated with large doses of aspirin unitl I was about 22-years-old at which time I began having stomach issues and ulcers and the doctor told me, you must quit the aspirin or you are not going to make it because your stomach issues are far more serious than your arthritis. I immediately quite the aspirin and noticed that I felt fine without taking it. (I don't know at what time I actually went into remission because I think I was taking the aspirin despite the fact that I was in remission.) At that time, I had also begun a much more serious exercise program and had lost about 10 pounds, so I don't know if that had anything to do with me going into remission. I had JRA in my left ankle, neck, jaws, and both knees. I have some visible degeneration on X-rays, but I currently do not experience pain or other problems. I had one flare up when I was about 33-years-old. When I went to the doctor, my blood work came out RA- which I found interesting. The rheumatologist said that often people who have had JRA as kids will show up RA negative. At that time, I had read about fish oil as being a treatment for arthritis. I started taking fish oil and in about a month, my symptoms disappeared. I continue with fish oil (actually most recently I switched to Krill Oil after reading about the benefits over fish oil.) I have not had a flare-up since that time and I am 45-years-old, so for those of you who have JRA and are still in your teen years, there is hope that you can go into remission long term. I really do believe in Omega 3's to help with the inflammation such as those found in fish oil or Krill Oil. I have another adult friend who was suffering miserably and found considerable relief by taking fish oil. Having JRA as a young person can be very depressing. Just rememeber that staying as active as you can within reason is important. Surround yourself with people who are understanding. Support groups are great as well. It is very comforting to talk to other kids going through similar things. I know that would have helped me immensely. Only as an adult have I connected with others who had JRA, but I think the experience would have been really helpful as a young person.