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Hi moms!<br><br>
I posted this in Health and Healing but the thread fell off (or whatever the terminology is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ) due to no response.<br><br>
That leads me to believe that this is not very common in kids. It's called Juvenile Rheumatory Arthiritis. And my kid has it!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I can't find any good info on it, internet or otherwise, and I'm feeling pretty incompetent as a mom because I can tell you about the latest research on autism (my ds has it) or vacc, but I don't know anything about JRA!<br><br>
If anyone knows anyone with it or has any good info on it, please help me!! What I really want is homeopathic treatment options. If they even exist...<br><br>
The medical community drives me nuts as they are so one sided!!<br>
ie: take this rx, get out of my office. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><br><br>
Thanks for listening,<br>
Me
 

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I have a good friend who has rheumatoid arthritis, she is even a public health worker in that area. I will ask her about resources. She is not at all interested in alternative remedies, though! She is the smartest person I've ever argued about alternative medicine with.<br><br>
I did some googling for you and found:<br><a href="http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/juvenile_arthritis/juvarthr.htm" target="_blank">the National Institutes of Health (US) website on juvenile rheumatoid arthritis</a>,<br><a href="http://www.fyldecoast.co.uk/grace/grace.htm" target="_blank">a British group for parents of children with this disease</a> (maybe more emotional support than practical help) and several more. (It's harder to find things using Google if you don't get the spelling perfect! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
) I got <a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=rheumatoid+arthritis+juvenile+homeopathic&btnG=Google+Search" target="_blank">this page</a> when I googled for homeopathic remedies for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.<br><br>
Here is a general paragraph on alternative treatments from <a href="http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/rheumatoid_arthritis.html" target="_blank">this page</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Alternative treatment<br><br>
A variety of alternative therapies has been recommended for patients with RA. Meditation, hypnosis, guided imagery, and relaxation techniques have been used effectively to control pain. Acupressure and acupuncture have also been used for pain. Bodywork can be soothing, decreasing stress and tension, and is thought to improve/restore chemical balance within the body.<br><br>
A multitude of nutritional supplements can be useful for RA. Fish oils, the enzymes bromelain and pancreatin, and the antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, and zinc) are the primary supplements to consider.<br><br>
Many herbs also are useful in the treatment of RA. Anti-inflammatory herbs may be very helpful, including tumeric (Curcuma longa), ginger (Zingiber officinale), feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium), devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens), Chinese thoroughwax (Bupleuri falcatum), and licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Lobelia (Lobelia inflata) and cramp bark (Vibernum opulus) can be applied topically to the affected joints.<br><br>
Homeopathic practitioners recommended Rhus toxicondendron and Bryonia (Bryonia alba) for acute prescriptions, but constitutional treatment, generally used for chronic problems like RA, is more often recommended. Yoga has been used for RA patients to promote relaxation, relieve stress, and improve flexibility. Nutritionists suggest that a vegetarian diet low in animal products and sugar may help to decrease both inflammation and pain from RA. Beneficial foods for patients with RA include cold water fish (mackerel, herring, salmon, and sardines) and flavonoid-rich berries (cherries, blueberries, hawthorn berries, blackberries, etc.).<br><br>
RA, considered an autoimmune disorder, is often connected with food allergies/intolerances. An elimination/challenge diet can help to decrease symptoms of RA as well as identify the foods that should be eliminated to prevent flare-ups and recurrences. Hydrotherapy can help to greatly reduce pain and inflammation. Moist heat is more effective than dry heat, and cold packs are useful during acute flare-ups.</td>
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I am sorry that your child has a chronic illness and hope you find some good info to help her manage it.
 

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I have a nephew with this condition. He was diagnosed as a toddler and is now in grad school. I don't have any wonderful resources for you, I'm sorry. His dad is a physician, and they treated him accordingly. I'm just writing to say that I'm sorry your son has this condition and I hope you are able to find what you are looking for. Have you tried searching PubMed? <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi" target="_blank">http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi</a> The articles are technical in nature and aren't particularly alternative, but you might find some relevant information.
 

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I'm learning about nutrition & health and such so I'll pass along what I know so far.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">"Juvenile arthritis is a form of rheumatoid arthritis that strikes children under the age of sixteen. It affects 71,000 young Americans, again, most of them female. The onset of rheumatoid arthritis is associated with physical or emtional stress, poor nutrition, and bacterial infection."</td>
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I have read that changing a diet can dramatically decrease and even eliminate all symptoms.<br><br>
There are lots of treatments that may be able to help. A homeopathic doctor, a chiropractor, a cranio-sacral therapist, a nutritionist.<br><br>
It may take a little searching to find the practitioner or therapy that works, but I believe there will be some help out there.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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I know some ladies from a Lupus message board, and some of them have RA>.. They aren't young'ens though.. :LOL.. Some of them have found that cutting out dairy, and plants in the nightshade family.. (tomatoes, eggplant..things like that.. ) have helped them..<br><br>
Sorry you and your dc are going through this.. Chronic conditions are such a chronic pain in the @ss..<br><br>
Warm Squishy Feelings..<br><br>
Dyan<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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