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treatment in late diagnosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 1, 2006
  • 06:00 AM

My son, who is now 15, had 3 years of treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis including steroid injections and methotrexate. Then he was diagnosed with Lyme 18 months ago, had antibiotics intravenously for two weeks but has continued to suffer from inflammation of his knee joints.He has been on Leflunomide for a year and has had further steroid injections but this has not worked either. He now has osteoarthritis and needs to use crutches to get around. Does anyone know of treatments which have worked for them when lyme has been diagnosed so late?

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  • Hi, My daughter is 20 years old and last year she developed arthritic symptoms that are now getting worse-i asked the dr to do a lyme test andit came back inconclusive so there are going to do a further test-could you please tell me how they diagnosed your son-beccause they want to give my daughter methotrexate and i am reluctant - she has been on and off prednisone for over a year-hope your son son is feeling betterKathy-Pittsburgh Pa
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 10, 2006
    • 10:02 PM
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  • They did a PCR test on the fluid they drained from his knee. I have read that the test is not always reliable and that there are false positives and negatives. If they have already done this test then maybe you could get them to do it again but send it to a different lab. When my son first got a swollen joint it was never painful and he never suffered from the morning joint stiffness which is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis. I hope you get a reliable diagnosis.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 15, 2006
    • 04:15 AM
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