Happy(???) 30th Anniversary!
Needless to say, she took me to a different doctor in Danville, IN. This doctor, after examining me, declared that he was not about to treat me and that I needed to be seen by a specialist at Riley Hosp. for Children in Indianapolis. His concern was that I had either a muscular dystrophy or a form of juvenile arthritis. The next I remember was the week-long stay at Riley, which culminated in the official diagnosis: seronegative poly-articular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, quite a mouthful for a 7 yr old! The seronegative part simply meant that there were none of the markers of JRA in my lab work, a not uncommon occurrence. In adults, at the time, at least 20%
After my first pediatric rheumatologist transferred to a hospital in Cincinnati, OH, I got a new