Jenna has polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). She is on a medical trial for the drug tocilizumab and has improved lots since being on it. Jenna remains positive about her arthritis.
Jenna has polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Before being diagnosed Jenna experienced pains in her hands and feet. The GP said that these were just growing pains and not to worry. Jenna then started experiencing pains in her shoulder and knee. The GP said there was nothing wrong. Finally, Jenna’s fingers became stiff and she was unable to bend her index finger. Jenna’s mum insisted that Jenna was sent for blood tests at the local hospital. The blood tests did not show that Jenna had arthritis (they were not rheumatoid factor positive). The paediatrician could not explain why Jenna was experiencing problems with her joints. A rheumatologist saw Jenna and more tests were done (including an MRI, X-rays of her hands, physical examinations and further blood tests). After the tests the rheumatologist diagnosed Jenna has having JIA.
Jenna has had various medications in the past. She is currently taking part in a medical trial for the drug, tocilizumab. Jenna’s condition has improved significantly since being on tocilizumab and most of the aches, pains and stiffness have gone.
Jenna has had very positive experiences of her hospital treatment. She is never nervous and enjoys taking a day off school each month to receive her medication. She finds all the nurses friendly and has a good relationship with them. Jenna would like to become a nurse when she leaves school.
Jenna’s mum, Karen, has rheumatoid arthritis. Karen is knowledgeable about arthritis and Jenna relies on her for information and support.
Jenna enjoys cheerleading and street dancing. Her cheerleading team recently received first prize in a competition.