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2 boys have high ASO titers and other symptoms........no answers

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  • Posted By: mommyof2boys
  • August 25, 2011
  • 02:24 AM

ill try to explain with the short story, sorry if it gets long. I have 7 and 5 year old boys. In January 2011 my 7 year old was diagnosed with strep induced arthritis. He had excruciating knee pain, and his dr did some labs. At first they thought it was Rheumatic fever, he was sent to a cardiologist and rheumatologist. His ASO titer came back at 648. His three doctors decided he has strep induced arthritis and started him on Bicillin injections. Now my 5 year old started limping on the 3rd of August and complaining of his leg feeling "funny" and tickling him. As the day went on his limping got worse and he started having pain. That evening he was crying with pain so I took him to the er. They did x rays and said the suspected Legg Calve Perthes disease, and they wanted him to see a orthopedic specialist. I took him to his pediatrician the next morning and she did x rays and labs, and agreed with the er. We were referred to a specialist and had that appointment a week later. They put my son in a wheelchair on the 4th. The orthopedic dr said he wasn't sure what was going on, because all his x rays were normal. He tossed around septic hip, reactive arthritis, and Legg Calve Perthes. My son was in the hospital for about 3 days at the end of July. His ASO titer came back at 631. The specialist told me it did not mean anything. He said my son could go back to his regular routine. My son was on his feet doing his normal stuff for 3 days and started limping and having pain again. I took him back to the specialist and they did x rays again and still didn't seen anything. He said he wanted to do an MRI in the next few days. That was last Friday and we still have not had an MRI! I have called his office several times since Monday and they tell me they are working on it or don't return my calls. I took my son back to his pediatrician yesterday to see if she could order one. They tried, but our ins said there was already one ordered and won't pay for another one. She agrees with me that there is a correlation with both boys having high ASO titers and leg pain and they both had their tonsils removed and a month later these problems started. She said she would like for us to see genetics as well. She repeated my youngest son's ASO yesterday and it has gone up to 665! I am so frustrated and don't know what to do. The "specialist" won't listen to me at all. I know there is something that is affecting both boys, and I don't know if my oldest has been diagnosed correctly either. I just find it strange that they both have some of the same symptoms, but yet different ones at the same time and no one seems to think there is any thing there. I tried to get my youngest son in with my oldest son's rheumatologist, but was told as of Sept. 1st he will be going to Columbia University in New York and the soonest they can get him in with another dr is Sept 29th! Until then they want him in the wheelchair. He is a typical rambunctious 5 year old and hates being in the chair! He cries all the time and doesn't want to go to school any more (he just started last week). He thinks the dr will never let him out. My husband and I try to talk to him and explain what is going on, but it does not help. I just don't know what to do! I want answers and feel like I am just being ignored.

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