- Biologics treat the immune system itself. They slow or stop the body from attacking its own tissue, and therefore relieve symptoms. They come as injections and can also be given intravenously.
- Analgesics can reduce pain. They come as pills and liquid.
Medications can be very effective for treating juvenile arthritis. You should know, however, that they can also cause side effects, or additional problems, such as headaches, stomach upset, dizziness, rash and vision changes. Some medications can cause more severe side effects, but doctors prescribe them because they really help your JA. Talk to your doctor about any side effects you experience. He or she may want to change your medications.
New medications have made surgery an uncommon treatment for juvenile arthritis today. Still, it is a good option in certain cases. Badly damaged joints can be helped by surgery. Doctors may want to remove inflamed tissue that can’t support a joint. They may even recommend replacing a joint.
Many surgeries can be performed quickly, so you’ll be home the same night. Others may require a few nights in the hospital. You’ll be asleep during the procedure and might have some discomfort when you wake up. In the end, however, you’ll have less pain and you’ll be able to move better.
With treatment and support, you can overcome the challenges of living with juvenile arthritis. You are much more than your disease.
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