Leigh has enthesitis-related juvenile idiopathic arthritis. He experiences a ‘really achy burning sort of pain’ in his lower back, sacroil joints, knee and ankles. His mum gives him Humira (adalimumab) injections. Leigh trains in judo even though he has arthritis.
Leigh has enthesitis-related juvenile idiopathic arthritis. He experiences a really achy burning sort of pain in his lower back, sacroil joints, knee and ankles. He also experiences discomfort in hips. Leigh’s joints do not swell that often, even when he is in lots pain.
Leigh was on holiday with his family in Turkey. He fell of a banana boat into the sea. He then fell off a running machine that was in the hotel gym. He was also thrown awkwardly into the pool. He woke up one night in excruciating pain and could not move properly. His parents thought he had an ear infection and went to the local pharmacy. When Leigh returned to the UK he went camping but had difficulties walking. His parents took him to see a doctor and discovered that he had lots of fluid on his hip joint. He stayed in hospital for about a week and had various tests were done but nothing was found. Leigh then visited different GPs to get to the bottom of the problem. One GP was concerned that he may have something serious and referred him to the hospital. After several x-rays and an MRI scan Leigh was diagnosed with arthritis. It took about 18-24 months to get a diagnosis.
Leigh takes Humira at home. His mum injects him once every two weeks. Leigh also trains in Judo. Leigh has learned to roll properly in Judo and this helps avoid serious injury. Leigh enjoys playing rugby but he has difficulties running. He finds that the cold weather hurts his joints but the pain goes down after a hot bath. When Leigh is old enough he would like to become a prison officer.
When Leigh was very young he always complained about his legs hurting and would never walk far without having to be carried or sit in a pushchair. His parents put this down to laziness but with hindsight it could possibly have been a symptom of the arthritis.