Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Adrie | 2011-11-15


Painful and shaking hands and wrists

My domestic has a 10 year old daughter. She started complaing about pain in her forarms and wrists and her forarms/hands are shaking. They have done many tests in Zimbabwe and have tried several treatments. They have come up with shortage of Vitamin K and all kinds of things. The last instruction was to use Arthroguard, which made me surf the internet.Neurological explanations has come up (which was excluded by tests) as well as Rheumotoid arthritis and Still''s Disease which made me think that this is perhaps why they said she must use Arthroguard. The child used to wake up at night in pain, and drops things due to shaking. Since she is taking the Arthroguard, the pain is a lot less and she still shakes a little. Is it possible that she suffers from some kind of arthritis and are there tests that can be done in a third world country to ascertain this? My domestic and I are at witts end about this and would appreciate if someone can come up with some explanation.

Expert's Reply



You have done some excellent research here. It is indeed possible that this young girl has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The necessary tests should be available in Zimbabwe. Please suggest this diagnosis to her mother and ask the local doctor to test her accordingly. It would be best if she could be seen by a paediatrician at the local hospital.

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