From Glendale, California, USA:
My grandaughter is 4 years old and has been diagnosed for about 6 months. She is starting to complain about sore joints. Is arthritis a complimentary disease to diabetes? How can it be treated? How serious can this be?
Like diabetes, a disorder called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder which occurs slightly more frequently in children with diabetes than in non-diabetic children.
If your granddaughter is having joint pains, especially if there is any swelling or redness, she see her pediatrician. There are other causes that should be ruled out which have nothing to do with diabetes. This include viral infections, bacterial infections, drug reactions, rheumatic fever, lyme disease, trauma, and "growing pains".
Original posting 14 Nov 1998
Posted to Aches and Pains
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:00
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