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Old 05-03-2010, 11:15 PM   #3
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Re: Please help...5 year old with major knee pains

Have you looked up Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis? It seems to talk about some of the symptoms you spoke of. Fevers are common along with terrible knee pains. Has there ever been an injury, swelling, or a rash? The information I read noted that it would usually start that way. It can last anywhere from a few days to a lifetime. Here's a paragraph I snatched from a site about different kinds of JRA:

Oligoarticular JRA, which affects four or fewer joints. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, or swelling in the joints. The knee and wrist joints are the most commonly affected. An inflammation of the iris (the colored area of the eye) may occur with or without active joint symptoms. This inflammation, called iridocyclitis, iritis, or uveitis, can be detected early by an ophthalmologist.

Systemic JRA, which affects the whole body. Symptoms include high fevers that often increase in the evenings and then may suddenly drop to normal. During the onset of fever, the child may feel very ill, appear pale, or develop a rash. The rash may suddenly disappear and then quickly appear again. The spleen and lymph nodes may also become enlarged. Eventually many of the body's joints are affected by swelling, pain, and stiffness.

Diagnosis

To diagnose JRA, the doctor will take a detailed medical history and conduct a thorough physical examination. The doctor may order X-rays or blood tests to exclude other conditions that can produce similar symptoms.