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9yr old with swollen wrists, pain increases at night

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  • Posted By: jjbeanh
  • March 21, 2010
  • 02:15 AM

After NUMEROUS Drs, I have come to find help here.

My 9yr old daughter has been completely healthy up until 2 months ago. She's 4'7" and now weighs 94lbs.

The end of January, after a one night stay at an indoor waterpark, she was having some neck pain. She had no previous injuries or any at the park. I thought she slept wrong. The pain went away that night, but returned that afternoon. It continued to go away every night with sleep, but would return that afternoon. This is severe pain where she was crying uncontrollably.

We tried a reflexologist and various chiropractors to no avail.

Orthopedic did xrays of her cervical spine that showed nothing. Put her on a cervical collar. That very day, her right wrist swelled and became painful. We took the collar off, swelling went away, but came back a few days later even without the collar. Also that same day, we did blood work. CBC was normal other than an elevated Sed rate. Lymes test Neg. Rheumatory factor Neg. Strep Neg.

After no remedies from that Ortho, we went to another Ortho. MRI of cervical spine showed nothing but some inflammation of sinuses. He said it was probably just a muscle strain her in back that led to "Torticollis". After a few days of muscle relaxer and a 6 day dose of steroid everything was fixed.

Two weeks went by with no pain. Then her right wrist started to swell again and has been swollen for 2 weeks.

We tried the hand/wrist Dr. Did xrays and MRI of boths wrists and that showed nothing. He referred us to a Ped. Rheumatory Dr who diagnosed her with Juvenile Rheumatory Arthritis. She prescribed Naproxen. She's been on it for 3 days and the pain is NOT getting any better.

We don't believe she has been diagnosed correctly since her pain is severe at night, not in the morning when arthritis is supposed to be worse after being stiff. She has had no further neck issues. Only right wrist swollen, and pain in BOTH wrists/tops of hands.

No change in color, tingling, or numbness. Not hot to the touch. And she herself, hasn't had a fever or cold through this entire time.

We are still seeing the reflexologist who insists that there is still some muscle tightness in her back between her shoulder blades.

We have been to 5 specialists already, I don't know who else to turn to. My daughter cries herself to sleep every single night.

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