happy friday!!!! every friday i will be doing “friday facts” about different chronic illnesses. so today’s fact is... Juvenile arthritis often goes undiagnosed.
Many children with juvenile arthritis suffer from joint pain and stiffness, loss of motion in joints, rash, fever and weight loss. “But some affected children seem healthy and don’t complain of pain,” Bohnsack says. “Laboratory tests to make the diagnosis do not exist, and the condition often goes unrecognized.” Parents and providers who aren’t familiar with juvenile arthritis may mistake symptoms for normal growing pains or other disorders.
It has a genetic component.
Studies at the University of Utah indicate that siblings and first cousins of children with juvenile arthritis have an increased risk of developing it. Environmental factors may also be a factor, but no specific influences have been identified.
a small update for y’all is that i’m on my way to a meeting with the arthritis foundation to discuss everything about being the 2019 jingle bell run youth honoree!
i hope everyone is having a great friday!
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