Yasmin* is 7. She has extended-oligo JIA.
She was 15 months old when her knee first appeared swollen. X-rays showed it was full of fluid, which was drained, but her knee swelled again soon after. Further tests, including a bone marrow biopsy, ruled out infection and leukaemia. Yasmin was diagnosed with JIA and started treatment.
Once the methotrexate was working it was a relief, apart from a weekly injection and monthly bloods all was good, Yasmin could keep up with her friends and was like any other child her age. She had a couple of flares but joint injections, physio and increasing methotrexate controlled them quickly for 3 years. Unfortunately, her JIA has progressed and is currently untreated. She is in pain and has reduced mobility, and her JIA is affecting her lifestyle and the health and wellbeing of her family members.
For more information about the different types of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, please see our About JIA page.
* Yasmin (not her real name) is happy for us to share her story, but has asked us not to use her real name. The photo is from stock and is not Yasmin.