Bournemouth mum raising awareness of juvenile arthritis for three-year-old daughter Isabella

RAISING AWARENESS: Gabrielle Archer and her daughter Isabella

RAISING AWARENESS: Gabrielle Archer and her daughter Isabella

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WHEN Gabrielle Archer discovered her little girl had arthritis, she thought it was a condition that only affected the elderly.

Now she is keen to raise awareness of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis which causes joints to become inflamed, swollen or stiff, and affects one in every 1,000 children.

Gabrielle who lives with her three-year-old daughter Isabella in Bournemouth, said: “About 18 months ago, she started limping.

“At first I thought there was a problem with her shoes so I bought her a new pair.

“But gradually over the next few weeks she stopped walking altogether and just started shuffling around on her bottom.”

Over the next few months, Gabrielle took her daughter to see a number of different doctors and consultants.

“Like many people I thought arthritis was a condition that just affects the elderly. But after we started looking into it we realised that her symptoms were the same. Eventually we refused to leave hospital until someone did some tests and she was finally referred to a specialist at Southampton hospital.”

Gabrielle added: “I’m really keen to raise awareness because I feel she would have made better progress if she had been diagnosed earlier.”

Paediatric rheumatology specialist nurse Sarah Hartfree, based at Southampton hospital, agrees there needs to be more awareness amongst GPs.

“We would encourage GPs to contact the experts if they are in any doubt, because the quicker we can get a diagnosis, the quicker we can make a big improvement for that child.”

For more information, contact the paediatric rheumatology patient line 07760 158924 n Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is almost as common in children as diabetes.

It is a condition where joints become inflamed, swollen, painful or stiff, and can stunt growth.

The cause of the disease is still unknown.

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7:32pm Tue 14 Jan 14

misplacedspaniard says...

It's a shame the mother had to refuse to leave the doctors until something was done. Too many doctors fob patients off leaving an illness until it becomes unbearable.

Poor little thing. If I hear an elderly person complain they have aches and pains when there are youngsters like Isabella who will suffer all their lives there will be fireworks.
It's a shame the mother had to refuse to leave the doctors until something was done. Too many doctors fob patients off leaving an illness until it becomes unbearable. Poor little thing. If I hear an elderly person complain they have aches and pains when there are youngsters like Isabella who will suffer all their lives there will be fireworks. misplacedspaniard
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9:50pm Tue 14 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

misplacedspaniard wrote:
It's a shame the mother had to refuse to leave the doctors until something was done. Too many doctors fob patients off leaving an illness until it becomes unbearable.

Poor little thing. If I hear an elderly person complain they have aches and pains when there are youngsters like Isabella who will suffer all their lives there will be fireworks.
So just what will you do if an elderly person complains,are they not entitled to !.Are you going to threaten them,or are you just all mouth and no trousers.
[quote][p][bold]misplacedspaniard[/bold] wrote: It's a shame the mother had to refuse to leave the doctors until something was done. Too many doctors fob patients off leaving an illness until it becomes unbearable. Poor little thing. If I hear an elderly person complain they have aches and pains when there are youngsters like Isabella who will suffer all their lives there will be fireworks.[/p][/quote]So just what will you do if an elderly person complains,are they not entitled to !.Are you going to threaten them,or are you just all mouth and no trousers. pete woodley
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9:48am Wed 15 Jan 14

hamworthygarden says...

I sympathise with you my son had arthritis from the age of 4 in the '70s, he had German measles without any rash which caused arthritis in his joints mainly knees and hands but fortunately doctors were able to diagnose it because my younger son had German measles with the rash. It is unusual in young children usually happens in adults with German Measles. This is even more reason to have your child vaccinated. It is difficult having a child in pain and feel helpless but I am sure you only meant that if you have it when you are older you understand what is happening to you and it is easily diagnosed not so in children.
I sympathise with you my son had arthritis from the age of 4 in the '70s, he had German measles without any rash which caused arthritis in his joints mainly knees and hands but fortunately doctors were able to diagnose it because my younger son had German measles with the rash. It is unusual in young children usually happens in adults with German Measles. This is even more reason to have your child vaccinated. It is difficult having a child in pain and feel helpless but I am sure you only meant that if you have it when you are older you understand what is happening to you and it is easily diagnosed not so in children. hamworthygarden
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2:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

chiefsfan37 says...

This is an interesting and touching article, but I'm curious; has anyone here looked into topical pain relief to fight juvenile arthritis pain? It provides prescription strength pain relief without any pills or side effects. A nephew of mine gets topical pain gels through a pharmacy in the midwest, A&R Pharmacy in Liberty, MO, and all he does is apply the gel whenever he's in pain. He has had significant results since going this route and I highly recommend it for anyone struggling with pain and/or pills. I hope this helps!
This is an interesting and touching article, but I'm curious; has anyone here looked into topical pain relief to fight juvenile arthritis pain? It provides prescription strength pain relief without any pills or side effects. A nephew of mine gets topical pain gels through a pharmacy in the midwest, A&R Pharmacy in Liberty, MO, and all he does is apply the gel whenever he's in pain. He has had significant results since going this route and I highly recommend it for anyone struggling with pain and/or pills. I hope this helps! chiefsfan37
  • Score: 3

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