The other day my son woke up for the day covered in hives. I got him into the bath and noticed his joints (knee, elbow) were swelling. He also has some difficulty moving. We went to the ped, and after some examination he sent us for blood work, concerned that DS possibly has JRA. He had us start dosing on ibuprophen, but as the day went on, the swelling got worse.
By last night, he could not move to drink or feed himself. If he wanted to move, we had to place his body somewhere else. The swelling was occuring at ankles, knees, hands, elbows. The dr. called in a steroid. This morning, the swelling was WAY down, and the hives have become bruised looking spots on his body.
DS has NOT been dianosed with JRA, but the ped is very concerned and is referring us to the specialist. His blood work showed platlets being high and iron being low (for the first time ever). DS was born a month early, and has always been very small.
DS has had some food issues food issues. He is allergic to eggs. As an infant he had horrible eczema from dairy in breastmilk, and was dairy free until February 24 of this year. Could the consumption of dairy over the past little over a month have led us to this selling/hives?
Does this sound like JRA? Does anyone have any really good links for JRA that could help me?