Xue was four when she was first diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis starting in the right ankle and spreading to other joints in her body including her hips. She is a very active child and her mother was concerned her diagnosis would affect her ability to do the the things she loves.
Xue’s specialist felt that the patient’s disease was well managed but was concerned with the dose of steroids she was receiving. He recommended that the patient’s steroid dose be decreased slowly. If she remained symptom free while off of the steroid, then he recommended that they should slowly decrease her second medication as well. He was concerned by the potential long term side effects of both medications. He provided re-assurance for Xue’s mother that she was free to try any activity as tolerated and stressed that Xue should try to lead as normal a life as possible.