My boys left knee had suffered 3 big swelling events in the last 8 months that has left him hobbling for 2 weeks at a time. Today we saw a consultant who has assessed it as almost certainly arthritis and referred him for a MRI and taken blood tests. A few things were said but we were that shocked it all seems a bit of a blur. A few questions I have if anyone can help...
a) The problem seems local to the left knee. All other joints seemed ok. How does arthritis work? Is it possible that only this joint can be effected.
b) Does it ever just go away? I have read it's incurable but I note another website said that 50% of kids have it for longer than 10 years and only 33% take it into adulthood. The consultant seemed positive and said in most cases its treatable. Dose this mean 1 steroid jab, steroids for ever more, physio?
c) Does it manifest itself in day to day life or is it just at times of flare up?
I was surprised it was arthritis. It's not worse in the mornings and although the swelling and limping is bad when it flares up he rarely complains of pain. Gutted for the poor little mite, he's had it rough so far, aside from the arthritis.