Arthritis & ADHD - how many out there?

Heather - posted on 07/13/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Just curious. My 10 yo son was just diagnosed with arthritis and has been on Strattera for 16 months or so. Arthritis in children is an autoimmune disorder and he is showing signs of protein in his urine and low white blood cell counts.
Anyone else out there have a child who was diagnosed with ADHD, went on ADHD meds, and now has arthritis?
I'm just doing some research and curious if there may be a connection.

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User - posted on 02/21/2014

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Hi my daughter was diagnosed with JRA at 23 months and ADHD at 5 yrs old. Any others out there would help. The ADHD seems to be getting worse. She is depressed and has anxiety. She is 7.. Heather I am interested in your research. She takes RA meds Enbrel, folic acid, naproxen, and methotrexate and for her ADHD Concerta. Our 4th med.

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Cheyanne - posted on 04/20/2015

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This seems to be a fairly old post but I was just looking into that myself. My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD at 5 and has been on medications ever since. She has been through tons of different meds but has been consistently on Concerta since she was 11. She is about to turn 15 and was just diagnosed with JRA. She has been complaining about the pain for years but at first we thought it was just growing pains, when it came more consistent we started checking with doctors who basically just ignored us until we sought out a specialist on our own and received the JRA diagnosis. If anyone has found correlation with the ADHD meds and JRA I would be interested to know.

Kenya - posted on 04/04/2014

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Our sequence of diagnosis was ADHD treated with Ritalin, approx 1 year later was arthritis diagnosis treated with methotrexate and biologic therapy (Humira or Embrel), and recently switched to Straterra for ADD. The arthritis has been under control for over a year until about a week ago. Now there is a new flair up. Are there connections?

PATRICIA - posted on 06/05/2013

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Hi Heather,

My daughter has both JRA and ADHD, not sure which came first though. If you have found out anything i'd be interested to know. She has become very depressed and am looking anywhere for answers.

Thanks,
Trish

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