Bradley has enthesitis-related juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Initially he struggled to find a diagnosis and paid privately to see different doctors. His arthritis is under control and he has a good relationship with his medical team. Bradley does not let arthritis get him down.
Bradley has enthesitis-related juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Bradley takes a 20mg injection of methotrexate once a week. He takes folic acid (5mg) 24 hours after his injection. Bradley also takes diclofenac as and when needed. When he takes diclofenac he also takes lansoprazole (30mg) once daily.
Bradley first experienced an achy arm and an achy, swollen ankle. He went to accident and emergency twice but was told nothing was wrong. Bradley’s groin became badly swollen and he was limping. His parents paid privately for a consultation. The first consultant advised that Bradley should undergo keyhole surgery. Bradley’s parents were unhappy about surgery so paid to see a second private consultant. The second consultant gave Bradley an MRI scan which revealed that Bradley had fluid in his groin. Bradley needed more tests and spent a week in hospital under observation. Although there was no rheumatoid factor in Bradley’s blood, his doctor still suspected that he had arthritis and referred him to a rheumatologist in a different city. After further tests, the rheumatologist diagnosed Bradley as having arthritis.
Bradley has been taking methotrexate to help control his arthritis. Bradley says that he has a good relationship with his doctors and nurses and finds his consultations (particularly with his hospital optician) relaxing. A nurse comes to his home once a week to give him his injection. Since being on this medication his condition has improved lots and he describes himself as being able to lead a more active lifestyle. The swelling in his groin has gone down and he can walk without limping in pain. Bradley has never liked having his weekly injections or blood tests but over time he developed strategies to help overcome his needle anxiety, such as playing on his PlayStation 3 until the moment he is required to have his injections, not looking at the syringe and reminding himself that it is for the best. When Bradley feel aches and pains he says that he just gets on with it and never lets his discomfort get in the way of socialising or taking part in sport.