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You need to have him see a rheumatologist. This doesn't sound like just a joint infection that ABx would help with. Have them check his white blood count to be sure it isn't an infection. They need to check his ESR and sed rate, not sure if that is the same thing. They can also check the rheumatoid factor level. But, negative levels don't always mean they don't have arthritis.
Now, ABx can help some types of arthritis. Did you know that kids can have arthritis too?
I would say that if this happens to one joint, and down the line, another joins, you are dealing with JIA/JRA. But, that is my NOT SO DR OPINION! Sometimes they can overdiagnose JRA. But, usually, if it has gone on for 6 wks, or more, it is time to consult with a rheumy.
Xrays aren't useful for arthritis until there is damage. Usually an ultrasound or MRI of the knee would be more helpful. They can do a steroid shot in the knee to keep this from happening more, and you may not even need regular arthritis meds, if it just stays with his knee.
I pray it isn't arthritis, and the ABx can cure this. But, not everyone knows that children have arthritis too. Kymberli
Off the top of my head I'd be looking at RA and lyme disease FWIW.
They just got back from the doctors and they brought up Lymes Disease as well. Is that something they can cure or just treat? We're just waiting on blood test results now and a consult to a rheumy. Crossing my fingers that it's something easily treatable.
Thanks for the input!
savithny, 42 year old moderate mom to DS Primo (age 12) and DD Secunda (age 9).
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