Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
In December of 2016, at the age of 3, Gideon was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. The diagnosis came after months of trying to figure out what was causing so much pain and swelling in his knee. His journey began several months before that when he started complaining of pain in his left knee. We originally thought that he had possibly injured himself but after a few days, the pain was getting worse. He also developed a lingering fever. We visited our local pediatrician several times over those weeks. He was diagnosed with strep throat which they thought could be causing some joint pain. When his fever had not subsided after several days of antibiotics (treatment for strep) we were sent to the emergency room for further testing. Possible causes of the pain in his knee that was now keeping him from walking, were possible injury or infection in the joint. Multiple X-rays showed nothing to confirm either of those conditions. Gideon was admitted to the hospital for 4 days and left with a misdiagnosis of rheumatic fever. We (along with the pediatrician) decided to get a second opinion. However, before our paperwork was completed or any referrals finalized, his symptoms continued to worsen and we headed to the emergency room at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. After being seen by the emergency room staff, an appointment was made with the rheumatology department where we received a diagnosis of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Since that time, Gideon has received steroid injections in his knees (both knees were found to have active arthritis), and have been further treated with weekly injections, daily medication and supplements, and some dietary changes that have helped keep his arthritis under control with small flare ups only happening occasionally.
—Michael and Rachel Ervin