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Homeopathy for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (Still’s Disease)

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is chronic, inflammatory, non-infective systemic disease which may cause joint or connective tissue damage & visceral lesions throughout the body characterized by fever, rash, hepato-spleenomegaly & joint infammation in children.
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is a persistent inflammatory arthritis (> 6 weeks) that begins before age 16 for which no specific cause can be found.

ETIOLOGY of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

• Exact cause is unknown.
• Evidence points to autoimmune aetiology.
• Associated with physical or emotional stress.
• Age: From 6 weeks to 16 years of age.
• Sex: Common in girls.

CLINICAL FEATURES of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Symptoms

• Onset: acute or insidious. Initial symptoms of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis includes abnormal gait.
• Fever and flu like symptoms.
• Swelling & pain in joints specially knee, wrist and ankle joints.Morning stiffness.
• Poor appetite.juvenile arthritis rheumatoid arthritis
• Loss of weight.
• Child refuses to walk without being able to explain why.
• Irritability.
• Listlessness.

Signs

• Fever: remittent.
• Rash on trunk, limbs as patches of erythema.
• Hepatomegaly ( Increase size of liver)
• Splenomegaly (Increase size of spleen)
• Affected joints hot, tender & swollen.
• Effusion of joint.
• Limitation of joint movement.

Homeopathy Treatment & Homeopathic Remedies for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The medicines given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit our Materia Medica section. None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice.

Homeopathic Remedies

1) ABROTANUM

2) ACONITE

3) APIS

4) ARS. ALB.

5) BELLADONA

6) BRYONIA

7) CALC. CARB

8) CHAMOMILLA

9) MEDORRHINUM

10) RHUS TOX

INVESTIGATIONS for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Blood:
• Hb%: low.
• TLC: 20,000-50,000/cu.mm.
• DLC: increased polymorphs.
• ESR: raised.
• Rheumatoid factor: positive (15%).
• ANA: positive (25%).

X-Ray joint:
• Soft tissue swelling.
• Loss of joint space.
• Irregularity of joint surface.
• Periosteal new bone formation.
• Growth disturbance.

COMPLICATIONS of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

GENERAL MANAGEMENT of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

• Reassurance.
• Emotional support.
• Encourage child & family to maintain positive outlook.
• Rest during acute stage.
• Splinting of joint.
• Gentle passive joint movement.
• Corrective support to deformity.

Some Cases of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Cured With Homeopathic Medicine

A Case of Juvenile Arthritis – Dr. Nimish Mehta

A Case of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis With 17 year follow up – by Dmitry Chabanov