Re: Juvenile Arthritis--What becomes of it?
Sometimes children overgrow certain conditions (like my son had childhood asthma, and after age 11 never had an episode) even JRA. I didn't even know I had JRA at that time; I was sick with TB, while testing, they discovered auto-immune condition "by accident".
I got really sick close to 28. When I went to my first RA Dr, despite swollen, red joints and symmetrical pain, fevers, history, etc. he told me I dont have any RA even though I had it as a child, I over grew it. I trusted him and for another 5 years never went to see another RA (big mistake).
My symptoms progressed; I had one ortho surgery after another on my joints, ligaments and tendons. My Ortho doctors were confused where did all the damages come from but nobody bothered to put 2+2 together. I could avoid so many surgeries, making my system even weaker.
Only in 2006 my PM Dr sent me to see RA DR at Hospital for Special surgery and my life changed since. I was diagnosed with RA, Lupus. She suspected I may have symptoms of MS and sent me to Neurologist where after a lot of testing I was diagnosed with MS. They both asked me how come I didn't come earlier since my conditions far gone. I explained that I did see many RA, GP's, Ortho's and nobody gave me right diagnoses.
Yes, you can develop Dactyliitis since it inflammatory disease. You IA causing inflammation to your body and many other conditions may occur. I developed retina problems due to inflammation, skin conditions as well... When your immune system is not working properly, inflammation related symptoms/conditions may occur.
You are only 16, your body may change during your growing period. I dont want to tell you how to feel, but dont worry about what may happen many years from now. You may be very healthy and live a long life, just be happy and enjoy your youth!!! We have the best medicine in a world here, excellent Dr and if ever need help, they will be able to help you, just stay positive, don't worry too much sweetie. This is a job for your mother (lol), you are still have so many ears ahead of you to recover.
Enbrel is a good drug and helps many people; hope it will help you as well.
Best wishes on your recovery