One of the hardest things about having RA is that you never know when you may have a flare of symptoms. If you've gone a long time without one, it can come as a shock. During flares, some people feel frustrated and wonder if they did something wrong.
So let's clear the air at the start. No one can predict when and why flares occur. It's not your fault. The best way to keep flares at bay is to take your RA medications consistently. But there are some things you can do to reduce the odds of a flare...
Checking body temperature, blood pressure,
lymph nodes, and joints.
Examining the heart and lungs with a
Feeling the abdomen.
Why It Is Done
A history and physical exam are a routine part of the
evaluation of joint pain and stiffness. JIA is diagnosed only after a careful
physical exam and medical history.
Joints affected by JIA are often stiff in the
morning and improve as the child uses the joint.
bear weight on a joint affected by JIA despite the swelling.
Joints affected by JIA tend to be less painful than those affected
by other conditions, such as infection, injury, or cancer.
During the physical exam, the doctor will
Joint problems, such as swelling, tenderness,
The number and location of affected
Whether there are other symptoms (fever, rash, or
Using the above information, your doctor may be able
to clarify the diagnosis and the type of JIA. In many cases, your
child may have symptoms for up to 6 months before the type of arthritis is
What To Think About
The diagnosis of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) requires
ruling out other conditions. Information from the medical history and physical
exam is very important to evaluate possible causes of symptoms and to
select the best tests to rule out other conditions.