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Juvenile Arthritis in your Jaw.

It is understandably difficult to relate a disease of the elderly to a child. It is very important to see your child’s rheumatologist regularly but it is also important to see the dentist or orthodontist to make sure JIA is now in your jaws. Arthritis is your jaws is called, TMD is not just one disorder, but a group of conditions, often painful, that affect the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint, or TMJ) and the muscles that control chewing. TMD disorders fall into three main categories: myofascial pain, internal derangement of the joint, and degenerative joint disease, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw joint.

Catherine has it in both her jaws, and had two joint injections in Jan 2011, to help with the pain.

This Thursday morning

Catherine woke up with pain in her knee, so I am not sure what’s going on. I don’t know if it is because she played on the playground at school. She said after running around her knee hurt. I don’t know. Tomorrow is her day for injections. Pray she doesn’t have any reactions

First Day of School

Today was a¬†awesome first day. I met with Cat’s teacher this morning to let her know what was going on, and take the doctor’s note. Yesterday was a good check up with the orthopedic surgeon he said her knee was looking better, and see her back in 2 months. So now we alternate months between Specialist and Surgeon. We will know more next month from the pediatric specialist. Monday and Tuesday Cat woke up with a stiff knee, so I am,¬† unsure with what is going on. She started complaining about her ankle on and off last week, that’s something we need to check out with the doctor. Catherine said that her knee started hurting when she was playing on the playground.

As far as mom, I started training on the cycle last week 10 miles every other day.

Monday Morning…

Cat woke up and said this morning “no pain” maybe this is working. Tomorrow we go to Chapel Hill for the 3 wk blood work to see if her liver is processing the meds ok.

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